In one of my previous posts http://johndburns.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/true-north/ I made some comments at the expense of Scotways previously known as the Scottish Rights of Way Society. The feature was subsequently published in the Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) newsletter including my rather uncomplimentary assertions about Scotways signage. Understandably Scotways objected to my comments and received an apology from the MBA.
There is a serious point to my blog and I stand by my views about the signs. One of the signs I object to is this one at the head of Loch Arkaig. I’m sure Scotways do a lot of good work and are well intentioned but I do not see the point of this sign and feel it is more of a blot on the landscape.
What is the point of this sign? If you are a competent hill goer you won’t need its warning and if you are not you won’t understand it. The sign points vaguely in the direction of various places. Should you need to follow signs like these what happens when you find yourself beyond the sign in places where there are no waymarks?
I understand that Scotways is a charity and I don’t want to undermine them as a body but surely there are differing opinions here and we have a right to debate the placing of such signs in our landscape. I should perhaps point out that these are my views and in no way reflect the views of the MBA. Perhaps Scotways should think again about its use of signage in remote and beautiful places. As we all know the road to hell is paved with good intentions, it may well also be signposted by Scotways.
What do other folk feel about these signs?