The Clyde Sea Lochs Trail could be getting a clean new look, with dilapidated information boards being replaced thanks to volunteers.
Launched in 2000, the trail aimed to bring visitors to areas such as Helensburgh and the Rosneath Peninsula which were often bypassed by tourists heading north along the A82.
Twenty road signs were installed in 2004 and these are mainly in good condition, however the interpretation panels have been worn away for several years now.
But the Love Loch Lomond group has tackled the problem and designed new panels, which they aim to have in place along the trail in time for next year’s tourist season.
The metal stanchions with silhouettes of local images will remain in place, with new panels researched and worded by John Urquhart of lomondguides.co.uk, with artwork and design n by Al Pyke of Deepstream Design.
Anne Urquhart, a director and secretary of Love Loch Lomond, said the new panels used a more economical material so two copies of each one would be ordered to make replacement easier.
The first new-look board was installed on Helensburgh seafront last year thanks to funding from the CHORD project; it was removed before the current construction works but will be returned once they are complete.
Mrs Urquhart said: “John and I have been trying for many years to obtain funding to renovate the panels which have never been a great asset as they deteriorated very quickly after installation.
“Love Loch Lomond considers the whole concept of the Sea Lochs Trail important in encouraging visitors to divert from the busy A82 route and explore this quieter, peaceful and interesting corner of the area. It’s good for the visitor and good for the businesses along the route.”
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