Sea is the gateway for getting gravel to Gigha

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A vital cargo sailed down the Sound of Jura last week as part of large-scale improvement works for the Isle of Gigha.

A shipment of type-one gravel sailed from Glensanda Quarry on the south coast of the Morvern peninsula.

‘We needed a vast amount of material for our Gateway to Gigha project which will upgrade and create new pathways totalling a distance of more than nine kilometres,’ said Jane Millar, Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust development manager.

‘Fortunately, a plan was pulled together to have the aggregate shipped in, rather than brought via lorries which would cause issues with road-use, ferry capacity, and the project’s carbon footprint.

‘Path building will take place this autumn, with the hope that people will be able to start using some routes in early spring 2022. This will mean our residents and visitors can explore Gigha at ease.’

The Gateway to Gigha project is supported by the Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

It is hoped it will encourage and promote the sustainable use and protection of Gigha’s landscape and assets.

As well as the construction and upgrading of paths across the island, new bikes and e-bikes will be available to hire next to the ferry slip to reduce the need for cars.

The IGHT hopes that by improving the island’s foot and cycle path network and providing more information, as well as reducing the number of car-borne visitors to Gigha, visitors and residents will learn more about its environment, landscape and assets and how best to protect them.