Corrieyairack Pass repairs 2009
1 July 2009
A new partnership chaired by Fergus Ewing MSP met recently and agreed to work together to save the Corrieyairack Pass.
Historic Scotland, Highland Council, Glensherro Estate, Culachy Estate and Speyside Trust have agreed an immediate action plan to protect the remaining sections of the Pass by re-instating drainage and carrying out essential repairs.
Historic Scotland have agreed £29,500, Highland Council have agreed £2500 from both the Badenoch & Strathspey Ward and from the Aird & Loch Ness Ward. This initial funding has been agreed to save the iconic ‘alpine’ S bends at Corrieyairack Hill where both the top and bottom sections have been washed out over the last 3 years. All sections of the Pass are vulnerable to extreme erosion problems during winter thaws and summer flooding.
Dr Alan Rutherford, Senior Inspector from Historic Scotland North West Team, met on site with representatives from the Landowners and Speyside Trust to inspect sections approved for repair work and sections previously repaired by Speyside Trust.
Jim MacDonald, Historic Scotland Deputy Chief Inspector, said: “This latest funding will repair the worst affected areas of the pass and prevent further damage to this historic route. It is reassuring to see the support that the Challenge has and how many people have taken an interest in preserving the Corrieyairack Pass and we will continue to work with the owners, the council and the Trust to safeguard it for the future.”
Contractors are now working against the clock to have repair work complete for Speyside Trust annual fundraising event the Corrieyairack Challenge on the 4th July.
This will be 17th Corrieyairack Challenge and will see around 400 duathletes, walkers and mountain bikers complete one of Scotland toughest outdoor sporting challenges.
The formidable 43 mile route starts at Fort Augustus and finishes at Kincraig. It crosses the Monadliaths via the 2500ft summit of General Wades famous road following Bonnie Prince’s Charlie’s route south to take Edinburgh in 1745.
Each year the Challenge raises around £80,000 to fund the work of Speyside Trust providing outdoor holidays for people with a disability at its Badaguish Outdoor Centre at Cairngorm.
Trust Director Andrew MacKenzie says ‘ All of us at Badaguish are bowled over by the loyalty and generosity of our Corrieyairack supporters. Its especially important in these difficult times when families with a disabled child find it much harder than most of us to meet the cost of a holiday or respite care break.
We are very grateful to Fergus for championing our ‘Save the Corrie’ campaign. Its great to look to the future and see improvements being made. The Pass is a classic route for walkers and bikers. It has a fascinating history and huge tourism potential to link the Great Glen Way and Speyside Way.