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After Ten Years of planning and hard work the trail is now complete.

At last the full circuit of Loch Leven is now fully open to the public and we in TRACKS can only hope that after ten years of patient development the whole Kinross-shire community will get lasting pleasure from it. We have deliberately opened the last section of the Trail quietly to allow early access, but the formal Opening Ceremony will now take place on Friday 30th May at 11.00am. The ceremony will be performed by Dame Seona Reid who is Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland and Deputy Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund in the UK. In view of the continuous support that we have had from HLF, our major sponsor, over the whole period of the project it is highly appropriate that Dame Seona should perform this task. Everybody is invited to attend this event which will be held at the spectacular new Viewpoint on the trail at East Brackley. Access will be either from the new Vane Farm entrance to the trail or by walking out from Kinross. It will not be possible to get access by parking on the B9097 at East Brackley.

Although the trail itself is complete and usable by cycle or on foot a number of heritage art works remain to be finished and installed. These include two sculpted engraved stone benches outside the East Brackley Viewpoint accompanied by a stone sphere one metre in diameter which will have engraved on it a selection of the migratory birds that visit Loch Leven. The artist for both works, David Wilson from Perth, hopes to be able to carry out the sphere carving work on site so that visitors can see this being done in outdoor studio conditions. Also commissioned but not yet completed is a Railway Heritage feature which will be installed at the Kinross Mill end of the Trail. This artwork will sit on the site of the old Kinross railway sidings and the design has been taken from an old photograph in the Kinross Museum of a railway engine standing on the exact spot. It is hoped that both of these commissions will add real value to the trail experience.

The final touch to the Trail will be a new downloaded App suitable for use on either smartphone or tablet. This will come in both Apple and Android format and has been designed both as a guide to the user on the trail and as a way of exploring the potential experience before setting out. It will contain concise information on over 30 heritage sites around the loch, it will have modern and ancient maps of the territory and there will be games and competitions for children. All parking, eating and information points around the loch will be covered. A number of pupils from Kinross High School are to assist our developer, DOGFI.SH, in testing the Apps before they are released

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Further information from:-
Neil Kilpatrick, Project Director 01577 850268

The Trail was developed on behalf of all.

Whether a regular or first-time visitor,
enjoy your visit!

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Watch out for...

sedge warbler
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sedge warbler
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otter
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otter
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kingfisher
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kingfisher

>> go to the kids' page for fun activities

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loch leven walks
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walks
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loch leven birdwatching
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birdwatching
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loch leven cycle rides
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cycle rides

>> go to the walks page for advice on your visit

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