We had a lovely collaboration of delegates including; local village community representatives, councillors, Visit Scotland, Stirling Enterprise, community police, Sustrans Scotland, The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and many of the artists including Perth College UHI students.
We were delighted when STV accepted our invitation and sent reporter Lucy White and Camera man Danny Livingston. I was filmed in front of "A Soaring Eagle" by Iain Chalmers in the Broch recreation area near Sutrans RT, Strathyre and artist Kev Paxton was filmed beside Bill The Bull, explaining how he wants to make people smile through his artwork. The footage no longer exists however you can hear my voice over on STV's Facebook page.
The trail is mapped at www.robroycountry.com/blisstrail. Look out for Bill, a big colourful metal bull that "grazes" in the Lochearnhead Hotel car park entertaining passers by. He was designed and made by Blacksmith and metal artist Kev Paxton in his smiddy. Kev made the thistles at Edinburgh airport and is busy with other commissions like herds of cattle, rams, peacocks, haggis, garden furniture and garden gates. He is also very passionate about the Ripple Retreat that is being built on Loch Venachar as a holiday home for young cancer patients and their families. He is making a bespoke piece for them to enjoy. I call him the man that works in steel with a heart of gold.
Fraser fans will be wondering why I have not mentioned him? Don't worry he got in the act big style. Blacksmith artist Kev Paxton named one of the art works on the trail after him! Find out about "Fraser Briar" in my next blog. Enjoy the trail and please share your #BLiSStrail photo's on Twitter and Facebook.