Chef and broadcaster Nick Nairn got competitors on their way in a challenging cycling and running race held in the Trossachs.
The sixteen mile Loop o’ the Loch was the final event in The Great Trossachs FunFest, a week of activities celebrating the opening of two new Visitor Gateways and a 30 mile long distance trail in the area, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The race took entrants around the stunning scenery of Loch Venachar, including part of The Great Trossachs Path, Scotland’s newest national trail. It was organised by Callander based social enterprise Skidaddle.
Nick Nairn said: “The Trossachs offer an unrivalled combination of outstanding natural beauty and accessibility. To capitalise on this and to secure this unique asset for future generations we need more paths and more native woodland.
“The Great Trossachs Forest is a fantastic project that is already delivering benefits for the area, and the recent completion of two new Visitor Gateways and The Great Trossachs Path will do a great deal to encourage more people to visit.
“It’s great that local organisations like Skidaddle are capitalising on the new route already and bringing more people into the area to enjoy this fantastic part of Scotland on both two feet and two wheels.”
Sue Morris, project manager for The Great Trossachs Forest said: “The Great Trossachs Path offers something for everyone, from long distance runners and cyclists to families looking for a scenic stroll through the woods.
“Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund we’re creating new habitat to bring back native wildlife and also looking to increasing the potential for outdoor recreation through the creation of new paths and visitor facilities.”