Highlands & Islands

Thousands raised for remote Sutherland footpath

Sandwood Bay. Image: Bob Jones/Geograph
Image caption Sandwood's beach is one of the most remote on mainland Britain

A plea for funds to cover the cost of repairing a footpath in a remote corner of Sutherland has raised £40,000.

Landscape charity the John Muir Trust said the amount donated by its members and supporters to its Sandwood Estate appeal was "incredible".

A beach on the trust-owned land is reached by a four-mile (6km) track making it one of the most remote beaches on mainland Britain.

Heavy rain and increasing numbers of walkers have worn down the path.

The money will pay for it to be stabilised and improvements to drainage along the route.

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