IS­LAND’S IN THE STREAM

Beau­ti­ful Inch­cail­loch now on Google Maps

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Carla Tal­bot

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

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