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Local celebrity contractor Gordon Currie and his team Allan, Stuart, Duncan and Elliot worked on the groundworks. The spur off the path down to Port Ban bay was constructed by Peter McDiarmid, former Bruichladdich employee and one of the landowners along the route. The spur down to the sheltered bay which is good for picnics and swimming was part-funded by The Botanist Foundation. The Foundation hope to support more along the pathway including benches and helping the route's wild flowers.
Fencing was completed by local Kenny Carter. The stonework repairs and amendments to existing walls along the way were carried out by Argyllshire drystone waller Pat Gillespie. Pat also rebuilt a large portion of wall and two pillars at the entrance to the Port Charlotte lighthouse, which joins up the path to the existing pavement in Port Charlotte.
The heavy construction of the bridges and boardwalks across what they call "the swamps" was carried out by "the Irish lads". Michael, Anthony, Paul and Kevin are from the midlands, west of Ireland but some have "been on the road since 1986". The team are used to Islay living having spent several years on various projects over here, including the Machrie golf hotel. “They’re the best around; I can rely on them to do the top job.” says Iain.
The steelwork they carefully pieced together was from West Lothian based Craig Engineering. Iain sent his CAD designs to them, which were then replicated in galvanised British steel. The parts were drilled and then galvanised to seal the edges. This production sequence is important to allow fewer problems down the line with erosion, something we are all aware of here, where we're exposed daily to the salty air of the Atlantic.