map of new section
Work has begun on the final section of the Loch Leven Heritage Trail.
The last 6.5 kilometre section will complete a 21 kilometre loop
and include the highest point on the trail, a hillock at the south
west corner of the RSPB’s Loch Leven Reserve. TRACKS, The
Rural Access Committee of Kinross-shire, who are running the project,
say it will give the trail’s best view of the loch and surrounding
area. A viewpoint with seating is to be built there and architects
have been invited to create a design which blends into the landscape.
This last section will be opened next spring. It will close the
gap between Vane Farm (now called the Loch Leven Reserve) and Loch
Leven Mills in Kinross. The route will follow close to the edge
of Loch Leven from Loch Leven Mills to the Gairney Water, at which
point a new bridge will lead into the RSPB reserve. The trail will
then follow round the west and south sides of the reserve to end
at a new entrance site at Vane Farm. When this last phase is finished
the circuit will be available to walkers and cyclists, with full
access for disabled people all the way round.
The final section is costing £800, 000. The principal donor
is the Heritage Lottery Fund with further contributions from Scottish
Natural Heritage, The Arthur and Margaret Thompson Trust, The Gannochy
Trust and Sustrans. A very valuable new donation has been a bequest
from the late Jean Lindsay, a member of the congregation at Cleish
Church, who has gifted £83,600 to the development of the Heritage
Trail. She had greatly enjoyed the existing trail and wanted it
to be completed. The entire heritage trail is costing £3 millions.
Neil Kilpatrick, Project Director of the LLHT, says: “It has
taken over a year of patient negotiations with the relevant landowners
to get to this stage and now we’re very excited that the end
is in sight. In keeping with the rest of the trail, this final section
will feature high quality design helping people to get the best
from the natural heritage and historical features of the area.”
Commenting on the start of work the chairman of TRACKS Cllr. Willie
Robertson said. “I’m delighted that we have reached
this stage. I know the news will be warmly welcomed by many people
in Perth & Kinross and further a field who have longed to see
the trail completed. The trail has become a very important facility
for Kinross-shire and has truly put us on the map.”
The final route was made possible by the generosity and willing
co-operation of the landowners involved. They are Sir David Montgomery,
Bob Purvis, Scottish Natural Heritage, The McLaren Family and RSPB.
The first phase of the heritage trail, from Kinross to Burleigh
Sands, started in 2006. It now attracts over 200, 000 visitors a
year and makes a significant contribution to the local economy.
Further information from:-
Neil Kilpatrick, Project Director 01577 850268
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Loch Leven Heritage Trail runs 12.5 km round the
north side Scotland’s largest lowland loch. Between Kinross
Pier and Vane Farm, the trail provides excellent access to the lochside
for walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users.
Loch Leven has many tales to tell, it’s one of the best places to see geese, ducks and other birds, and the story of its people is highly eventful.
Loch Leven has been a home for monks, the scene of sieges and a queen’s escape. It has welcomed generations of anglers and hosted huge bonspiels, the great curling tournaments. Now the whole Loch is a National Nature Reserve with rare plants and insects and thousands of breeding and wintering birds.
Loch Leven Heritage Trail was developed by TRACKS (The Rural Access Committee for Kinross-shire). TRACKS would like to thank many organisations and individuals for their generous support. >> View credits (160k)
The Trail was developed on behalf of all.
Whether a regular or first-time visitor,
enjoy your visit!