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Artistic viewpoints built in Loch Lomond national park

Loch Lomond viewpoint Image copyright Michael McGurk
Image caption The viewpoints have been designed by architects in a bid to enhance tourist routes

New viewpoints on a route around Scotland's first National Park have been unveiled.

Architects designed the three artistic viewpoints as part of the new route around the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

The project is by the Scottish Scenic Routes initiative, created by the government to improve tourist routes.

More viewpoints are to be built at the Cairngorms National park and along Scotland's canal network.

The Loch Lomond project is the pilot in the Scottish Scenic Routes programme, which aims to improve the experience of locals and visitors by making the most of views on tourist routes around the country.

More than 100 architects entered a nationwide competition to design the three viewpoints, with a fourth set to be revealed later this year.

The first viewpoint is a woven tunnel of steel rods at the Falls of Falloch, off the A82 south of Crianlarich.

The construction, designed by John Kennedy, provides a dramatic framed view of the waterfall, accompanied by a poem by Dorothy Wordsworth etched on the viewing platform.

Image copyright Michael McGurk
Image caption One of the viewing platforms offers a view of the Falls of Falloch

Another viewpoint has been built at Balquhidder Glen, on a strip of land between Loch Voil and Loch Doine, down a single track road off the A84 south of Lochearnhead.

"Lookout" by Daniel Tyler and Angus Ritchie is a mirrored cabin which reflects the water, mountains and glens around it, and contains two benches built into the structure.

The final viewing point is at the south end of Loch Lubnaig, further down the A84 towards Callander.

Ruairidh Moir designed the wooden hideaway nestled among the trees, which offers views across the loch to Ben Ledi.

'Innovative viewpoints'

Scottish Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said Scotland's "breath-taking scenery" is "hugely admired across the world".

"Innovative viewpoints in areas of outstanding scenery will enhance the appreciation of Scotland's landscapes and enrich journeys for both residents and visitors," he said.

"It will also support rural economy and employment by creating additional interest and driving more people to the areas.

"We have some top architectural talent in Scotland and these new sites have provided a great opportunity for young architects to showcase their talents.

"These three viewpoints build and capitalise on what is an already famously beautiful landscape and I look forward to visiting them."

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