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Scottish Scenic Routes

How an inspired project is helping enhance our spectacular countryside

‘Stargate Loch Lomond’ - Loch Lomond’s very own pyramid!

IT’S NOT often you associate the Scottish countryside with pyramids, but Loch Lomond now has a splendid one! An Ceann Mòr, Gaelic for the Great Headland, is one of four installations that marked the inaugural Scottish Scenic Routes project. Funded by the Scottish Government, the four new landmarks were specifically designed to highlight features of much loved areas of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

An Ceann Mor, above Inveruglas visitor centre, Loch Lomond

The four new landmarks were specifically designed to highlight features of much loved areas of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

The challenge to take a beautiful and much-loved spot and succeed in enhancing it has been at the heart of the Scenic Routes competitions, and it’s a challenge talented young architects have risen to with resounding success. The winning designs are all very different, but have one thing in common; they make you stop, think and see a familiar scene in a new way

Our first stop was the striking pyramid, An Ceann Mòr, which sits high above the loch close to the Inveruglas Visitor Centre, with stunning views down towards Ben Lomond and over to the Arrochar Alps. But that’s not all you’ll see as you stand on this beautiful wooden structure. You’ll find your eyes drawn to another distinctive landmark, the Loch Sloy Hydro-Electric power station. How often do we drive past it without giving it a second thought? And yet its construction was part of one of the most progressive and far-reaching engineering projects in the world.

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