Over the days and months that followed that cold, foggy December day thousands of people have visited the statue. In fact this beautiful spot by the banks of Loch Lomond has become one of the most photographed parts of the National Park.
‘Weir’s Rest’, is located next to The Oak Tree Inn and it is not often that you look out from our reception down towards the bay and there isn’t someone having their photograph taken next to the statue.
The 29th December 2014, was a special date. It marked the 100th anniversary of Tom’s birth. Tom lived for many years in the nearby village of Gartocharn. Best known for his popular TV series Weir’s Way, which ran between 1976 and 1987, Tom brought the wonders of Scotland’s countryside into people’s living rooms.
Tom’s love of the outdoors was infectious. Tom received many prestigious awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Eagle Award from the British Outdoor Guild of Travel Writers and was the first recipient of the John Muir Award for Lifetime achievement.
The Tom Weir Memorial Group was formed in 2013 by a number of individuals who were keen to celebrate Tom’s life and work. They successfully fundraised and organised, along with the Friends of Loch Lomond, for a statue to be established at Balmaha.
The statue has been very well received, capturing the imagination of its many visitors. The site also now includes new benches, improved landscaping and a new mountain garden. The mountain garden is very appropriate as Tom and Rhona first met on a mountain and sharing a love of Scotland’s mountains.
The Oak Tree team has worked extensively on Weir’s Rest, initially helping to prepare the site for the statue and subsequently landscaping it and developing the area. We are thrilled that the statue is located in Balmaha, and continue to work with the Tom Weir Memorial Group and Friends of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs on maintaining this beautiful spot.
Over his 50-year career, exploring Scotland’s countryside, Tom will have seen his fair share of Scottish weather. Now the statue is enjoying a variety of different weather conditions, it does look good whatever the weather. Make sure you pay the statue a visit the next time you come to Balmaha and The Oak Tree Inn.
Here are a few of our photographs of Tom throughout the years and also some of the events.