Volunteering in Scotland’s National Parks is on the increase thanks to the unique five-year The Mountains and The People Project which launched in the summer of 2015.

Led by the Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland, this unique conservation partnership project brings together both the Cairngorms and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authorities alongside Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Project’s recently launched initiative, Adopt a Path, enables those most passionate about Scotland’s mountains to become custodians of their favourite routes. Tom Wallace, Project Activity Manager explains; “Adopt a Path volunteers are crucial in helping us to conserve our fragile upland landscapes by reporting on erosion damage and path issues thereby enabling us to target our maintenance activities to best effect.

With paths available for adoption across both of Scotland’s National Parks there is something for everyone – from short and gentle to long and remote – once registered you choose which path you would like to adopt from over 60 available routes. “

Interested in adopting your own mountain path?  Are you used to spending time outdoors and have a good level of physical fitness?  Are you an experienced hill walker with good health and safety awareness?  If so, you are the type of person we are looking for.  You would be asked to do a visual path survey twice a year which would involve taking photographs of any issues and to report these issues via our online portal.  Full training on basic mountain awareness and recognising common path problems will be provided with the initial one-day sessions scheduled for the first weekend in September followed by further dates in the Spring next year.

To play your part in the conservation of our national heritage, please visit the website.

Photo:  Already adopted – The stunning Dubh Loch path in Upper Deeside