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Eastern Cairngorms Access Project (ECAP)

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What is the Eastern Cairngorms Access Project (ECAP)?

The ECAP was a £2.4m programme to develop Countryside Access, that restored damaged landscapes and improved visitor facilities within the mountains and glens of Angus and Upper Deeside. The Project was made possible by a partnership between a consortium of public and private sector bodies.

What is so special about the area?

The Angus Glens and Upper Deeside lie in the East Grampian hills, forming the Eastern-gateway to the Cairngorms. The area is of outstanding importance for its unique landscape, geology, nature conservation and cultural interest and occupies 70% of the Cairngorms National Park.

Why was the project carried out?

The exceptional landscape and natural heritage of the Eastern Cairngorms, together with its opportunities for outdoor recreation, underpins the tourist economy of the Angus Glens and Upper Deeside. There was a need for a cohesive approach to raising the standard and quality of visitor facilities across the area.

The mountain paths that have been repaired were amongst the most damaged in Scotland. Sustained recreational use coupled with natural erosion had resulted in major damage to the landscape. It was essential that protection was provided for the area's ecology to preserve it's unique nature for the future.

What activities were carried out?

ECAP leaflets

Who managed the project?

The project activities were planned and managed by Angus Council across the Angus Glens and by the Upper Deeside Access Trust within Upper Deeside.

How was the project funded?

The project was part funded by the partnership bodies with significant match funding from the European Union (ERDF Objective 2 programme) and Heritage Lottery funds.

How do I find out more about the project?

The improvements are now complete on the ground. The various marketing and promotion activities will help to spread the word about the improvements.

For further details about the project please contact:

Countryside Access Officer
Communities Directorate
Angus Council
County Buildings
Market Street
Forfar DD8 3LG

Tel: 01307 473220
Fax: 01307 461895

Cairngorms Outdoor Access Trust
Aboyne Castle Business Centre
Aberdeenshire AB34 5JP

Tel/Fax: 01339 887 777

View leaflets:

View Angus Council's Countryside Access Strategy (90 KB PDF)Opens in a new window

Service Page: ecap.htm
Service Details Last Reviewed : 27 May 2014

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