Skye and Lochalsh CVO’s project Advancing Active Journeys is funded by Paths for All Smarter Choices, Smarter Places fund and the Highland Green Health Partnership.
Working with Skye For All we are creating maps of Kyle of Lochalsh and Portree to show where critical access points are, and promoting opportunities to get outdoors for everyday journeys.
Advancing Active Journeys Skye and Lochalsh
Paths For All aim is to increase the number of people walking every day in Scotland to improve wellbeing and prevent ill health. Find out how they support local communities here
Kyle Community EBikes
Kyle Community Ebikes is part of the 'Let's Get on With it Together' project to support people living in the Kyle of Lochalsh area to have the opportunity to trial an electric bike for free followed by cheap fortnightly/monthly loans. here
Skye's Cycle Network
Funded by the Scottish Government through Sustrans’ Places for Everyone programme, the Skye Cycle Network project aims to provide safe to use links both within and between communities on Skye. Find out more about their work here
About Advancing Active Journeys Skye and Lochalsh
With grant funding from Paths for All Smarter Choices Smarter Places and the Highland Green Health Partnership, Skye and Lochalsh Council for Voluntary Organisations (SLCVO) has teamed up with local group Skye for All to complete an active travel project.
The focus of the project is to create maps of both Portree and Kyle of Lochalsh highlighting the accessibility of both village centres. These locations have significant accessibility issues, the new maps will show people where critical access points, such as dropped kerbs and seating areas, making every day journeys easier.
The aim of the project is to raise awareness and understanding of the benefits of getting outdoors and help people incorporate walking into their daily routine. By teaming up with Skye for All, SLCVO hope to encourage people to feel more comfortable going out for short walks. Jo Ford SLCVO’s Chief officer said “There are many websites and leaflets promoting walking in Skye and Lochalsh, our project however, is much more focused on short daily journeys for those who may struggle to participate in longer walks and whose mobility is restricted. Working with Skye For All will help us create very unique maps of Kyle and Portree that can be used by individuals, cyclists and walking groups.”
Download the Portree Map from the Skye For All website here
About Skye For All
The brainchild of good friends Sarah Lister and Melanie Moss, Skye for All specialise in identifying short walks that are suitable for people of all abilities and sharing these on the website www.Skyeforall.co.uk. “We want people of all ages and abilities to be able to enjoy Skye and Lochalsh and experience some of the quieter hidden gems. Enjoying the scenery and it’s beauty on foot, in a wheelchair or on a mobility scooter. We want to share the many beautiful places that our home has to offer”, Melanie & Sarah, Skye For All.
For her work with SLCVO’s Active Travel project and Skye For All, Sarah was recently awarded Path for All’s Active Travel Volunteer of the Year. Sarah, the inspiration behind Skye for All, was left with mobility issues after multiple surgeries for a brain tumour. She is only able to walk short distances with an aid and needs a mobility scooter for longer journeys however, this has not stopped her. Jo Ford, who nominated Sarah for the award said “ I am so pleased Sarah won, she often just tells people she just does Skye For All walks because she likes it and is very humble about the impact her and Melanie have. Sarah is an inspiration and a very valued volunteer; she deserves this award many times over”
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