A new path connecting communities across Kinloch Rannoch’s riverside is set to complete later this month.
The Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust (PKCT), Cycling Scotland’s Transport Planning & Engineering (TP&E) and the Rannoch Paths and Open Spaces Group (RPOSG) are all teaming up to create a more accessible Kinloch Rannoch.
They’re being backed by SSE Renewables, via their Sustainable Development Fund in Perth and Kinross, with £40,000 going towards the Rannoch Riverside All Abilities Path project.
Bid Strachan, PKCT Communities Officer, said: “We are very excited that this All-Abilities Path Project is near completion. The access beside the bridge to the riverside path was limiting to many users due to the steep incline and steps, and the riverside path itself was unsurfaced making it unpassable to many after adverse weather.
“We want everyone of all ages and abilities to be able to enjoy the special qualities of this location, and by upgrading this route we shall achieve that aim.”
Construction of the project started in January of this year, and is set to complete by the end of May.
Three components of the path make up the project, first is the access point from the village centre to the Riverside Path. Then, heading east, towards the “Banana Bridge”, the Glamping Pods, Craig Varr Place & Primary School. Finally followed, heading west, Buchanan Path, towards the Health Centre, Loch End Path, The Loch Rannoch Highland Club and Loch Rannoch Hotel.
Annie Benson, RPOSG Chair, commented: “This is another significant show of support from local funders for this accessible riverside path project, which will make such a difference for the local community and visitors wanting to explore the lovely path along the River Tummel and the wider path network around the village.”
Marianne Townsley, SSE Renewables’ Community Investment Manager said: “The Sustainable Development Fund creates a long-term source of funding in the region, and it supports legacy projects that will make a difference for many years to come. We are delighted to provide this grant to PKCT and their partners so they can develop this new accessible path in Kinloch Rannoch which will help build sustainable tourism whilst benefitting the local community and visitors alike.”
More information about accessibility in Kinloch Rannoch can be found on: https://www.pkct.org/kinloch-rannoch-walks