I am delighted to be able to let you know that the gates to the sites at Loch Lubnaig are now open to the public. A small gathering of stakeholders met at the end of November to see Bruce Crawford MSP unveil a plaque recognising the completion of the work and to meet the operators of the new facilities.
Bruce Crawford MSP visits Loch Lubnaig site.
The two sites will be open every day to allow visitors to stop and take in the view. You can stop in now during the day, between 10am and 4pm if you want to visit. The sites will, of course, be closed throughout the night.
It is planned to have the kiosk, camping area, toilets and overnight motorhome bays fully operational from March in time for the summer season. The kiosk will offer hot and cold food and soft drinks and access to the toilets.
There will also be short stay opportunities for those passing through with motor homes if you want to take a break in your journey. You will also be able to empty black water tanks and replenish fresh water for a small fee. Due to the size of the car parking area there is a limit of 7.5m on the length of motorhomes wanting to use the site. The proceeds from this will contribute to the emptying of the black water holding tank on the site.
As you can imagine with any new development there are always snagging issues and some of the comments received already have picked up on these. The new generator does make a low noise when it is running but it is designed to switch off during the day after charging batteries in the morning. Unfortunately there was a teething problem with this but I’m glad to say this has now been fixed.
For those of you who use the A84 regularly you will no doubt have seen a few new establishments starting up that will complement the existing businesses already offering food and accommodation.
The Broch, just as you come into Strathyre heading north after the campsite on the left, opened in August and offers a range of catering from sandwiches to a sit down meal with a glass of wine. The Broch will be open all year. Contact details: The Broch Cafe, FK18 8NA. Tel: 01877 384612
Mhor 84 also opened its doors this year, rebranding what was the Kings House hotel at Balquhidder. Here you can have breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper. There is also accommodation available if you want to make more of your stay in the area, as the hotel is open all year. Contact details: Mhor 84, Balquhidder, FK19 8NY. To book a table or accommodation Call 01877 384646 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘The Cabin’ is the name of the kiosk at the new site at Loch Lubnaig and this will add to this provision when it is open in March. Here you will be able to stop and have a sandwich or burger, a cup of soup or a hot or cold drink. The Cabin will be open every day until the end of the season. I will post the contact details for booking once this is in place.
Even though it is getting noticeably more wintry now, the Lubnaig sites are looking really good. I really like this time of year because I get a chance to see the National Park quite literally in a different light. The contrast in colours and the shadows caused when the sun gets a chance to shine brings parts of the park you might not normally notice into clear view. The fact that it is usually a bit quieter as well provides an opportunity to sit undisturbed and take in everything that’s going on around you. But don’t take my word for it; why not take a drive and see for yourself.
Your man on the ground.