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Visit Loch Lomond Newsletter Summer 2016

Loch Lomond and Trossachs Named Top UK Beauty Spot
Summer Competition
What’s On at Loch Lomond
In Memory of Tom Hunter, creator of the West Highland Way (1926-2016)
Proposed Wild Camping Byelaws
Summer at Loch Lomond
Ben Lomond Torchlight Challenge


Loch Lomond and Trossachs Named Top UK Beauty Spot

This May, the National Geographic Traveller, renowned for its stunning photographs and unique travel writing has named the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park as the top National Park in Britain, describing it as “stunning” and declares it a “Scottish haven.” Established in 2002, the National Park covers an area of 720 square miles. The Park is steeped in history and offers stunning loch landscapes, mountain views, hillwalking, climbing and boating. It is home to 22 lochs and 21 Munros (mountains over 3,000ft) including Ben Lomond, Ben Lui and Ben More. It also has 57 designated special nature conservation sites. Visit Loch Lomond this summer!

Summer Competition

Win three nights’ self catering accommodation in Strathblane

Ideally located for a twin break, Campsie View is within easy reach of the cities of Glasgow and Stirling and the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. Enter our summer competition to win a fantastic short break for two people.


What’s On at Loch Lomond

Get out and about this summer and take advantage of the longer, lighter nights. Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and head for the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. Enjoy traditional Highland Games around the loch with games at Helensburgh, Balloch and Luss to name a few.  Take to the water by sailboat, ferry or cruiser. You can find local Scottish produce at the farmers' markets and you can also shop till you drop at Loch Lomond Shores. All within easy reach of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling - have a great day out and check out What's On at Loch Lomond.

In Memory of Tom Hunter, creator of the West Highland Way (1926-2016)

Tom Hunter, the man who created the West Highland Way, sadly passed away on 14th February. He was a visionary who saw the potential of long distance walking paths, to protect the environment and prevent overdevelopment of the countryside. He had the idea to create a route from Glasgow to Fort William, later to become the West Highland Way.

Tom recounted how whilst walking on the slopes of Ben Lomond, he had seen the hydroelectric scheme and building developments on the western shores of Loch Lomond, which made him think of ways to limit the same thing happening on the eastern shores. Thus the seed was sown, and after talking with his wife Margaret and their walking club companions, they decided to design a route from Glasgow to Fort William.


Proposed Wild Camping Byelaws

New byelaws amounting to a ban on wild camping in parts of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs have been approved by the Scottish Government despite widespread opposition. From 2017, wild camping in certain areas of the National Park will be banned after the Scottish Government Minister responsible, Dr Aileen McLeod, approved the Park Authority’s proposal.

The new byelaws could see campers prosecuted for wild camping in restricted areas, and activists and campaigners have raised concerns about access rights saying the ban goes against SNP’s commitment to land reform and access rights.


Summer at Loch Lomond

The loch dazzles in a diamond tiara
On warm white sand, the red-billed oystercatcher
dances to its own name. A herd of roe deer
comes down to a rockpool to drink from the clear
cool water, fawns hiding by their does, shy
Far, far above them in a cobalt blue sky
Soar two golden eagles, just tiny black motes
to the naked eye. Too hot in shaggy coats
laze Highland cows in a daisy-filled meadow,
gazing at life through a sweet summer window
Mary Stewart Young

Other poems inspired by the banks of Loch Lomond
If you have a poem you can share with us, email us at info@visit-lochlomond.com


Ben Lomond Torchlight Challenge

On Saturday 17th September, experience the thrill of being on top of a mountain in the dark, and help raise funds for path repair and mountain rescue! The Ben Lomond Torchlight Challenge will give you the opportunity to enjoy being on the mountain top, in the dark, in the safe company of experienced Lomond Mountain Rescue Team members and the NTS Ranger Service. The walk up will be during sunset, and we'll send out a torchlight beacon to the world from the summit, before descending by torchlight, and hopefully a bit of moonlight.
 
To participate you will need to pay a registration fee and raise a minimum sponsorship sum in aid of two good causes: Ben Lomond footpath repair and the Lomond Mountain Rescue Team. All funds raised by the event will be split 60:40 between these two worthwhile mountain causes. This is an arduous walk, which will take several hours and require a good degree of fitness. Please contact us to discuss the event if you are at all unsure of the suitability of this event for yourself.  For further information and a registration pack, please email benlomond@nts.org.uk

If you have any comments or contributions for our newsletter, please e-mail us at info@visit-lochlomond.com



 

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