The stunning woodland path at the back of Murthly Sawmill (SPIT/113) has been made more accessible for everyone thanks to over £5,000 of path improvement works.

Murthly Sawmill path improvement works - before and after

Murthly Sawmill path - before and after path improvement works

These works included much-needed drainage and removal of overhanging branches, making it easier for residents and visitors to enjoy this scenic path without getting bogged down, turning back, or having to walk along the B867 because of impassable, waterlogged ground.

Upgrades to 220m of this vital link path, which connects to the wider Dunkeld Path Network and beyond, is thanks to the SSE Renewables Griffin and Calliachar Community Fund.

This section of the core path also 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 also led on the Murthly Sawmill project.

Murthly Sawmill path improvement works - before and after

Murthly Sawmill path - before and after path improvement works

Bid Strachan, PKCT Communities Officer, said:

The local community have been vital in developing this project to make this stunning path more accessible in all weathers for everyone’s enjoyment.

A small amount of work by skilled contractors has made a huge difference and shows how improving a small section can have a big impact on the whole.

Craig Mullen, SSE Renewables Senior Community Investment Manager said:

The Griffin and Calliachar panel are delighted to see that the recent award now means enjoyment of the natural environment around Murthly Sawmill is more accessible for everyone. Getting local support and driving forward improvements for the benefit of everyone by PKCT was great to see.

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.