WHEN people think of the National Trust for Scotland I’m sure they automatically tune in to country houses, gardens and castles but the Trust is responsible for looking after some of the mountain properties in Scotland. Iconic properties indeed, like Glen Coe, Torridon, Kintal, Affric, Ben Lawers, the Cairngorms, Arran and in the Borders.
Many of these areas exhibit some of the finest examples of footpath maintenance you’ll find anywhere, indeed the NTS has always been instrumental in the training and promotion of footpath skills, but such activity is hugely expensive and the NTS, like everyone else, doesn’t have unlimited cash.
I know the difficulties. After chairing the Nevis Partnership for a number of years I’m more than aware how difficult it is to compete for funding these days and it’s very rare for hillwalkers and climbers to be asked to help support organisations like the Nevis Partnership and the NTS.
I’ve happily endorsed a wee scheme from the NTS to try and raise some money to help this vital work in their mountain properties. It’s called One Wee Step and you’ll find more about it here. I hope you can take that wee step and help us.