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Outcome 10: Placemaking

The National Park’s towns, villages and countryside are enhanced with investment in the built and historic environment, public spaces and infrastructure.

This outcome helps to deliver these National Benefits:

  • Natural capital
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Climate change
  • Community empowerment

Why is this important?

The National Park is home to around 15,168 people living in towns and villages, and throughout the rural areas. Its towns and villages are varied and diverse in their size and characteristics, and retain a strong sense of place and local distinctiveness.

These range from the Victorian-influenced Clyde coastal communities in Cowal; to planned estate villages and towns in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs such as Luss, Gartmore and Callander; and highland villages in the north of the Park such as Strathyre, Killin and Crianlarich. We also have numerous small, dispersed rural communities, some relatively remote and some accessed only by single track roads.

Opportunities and challenges
Our location, so close to central Scotland’s cities and towns, creates many opportunities for tourism and business investment as well as access to employment, labour pool, services and facilities – particularly hospitals, and secondary and further education.

This proximity to the cities also brings challenges, including visitor pressures and congestion in some towns and villages at peak times of the year, development pressures, and an expensive housing market.

The opportunities and challenges differ considerably between the more accessible and pressured, southern and eastern parts of the National Park and the more remote rural areas in the north and west.

Community engagement
Over the past five years the Park Authority has undertaken extensive engagement with our communities, businesses and landowners through charrettes (design-led workshops) and community action planning.

These efforts to work collaboratively have produced strong visions for the Park’s towns and villages. Callander and Balloch have important roles as visitor hubs, while Arrochar and Tarbet have significant potential if marine facilities are developed, to take advantage of their lochside locations. The focus for the coming years is on delivering the ideas and projects generated to enhance places, building on the partnership working already established.


High quality landmark buildig, Ripple Retreat, on the banks of Loch Venachar © Kettle Collective

The priorities for Outcome 10 are outlined below:

Priority 10.1 - Improving Towns & Villages

Supporting new development, infrastructure and public realm improvements, which facilitate and link to active travel opportunities, focussing on Arrochar, Tarbet, Balloch and Callander (as well as villages identified as ‘Placemaking Priorities’ in the Local Development Plan).

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We will work collaboratively to  deliver projects that enhance the National Park’s towns and villages:


  • Encourage improvements to public realm
  • Support the creation of a village hub

Arrochar and Tarbet

  • Enhance as a marine water recreation hub
  • Improve loch-side infrastructure
  • Create central village hub in Arrochar
  • Encourage redevelopment of derelict sites


  • Support village green improvements and new uses
  • Promote marine access opportunities


  • Support village centre and station square public realm improvements
  • Encourage ‘charrette’ vision
  • Support Balloch Castle and Country Park regeneration/ improvement


  • Support village square enhancement


  • Encourage village centre public realm improvements
  • Support work to better manage flood risk


  • Support improvements to the management of car parking


  • Support masterplan approach to southern expansion including:
    • new road bridge
    • economic development
    • housing
    • leisure
    • tourism
    • community open space
  • Support town centre improvements, improved public realm,  active travel links and safer routes to schools

Enhancing the Park’s Towns and Villages (map)


List of towns and villages shown in map


  • Tyndrum
  • Arrochar
  • Tarbet
  • Blairmore
  • Balloch
  • Drymen
  • Aberfoyle
  • Callander


  • Lochearnhead
  • Balquhidder
  • Killin
  • Strathyre
  • St Fillans
  • Brig O’Turk
  • Port of Menteith
  • Gartmore
  • Balmaha
  • Croftamie
  • Milton
  • Kinlochard
  • Inversnaid
  • Ardlui
  • Crianlarich
  • Lochgoilhead
  • Ardentinny
  • Dunoon
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Priority 10.2 - Built Heritage


Blairmore Hall

Conserving and enhancing the built and historic environment, including the repair and restoration of traditional and landmark buildings.

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Priority 10.3 - Improved Resilience


Passivhaus, Gartocharn © Paul Saunders

Improving resilience to the effects of climate change, including flooding in towns and villages (and affecting sites and buildings) and encouraging high quality development that embodies low and zero carbon technologies.

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Who can help deliver Outcome 10?

Listed below are partners who have committed to helping deliver these outcomes (Lead Delivery Partners) and those who could provide further support (Support Delivery Partners).

Lead delivery partners:

  • Local Authorities
  • Landowners
  • Developers
  • Businesses
  • Community Development Trusts
  • Community Councils

Support delivery partners:

  • Historic Environment Scotland
  • SportScotland
  • Transport Scotland
  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Forest Enterprise Scotland
  • Paths for All
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