One of Scotland’s most beautiful views can now be accessed by all.

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27 JUNE 2012NEWS RELEASE No: 15524

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Forestry Commission Scotland has spent over £60,000 improving the paths leading up to the Queen’s View near Loch Tummel.

Wheelchair users and more elderly visitors can now look out onto the loch and over to Schiehallion and Glen Coe.

Hamish Murray, Communities Recreation and Tourism Manager for the Commission’s Tay District, said:

“We spent a lot of money over the winter improving access to the site and making it more user friendly.

“This included reshaping the existing path to make it far easier for elderly and wheelchair-bound people to access the view point.”

The work took place over a three month period over the winter, which Hamish said was important.

“We wanted it to be open in time for the start of the tourist season because it is one of our most important recreation sites.

“The vistas show some of the best of not just the Perthshire countryside, but some of the best in the whole of Scotland.”

Although the Queen’s View is named after Queen Isabella of Scotland, the wife of Robert the Bruce, the view was declared “iconic” by Queen Victoria following a visit to the area in 1866.

Notes to Editors
1) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as part of the Scottish Government’s Environment & Forestry Directorate.

2) The Queen’s View Visitor Centre, open from March 30 to October 31, welcomes around 150,000 visitors annually.