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Between 2015 and 2020 COAT’s upland pathworks will be delivered under The Mountains and The People project.  Led by COAT, 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, this project aims to conserve the unique upland mountain landscape across both National Park through a programme of Upland path maintenance and conservation activities.

Full details of the project can be found on the project site at

In addition to the delivery of a significant capital programme of repair, refurbishment and construction of over 120km of upland paths the project will also engage the people of Scotland in the long term sustainable use of our mountains.  This exciting programme of activities will include:

  • An expansion of COAT’s SQA training delivery to include both National Parks
  • A wide range of task-based conversation volunteering opportunities
  • Broadening the reach of the successful Adopt A Path scheme to include Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park
  • Educational activities including resource development and staff training
  • A wide range of public engagement and fundraising activities


For information on how to get involved in our training programme click here: COAT Training

Upland Paths

Adopt-a-Path Scheme

Volunteer Training (Photo courtesy of Bob Aitken)

Volunteer Training
(Photo courtesy of Bob Aitken)

COAT also runs a volunteer scheme to help look after the paths it manages. This scheme is an opportunity for people to get involved in caring for some of the most popular mountain paths in our National Park and helps to ensure that maintenance is done effectively.

In 2016 as part of the Mountains & The People project the Adopt A Pah Scheme will be rolled out further in both Cairngorms and Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Parks.

You can find out more about volunteering with us at the , which is dedicated to our Adopt a Path volunteer schemes.


 Maintenance Programme

COAT carries out a programme of path maintenance every year, which is entirely funded by car parking charges at Spittal of Glen Muick and private donation. Regular maintenance is vital to prevent the paths falling into disrepair. You can support this important work by contributing to our Mountain Path Appeal.

High Level Path in the Cairngorms

High Level Path in the Cairngorms

Path Maintenance

Path Maintenance