Work has got under way on the construction of an all-abilities path to the summit of Ladyhill in Elgin.
It is the first stage of the Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere heritage project which will be developed over the next two years with Heritage Lottery funding.
Representatives from the project partners – who include Moray Council, the Elgin Fund, the Moray Society, the Elgin BID and Johnstons of Elgin – visited the site today to watch work progress on the new 230 metre path.
It is expected to be completed by late summer and will provide easier access to the summit of Ladyhill and the site of one of Elgin’s best known landmarks, the monument to the 5th Duke of Gordon.
The summit is also the site of the ruins of Elgin Castle, which will be the starting point for the heritage trail linking many of Elgin’s architectural and historic assets. Key locations along the route will include Elgin Cathedral and the long-established Johnstons woollen mill.
The Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere project has five core aims:
- To improve and enhance the visitor experience
- Provide greater access to local heritage
- Create a sense of ownership of and pride in the historical and environmental legacy
- Improve economic opportunities within the city centre
- Create the opportunity to conserve and improve the built, historical and social environment
Moray Council area stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Forres in the west. The council and its 4,500 employees respond to the needs of 92,500 residents in this beautiful part of Scotland, which nestles between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands.
Headquartered in Elgin, the administrative capital of Moray.