A final 6.5 kilometre section is now open which completes the Loch Leven Heritage Trail circuit around the loch near Kinross.
The new section – which runs from the RSPB Nature reserve at Vane Farm to Kinross – includes the highest point on the trail, and gives some of the best views on the whole 21km route.
The final section cost £800,000, and was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund with further contributions from Scottish Natural Heritage, The Arthur and Margaret Thompson Trust, The Gannochy Trust and Sustrans. A very valuable new donation was a bequest from the late Jean Lindsay, a member of the congregation at Cleish Church, who has gifted £83,600 to the development of the Heritage Trail. She had greatly enjoyed the existing trail and wanted it to be completed. The entire heritage trail is costing £3 million.The route was made possible by the generosity and willing co-operation of the landowners involved. They are Sir David Montgomery, Bob Purvis, Scottish Natural Heritage, The McLaren Family and RSPB. The first phase of the heritage trail, from Kinross to Burleigh Sands, started in 2006. It now attracts over 200,000 visitors a year and makes a significant contribution to the local economy.
The complete route of the Loch Leven Heritage Trail is described and mapped on Walkhighlands.