A82 Loch Ness - Primrose Bay felling to commence


The next stage of Forest Enterprise Scotland’s ongoing steep ground harvesting programme along the A82 is to begin at Primrose Bay (north of Alt Sigh) on 14 Nov.

The work was due to start in September but was delayed by work to secure private water supplies.

The Primrose Bay felling operation will take up to 18 months to complete and will be followed up with slope stability operations on the cleared slopes. Operations will cease during the Christmas, Easter and summer holidays.

Alex Macleod, who is managing the A82 Project operations for FES said:

“We have been doing a lot of work behind the scenes to upgrade the forest access road and secure private water supplies and we are at the stage now where felling work can begin.

“Things don’t get any easier for us above Loch Ness and this will be a challenging operation given the size of the trees and the steepness of the terrain. Some of the trees weigh nearly 10 tonnes in weight!

“As with other A82 operations traffic management will be required below the site Monday to Friday 07.30 – 17.30 to ensure the safety of road users during felling; this will include short periods of road closure in both directions of up to 10min.

“Traffic management will also be deployed at Alt Sigh itself on Saturdays to help timber lorries move safely in and out of the forest entrance though any impact here will be minimal.

“Traffic management will be removed for the Christmas, Easter and the summer holiday periods but we would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience our operations might cause at other times. We would also like to once again thank road users and the local communities for their on-going understanding and support.”

Together with our partners Transport Scotland and BEAR Scotland, we will do what we can to minimise disruption and prevent any build-up of traffic queues.

There is more information online about the A82 Steep Ground Felling works, and up to date information on traffic management measures will be available on the Traffic Scotland web site as and when they are required.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  3. 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.
  4. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.