Dalnamein

Word from Atholl Estates was that the contractors were due into Dalnamein in mid May. Thankfully they missed their deadline but…...

as I drove up the A9 to recce Highland Day 5 area the evidence was clear that work had begun. I had to wait another 24 hours before I could go in and check the extent of the forest operations.

From the hardstanding on the south side of the A9 the red & white arches - arranged to stop timber touching power lines was plain to see. And so with some trepidation I ventured along the main track. Even from this distance it was clear that numerous trees had been removed but I was to find out that it was more than the “Light Green” part on the western part which had been thinned.

From being a beautiful place to run in , the floor covering is now a real tester but with a couple of proper winters this “rubbish” should decay. However the thinning has also happened further west within the wood and although there are a few tracks made by machines I am confident that the area is still useable.

Currently there are several stacks of timber piled up either side of the main track within the wood - lots & lots of timber. A few reasonabl sized boulders have been unearthed but as there was no active machinery still in the forest the work may have been completed.

Another wee visit on the way up or down from The Purple Thistle is likely.

Posted on 07th Aug 14
by Terry O'Brien

 

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