A total of 7.8 km of overhead line will be removed, including 31 steel lattice towers, between Killin substation and Lix Toll. The removed towers will include the most prominent section above Killin and the Falls of Dochart, as well as those crossing the A827. The project will significantly reduce the quantity of electricity infrastructure in the Killin area.
Following assessment of all of SSEN’s infrastructure in National Parks and National Scenic Areas, the overhead lines near Killin in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park were identified as a priority area, where the impacts of the existing infrastructure were higher than elsewhere in Scotland. The potential for mitigation in this location was considered to be high, due to the numbers of people that could potentially benefit, and the lower level of other environmental constraints.
Two parallel overhead lines run south from the Killin substation, across the shoulder of Creag Bhuidhe, towards the River Dochart. After crossing the river to the south of Killin the two overhead lines diverge: one line continues west through Glen Dochart and the other passes south through Glen Ogle.
The pylons are clearly visible from Killin village, and appear in the backdrop to the village in wider views. They are prominent from the Falls of Dochart which is a popular location for visitors. The pylons are also seen from the A827 both on approach to the National Park from the east, and between Killin and Lix Toll.