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!