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Forestry and Land Scotland’s Arran-based team is advising members of the public that the ‘Giants Graves’ trail above Whiting Bay is to be closed from 18 Nov until Spring 2020.

The path, which leads to the prehistoric chambered cairns and to remarkable views across Whiting Bay, has become a victim of its own success and has become so eroded that repairs now need to be carried out.

Andy Walker, for the local FLS team, said;

“A combination of weathering and footfall has done quite a bit of damage to this popular path and there is now a risk that someone using it could trip or slip.

“We’re having to put in place lots of stone water bars, and add anchor bars and pitching at the corners but because of access issues all the stone will need to be helicoptered in from one of our local quarries.

“Unfortunately the path will be unusable – and impassable – so we’re having to close it until works are completed.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause and we would recommend that anyone looking for a great walk in that area should try the path to Glenashdale Falls - as an alternative.”

Walkers can still visit the Giants Graves via the Falls trail and the forest road.

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS)  manages forests and land owned by Scottish Minsters in a way that supports and enables economically sustainable forestry; conserves and enhances the environment; delivers benefits for people and nature, and  supports Scottish Ministers in their role as leaders of Sustainable Forest Management and Sustainable Development through their stewardship of Scotland's national forests and land.
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