This week's good news is that the Traligill valley is now open and all the caves there can now be visited. Not so good news is that the Allt nan Uamh valley is still closed, though with changes happening every day that could soon change.
I have heard nothing about the other Scottish caving areas except for Smoo Cave, Durness. This was visited by a large GSG party two weeks ago and included a dive by Simon Brooks for about 9 metres into the upstream sump with the way on still open. A return is planned and we expect a sizeable GSG party in Assynt for the weekend of the 4th to 6th May.
As always please tell Pete Dowswell, hut warden, (01592 202627) if you plan to come.
A reminder that John Crae has organising a tour of the disused Scotland Street railway tunnel at 10am on Saturday and a visit to sites in Edinburgh Castle from 2pm. This will start with the 1990 fire access tunnel and hopefully continue with the remains of King David's Tower and the Lower Vaults. Permission couldn't be obtained in time for the Crawley Water Tunnel from the Meadows to Princes Street.
Much of Scotland's countryside is free of foot and mouth disease and is open for outdoor pursuits and tourism. However, given the serious nature of the disease, care is still required. This Code outlines sensible precautions for those coming back to enjoy the countryside. While large areas of Scotland are accessible it is wise to check that your particular destination is open before you travel.
PLEASE FOLLOW THIS ADVICE TO AVOID ENDANGERING FARM ANIMALS AND PEOPLE'S LIVELIHOODS
The Code is based on expert advice from the State Veterinary Service and on guidance previously issued by the Scottish Executive Rural Affairs Department, which is responsible for action to contain and eradicate foot and mouth disease.
News on access in the rest of the UK can be found on the National Caving Association website:- www.nca.org.uk
Ivan Young - ivan @g-s-g.demon.co.uk Grampian Speleological Group
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