Sea lochs trail is brought back to life

The Clyde Sea Lochs Trail has been brought back to life, with new panels telling the story of coastal communities.

A new look: Anne Urquhart of Love Loch Lomond installing one of the new panels.
A new look: Anne Urquhart of Love Loch Lomond installing one of the new panels.

The trail was first launched 15 years ago, but information panels soon became faded or damaged, so local tourism group Love Loch Lomond decided to take action.

As revealed here in 2013, they commissioned new-look durable interpretation panels and these have now been unveiled.

Linking a necklace of coastal communities fringing the south western edge of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, the trail leads visitors on a fascinating and scenic journey of discovery.

Featuring new panoramic and wildlife illustrations of every site, each panel is packed with information about the Clyde Sea Lochs, their origins, scenery, wildlife and communities.

Stuart Cordner, chair of Love Loch Lomond, said: “Love Loch Lomond is delighted to launch the Clyde Sea Lochs Trail.

“The new interpretation panels have been completely rewritten and designed, and now include a geocaching trail making the Clyde Sea Lochs an even more appealing area to visitors keen to get off the beaten track.”

There are nine panels to discover and each one is sited at a point of interest or viewpoint: Ardmore Point (car park); Denny Tank, Dumbarton; Helensburgh; the A817 Haul Road above the Gareloch; Whistlefield; Arrochar; Clynder; Kilcreggan and Cove.

All panels are easily accessible from the road and have good car park nearby. The panels contain information about local walking and cycling routes nearby and for geocaching enthusiasts there is a new set of caches themed around the Clyde Sea Lochs Trail.

Before and after: pictured below are the new panels at Kilcreggan and Clynder, and one of the old, faded panels.