NN1756 : What would Percy Unna have made of this?

taken 4 years ago, 5 km from Altnafeadh, Highland, Great Britain

What would Percy Unna have made of this?
What would Percy Unna have made of this?
The Dalness Estate was given to the National Trust for Scotland in 1937 by the Scottish Mountaineering Council from monies raised substantially by its President, Percy Unna (1878 - 1950). In doing so he formulated Unna's Rules, which were supposed to ensure the estate was to remain undeveloped. In particular he said "that the hills should not be made easier or safer to climb" and "that ... paths should not be extended or improved".

So what would he have made of these galvanised steel posts and cable complete with red reflectors on the descent down to the wooden footbridge bridge crossing the River Coe?
Unna's Rules
1. That "primitive" means not less primitive that the existing state.
2. That Sheep Farming and Cattle-Grazing may continue, but that Deer
Stalking must cease, and no sport of any kind be carried on, or
Sporting Rights sold or let; any use of the property for sport
being wholly incompatible with the intention that the public
should have unrestricted access and use. It is understood,
however, that Deer may have to be shot, as that may be necessary
to keep down numbers and so prevent damage, but for that purpose
3. That the word "unrestricted" does not exclude regulations, but
implies that regulations, if any, should be limited to such as
may in future be found absolutely necessary, and be in sympathy
with the views expressed herein.
4. That the hills should not be made easier or safer to climb.
5. That no facilities should be introduced for mechanical transport;
that paths should not be extended or improved; and that new
paths should not be made.
6. That no directional or other signs, whether signposts, paint
marks, cairns, or of any other kind whatever, should be
allowed; with the exception of such signs as may be necessary
to indicate that the land is the property of the Trust, and to
give effect to the requirement in the Provisional Order of
1935 that By-Laws must be exhibited.
7. That should a demand spring up for Hotels or Hostels it is
possible that it may have to be satisfied to a limited
extent. If so, they should only be built alongside the public
roads, and should be subject to control by the Trust; and it is
suggested that no Hotels or Hostels should be built in Glencoe
itself, or on any other part of the property, except, perhaps, in
the lower reaches of the Trust property in Glen Etive. It is hoped
that the Trust may be able to come to an understanding with the
neighbouring proprietors as to corresponding restrictions being
maintained in regard to land near to that held by the Trust.
8. That no other facilities should be afforded for obtaining Lodging,
Shelter, Food or Drink; and, especially, that no Shelters of any
kind be built on the hills.
9. It is hoped that the design of any buildings which may be necessary
will be carefully considered by the Trust; and that where possible,
trees will be planted in their vicinity.
10. In conclusion, it is suggested that the whole question of the
management of the Trust properties in Glen Etive and Glencoe
should receive special attention, in view of the possibility
that the policy adopted by the National Trust for Scotland in
the present instance may create a precedent for similar areas in
other mountainous districts, not only in Scotland, but also in
England and Wales.
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Date Taken
Friday, 29 January, 2016   (more nearby)
Sunday, 31 January, 2016
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