A Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation
Originating in 1990 as a footpath sub committee of Helensburgh Community Council(HCC) and initially known as Helensburgh & District Access Forum (HADAF), the organisation became a registered charity in May 2001 (No. SC 031468) and in 2009 changed its name to Helensburgh & District Access Trust, becoming at that time a company limited by guarantee, company No.360787.
After that the then forum changed again to become a SCIO - Scottish Incorporated Charitable Organisation and became a Trust.
In March 2010 the Trust publicised the "Three Lochs Way", a long distance route first conceived of by its secretary, Alan Day, in 1991.
To date the Trust has created and repaired 12 km of paths and walking routes in the immediate vicinity of Helensburgh and with the Three Lochs Way, is actively engaged on a further 50 km. To date it has raised £140,000 which has been invested in access work for the benefit of this and future generations.
The Trust has completed work to deliver the Three Lochs Way Improvement Project 1 which comprised a range of improvements including a guide for the route published in May 2012 as Android and iPhone smart phone versions. A printed version of the guide is also now available(see link on home page). Other improvements include better signage and the replacement of the a bridge in Glen Mallan which was washed out a few years ago.
In 2013 the Trust undertook to improve a very boggy section of the route north of Helensburgh. This was a big challenge and we have further work on the route at this section which we hope to complete in the better weather in Spring 2014.
Current participating bodies include:- Helensburgh Community Council, Friends of the Highlandman’s Road, Cardross Community Council, Helensburgh Green Belt Group, Love Loch Lomond tourism destination organisation, British Horse Society, Friends of Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park, St Michael's Ramblers, Luss Estates.
Our Funding Partners
The Three Lochs Way is managed and maintained by the voluntary efforts of members of Helensburgh & District Access Trust which urgently requires funding for improvements to the route. Find out more on how you can help.