Scenic routes: All Four viewpoints in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park now open.
With the opening of ‘An Ceann Mor’ at Inveruglas on the banks of Loch Lomond on the 13th of May, all four of Scottish Government funded Scenic Routes competition winning designs in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park are open to the public. Taking its lead from the National Tourist Routes programme in Norway, the project sought to involve young architects in the development of a series of interventions along Scotland’s most scenic routes.
At Inveruglas the timber structure of ‘An Ceann Mor’ (large headland) provides opportunities to rest, seek shelter and appreciate the views over Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. Designed by BTE Architecture the structure is 8 metres tall and the 31 steps allow visitors to appreciate the views at a variety of elevations.
‘Woven Sound’ at the Falls of Falloch offers visitors a brand new viewpoint to appreciate the waterfall. Designed by John Kennedy the shelter, formed by intertwine woven steel rods weaves its way subtly through the trees leading visitors to a diary entry by Dorothy Wordsworth recalling a visit to the falls etched in metal signifying arrival.
At Loch Lubnaig Beag, ‘Sloc nan Sitheanach’ (faeries hollow) designed by Ruairidh Campbell Moir makes perfect use of the natural shelter provided by the site to create a place to stop, coorie down and appreciate the view. Metalwork at the visitors feet is etched with a verse by Alexander Campbell which urges people to appreciate their surroundings.
The “Lookout” pavilion at Loch Voil past Balquhidder is the poetic result of a Masters student project, designed and built by Angus Ritchie and Daniel Tyler of the University of Strathclyde. The mirrored pavilion houses provides spaces for rest and shelter focusing on a reflecting the surrounding landscape.