STAFFIN Community Trust (SCT) and one of the biggest tour operators in Skye – Rabbie’s Trail Burners – have worked closely together for the last two years on much needed footpath repairs.

The two parties struck an agreement to team up to deliver improvements during a key consultation process being carried out by SCT for its Skye Ecomuseum project which Rabbie’s were participating in.

The company’s white coaches are a familiar sight in Staffin as their passengers visit locations such as the Quiraing, Kilt Rock, Lealt Gorge, Staffin Beach and the Old Man of Storr.  

Hard work at the Quiraing.

SCT submitted a maintenance and management plan for the Ecomuseum and will provide volunteering opportunities for local people and other groups to help protect and maintain the various sites within Staffin.

Rabbie’s drivers and office staff have worked with SCT on significant path repairs at the Quiraing on two separate occasions now providing a total of four days work. The company has also provided a grant from its Carbon Tax fund for SCT to buy tools and equipment. The work is supervised by Donald Kennedy, Highland Council’s Skye Access Officer, who is also a key member of SCT”s ecomuseum steering group.

Rabbie’s resilient staff have braved high winds and hail showers during these work days and SCT has been hugely impressed with their attitude, commitment and work ethic. 

Despite the tough conditions, the Rabbie’s team dug out a damaged and uneven section of path in March last year, created a stone-lined ramp, installed a culvert pipe and landscaped the area. The workers faced frequent rain and hail showers but battled on to complete the job. These short videos provide a snapshot of those conditions… Click on short link to play: IMG_3211 and IMG_3212

In October 2016, Rabbies and SCT had first worked together upgrading the path, which was urgently required given the unprecedented increase in visitors to the site. The path’s surface width was doubled and material and boulders added. Large boulders were used to line the outside edge of the path to increase its durability.

Donald Kennedy and the team in action.

in 2018, Rabbie’s and SCT will again team up to undertake drainage and path repairs to a popular site for both locals and visitors at Brogaig, which has commanding views of Staffin Bay.

Rabbie’s is the small group tour company and operates a fleet of 16-seat modern fuel efficient Mercedes mini-coaches throughout the UK and Ireland. The company believes a small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers makes a big difference to customers’ trips and experiences.