Many trails can be followed around Dufftown, but most of them are not maintained and are now less accessible. In cooperation with land owners and the Council we want to rejuvenate the paths and add interesting information along the route.

This project has been set up to connect and upgrade two existing and well-established paths that are used extensively by locals, as well as visitors to the area. In addition to the upgrade, storyboards will be installed along the paths to share some of the local history that is relatively unknown. In total 10 storyboards have already been designed and will be placed at relevant points along the paths.

A contractor has walked the trail, however establishing the land ownership status of the area accessing the Giants Chair and Gordon Cross paths is integral to our progression with this project.

Exciting progress is being made to take this project forward, and although it may seem like baby steps rather than Giant ones, each step brings us closer to realising the project outcome. Moray Councils outdoor access officer has agreed to support the costs of doing a land search of the area so that we can ascertain who owns the land surrounding the Giants Chair. This is an important step required before we can progress with any funding application, as is the submission of a scope of work with associated costings. We are now pleased to say that thanks to a successful appeal on The Speirins Facebook page, and valuable interaction with interested parties, we have now had walk arounds with potential contractors, and in addition have made contact with the Royal Engineers at Kinloss who previously erected the bridge at the end of the pathway. Dorenell Ranger Service have also offered to assist us with advice.

Want to know more? Please contact us at annejan.zandstra@dmdt.org.uk.