Beauly to Inverness cycle route
Kirkhill and Bunchrew Community Trust continues to play a lead role in helping the community realise its long-held ambition for a route, suitable for both cyclists and walkers, which will run alongside the fast and busy A862 between Beauly and Inverness. Where possible, this 15km route will utilise existing paths and minor roads, but will also include several new stretches of off-road path. The route will link the many communities along the south side of the Beauly Firth with Inverness and with each other, allowing local people to leave their cars at home and travel safely by bike or on foot.
The first off-road path section was built between Easter Moniack and Inchmore in 1999 and is much-used and valued by both local people and visitors. Recent work undertaken by Highland Council to upgrade the existing footpath between Kirkhill and Inchmore (making it suitable for both walkers and cyclists) and the introduction of traffic lights and cycle lanes on the Lovat Bridge have also helped improve walking and cycling links between local communities.
In 2008, our community identified two further sections of the route as development priorities: the Lovat Bridge to Brockie’s corner and Bunchrew to Clachnaharry. In 2010, KBCT’s Paths and Transport group, led by Aileen Armstrong, and with support from our local councillors, obtained more that £60,000 in funding from the Climate Challenge Fund and the Highland Councillors’ Discretionary Fund to commission an engineering design for two off-road paths covering these sections. The engineering design was completed in March 2011 and the group will shortly submit funding applications to the Climate Challenge Fund, LEADER and the Highland Cycle Campaign to take forward the construction of the first of the paths – the Lovat Bridge to Brockie’s corner. If our funding applications and on-going negotiations with landowners are successful, the construction of a roadside path between the Lovat Bridge and Brockie’s corner may be achievable in 2012/13.
Find out about the results from our community survey which asked residents for their views on local cycling facilities
For further information on this project, please contact Aileen Armstrong on 831 558 or at firstname.lastname@example.org