The Islay Community Access Group is dedicated to creating a network of paths across the island for local people and visitors to enjoy.
They have already made their mark, with the completion of the ‘Three Distilleries’ path and another route from Bruichladdich to Port Charlotte is at an advanced planning stage.
To enhance the enjoyment of these paths, the access group has installed 23 benches made from recycled plastic and supplied by Oban based Fusion Marine. The benches are of the ‘Shuna’ type in Fusion Marine’s recycled plastic products range.
According to Dr Patrick McGrann, chairman of the access group, the tough construction of the recycled plastic material offers several advantages over traditional wooden benches.
“These benches look great and are very well made,” he says. “They won’t rot as is the case with wooden benches, which makes them very long lasting and cost-effective.
“They are also heavy, which means there is little chance of cattle knocking them over!”
These benches procured by the access group have also proved popular as memorial benches, offering a long-lasting tribute to a loved one.