Scenic Routes in the National Park

It's not just the destination, it's the journey too...

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is proud to nurture bright, young design talent to bring you a fresh viewpoint on some of the Park's most breathtaking locations. 

Scotland’s trunk roads are not only designed to get you to your destination as quickly as possible. Some of the roads through the National Park are now beautiful drives with that little bit extra. The National Park has made it even easier for you to enjoy your journey through the Park by installing uniquely designed viewpoints within the Park’s stunning landscape.

Hidden gems you'll never forget

If you are looking for something a bit out of the ordinary these hidden gems are within easy reach. These stunning artworks offer you an opportunity for some breathing space when traveling through the National Park. Funded by the Scottish Government, these brand new vistas launch a national Scenic Routes initiative to create picturesque stopping points to break up a road trip, allowing travellers to enjoy the best vantage points near our road network.

New viewpoint at Inveruglas - An Ceann Mòr - translated from Gaelic as ‘large headland'

An Ceann Mor

‘An Ceann Mòr’ at Inveruglas on the banks of Loch Lomond is the final installation of the first phase of the Scottish Scenic Routes pilot project. It was officially unveiled by Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment on 13 May 2015.

Designed by young architectural practice, BTE, An Ceann Mòr has been designed to the highest standards of accessibility and sustainability with people who have limited mobility able to venture through the “tunnel” to be presented with spectacular views of the Arrochar Alps in the west across Loch Lomond to Ben Lomond in the middle distance.

The journey to the view point starts in the visitor centre car park, following a new accessible path through the trees and then through the new structure where the panoramic view is then revealed. Visitors can then climb up to the top of the viewpoint, sit and take in the stunning elevated views of Loch Lomond and the surrounding mountains.

31 steps provide the same vista from an elevated position. At eight metres high, pyramid-shaped An Ceann Mòr is set to be the focus of many selfies!

 


Woven Sound

Loch Lubnaig Beag

Woven Sound

designed by John Kennedy

'Woven Sound' is at Falls of Falloch, along the A82 about a mile north of The Drovers Inn, en route to and about 3 miles from Crianlarich. Find out more

 

Sloc nan Sìtheanach Faerie Hollow

designed by Ruairidh Campbell Moir

'Faerie Hollow' is situated beside the small picnic site by Loch Lubnaig, between Callander and Strathyre on A84 about 5 miles before Balquhidder. Find out more

 


Look Out, Loch Voil
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LookOut

designed and built by Angus Ritchie and Daniel Tyler

LookOut is opposite Monachyle Mhor, on the land where the shores of Loch Voil meet Loch Doine, past Balquhidder up the glen of the A84. Find out more

 

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Scenic Route

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Each of these bespoke designs complements the surrounding landscape, offering magical viewpoints created by the very best of Scotland’s architecture talent, all of whom competed to design these pilot projects for Scotland’s Scenic Routes initiative.

Situated off the A82 and A84, together these unique locations also offers a variety of culinary and activity based experiences along some of the most beautiful stretches of roads in the National Park.

Slow down and enjoy life. It is not only the scenery you miss by going too fast. You also miss the sense of where you are going and why...

Falls of Falloch


About

John Kennedy designed “Woven Sound” to provide a sheltered space that allows visitors to experience the Falls of Falloch at closer range – providing a brand new viewpoint to take in the thundering Falls. Cantilevering over the edge of the water, the shelter takes the form of a long trellis of intricately woven-together steel rods that weaves its way between existing trees to avoid damaging the natural beauty of the site creating a sculptural, subtle form. This robust, inexpensive material allows the shelter to have a very discrete presence, which doesn't detract from the Falls themselves. A diary entry from Dorothy Wordsworth recalling the numerous Romantic writers and painters who visited the Falls in the early 19th century is etched into the dappled steel at the viewpoint.

Did you know?

Falls of Falloch is a beautiful waterfall and a popular beauty spot for picnics. Standing at 30 feet high, the falls are an abrupt step in the passage of the River Falloch as it makes its way down Glen Falloch towards Loch Lomond at Ardlui.  Falls of Falloch is a truly entrancing site set in a peaceful glen.

See & Do

Photo opportunities are abundant - further up Glen Falloch, the oldest southerly remnants of ancient Caledonian pinewood forest are in view look out for golden eagles and red deer.

Food and drink are available at Tarbet, Inveruglas, Ardlui, Inverarnan and Crianlarich and picnic areas can be found in Tarbet, Inveruglas and Crianlarich.

Why not walk a section of West Highland Way from Inverarnan to Crianlarich – 6 1/2 miles (10.5 km) to see stunning views of Falls of Falloch.

www.west-highland-way.co.uk

Loch Voil

About

This mirrored cabin, wood-framed ‘lookout’ pavilion has benches built into it framing three mesmerizing views of the landscape whilst reflecting the surrounding vistas on its mirrored surfaces. Mirrored stainless steel was applied to birch ply sheets then fixed to the lookout's exterior surfaces, creating shifting reflections that help the structure blend in with its surroundings.

Did you know?

The 18th century Scottish patriot, folk hero and outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor lived and died in Balquhidder and is buried in local church graveyard. The tranquil glen is overlooked by the dramatic mountain terrain of the Braes of Balquhidder, at the head of Loch Voil.  At its western end the mountainous country north of Loch Katrine, the inspiration of Sir Walter Scott’s legendary 'Lady of the Lake' poem.

See & Do

Approaching  Balquhidder the north / south glen of Strathyre suddenly changes direction to the west / east glen that holds Loch Voil. During winter Loch Lubnaig and Loch Voil sometimes flood to become one large loch, 'Loch Occasional'. Balquhidder Glen is also popular for fishing, nature watching and walking on the surrounding mountains.

Food and drink stops and picnic sites can be found in Kilmahog, Lubnaig, Strathyre, Kingshouse, Balquhidder and Lochearnhead. 

Loch Lubnaig beag

About

The viewpoint nestles between the shrubs in a natural hollow in the landscape with stunning views across Loch Lubnaig to Ben Ledi.

This site, overlooking Loch Lubnaig, called for a place to stop, sit and linger to take in the surroundings.  A natural hollow in the ground provided the solution. 'Sloc' is Scots Gaelic for 'grassy hollow', and 'Sìtheanach' represents 'faerie people', who according to our mythology reside at places of peace and tranquility.  The specialist metalwork at your feet in the hollow, features a verse by local bard Alexander Campbell.  "Now Winter's wind sweeps" depicts mans place in natural cycles, and encourages one to appreciate what is around them." This is the perfect place to do just that.

Did you know?

The 3 mile (5km) long Loch Lubnaig (Gaelic for the ‘Crooked Loch’), lies between the pretty bustling town of Callander and Strathyre.

See & Do

Once you have crossed the Highland Boundary Fault from Callander to Strathyre you will experience a truly highland landscape. Beyond Kimahog the road twists and undulates through the Pass of Leny, waterfalls and rapids in the gorge below.  You can see an abundance of woodland plants in the dappled shade beneath the surrounding trees. The steep, craggy mountainsides of Ben Ledi and Ardnandave Hill dominate the view from Lubnaig Beag.  

Two new National Park visitor sites on the shores of the Loch Lubnaig are now open. At the larger of the two sites nearer Strathyre, you can make use of new barbecue stands, picnic benches and toilets.

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Initiative launched to encourage exploring in National Park

 28th June 2016

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) have joined forces to encourage visitors to explore the Park’s finest natural and cultural attractions.

The move comes as schools across the country wind down for the summer. Under the scheme, the SNH-led ‘Explore for a day’ leaflet highlight 25 of the most exhilarating, interesting, and unique ‘to-dos’ in the Park.

With summer now in full swing, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, which is within one hour’s drive of 50% of Scotland’s population, is preparing to welcome an influx of tourists and visitors from the UK and abroad.

Known for bringing together the best of Highland and Lowland Scotland, the Park covers 720 square miles across four local authorities and typically welcomes more than four million visitors a year.

Each activity in the ‘Explore for a day’ initiative has been carefully chosen by the Park and SNH to ensure there is something of interest for people from all walks of life. From budding outdoors adventurers, to those looking for a magical woodland walk, to learning about local history and folklore; there is something for everyone.


Examples of the activities include: 

Culture at Rob Roy’s Grave and Loch Voil, 

Located at the foot of Loch Voil, Balquhidder Kirkyard is the final resting place of Rob Roy MacGregor, a Scottish clan leader who died in 1734 and became a folk hero. Built on the lower slopes of Balquhidder Glen, the burial ground is thought to date back 4,000 years. The Celts believed this to be a ’thin place’ where the spiritual world and the earthly world came close together. It’s the ideal day out for anyone interested in history and local legends.

Exploring Puck’s Glen, Dunoon

A magical, atmospheric walk named after one of Shakespeare’s central characters in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Puck’s Glen is a relatively short walk like no other. It offers visitors a blend of shady undergrowth, an enchanting gorge, tumbling waterfalls, and some of the finest rhododendron displays in the country.

Walking in The Great Trossachs Forest National Nature Reserve

Home to iconic wildlife, such as red squirrels, black grouse and many species of deer, and offering great opportunities for peace and quiet, the Reserve is a ‘forest in the making’ where a variety of habitats are being restored. Visitors can take a stroll through ancient woodland to a viewpoint overlooking the Lendrick Hill, or follow the circular walk around the wood which offers a short extension down to a great spot to watch wildlife and birds.

Gordon Watson, chief executive of the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority said: “The Park caters for a wide and diverse range of interests and tastes, and the ‘Explore for a day’ initiative does an outstanding job of highlighting how much there is on offer in Scotland’s first National Park. 

“Whether you’re a family with children, a group of friends looking to explore the outdoors, or have a specialised interest such as photography, history or birdwatching, there’s something for everyone. 

“The ‘Explore for a day’ initiative will play a key role in ensuring visitors are aware of the diversity of things to do whilst here; encouraging them to come back to the Park time and time again; which in turn will support the local businesses and the people that live and work here.”

Ian Ross, the chairman of Scottish Natural Heritage said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority with the production of this brand new leaflet as part of the successful ‘Explore for a day’ series. 

“The leaflet will help tourists and locals to discover the Park and its many assets, and also allow them to enjoy our stunning scenery while greatly improving their health and well-being.

“The Explore for a day initiative has been highly successful in many areas around Scotland by giving people the chance to learn more about our biodiversity and help them interact with our natural heritage in a meaningful way.”

To make sure that visitors get the very best out of their trip, ‘Explore for a day’ itineraries have been developed for different regions, and are available here on the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park or Scottish Natural Heritage websites.

 
 

Boat hirers consultation open

Consultation on a proposal to licence boat hirers on Loch Lomond and other waters

The three local authorities that cover Loch Lomond and other waters in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park are consulting on a new boat hire licencing scheme the aim of which is to improve safety. The consultation is in partnership with Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Details of the consultation and how to respond are available from the council websites:

Stirling Council (responses by 27 July 2016)

West Dunbartonshire Council (responses by 25 July 2016)

 

 

 

   

Student Planning Assistant

Monday-Friday (37 Hours per week)

National Park Headquarters, Balloch

Reference Number: LLTNPA/2016/06/01

Salary £16,150 per annum pro rata

In support of the Scottish Governments strategy to improve and enhance youth employment in Scotland we have an exciting opportunity for someone who is just about to graduate with a Degree or due to progress into final year of an Honours Degree in Planning and looking to gain some work experience in their first Planning placement.

The Internship is for a minimum of 10 weeks starting in July and will provide experience on a range of tasks as we undertake our annual policy monitoring and build momentum on the delivery programmes to support our emerging Local Development Plan.

As one of Scotland’s 34 local planning authorities, we deliver all statutory planning functions along with being one of Scotland’s two National Parks. Our Planning function plays a big role in delivering our Partnership Plan across Conservation, Visitor Experience and Rural Development. As you can see, we are quite unique and have a high performing and proactive team delivering innovative planning solutions. This includes our new Local Development Plan, recently published through our www.ourlivepark.com which was the Overall Award winner at the 2015 Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning.

Applicants must be actively engaged in a course of study; you will be able to demonstrate personal commitment and empathy to the principles of sustainable development and protected area management. You will possess excellent written and oral skills coupled with excellent interpersonal skills and a good knowledge of Microsoft packages. A driving licence is also essential (or access to a driver if disability prevents driving).

For more information please visit our website www.lochlomond-trossachs.org the closing date for applications Friday 24th June 2016 @ 12pm. Informal enquiries to Susan Brooks, Development Planning & Communities Manager, Susan.Brooks@lochlomond-trossachs.org

(Fixed Term – minimum 10 weeks)

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National Park visitors encouraged to ‘Respect Your Park’

25 July 2016

Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is marking National Parks Week (25 – 31 July 2016) by launching a new campaign encouraging visitors to help take care of this special place.

‘Respect Your Park’ is a joint initiative from Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority, Forest Enterprise Scotland and Police Scotland.  The campaign aims to ensure people understand how to show respect for the environment and for other people, so that everyone who comes to the National Park can make the most of the outdoors.

The campaign focuses on litter and responsible camping, and also includes messages about noise, safe fires, going to the toilet in the wild, fishing, and safe driving on the often busy roads of the Park.

Bag it, bin it or take it home

Sadly litter is still an issue, even Scotland’s first National Park.  The ‘Respect Your Park’ campaign aims to raise awareness of the impact of littering and offers straightforward advice about how everyone can do their bit to respect this stunning area.

The challenges on littering in the National Park are echoed across Scotland. Findings published by Zero Waste Scotland show that over 250 million pieces of litter are cleared up each year and that 1 in 5 adults in Scotland admits to having littered in the last year. Yet, the vast majority of Scots (96%) agree that littering is not acceptable.

National Park Rangers can now give out Fixed Penalty Notices of £80 for littering and £200 for fly-tipping, but these powers will only be used as a measure of last resort. The initiative’s aim is to educate the public and encourage them to enjoy and look after the Park.

Gordon Watson, chief executive of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park said:

“National Parks Week is a perfect opportunity to encourage people to come and enjoy themselves and to ask for their help to keep this Park special. It is wonderful that 50% of Scotland’s population is just an hour’s drive from Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. With such easy access for so many people, it is important that everyone who comes here to knows how to do the right thing to help us take care of this special place.”

Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:

“Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is one of natural Scotland’s greatest assets and we must do everything we can to keep it clean and litter-free. We all benefit from visiting beautiful places, such as our National Parks, and from the economic boost of their world-wide appeal to tourists.

“Dropping litter blights our communities and coastlines, tarnishes our beautiful landscapes and harms our wildlife and natural assets. Littering is simply unacceptable and that is why our action to tackle it includes powers for the National Park Authority to issue £80 penalties to those who flout the law.

“It is easy to do the right thing and either put your litter in the bin or take it home with you if you are out and about enjoying the National Park. There really is no excuse for littering.”

Chief Superintendent Stevie McAllister, Divisional Commander for Forth Valley and Police Scotland Lead for the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park said: “For the best part of a decade, officers based within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs area have worked closely with the National Park to deter offences such as antisocial behaviour and identify those responsible.

“This has already proven extremely successful with crimes of this nature now significantly reduced, particularly within the East Loch Lomond and other lochshore areas and the vast majority of visitors behaving responsibly during their stay. However, we cannot become complacent and this launch of the ‘Respect Your Park’ allows us to build on the foundations of previous partnership operations within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.”

Gordon Donaldson, Manager of Forest Enterprise Scotland’s Cowal & Trossachs Forest District commented: “Environmental protection is one of our biggest priorities. A good proportion of environmental damage is caused through a lack of awareness, for example, the harm caused to flora and fauna by unsafe campfires. The more that we, and other organisations, can do to help promote messaging that encourages respectful, safe, sensible behaviour the better.”

Park Rangers will also be meeting members of the public during National Parks Week both throughout the Park and in the Go Outdoors Clydebank store to share top tips and advice about how best to make the most of the National Park, responsibly.

Chris Pine, store manager at Go Outdoors Clydebank said: “Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park has so much to offer from great walks and a range of cycle routes to kayaking or just going for a picnic. We are delighted to be involved in this activity during National Parks Week to remind people that when they are out enjoying the great outdoors it’s everyone’s responsibility to do their bit to take care for the environment.”

In an effort to reduce the amount of litter left in the Park and encourage greater responsibility amongst by users, National Park Rangers will be distributing the new ‘Respect Your Park’ leaflets and bio-degradable litter bags to members of the public and asking them to take their litter home. 

   

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