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The Mountains & The People

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The Mountains and The People is unique 5 year landscape scale project lead by Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and in partnership with Scotland’s two National Park Authorities, Cairngorms and Loch Lomond & the Trossachs, Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.

The project aims to engage those who live in and visit our National Parks in the protection of the fragile upland mountain environments through a programme of upland path maintenance and conservation activities.

The project contains a significant programme of capital investment in the repair, refurbishment and construction of over 120km of upland paths as well as a wide range of events, activities and opportunities to inspire the people of Scotland to get involved in the long term preservation of our countries most iconic landscapes.

The project will work in partnership to:

» Provide 36 paid trainee opportunities in Environmental Conservation level 2 SVQ.

» Produce curriculum linked educational resources.

» Offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities.

» Embed the Adopt A Path Scheme across both National Parks

» Improve over 120km of upland paths

» Promote sustainable access to our mountains through literature, events, and marketing.

Volunteering with us

NEW Opportunities

Every 1st Wednesday of the month in Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month in Cairngorms National Park
Every 3rd Saturday of the month alternating between each National Park

Conservation volunteering for The Mountains & The People project will give you a chance to get out in the Scottish Mountains, care for the special places in our National Parks, learn new skills, meet new people and have fun.

Sites to be confirmed, although transport will be available from a central meeting point: Balloch in Loch Lomond & Trossachs and Aboyne or Grantown-on-Spey in the Cairngorms. Activities will include building and maintaining paths as well as helping to conserve mountain habitats.

For more information email

Adopt A Path

We are on the hunt for individuals, groups or even businesses to take on the role of custodian for some of our countries most iconic upland paths.  With opportunities across both Cairngorms and Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Parks adopting a path is a great excuse to get out more and will allow you to play an active role in monitoring the condition of our path network and highlighting works required, allowing resources to be targeted effectively.

Free training an equipment is provided to all volunteers involved in the scheme and you will join a unique network of path adoptees, committed to giving something back to the mountains which give us all so much pleasure.

A basic commitment to walk an agreed route, your adopted path, twice a year and provide a condition report is all we expect however should you be interested then a wide range of other opportunities are available to take part in the practical construction and maintenance of the routes too.

For more information and to find out about the routes available right now please do not hesitate to get in touch via

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