Building bridges with Bute’s conservation volunteers

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Volunteers from the Bute Conservation Trust have been continuing their work on maintaining and upgrading the island’s long-distance footpath, the West Island Way.

Billy Shields, Neil McKirdy, Don Williams, Jock Somerfield and Ian Hopkins headed to the north end of the island last weekend to build a bridge to help walkers over a large ditch at the end of a forest track above Shalunt farm.

The Trust and its volunteers are responsible for maintaining both the 29-mile Way and the legacy of the Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme, which saw £3 million ploughed into the island’s natural and built rural heritage between 2008 and 2012.

The West Island Way, opened in 2000, was Scotland’s first long-distance island footpath.