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LookOut: Loch Voil

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 was the inspiration of Sir Walter Scott’s legendary ‘Lady of the Lake’ poem.

See and 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, at Loch Lubnaig, Strathyre, Kingshouse, Balquhidder and Lochearnhead.

View a map of this route

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Click to view full size LookOut Scenic Route map

The Scottish Scenic Routes project was created in 2013 to promote rural economies, provide young architects with opportunities and to enhance the visitor experience of the Scottish landscape. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park are proud to house 4 of the 8 installations.

As a new project it is still being evaluated, therefore we would kindly ask you to fill out the following survey in support of a Masters student project helping with the evaluation, if you have visited Inveruglas or any of the other structures in the Loch Lomond area – https://survey.napier.ac.uk/n/zz3b4.aspx.

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