21 February 2013
Plans are underway to open up views across Loch Lomond through an ambitious vegetation clearance project. The £10,000 partnership project between Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park and The Friends of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs will vastly improve viewpoints along the busy A82 trunk road and the adjacent west Loch Lomond cycle path.
The extent of roadside vegetation over recent years has become so dense in areas that views along certain stretches of road have become completely obscured during summer months when trees are in full leaf. Views of Ben Lomond are particularly obstructed, meaning that visitors are being denied one of the most iconic views in the National Park.
Two sites have already been identified for clearance in March and, although this is part of an ongoing three year project, views along some areas of Loch Lomond will be opened up in time for summer 2013.
Gordon Watson, Director of Planning and Rural Development for the National Park said:
“We know that the unique scenery and landscapes are the main reason for tourists coming to this part of the world so it’s important that we maximise opportunities for visitors to enjoy the views. Loch Lomond is an iconic destination and the A82 is internationally recognised as an outstanding scenic route. We are delighted to work with partners to improve the experience for all visitors and continue to develop this world-renowned part of the world.”
Working closely with Luss Estates, Transport Scotland and Transerve, the National Park and Friends of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs have ensured the work will take place with minimal disruption to the cycle path and no disruption to traffic on the A82.