Stirling Observer

Green light for tower and platform at loch

HistoricTr­ossachs Pier path will also be reinstated

- ALASTAIR MCNEILL

A scheme to create a striking lookout tower and platforms above Trossachs Pier was given the green light this week.

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park approved the Steamship Sir Walter Scott’s plans by the Loch Katrine harbour after a three-and-a-half-hour meeting and site visit by members of the park authority’s planning committee earlier this week.

The reinstatem­ent of the Roderick Dhu path, named after an early 18th century associate of Rob Roy, is also part of the project.

The site is the spot where Sir Walter Scott was inspired to write his Lady of the Lake poem which is credited with triggering the birth of Scottish tourism.

Steamship trust chief executive and chairperso­n of the Friends James Fraser said: “Securing approval for this landmark cultural heritage project to celebrate the contributi­on of literary giants such as Sir Walter Scott to Scottish tourism is a major step forward in our efforts to improve visitor facilities and connect people with Scotland’s rich natural and cultural heritage in easily accessible, safe and responsibl­e ways that are compatible with the aims of the National Park.

“We are hugely indebted to the large number of local residents, visitors, businesses and community and conservati­on groups for their unpreceden­ted level of support for this project which has really captured the imaginatio­n and we look forward to delivering a high-quality project which does justice to the magnificen­t setting which Scott vividly described as the scenery of a fairy dream.’’

The project is part of a more ambitious Trossachs Trail Tourism Management Programme developed by charities the Sir Walter Scott Steamship Trust and Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs- in partnershi­p with local communitie­s and Forestry and Land Scotland and seeks to improve visitor infrastruc­ture at tourist hotspots in the heart of the Trossachs.

A conditiona­l funding approval of £375,000 was secured earlier this year from VisitScotl­and’s Rural Tourism Infrastruc­ture Fund to assist with the delivery of this project and a series of car park and visitor facility improvemen­ts at Ben A’an, Trossachs Pier and Stronachla­char Pier car parks, along with improved signing around the 40 mile Trossachs Trail which was inspired by the original Trossachs Tour developed by Thomas Cook in the 1800s.

The site had also been visited by other accessible in the late 1770s by a new road blasted out of the rock.

Clansmen were based at the site in the 1700s to guard the Trossachs Pass below and provide early alerts to Rob Roy MacGregor and his clanspeopl­e of any advancing redcoats.

 ??  ?? Green light Go ahead has been given for a lookout tower and platforms at a scenic spot on Loch Katrine where Sir Walter Scott was inspired to write one of his most famous works
Green light Go ahead has been given for a lookout tower and platforms at a scenic spot on Loch Katrine where Sir Walter Scott was inspired to write one of his most famous works
 ??  ?? Plans Permission has been granted to reinstate the historic Roderick Dhu Path and construct a lookout tower and platforms above Trossachs Pier on the loch
Plans Permission has been granted to reinstate the historic Roderick Dhu Path and construct a lookout tower and platforms above Trossachs Pier on the loch

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