Friday, May 19 2017
Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, the independent conservation and heritage charity for the National Park area, have helped a major cruise operator on the loch with the development of a new educational resource to enrich the experience of its passengers, particularly student groups.
Cruise Loch Lomond recently launched its new education pack, which provides background information about the history and environment of the Loch Lomond area. The Friends supported the development of the resource pack by contributing text and editing expertise as part of its current ecotourism project. The Friends also contributed £250 towards its production through a grant funded by the Friends of OUR park programme, which sees businesses from all over the park contribute financially through visitor donations. Cruise Loch Lomond is a member of the programme and is also a direct business supporter of the charity.
The educational material will be widely used within Cruise Loch Lomond’s student tours and will focus on key points including Scottish and local history, geology, environment and biodiversity, as well as clan culture, land use and tourism. It will be available in both paper and electronic form and is viewed as an important resource in enhancing the ecotourism product in the area.
John Urquhart, Vice-Chairman of Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, said: “We are delighted to support this venture and see it as an important part of our ecotourism project, which already has come on leaps and bounds since it started at the beginning of 2017. Cruise Loch Lomond have long been big supporters of what we do to help improve Scotland’s first National Park and when they came to us with this idea, it was an easy decision to get involved.”
Stuart Cordner of Cruise Loch Lomond added: “This funding is very much appreciated and shows just how strong our relationship is with the Friends. We are passionate about promoting sustainable and environmentally friendly tourism in the National Park and this resource will definitely help visitors better understand and appreciate the many qualities of our wonderful natural environment and how important it is to cherish and look after it.”