Five picturesque paths and wonderful woodland walks within Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park are now live on Google Maps. Staff and volunteers from the park used high-tech equipment from Google to capture some of the most popular paths, to showcase the area and share it with a global audience.
The project is part of the Google Street View Camera Loan program which allows organisations to borrow 360° Street View Trekker camera backpacks at no cost to capture their local environment.
The data is now live on Google Maps enabling people to see the terrain before visiting, so they can plan ahead.
The paths which feature on the site are:
- Balloch Country Park
- Inchcailloch island – woodland & summit
- Puck’s Glen
- Bracklinn Falls
- Aberfoyle Forest Lodge paths
Simon Jones, Director of Conservation and Visitor Operations at Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park said: “Having these paths available to view on Google Maps will allow millions of people across the world to experience the amazing landscapes and scenery the Park has to offer. Filming in spring time meant the team were able to capture footage of the paths in the best of the Scottish weather including the stunning bluebells at Inchcailloch.”
The Communications team at the park coordinated the project, with the support from the access team. Digital Communications Intern, Vlad Turculet who was part of the filming group said: “The equipment we used was quite complex so the team took part in training before going out to film. This involved watching videos and taking quizzes to make sure we knew how to work everything.
“The backpack was also quite heavy, weighing around 20kg but we worked in pairs whilst filming, taking turns to carry the camera. It was really exciting and fun to be involved in this project and it’s great to finally see the footage on Google Maps.”
A spokesperson from Google said: “Google Maps gives people access to some of the most beautiful places in the world. The impressive images taken by the Google Trekker camera of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park will allow people to make the most of their trip by planning their route in advance so they’re able to spend more time outdoors.”
The Park Authority plans to borrow the equipment again in the future to film more paths and showcase more of the natural beauty of the park.