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October 13 2020

Killearn honeypot to maximise Finnich Glen tourism potential

A Stirling beauty spot is to be subject to a visitor centre, cafe and car park to accommodate growing numbers of visitors.

Stirling Council has given the all-clear to proposals by Bell Ingram Design to erect the facilities on a 10.9-hectare site near Finnich Glen, Killearn, as a hub for a network of paths bridges and viewing platforms around the gorge.

This will include installation of a dedicated steel staircase above precipitous and uneven stone steps to improve accessibility and safety while mitigating damage to the natural environment.

To fund this infrastructure the landowner has designated a nearby field for parking together with a larch clad visitor centre with panels rising above the eaves line in a reference to the rugged form of the surrounding landscape.

Iain Cram, director of Bell Ingram Design, said: “Our brief was to create a visitor experience that would allow people to get in and out safely with the minimum of fuss and the least possible amount of damage to the environment.

“With upwards of 70,000 people now visiting Finnich Glen each year – a number that looks likely increase – parking has always been a top priority, and our plans centre around the creation of a 150-space car park which will eliminate the danger caused by people abandoning their cars along the grass verges.”

A fully glazed restaurant is connected by link bridge and will be cantilevered out to the tree line, with a network of timber walkways and decks cutting through the woods.

A dedicated visitor centre and restaurant will be clad in larch timber panels
A dedicated visitor centre and restaurant will be clad in larch timber panels
Commercial development is described as necessary to fund public realm improvements
Commercial development is described as necessary to fund public realm improvements

5 Comments

Randall Sloan
#1 Posted by Randall Sloan on 13 Oct 2020 at 15:03 PM
Sorry, I could swear that reads Bell Ingram "Design"...really?
IndyNoo
#2 Posted by IndyNoo on 13 Oct 2020 at 16:19 PM
You know a scheme is going to be just amazing when the sea of car-parking and awfully "designed" visitor centre are hidden behind some naff 3d trees.
D Murphy
#3 Posted by D Murphy on 14 Oct 2020 at 23:18 PM
Couldn't the council purchase land, build a car park, charge people £2 a visit until all the cost had been repaid then make it free? Worked with Erskine Bridge, eventually. Why always the need to make profit in simple things like viewing our country's treasures?
Sue Pearman
#4 Posted by Sue Pearman on 15 Oct 2020 at 12:45 PM
They've tried very hard to show how to go about degrading our country's little countryside gems. Quite sad really.
Whispering Andy
#5 Posted by Whispering Andy on 19 Oct 2020 at 12:46 PM
Whisper it......but that is incredibly dull.

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