A £100,000 appeal to fund much needed repairs to Scottish hill paths - including one in the Arrochar Alps - has reached its target.

Work has now started on the badly eroded path up Ben Vane, one of the popular peaks near Arrochar in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park.

The Mend Out Mountains: Make One Million appeal, which has run over the last year, is headed by the UK-wide British Mountaineering Club and Mountaineering Scotland.

It aims to raise up to £1million for pathwork in each of the UK’s national parks.

In Scotland the target was £100,000 for work in the Cairngorms and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs.

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Work on the unsightly scar of the path up Beinn a Ghlo in the southern Cairngorms is due to start in June and will take four months, with completion scheduled for September.

Donations came from all quarters during the year-long appeal, including individuals, climbing and walking clubs, and organisations.

Stuart Younie, chief executive of Mountaineering Scotland, said: “This has been a great project to raise funds for badly needed path restoration projects on two very popular mountains.

"It’s fantastic to see so many people getting outdoors enjoying the countryside and the benefits of getting physically active but one of the unfortunate legacies is the wear and tear on our hill paths and tracks.

"I’d like to thank everyone in the outdoors community who has embraced our collective responsibility to help look after the hills and been involved supporting Mend our Mountains.”