Cairngorms and Caledonian Canal win second round of Scenic Routes projects
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March 31 2014Scenic Routes projects on sites near Devil’s Elbow, Glen Shee and on the Lecht Road near Cock Bridge in the Cairngorms National Park and at Banavie and Laggan on the Caledonian Canal.
The £500k project is the second stage of a competition to invite young architects to design installations which celebrate and improve access to some of Scotland’s most scenic spaces.
Steve Dunlop, chief executive of Scottish Canals, said: “We know from the experience of Scandinavia that creating new and innovative opportunities for visitors to stop off and enjoy the landscape can significantly benefit the nation’s tourist economy. With the help of some of the finest young architectural talent in Scotland, we have no doubt this project will encourage even more people to leave the couch behind and explore the many wonders of the canal network.
“Banavie, which sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis and is home to the iconic lock flight of Neptune’s Staircase, offers some incredible sights. Laggan, where the rugged, fjord-like scenery of Loch Lochy meets the man-made beauty of the Caledonian Canal, is just as stunning. Both locations are jewels in the crown of the Caledonian Canal and we can’t wait to see how the competition’s designs celebrate them.”
The first phase of the project saw three projects given the go-ahead at Inveruglas, Falls of Falloch and Loch Lubnaig, all within Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
The project draws inspiration from the success of a similar scheme in Norway and is being funded by the Scottish Government
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