A planning application has been submitted for the first phase of works to help restore the Falls of Leny as a visitor destination in its own right.
The Falls of Leny is a historically important local landmark from when Callander was first developed as a tourist destination. Particularly popular in the 1800’s, the beautiful vistas of the area were viewed as a beacon of tranquility by Glasgow’s elite who were looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the heavily industrialised city. With spectacular views of crashing water where the River Leny rushes through a narrow gorge, the Falls of Leny was a key visitor draw and attracted investment and minor development including what is known locally as the Victorian Walkway.
However overtime the walkway and the path network at the Falls of Leny have fallen into a state of disrepair and have recently been closed to visitors, even though many still find a way to access the dramatic views. As part of Callander’s Landscape, partners are aiming to regenerate the site as a popular visitor destination once more.
The project has been through an extensive planning phase, including consultation with many partners, community members and landowners. Following this, plans for the project have been split into two phases. The planning application submitted outlines proposals for phase 1 of the works, including:
- A new footbridge over the Falls which will offer a new viewpoint to take in the sights. The footbridge will improve access for all forms of transport by connecting the Victorian walkway to the adjacent cycle and walking routes, including the Ben Ledi footpath and the National Cyleway 7 (NCN 7).
- Restoration of the Victorian walkway so that it can be enjoyed once more.
- Development of the nearby Bochastle car park, owned by Forestry and Land Scotland (formerly Forestry Commission Scotland), to better cope with increasing visitor numbers.
You can view the application at the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority’s e-planning portal by searching ref#2019/0155/DET.
More information on the Falls of Leny visitor destination project can be found here.