The final section of the Loch Leven Heritage Trail has been opened, at long last completing the footpath around lowland Scotland's largest freshwater loch, on which work first began back in 2006.
The 6.5km stretch between the RSPB reserve at Vane Farm and Loch Leven Mills in Kinross closes the loop to create a 21km lap of the loch. A long, gentle route through woods and wetlands, the trail is already hugely popular with walkers, cyclists and bird watchers.
Neil Kilpatrick, Project Director of the LLHT, said:
'It has taken over a year of patient negotiations with the relevant landowners to get to this stage. In keeping with the rest of the trail, this final section will feature high quality design helping people to get the best from the natural heritage and historical features of the area.'
The £800,000 cost for the last 6.5km stretch was met by principal donor the Heritage Lottery Fund with further contributions from Scottish Natural Heritage, The Arthur and Margaret Thompson Trust, The Gannochy Trust and Sustrans. An individual bequest was made by the late Jean Lindsay, a member of the congregation at nearby Cleish Church, who gifted £83,600 towards completing the trail. The entire project has cost £3million.