Businesses and organisations in the Park have taken great strides in adapting and innovating to better provide for the dynamic and ever changing tourism demand. The accommodation offering has seen many positive investments while the quality of food and drink has improved significantly. We have seen a strong increase in the number of people coming to the National Park for food and drink, up from 15% in 2011 to 44% in 2015. There has also been a rise in visitors using of self-catering, managed campsites and hotels from 2011 to 2015.
A calendar of high quality events is attracting more visitors to the National Park. Our reputation as a food destination along with the growing number of annual festivals and events showcasing local food and drink producers are attracting thousands of people to the area. The increase in outdoor sporting events includes The Great Scottish Swim, which has grown in popularity year-on- year. It had 3,000 participants in 2016 and the success of the Great Scottish Swim helped to attract the 2018 European Open Water Swimming Championships to Balloch.
The National Park’s road, rail and long distance path network represent some of the best scenic routes in Scotland with stunning views of the area’s lochs and mountains. The West Highland Line offers an outstanding rail experience but opportunities to come here via local stations are currently under-promoted.
The award-winning Scottish Scenic Routes Initiative has brought iconic architectural installations attracting fresh audiences to these locations by improving opportunities to stop during journeys to enjoy the landscape.
The improvements on the A82 at Pulpit Rock and Crianlarich have seen well designed enhancements to this scenic route, while investments on the A83 at The Rest and Be Thankful have sought to ensure that landslide events do not lead to prolonged road closures.
Significant opportunity remains to make more of the Park’s rich wildlife, landscapes and the wide range of recreation experiences that attract longer staying visitors. These include cycling, high quality paddle sports, long-distance walking and open-water swimming – although this requires careful management in areas with existing boat use. Creative use of publicly owned and managed sites can help support providing more visitor services and activities.
Visitor feedback shows that it can be a challenge to get the right information to plan and enjoy a trip to Loch
Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. In particular, it’s not always easy to work out the best way to visit and link together a variety of experiences in different areas. This is compounded by the current lack of fit for purpose broadband and mobile connectivity in many parts of the Park.
Alongside an improving hotel and self-catering offerings, there is a need for more camping, bunkhouse and overnight motorhome stops on activity routes to meet visitor expectations of a full range of accommodation types to choose from.
Visitor Experience Priority 11: Encouraging and supporting new and established tourism businesses to innovate and collaborate to capitalise on growth markets where appropriate to the Park’s natural and cultural heritage in:
Visitor Experience Priority 12: Encouraging partner and private sector investment on:
Visitor Experience Priority 13: Making it easier to find out what the National Park has to offer and for businesses to grow and collaborate by:
|LEAD DELIVERY PARTNERS INCLUDE:
|Scottish Futures Trust
|SUPPORT DELIVERY PARTNERS:
|Distribution Business Groups
|Community Development Trusts
|Scottish Tourism Alliance