ISLAND’S IN THE STREAM
Beautiful Inchcailloch now on Google Maps
You can now take a stroll along a remote footpath in one of Loch Lomond’s most isolated and scenic islands — from anywhere in the world.
Inchcailloch Island now features on Google Maps along side other beauty spots on the bonnie banks, including Balloch Country Park.
Satellite images make it possible to put on your virtual hiking boots and take a leisurely stroll through the scenic spots, as can been seen in these images.
Web surfers can stand on top of the hill within Balloch Park and look out onto Loch Lomond or enjoy a sun-filled stroll through fields of bluebells on nearby Inchcailloch.
Other picturesque sights which have been filmed, include Puck’s Glen in Argyll and Bute, Bracklinn Falls in Callander and Aberfoyle Forest Lodge paths.
The footage — which can be viewed online now — was collected by staff and volunteers from the national park, who used high-tech equipment from Google Maps to film some of the most popular paths and capture them from a 360 degree angle.
The equipment was loaned to the national park over a two week period as part of a plan to showcase the beautiful areas of Loch Lomond to a wider audience.
Digital communications intern, Vlad Turculet, who was part of the group who filmed the paths said: “The equipment we used was quite complex so the team took part in training before going out to film. This involved watching videos and taking quizzes to make sure we knew how to work everything.
“The backpack was also quite heavy, weighing around 20kg but we worked in pairs whilst filming, taking turns to carry the camera. It was really exciting and fun to be involved in this project and it’s great to finally see the footage on Google Maps.”
Simon Jones, director of conservation and visitor operations at Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, added: “Having these paths available to view on Google Maps will allow millions of people across the world to experience the amazing landscapes and scenery the Park has to offer.
“Filming in spring time meant the team were able to capture footage of the paths in the best of the Scottish weather including the stunning bluebells at Inchcailloch.”
A spokesperson from Google said: “Google Maps gives people access to some of the most beautiful places in the world.
“The impressive images taken by the Google Trekker camera of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park will allow people to make the most of their trip by planning their route in advance so they’re able to spend more time outdoors.”
The National Park Authority plan to borrow the equipment again in the future to film more paths and showcase the incredible natural beauty of the Park and everything it has to offer.
To view the footage filmed, visit Google Maps and enter the path name in the search bar.
Remote Take a virtual tour of Inchcailloch island
Google maps Balloch Park is now featured