BLiSS Trail - Artist Installations

Rob Roy Country - A Place For All Seasons 

The unique BLiSS trail links the villages of Balquhidder, Lochearnhead,Strathyre and St Fillans, deep in the heart of ‘Rob Roy Country’. The initiative is the brainchild of LETi, the Loch Earn Tourism Information group. 

LETi has established the innovative arts trail to encourage more visitors to stop at, spend time in, and enjoy the villages and their spectacular settings by creating a new attraction for people of all ages to enjoy – providing a boost to tourism in the area and the local economy.

Art Installations * Ornamental Features * Food & Drink 

Photograph our beautiful Rob Roy Country

Balquhidder       *       Lochearnhead       *      Strathyre       *       St Fillans

Celebrating Year Of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016    

Drive along the trail around the A84 and A85 Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Strathyre and St Fillans starting from any of the villages. Enjoy a half day outing or a full day out with drinks, lunch and dinner stops. Alternatively, see sections of the trail one village at a time by bicycle or on foot. Bikes can be hired in Strathyre. Sustrans Cycle Route 7 (also part of the Rob Roy Way) on the old railway walkway,  connects sections of Strathyre, Balquhidder and Lochearnhead off road.

Trail 1 - Strathyre

Sloc Nan Sitheanach

Location - Lubnaig Beag, South Car Park, Strathyre, A84

Ruairidh Moir's vision of a tranquil viewing spot and resting place which offers shelter and invites visitors to  stop and take time to appreciate the marvellous, far reaching views offered by this special location overlooking Loch Lubnaig.

Ride our Seats - Jeremy Cunningham (galvanised steel and oak)

Location - the Broch Cafe Strathyre, A84

Much of Jeremy's work is focused on urban renewal and environmental improvement.

A Soaring Eagle - Iain Chalmers (carved wood)

Commissioned by Stirling Council

Location - Broch Recreation Area, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, Strathyre, A84

Iain Chalmers has been sculpting wood with a chainsaw for over 8 years.

For more information see www.chainsawcreations.co.uk

Hunting Owl and Feeding Time - Heather Gray (Steel)

Location - Airlie House Bed and Breakfast, Main Street, Strathyre, A84

Heather had always produced excellent art work but discovered her love for working with metals later in life.

Trail 2 -Balquhidder and Balquhidder Station

Grooming Stag - June McEwan (willow wicker)

Location -  Balquhidder Village Hall Balquhidder

A self employed artist for nearly 30 years, she has exhibited throughout Scotland and diversified into fields including mural painting, heraldy, organising residential art weekends teaching classes for adults and children.

For information on June's work, visit www.junemcewan.biz

The Lookout - Angus Ritchie and Daniel Tyler (wood and mirror)

Commissioned by Loch Lomond & The Trossach National Park for Scenic Routes

Location - Between Loch Voil and Doine, near Manchyle Mhor, Balquhidder.

Angus and Daniel designed and built The Lookout as part of their final year thesis project in conjunction with Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

For more information on Angus and Daniel's projects visit www.processcraft.co.uk

Sunflowers - Kev Paxton / ArtFe (steel, four meters high)

Location - The Golden Larches Restaurant and Cafe with Rooms, Balquhidder Station A84

The common sunflower is a popular, fun plant and whilst Kev's 4m high steel versions could certainly not be described as common, the centaily look set to be a well loved feature on the A84.

For more information on Kev's work visit www.artfe.co.uk

Trail 3 - Lochearnhead

Dragon Bike - June McEwan (Willow wicker)

Location - Mansewood Country House Lochearnhead, A84

Dragon Bike which is outside The Mansewood Country House - a popular place for motorbiking holidaymakers to stay.

For more information on June's work visit www.junemcewan.biz

Bill the Bull - Kev Paxton / ArtFe (steel)

Location - the Lochearnhead Hotel, Lochearnhead A85

Kev's love of nature and the Scottish countryside are evident in his work and whilst his primary objective is to make us smile, he likes to encourage us to consider our relationship and place within our natural environment.

For more information on Kev's work visit www.artfe.co.uk

Contemporary Art Project - HND Students at Perth college, University of The Highlands and Islands (UHI)

Location - Lochside Cottages,garden on Loch Earn Lochearnhead, A85

This part of the BLiSS trail is to be developed in Autumn 2016

Fraser Briar - Kev Paxton / ArtFe (steel)

Location - Briar Cottages garden on Loch Earn , Lochearnhead A85

Kev's work will leave the BLiSS trail to be displayed at the Royal Highland Show in June and return after a five day break.

For more information on Kev's work visit www.artfe.co.uk

Trail 4 St Fillans

Still - Rob Mulholland (mirrored stainless steel)

Location- By the jetty of the Four Season Hotel on Loch Earn, St Fillans, A85

Rob says " My practice aims to explore all aspects of life. I'm interested in the theme of ancestry and life.

For more information on Rob's work visit www.robmulholland.co.uk

Fish out of Water - Lynne Schroder (galvanised coper)

Location - Achray House Hotel garden on Loch Earn, St Fillans A85

A celebration of the water, it is an impressive piece of galvanised metal transformed in to the shape of a fortune-telling miracle fish - the ones you place in the palm of your hand to uncover your personality type.

For more information on Lynne's work visit www.facebook.com/LynneSchroderArtist

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