NICE and Nairn Access Panel Celebrate Path Restoration

New path opened 22nd March 2019

A small opening ceremony took place this week to celebrate the restoration of the very well used path from Nairn East Beach car park to Kingsteps.The path, on Common Good land, leads to the edge of the Culbin nature reserve and was made all abilities around fifteen years ago in association with the Nairn Access Panel.  Since then it had become encroached upon and very worn due to its popularity and could no longer provide access for wheelchairs, buggies, or those unable to negotiate the narrow, wet and bumpy conditions. Nairn Improvement Community Enterprise and Nairn Access Panel teamed up to obtain grant funding of £18,500 for the project from the Landfill Communities Fund, RSPB, Nairn Access Panel, and Nairn Ward Discretionary Fund to restore the path, and the work has been done to a high standard by Highland Conservation Ltd.  While following national policy to encourage outdoor access for all with the health benefits it brings, it is really rewarding to see locals and visitors of all abilities enjoying once more the wonderful landscapes, birdlife and photographic opportunities which this route provides.It’s also a very good example of how NICE can work with community groups to provide the structure and support to bring ambitious local projects to fruition.