The founder of the concept of National Parks was a Scot - John Muir
(1838-1914) from Dunbar. When John was 11 years of age his family
emigrated to the USA and he studied botany in long walks across his
adopted country. He became enthused by the natural beauties of the
Yosemite Valley in California which he studied extensively between
1868-74. Campaigning for its preservation, he secured Cogressional
approval for its declaration as a National Park in 1890, later succeeding
in adding 148 million acres of forest land as parkland. Nowadays there are
approximately 3,000 National parks worldwide but until 2002 none in John
Muir's native land.
Scotland's first National Park, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National
Park, was officially opened last July by the HRH The Princess Royal and is
already proving to be a major draw to the area. The Park encompasses an
area of more than 700 square miles, stretching from Callander in the East
to Dunoon in the West and from Tyndrum in the North to Balloch in the
South, including some of Scotland's most famous locations.
Situated on the 'Bonnie Banks' of Loch Lomond near Balloch, the £60m Loch
Lomond Shores complex has welcomed more than 400,000 visitors since it was
officially launched along with the Park. As well as the large format
presentation 'Legend of The Loch', the complex now boasts a successful
retail crescent including a branch of the prestigious store Jenners of
Edinburgh which is proving popular with visitors and locals alike.
The National Park Gateway Centre adjacent to the Loch Lomond Shores
complex acts as an orientation centre for visitors to the Park and is set
to become the third busiest tourist information centre in Scotland. The
Centre includes interactive and plasma screens and other forms of
interpretation to help visitors understand the history, geography and
wildlife in the Park area. Similiar displays are also being introduced in
tourist information and visitor centres in and around the Park.
contains a wealth of varied information
about both Scotland's first National Park and the second which will
This week's recipe, Rhubarb Custard Tart, can be enjoyed warm or cold and
can be included in a picnic hamper when paying a visit to Scotland's
beautiful outdoors during the summer months.
Rhubarb Custard Tart
Ingredients : 1 lb (500 g ) rhubarb; 12 oz (375 g) short pastry; 2 eggs; 2
fl oz (50 ml) double cream; sugar to taste
Line a 9 inch (22 cm) flan with short pastry and fill with neat rows of
tightly packed fruit about 1/2 inch (1 cm) thick. This takes about 1 lb
(500 g) rhubarb. Bake at 400 deg F/ 200 deg C/ Gas Mark 6 till the fruit
is almost soft. Mix the eggs, cream and sugar to make the custard, pour
over fruit and finish baking, When cool, sprinkle with icing sugar and
serve warm or cold. Serves 4.