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Jacquetta
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« on: October 15, 2011, 04:01:48 pm »

Due to major forest harvesting, from 1st November 2011 there will be two major diversions in place on the Way between Alt na Criche (just north of Fort Augustus) and Invermoriston. Harvesting demands that sections of the route need to be diverted. Please follow the directional arrows and stay on the indicated track. For your own safety please obey all signage and instructions from site staff. The diversions will not be suitable for bicycles or horses as they are steep and rough underfoot in places.

The work is expected to continue until March 2012, but check the Great Glen Way website for updates.
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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2012, 11:05:10 am »

I just came home from Scotland, and according to the locals down in Lagan, they had called the Forestry Commission about this diversion along Loch Lochy. It is about 300 - 500 metres more or less vertically up through the forest, and it is HARD! The soil is so wet, it starts to slide and move under your feet. I could not have done this without poles. Should be eaiser if you aren't carrying much weight, but with a backpack this diversion should be taken seriously. From what I heard, the Commission had been advised to put up ropes so there is something to hold on to, that would make a world of difference. I met a man around his sixties, who gave up due to this diversion Sad

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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2012, 04:28:13 pm »

Have returned today (15/04) from doing the GGW in 4 days (not recommended). We encountered 2 diversions, the first, on day 1, was north of Clunes. Any attempt at a re-routing had been abandoned and walkers had to wait until the work area was clear before proceeding. We waited 30 minutes in a hail shower. Misery. The second, on day 4, was north of Drumnadrochit, on route to Tychat. Steep or what?? More details elsewhere.   
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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2012, 07:42:04 am »

From the homepage of GGW:

"A small section of the route at Loch Lochy  has a new convoy system in place - 4x4 for passengers and trailer for bikes, during normal working hours, and banksmen will be in place to advise walkers.  After these times, people will be required to phone staff on site for access."

It seems that the suicide route upwards through the forest has now been abandoned.

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