The exhibition of the Scenic Routes competition entries is presently touring Scotland.  Locations that have been arranged in the near future are:- The Lighthouse, Glasgow 6 – 29 May and Iona Gallery, Kingussie 30 May – 11 July.   The exhibition is also expected to visit Aberdeen School of Architecture late September (TBC).

The Scenic Routes initiative was launched in June 2013 by Richard Lochhead MSP, then Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment in the Scottish Government .

The second, 2-stage, Scottish Scenic Routes competition for projects on sites in the Cairngorms NPA and on the Caledonian Canal was launched  on 27 March.  Final judging of the shortlisted projects took place on 20 June.  The winners are designs for the ‘Harbour Rest’ at Laggan Locks by Sean Douglas and Gavin Murray and ‘The Watchers’ at Corgarff Lay-by by John Kennedy.

Proposals by Ruairidh Moir for Corgarff and by Melissa Lawson and Ross Aitchison for Laggan were Highly Commended.

A formal opening of two of the three initial pilot projects at the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park took place on 25 June.  The two completed projects are at Falls of Falloch, by John Kennedy, and Loch Lubnaig, by Ruairidh Moir.

A short film of the launch day can be viewed here:

Final year architecture students Daniel Tyler and Angus Ritchie at the University of Strathclyde have designed and constructed a temporary viewpoint structure which is now being exhibited beside Loch Voil in Balquhidder Braes next to the Monachyle Mhor hotel.  The project was part of their Master’s degree and is also part of the first round of the Scottish Government’s Scenic Routes Initiative.

Inspired by the National Tourist Routes programme in Norway, the Scottish Scenic Routes initiative aims to enhance the visitor experience of Scotland’s landscape by creating innovatively designed installations to enhance viewpoints in selected locations in areas of outstanding scenery.  The first competition for pilot projects in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park was open to architects and landscape architects who had recently graduated or had qualified within the last five years.