BLiSS History- New Digital Map Highlights The Rich Heritage of Rob Roy Country Villages

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Local destination marketing group Loch Earn Tourism Information (LETI) has launched a digital history map to highlight a wealth of stories surrounding Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Strathyre and St Fillans past.

The map was compiled to celebrate Visit Scotland's "Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology" 2017.

Discover fascinating facts, folklore and sites referencing; gold panning, drover's, a golf course designer, Emily Pankhurst's suffragette driver, what The Beatles got up to in St Fillans, the dawn raid at Neish Island, the BLS railway heritage, cup and ring marks, The Simple Minds Studio and a shape shifting water spirit that lives in Loch Earn!

Mapped alongside history, heritage and archaeological sites, is the regional award winning BLiSS trail of art and architectural installations. Two sculptures that were designed and installed this year to celebrate #HHA2017 include; Drover's Bho by Kev Paxton on Sustrans Scotland NCR7 Strathyre (celebrating the old drove roads) and The Three Sisters sculpture by Perth College UHI art students (depicting the rich heritage of Loch Earn). A third sculpture is due to be launched.

Dr Jeff Sanders, project manager of Dig-It 2017 ( Archaeology For Everyone), said: "The new history-themed sculptures are a wonderful addition to the map and a great way to share stories from Scotland’s past in 2017 and beyond.”

It's fantastic to see a resource which so seamlessly places history, heritage and archaeology alongside award-winning art and architectural installations.

Dr Jeff Sanders Project Manager DigIT 2017

LETI has also marked area food and drink rest points on the map, offering choices to visitors along the way.

Take a closer look at four pretty villages in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park. They are linked together. Not only by collaborating tourism businesses and friendly communities on the A84 and A85 but by the BLiSS art trail and centuries of BLiSS history.

Check out the new map here