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Reflecting on The Lookout, Loch Voil

May 2017

This fab little installation sits on the bit of land between Loch Voil and Loch Doine, near Balquhidder in the heart of the Trossachs. It was built in 2014 by two students from Strathclyde University, as part of their Advanced Architectural Design thesis, and was designed to frame and mirror the scenery. Job well done!

And it’s not just the scenery it mirrors…

Although it was a pretty murky day when we visited, it was certainly atmospheric. And, because it’s very tucked away in the glen and the road is single track most of the way, you’re highly likely to be the only ones there, as we were.

When we tried to go back to The Lookout on a much brighter day in March 2018, the path down from the road was closed. Bit irritating, but we turned the excursion into a lochside pootle and I satisfied myself with some watery shots instead 😊.

Looking west

Looking east, towards Loch Doine and Loch Voil in the distance

(Google Maps)



Getting there: From Callander, take the A84 north towards Lochearnhead. Around 2 miles after Strathyre, you’ll see the Mhor 84 motel & restaurant and a turning right, signed Kingshouse & Balquhidder – take that. Follow the road around and under the main carriageway, carry on through Balquhidder (stopping at the church to see Rob Roy’s grave if you fancy) and The Lookout is about 3.5 miles further on, just over a little bridge. You can park on the side of the road just outside the main entrance to Monachyle Mhor or keep going a bit further up the hill and there are more little spots on the verge where you can leave the car.

Sat Nav: FK19 8PQ

OS Landranger map: 57 STIRLING & THE TROSSACHS

Terrain: Grass.

Nearest facilities: Monachyle Mhor Hotel, but I’d suggest you go back down to the main road and slip into its more casual, dog-friendly sister establishment, Mhor 84.


All maps in the blog are from Google Maps

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