A ‘test-walk’ across some of the West Side’s beautiful moorland will be one of the opening events of Scotland’s first Community Land Week on Saturday (August 11th).

The Bonnet Laird Walk has been planned and laid out by Urras Oighreachd Charlabhaigh (Carloway Estate Trust), with a number of local young people involved in creating waymarkers, stiles and other landmarks to help people find their way along the 3.3 mile route.

On Saturday they’re inviting walkers young and not-so-young to come along and take part. They’ve divided the walk into four easy stages, so that people can choose to do part or all of the route.

Joining points are at the Callanish fank on the main road at 10am, at Breasclete fank on the Pentland Road at 11.15am, at Tolsta Chaolais fank on the main road at 12.45pm and in the car park of the Doune Braes Hotel at 2.15pm.

Organisers warn that the walk is across moorland, so suitable footwear should be worn. Soup, hot drinks and baking will be available at Carloway Schol Annexe from 3pm onwards and transport will be organised to take people back to their cars after they finish.

The event will allow the trust to test the walk, which has been planned with the support of organisations including the John Muir Trust, Paths for All and Lewis and Harris Youth Clubs Association.

Also as part of Community Land Week, on Thursday August 16th Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (Galson Estate Trust) is hosting an open afternoon giving an insight into the history, purpose and current activities of the Trust.
That event starts at 2pm with a brief talk on the history of the estate and a film of highlights since the buyout in 2007. At 3.15pm there will be an opportunity to take a guided walk to explore key sites of interest relating to the buyout celebration and the history of Galson.
If anyone wishes there will also be an opportunity at 16.30 to visit the wind energy project in Ballantrushal. The event is open to everyone and booking is not required. Please ensure you bring appropriate clothing and footwear. To take part meet at the UOG Business Centre, Tom na Ba, South Galson before 2pm.
Community Land Week is organised by the Scottish Government Community Land Team and Community Land Scotland and runs from Saturday August 11th to Sunday August 19th. Community groups from all over Scotland will be hosting events which will allow the public to see more of what happens on community owned land.

Pictures show young people helping place way markers and stiles on the route of the Bonnet Laird Walk