Grants available for Loch Lomond and West Highland Way buildings

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Funding to help repair and restore traditional buildings in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs is available from Wednesday, April 30 thanks to the National Park Authority.

The built heritage repair grant scheme offers support for buildings in the park that pre-date 1919.

Now in its second year, it has been widened out to include buildings that are visible from the West Highland Way and National Cycle Route 7, as well as main routes through towns and villages.

Last year’s pilot scheme saw nine traditional buildings across the park benefiting from the grant.

Work ranged from the replacement of louvered windows with double-glazed timber sash and case windows, lime pointing and the rebuilding of a dangerous stone chimney, to new traditional-style signage and repairs to a mill lade, a timber building and sash and case windows.

The successful projects were in Kilmun, Gartmore, Callander, Killin, Glen Dochart, Tarbet and Balquhidder and included six listed buildings.

Susan McGowan, built environment adviser for the national park, said: “We had a great response to our pilot grant scheme last year which is why we’ve decided to run it again and extend it to properties that can be seen from a strategic footpath and cycle way.

“We’ve got a wealth of traditional buildings in the national park that really add to its character and we hope the grant will help people with their upkeep. If you have a property and want to carry out repairs, get in touch to see if we can help.”

Grants are available for up to 50 per cent of the eligible works, to a maximum of £5,000. Funds are, however, limited.

To see if you are eligible for a grant, go to for more details, contact Susan McGowan or Carolyn O’Conner on 01389 722600 or e-mail The deadline for applications is noon on July 4. Work must be completed and paid for by March 31 2015.