TRAILS around Helensburgh have been given improvements over the summer months for walkers and bikers to enjoy.

The Three Lochs Way Great Trail which lies to the north of the town has had regeneration work done to its Upland Way and Highlandman’s Road sections, including renewing expired direction signs, improvements to drainage, resurfacing, and the replacement of unsafe railway sleeper bridges with culverts.

The £43,000 worth of work was largely financed by a post-Covid Better Places Fund for a Green Recovery grant from NatureScot, the body which works to improve Scotland’s natural environment and to help and inspire people to learn more about how our lives benefit from nature.

John Urquhart, convener of Helensburgh and District Access Trust, said: “Some improvement works have also been carried out on the trails around the town’s reservoir and on the path which links the Hill House to the A818 and is used by the John Muir Way Great Trail.

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“This much smaller project was supported by an Argyll and Bute Supporting Communities grant of £1,100.

“We have to say a big thank you to NatureScot and Argyll and Bute Council for supporting our scheme to make walking around Helensburgh an even better experience for both visitors and the community.”

He continued: “Both projects involved financial and in-kind contributions from the Access Trust itself and in both cases finding that money was greatly assisted by the public’s generous response to an appeal for funding which was promoted online and with posters displayed by the paths.

“The improvements have been a huge success and we’ve had lots of compliments from path users.”