Access along the stunning woodland path at the back of Murthly Sawmill is getting a big boost from the Griffin and Calliachar Community Fund.

Over £5,000 of SSE Renewables funding has been awarded to address drainage issues along the core path SPIT/113 at the back of Murthly Sawmill, which connects to the wider path network at including that of nearby Dunkeld and Birnam.

Boggy Murthly Sawmill path, SPIT/113

Boggy Murthly Sawmill path, SPIT/113

Currently, because the path becomes boggy and impassable, particularly after adverse weather, users are either turning back or are spreading out and potentially damaging a wider area to find a way through the deep mud and years of leaf litter.

By improving this small section of path, visitors of all ages and abilities will be able to experience this beautiful location and connect to other paths in the area without having to walk along the B867.

This section of the core path comprises part of the River Tay Way – a new long-distance active travel route connecting communities between Kenmore and Perth and providing the option to walk, cycle, wheel or horse ride for the benefit of physical and mental health and wellbeing, as well as climate change mitigation. The route is being developed by Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust (PKCT), who will also lead on the Murthly Sawmill project.

Bid Strachan, PKCT Communities Officer, said:Boggy Murthly Sawmill path, SPIT/113

The path condition was brought to our attention by comments from members of the public, and the local community are keen to have a passable way through this unique and history woodland. 

This 220m stretch of the route length is virtually inaccessible pretty much year-round, so upgrading it, with a “light touch”, will allow more people to have an enjoyable walking and cycling experience, whilst protecting the special qualities of the site.

Craig Mullen, SSE Renewables Community Investment Manager said:

The Griffin and Calliachar panel were happy to support this project which encourages connection to other paths in the area. It’s also great to see PKCT consulting with and making improvements based on feedback from path users and local people.

SSE Renewables makes around £500,000 per year available for community and charitable projects through its Griffin and Calliachar wind farms. The Community Fund supports projects in Aberfeldy; Dull and Weem; Dunkeld and Birnam; Kenmore and District; and Mid Atholl, Strathtay and Grandtully. These projects enhance the quality of life for local residents; contribute to vibrant, healthy, successful and sustainable communities; and promote community spirit and encourage community activity.