Mountaineer Conservationist, Writer, and TV Personality.
Life-size bronze statue unveiled on the banks of Loch Lomond, Balmaha, Scotland on 29th December 2014
by Toms wife Rhona aged 94 before several hundred onlookers.
Tom Weir was a Scottish climber, author, and broadcaster perhaps best known for his long-running TV series ‘Weirs Way’.He was also a pioneering campaigner for the protection of the Scottish environment and wrote a column for the ‘Scots Magazine for over 50 years.The statue was always intended to be a ‘p.o’ place (photo opportunity).
The idea is to encourage visitors to take their picture with Tom Weir thus taking advantage of the popularity of social media to attract publicity and tourism to Loch Lomond and especially Balmaha.
Its success has exceeded all expectations, quickly becoming the most photographed statue in Scotland within 4 months.Since the statue was unveiled it has become one of the most visited in all of Scotland.25,000 visitors in the first 4 months alone.Estimates indicate that the statue is likely to attract over 80,000 people by the end of the first year of its existence.