Giants’ Graves trail is closed for repairs

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The trail leading to the Giants’ Graves in Whiting Bay has been closed to carry out urgent works.

The newly renamed Forestry and Land Scotland’s (FLS) will be carrying out extensive works over the winter and the path is not expected to reopen until Easter next year.

The path, which leads to the prehistoric chambered cairns and to remarkable views across Whiting Bay, has become a victim of its own success and has become so eroded that repairs, that are expected to last until spring next year, now need to be carried out.

However, the public can still get access to the graves via the Glenashdale Falls trail or the forest road.

Andy Walker, for the local FLS team, said: ‘A combination of weathering and footfall has done quite a bit of damage to this popular path and there is now a risk that someone using it could trip or slip.

‘We’re having to put in place lots of stone water bars, and add anchor bars and pitching at the corners but because of access issues all the stone will need to be helicoptered in from one of our local quarries.

‘Unfortunately the path will be unusable – and impassable – so we’re having to close it until works are completed.

‘We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause and we would recommend that anyone looking for a great walk in that area should try the path to Glenashdale Falls – as an alternative.’


The path to the Giants’ Graves which has been closed. NO_B47giant01

The Giants’ Graves are still accessible from from Glenashdale Falls and the forest road. 01_B47giant02