Despite inclement weather and inevitable pandemic-related delays, the revamp and expansion of Bochastle Car Park was successfully completed shortly before Christmas. An eight-week construction period saw appointed contractor Idverde (Glasgow) embark upon a doubling of the car park’s capacity to 29 spaces, with a turning circle also established.

Before and after photos showing the expansion of the car park

Beyond the large boulders positioned to line the car park’s eastern border, regrading and soft landscaping of the steep downhill boundary has helped to retain a natural feel, with the welcome introduction of habitat piles to encourage further biodiversity. Attractive gabion baskets have been installed along the opposite perimeter, with picnic benches arriving in due course. The 130 metre-long footpath out of the car park has been widened and resurfaced with tarmac, providing a smooth and accessible connection down the gentle gradient to nearby National Cycle Route 7. The bell mouth entrance into the site from the A821 has been overhauled and resurfaced with asphalt, with the addition of painted line markings providing a safer junction to and from the road.

Before and after photo showing the upgrade of the access path from the car park to the cycle path.

In a fine example of partnership working and commitment to locally-sourced materials, Forestry & Land Scotland generously provided the crushed stone surfacing directly from Bochastle Quarry, a mere half-mile up the adjacent forest track. Beneath the surface, enhanced drainage and geotextile lining will ensure the car park remains robust and durable.

The improvements provide increased capacity for visitors to Ben Ledi, the Falls of Leny, sites of interest such as Samson’s Stone and Dunmore Fort, the Great Trossachs Path and the wider Callander area. Callander’s Landscape plans for the coming months will also see the introduction of interpretation panels highlighting the area’s notable cultural and natural heritage.

The car park upgrade was possible thanks to funding totalling £160,000 which has been provided by Forth Valley & Lomond LEADER, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority. Thanks also to our partners Forestry and Land Scotland and The Woodland Trust.