A long-standing hill path to the north of Kinloch Rannoch has recently been improved for the benefit of local residents and visitors to Highland Perthshire.
Now known as the Meall Dubh Path, it provides wonderful views over the loch. Previously it was rarely used during rainy weather due to water pooling on the path surface.
The path improvement work has involved channelling streams using local stone and rerouting and building up the path to take best advantage of drier ground. Further work is planned for the path when the weather improves.
P&K Council worked with the community to identify and fund the works, following on from the recent introduction of signs on the village paths. Together with the Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust (PKCT)and Dunalastair Estate, planning was undertaken to extend the original path avoiding the road.
A new all-abilities section of the path will provide safe access to the village for holiday makers and staff of the Loch Rannoch Hotel and the Loch Rannoch Highland Club. The path will also benefit motorists and walkers alike by helping pedestrians to stay off a difficult stretch of road. 

Partnership Project
Additional funding for the extended route has been secured by the community from Loch Rannoch Highland Club, the P&K Quality of Life Trust and PKCT which has also managed the works.
Dunalastair Estate, which owns the land crossed by this and many other promoted paths, is pleased to continue to facilitate responsible public access.
The Loch Rannoch Conservation Association (LRCA) has co-ordinated community involvement in the project and is currently developing plans to make further improvements for public access. The community will also pick up ongoing maintenance of the paths ensuring they are kept clear.
Annie Benson from the LRCA said: “We are delighted with the Meall Dubh Path which the community can now be proud to promote to tourists. We are arranging a Winter Walks Programme in and around the Rannoch area and a new village treasure hunt, starting on the 17 December, using our new path.
“We now plan to improve and promote more paths around the loch and would like to hear from anyone keen to be involved with this exciting project. Further details of the Winter Walks programme are available by emailing CLOAKING
P&K Environment Convener C’llr Alan Grant commented: “The Council is working to promote and improve core paths throughout Perth and Kinross, such as the Meall Dubh Path. Thanks here must go to the landowners for agreeing to the improvement of this path. It is a great example of what can be achieved through community-based partnership working. I also welcome local residents’ support to look after the path, keep it free of litter and dog mess and help to ensure that everyone can enjoy this great community resource.” 
The Scottish Outdoor Access Code offers guidance on rights and responsibilities and can be viewed on line at www.outdooraccess-scotland.com - it’s good to ‘Know the Code Before You Go’.
Anyone interested in getting involved in looking after paths in their local area should contact the P&K’s Community Greenspace team on 01738 475000 or email CLOAKING

 

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