News and Information Updates on the Affric Kintail Way

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No Problems With Access To AKW

Contrary to misinformation circulating regarding access problems on the Affric Kintail Way we would like to clarify the position and make it quite clear that the route is fully open. Construction work on two micro hydro electric schemes has been ongoing for the past year and has not caused any access problems either on the route itself or on the public roads/car parks in the proximity. Despite claims to the contrary there are no ’emergency hydro works’ current or planned in the forseeable future that will restrict access in any way.

An endurance event planned for 10th June and involving up to 1000 people in a 24 hour period organised by Pure Challenge has been cancelled. The event had not been granted permission by the primary landowner, Forestry Commission Scotland, for failing to provide information and assurances to ensure the safety of competitors, other AKW users and the protection of of one of the outstanding scenic areas of the UK.

Anyone seeking further information regarding this event should contact the organisers directly. Irrespective as to their given reasons for cancelling, failure to follow proper procedures for such events were not followed. I have been advised by FCS that the event could be held at some time in the near future providing proper consultation and approval takes place.

The Affric Kintail Way is open to all free of charge and in area where tourism is the mainstay of the local economy we welcome visitors throughout the year. Events properly sanctioned would be most welcome.

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