Boost for outdoor enthusiasts at River Orchy

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A new riverside path for walkers, kayakers and fishermen along a well-used part of the River Orchy is nearing completion.

The 1,400 metre path, built by Forest Enterprise Scotland, will give improved access to river users along a section upstream from the famous Eas Urchaidh waterfall.

An added boost is that a new car park at the waterfall will also  be built now that planning permission has been granted.

Sport Scotland, the Andy Jackson Trust and the Scottish Rafting Association have all given financial backing and support for the developments at the River Orchy.

Forest Enterprise Scotland’s Donald MacDougall said:

“The Orchy is a majestic river and very popular with walkers, kayakers, fishermen and rafters.

“Parts of the riverbank above the famous Eas Urchaidh waterfalls have been used regularly over the past years but there has never been a proper path. Parking has also been limited so by working in partnership we are changing this for the better and improving access.

“Our aim for the new path and car parking is to create a recreational hub for all the outdoor activities in Glen Orchy. Not only will the path be good news for the watersports users and fishermen, but it will provide a new link route for walkers on the Argyll & Bute core path network.

“We plan to start work on the new car parking soon and will be installing interpretation panels and stone wall features to help visitors find out a bit more about Glen Orchy.”

The new car parking facilities will provide 12 bays including a disabled parking space and one for a mini-bus.

Robin Cole, of the Scottish Canoe Association and Andy Jackson Trust added:

“The Orchy is one of Scotland's best rivers for white water kayaking and as such attracts enthusiasts from all parts of the UK and from abroad. 

“Most participants have to carry their boats around the difficult Eas a Chathaidh falls. This used to involve wading through deep mud and it was often said that the portage around the falls was as dangerous as descending the falls themselves.
 
“The new footpath has changed all this, making the descent of the river a safer and more pleasant experience. The Andy Jackson Trust and its partner the Scottish Canoe Association is delighted to have assisted in making this long held ambition into reality.”

Alistair Leitch of the Scottish Rafting Association also believes the new path will make a big difference for users of the River Orchy.

He said:

“The Scottish Rafting Association is delighted to have been able to make a financial contribution to the new River Orchy footpath.  This provides improved access/egress and safer, easier portage for rafters and other paddlers, as well as benefiting other recreational users of the area.”

Glen Orchy is found a few miles from Tyndrum. It’s home to important remnants of Scotland’s ancient Caledonian pine forest.

Notes to editors

  1. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  2. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  3. Media enquiries to Steve Williams, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6508 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.