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New Guide Book Launched for Three Lochs Way

On Monday 27 May 2013, at the Three Villages Hall in Arrochar, Helensburgh and District Access Trust asked Jimmie Macgregor, Folksinger and 'Outdoors' Champion to launch the new Guidebook for the Three Lochs Way.

Jimmie was most complimentary about the guide being so comprehensive with lots of interesting interpretation as well as navigation details. No walk is complete without coffee and cake so a celebratory cutting of the The Three Lochs Way cake was well received. 

The guidebook is available to buy from Access Trust members and other local outlets including Balloch, Helensburgh and Tarbet VisitScotland information centres. Buy it online at www.threelochsway.com

The ceremony marked the completion of the first phase of the Trust's Three Lochs Way Improvement Project.

  • Helensburgh and District Access Trust is a volunteer group of about 12 people.
  • To get this far has taken 9 years and a lot of dogged determination on the part of HADAT's trustees since the Access Trust commissioned a feasibility report on the route in 2004.
  • Total funding of £29,000 for this project has been provided by The H&D Access Trust, Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs – a local conservation charity, and Love Loch Lomond – our local tourism organisation with Argyll and Bute Leader programme – European money supplying 50% of the funding.
  • The Project has delivered iPhone and Android mobile phone apps with maps which have been downloaded approximately 700 times since last June when first launched.
  • 3 information panels have been installed in the Arrochar/Tarbet area which help walkers access the local path network as well as the main TLW route
  • 26 signposts and 4 self-closing gates have been installed.
  • A redundant footbridge has been relocated from Duchess Woods in Helensburgh and installed in Glenmallan/Cullanach.
  • Working with local graphic artist, Al Pyke, access trust member John Urquhart has provided the text and the photographs for the official TLW guidebook. 
  • The Project has delivered this for £29,000.

Many local businesses are now benefiting from the walkers using the route and one business is actively extending premises to cope with increasing demand. So it's a 'win win' for all concerned.

For further information or higher resolution images please contact: 

Anne Urquhart, Vice Convener

Helensburgh & District Access Trust – SCIO 031468
Balmillig B&B
64B Colquhoun Street, Helensburgh  G84 9JP
anne@balmillig.co.uk  
01436 674922

Visit www.threelochsway.co.uk or www.facebook.com/threelochsway

 

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