Improvements including a natural play and sculpture trail and a visitor gateway have been unveiled at Glen Finglas estate in the Trossachs.
Residents from nearby Brig o‘ Turk were the first to get a chance to explore the new visitor gateway, and local children were led on a magical woodland walk through Little Druim Wood, where an exciting set of natural play features and sculptures have been installed.
Thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund we’ve been able to build bring the landscape to life, giving visitors the confidence to explore further and learn more about the wildlife and habitats that make their home in this beautiful part of Scotland.
The Visitor Gateway at Glen Finglas is the first of two to be constructed within The Great Trossachs Forest. The second will be at the RSPB’s Inversnaid Nature Reserve.
The natural play trail includes a number of features, including troll bells to awaken the legendary Clach troll and a spy chamber where children can look out for resident wildlife in Little Druim Wood.
The improvements have been funded as part of a £848,000 grant from HLF Scotland towards The Great Trossachs Forest. Work to complete The Great Trossachs Path, a long distance trail covering the full length of the project area from Loch Lomond to Callander will be completed in spring 2014.
Glen Finglas Estate is part of the The Great Trossachs Forest, a huge project covering an area the size of Glasgow that aims to restore a range of natural habitats including native woodland. It has brought together Forestry Commission, Woodland Trust and RSPB Scotland who have a shared vision for the area that will take 200 years to be fully realised.