National Park Authority invests in visitor facilities

Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund

Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Authority will be carrying out a significant programme of upgrades to our key visitor sites on West Loch Lomond starting with Tarbet from next Monday (22nd July).

This will see over £180,000 invested in the Tarbet site to improve the toilets, car parking and bins and to introduce a 24 hour access toilet and motorhome service point. We also hope to introduce free Wifi at the site.

This work is part of a wider £700,000 programme that will also see upgrades to our sites at Luss, Inveruglas and Balmaha. This is being part-funded by Visit Scotland’s Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

While we recognise that closures during the late summer season are not ideal, they are necessary in order to meet the funding requirements of the RTIF grant and to ensure we can phase the work so as not to have multiple sites closed at the same time, so the work needs to begin by the end of July.

The work at Tarbet will only see the toilets and café building closed from 22nd July until the end of August. The car park and wider site will remain open, however there will be no through access to Pier Road at the toilets.

Coaches taking visitors to boat tours will be able to access the pier via Pier Road and we are working with the cruise operator who intends to install temporary toilets and catering facilities at the pier for their customers.

Alternative public toilets are available at Luss (southbound 8 miles) Firkin Point (southbound 2 miles) and Inveruglas (northbound 4 miles).

Signage is being installed on site and at the entrances to inform visitors of the public toilet closures and highlight the nearest available facilities.

This programme of upgrades will deliver multiple benefits including improved accessibility, lower carbon footprint, a reduction in litter and significantly improve the overall experience of visitors to Loch Lomond.

Notes to Editor

Following a successful bid to Visit Scotland’s Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund, the National Park Authority will be upgrading visitor facilities at three of the most popular locations on West Loch Lomond in the latter part of the summer.

Luss, Tarbet and Inveruglus will all benefit from the investment with facilities such as toilets, parking and bins being upgraded and modernised. A motorhome toilet disposal point at Tarbet is also being introduced as well as 24 hour access toilets at both Tarbet and Inveruglas.

The work will deliver multiple benefits to the area, responding to changing visitor needs, including increasing accessibility, lowering the carbon footprint, improving the parking facilities at Inveruglas and reducing litter.

As this is a significant programme of improvements, closures or partial closure of the facilities are unavoidable however work will be phased to ensure that only one facility is affected at a time. There will be signage on site to make people aware of the work and updates on how the project is progressing will be available on the National Park Authority’s social media.

Gordon Watson, Chief Executive Officer at Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park said: “Loch Lomond is an iconic visitor destination attracting millions of visitors each year. While people primarily visit for the scenery and recreation opportunities on offer, things like high quality toilets, parking, campervan facilities and bins can make a huge difference to a visitor’s overall experience.

“Over the last four years we’ve seen a 50% increase in visitors using our toilet facilities around Loch Lomond. The current facilities, built over 20 years ago, were not built to cope with this volume so improving them is a key priority for us.

“We recognise that closures during the latter half of the summer season are not ideal, but in order to maximise the external funding available for this project, all work requires to be carried out within this timeframe.

“Modernising facilities at these key sites will help to provide a world class experience that matches the expectations of people coming to Scotland’s first National Park.”

The work will begin at Tarbet toilets later this month and will not only improve visitor experience and relieve pressures but will also ensure the future sustainability of the facilities.

The building in Tarbet will be closed from 22nd July until late August. The car park will remain open but coaches will not be able to access the pier road via the National Park Authority’s car park.

The North car park and building in Inveruglus will be closed from 2nd September until late October. The whole site will be closed from 23rd September until late October.

Dates for the work in Luss are still to be confirmed but work is likely to start in October and will only involve a short closure period.

The project is part funded through Visit Scotland’s Rural Tourism Infrastructure Fund.