Click On The BLiSS Trail map below
NB: LETi has just won the Scottish Thistle Award for Innovation InTourism for BLISS trail 2017 at the national finals in Edinburgh. The trophy was sponsored by GeoTourist
NEW on the BLiSS trail - launched March 5th 2018:
"Ewen - Westies of Craggan" sculpture of a West Highland Terrier by Kev Paxton
LETi is proud to announce that BLiSS trail 2017 is the winner of the Scottish Regional Thistle Award for Innovation In Tourism - Central, Fife, Tayside regions
New installations for 2017, celebrating Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology
The Three Sisters by Miami Mohsin, Shayna McLean and Amy Butler Drover's Bho by Kev Paxton
See other visiting installations at The Golden Larches and The Lochearnhead Hotel
Art Installations * Ornamental Features * Food & Drink
Balquhidder * Lochearnhead * Strathyre * St Fillans
BLiSS trail - launched to celebrate Innovation, Architecture and Design - now a permanent attraction
- Click the icon on the top right hand side of the map for full access.
- In the left hand column of the map, select boxes marked:
- Art Installations
- Ornamental Features
- Food and Drink Stops
- Loch Earn Tourism Information.
BLiSS Trail Map
Ticking the boxes enables you to overlay informaton individually or all at once
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.
Follow the BLiSS trail starting from Strathyre
LETi won the 2016/2017 regional Scottish Thistle Award for "Working Together For Tourism" for setting up BLiSS trail art and architectural installations in Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design
BLiSS Trail Endorsements
Blawn Wi The Wind Sunflowers Bill The Bull
" I wanted to drop you a note to say how impressed I am at your efforts to extend the success of the Scottish Scenic Routes initiative through the launch of the BLiSS Trail. I was delighted to see the coverage that the launch attracted. Your dedication to improving the visitor experience in the area is a real credit to the National Park, so thank you." Gordon Watson, Chief Executive, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
"LETi is to be congratulated on this fantastic, inventive achievement - creating this new attraction to connect Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Strathyre and St Fillans is a great way of encouraging more visitors to stop off and spend time in and around the four villages. The BLiSS arts trail capitalises on all three themes of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and I am sure it will be a great asset to tourism in the area and will not only attract visitors but will also bring benefits to local businesses." Liz Buchanan MBE: Visit Scotland Regional Partnerships Director
“Good public art enhances the local environment and contributes to a sense of community and - whether thought-provoking or simply quirky – can help to entice visitors to the area. The BLiSS art trail is a fantastic addition to the area’s attractions.” Roseanna Cunningham, MSP, Perthshire South and Kinross-shire
"This is a great initiative. Well done! The art installations will help draw visitors to the area and provide talking points – just what we need. Established Cornish artist Philip Lyons was greatly impressed with the BLiSS trail " Bill Jamieson: Founder & editor Scot-Buzz - website for business. Former Executive Editor The Scotsman.
“I was delighted that LETi invited me to become involved in this arts trail linking villages around the A84 and A85. There is a story behind all of my pieces and I aim to make people smile through my work, so, I hope that they encourage people to stop and spend time in this stunning area. I think it’s a fantastic idea and I really hope that the trail brings benefits to the tourism businesses and their communities.” Artist Kev Paxton
"Art is an essential part of enjoyment of public spaces and placemaking, encouraging more to travel actively. Our new ArtRoots programme enables communities to make improvements to the National Cycle Network across Scotland. Drover’s Bho is the first completed project from the fund and we think it is a fantastic addition to route 7” Sustrans Scotland’s National Director John Lauder
Eating and Drinking:
Plan a food and drink stop or two as part of your adventure (see BLiSS trail map of where to eat and drink).
See and Do:
Visit www.robroycountry.com for additional area tourist information e.g. golf, fishing, shopping, holistic therapies, taxis and tours.
Social Media / Photography:
All photographs welcome on Facebook @Letinfo and Twitter @robroycountry #BLiSStrail #IAD2016 Please like and RT. Book a photography session to photograph BLiSS trail art installations with Melanie Lewis
Treasure Hunt Marker:
Consider using the BLiSS trail artworks to mark your own treasure hunts and car rallies.
Rough Guide by car:
- Loch Lubnaig to St Fillans via Srathyre and Balquhidder Station - 19 mins - 14 miles
- St Fillans to Monachyle Mhor Balquhidder, via Lochearnhead, Balquhidder = 35 mins -15.6 miles
- Monachyle Mhor Balquhidder to Strathyre = 34 mins and 10 miles via A84
Sustrans Cycle Route 7: NCR7
Start in village of Strathyre, follow path to Balquhidder exit or continue to Lochearnhead. Follow Lochearnhead South road to St Fillans and loop back via Lochearnhead. (most cyclists will do the villages in sections according to ability- see detailed account from a tandem (Matildas Musings). Use the page search for all villages e.g. Strathyre here https://matildasmusingsdotcom.wordpress.com/2017/04/
Local Accommodation? http://robroycountry.com/accommodation/enquiry.html
Want to commission your own art work - Find the artists contacts and work here - https://issuu.com/lochearntourism/docs/bliss_media_pack_-_artists_and_inst/1
BLiSS trail slide show
Not able to visit? Look at the BLiSS trail slide show here https://tinyurl.com/blisstrailslides Click the link then hit the "Presentation" button top right. Next, look bottom left to see the "go" arrow for an automated slide show or use the other arrows to control the pace. Enjoy!
You wont appreciate the scale of the works, however, you will get a flavour for the fun trail full of work by talented artists, sculptors and architects. We hope you will visit us soon. Bring a camera, video or drone and share your photos and blog stories on Facebook and Twitter @robroycountry. See our accommodation pages if you want to stay over.
See the Media Coverage of BLISS trail
Letter from Malcolm C Roughead OBE -Chief Executive of Visit Scoland