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Welcome to ParkLife ParkLife magazine is free for all and has in excess of 60,000 readers. We are now online to provide a better service to you and we look forward to packing it full of local information. You can find us at We have big plans for this site. Watch out this year for special offers which we will be putting in as well as any late events. In this summer edition we have our Gift Shop and Gallery Trail on the map page and also the Where to Eat guide on page 38 which tells you what facilities are offered at each eatery. We are brimming over with a huge selection of events from the Fintry drama group’s new production of ‘The Boyfriend’, The Wee Green Market in Killearn, Kippen Street Fayre and ‘Go Wild in Buchlyvie’ which has an art competition sponsored by the Green Gallery and ParkLife, see page 32. Our list of local trades and services covers everything you could possibly need and remember when you go local you will always find a reference locally which is always worth doing before starting a project. Whether designing a home extension, large or small, or even a new house, RWW Architects, based in Drymen, will give you a great design service - see page 13. Don’t forget we have Gilmour and Aitken in Alexandria for building materials and LA Lodges will supply you with a log cabin or summer house in the garden. Have a great summer! Kate and Katrina

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Contents Index of Businesses ParkLife Map What’s on in Aberfoyle & Kinlochard What’s on in Balfron What’s on in Balloch What’s on in Balmaha Outdoors section 1 Kids in the Park Kids’ Book Review Where to Eat What’s on in Buchlyvie Health, Wellbeing & Beauty What’s on in Callander 4

6 8-9 14 16 20-21 26 28-31 32-37 34 38-43 44 45-49 50

What’s on in Drymen & Croftamie 52 What’s on in Fintry 54 What’s on in Gartmore 56 What’s on in Gartocharn 60 What’s on in Killearn 62 What’s on in Kippen 64 Summer Recipe 64 64-67 Outdoors section 2 What’s on in Strathblane & Blanefield 66 Summer Walk / Cycle 66 What’s on in the Local Area 68 Local Produce 69 Farmers Markets 70

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local business advertising Index of Businesses Activities / Courses

Balfron Golf Course Breadalbane Folklore Centre Drymen Red Bus Loch Katrine Luss Highland Games West Moss-side


Art Galleries & Gift Shops Buchlyvie Pottery Ealain Gallery Fabric Gallery Old Mill Gift Shop Panik Gallery Rowan Gallery Town & Country Designs


Cello Lessons Drymen Discos Flying Bears Shoes & Uniforms Good Green Fun Mona’s Felting Parties Mulberry Bush Nursery Razzamataz

Computers Eessis Microcroft

Finance & Solicitors Murray Accountancy

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55 57 51 55 57 61 57 37 34 35 33 34 35 35 27 17 19

Food & Drink

Bluebell Cafe inside front cover Buchanan Arms Hotel 41 Buffet Citron 40 Cacao 71 David MacDonald Butchers 71 Doyles Deli 41 Edenmill Farm Shop 70 Inn at Kippen 40 Katy Rodgers Courtyard Café 43 Loch Lomond Waterfront Restaurant 42 Oak Tree Inn 39 Poppies Hotel & Restaurant 40 Scotia Spice 70 Tir-na-nOg 43 Wee Blether Tea Room 42

Health, Beauty & Wellbeing

Bearsden Chiropractor Buchanan Arms Leisure Centre Can You Experience Claire Crawford Holistic Therapies Drymen Dental Practice Experienced Nurse

46 63 49 49 45 45

Fiona Prentice Gillian Dingwall Chiropractor Inspire for Impact Killearn Counselling Service Killearn Pharmacy Mark Watson Hair Mei Beauty Pilates by Amanda Kate Robinson Reflexology Tir-na-nOg Woodlands Centre for Wellbeing W8 WKD Modern Jive Yoga Shrink

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House & Garden

Achray Bathrooms 5 Bathroom Transformations 10 Behar Carpets 53 Ben View Nursery 31 Bruce Landscapes 29 Careth Landscaping 29 Colin Johnson Upholstery 68 Corrie Woodworking 12 Craig Tree Services 67 Dovetail 22 Endrick Landscapes 67 Fabric Gallery 51 Fraser Robb 28 Garden Refresh 28 Gilmour & Aitken 65 Heritage Landscaping 30 Horizon Planning 23 James McArthur Tree Surgery 67 LA Lodges 65 Martin Craig Bathrooms 12 Munro Drystone Dyking 31 Rug Rooms back cover RWW Partnership Architects 13 Stonework Solutions 29 Thomas Robinson Architects 24 URBIS Arhitects 26

Local Produce

Aberfoyle Butchers & Deli David MacDonald Butchers Edenmill Farm Shop Gartartan Farm Shop

Trades & Services

Aberfoyle Satellite Alastair Wilson Joinery Alexander Fraser Electrical Appliance Repairs & Spares A.R.P.M. Roofing

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Bathroom Transformations 10 Bob Smart odd jobs 15 Catherine MacGregor Photography 33 CP Plumbing & Heating 22 Crajen Framing 56 The Chimney Sweep 8 Clyde Clocks 8 DM Joinery 24 DSMcG Pressure Cleaning 13 Durashield Windows 3 Endrick Building Services 15 Fraser Robb 28 G Ford and Son - painters 10 Gilmour & Aitken 65 GS Roofing 15 Home Handyman 21 Howell Joinery 25 Ironhorse Studios 57 Jamie Pearson Funeral Director 9 Kingdom Photos 33 Lorne Howell Joiners & Builders 11 Maids of the Loch 60 Mister Polish 15 Munro Drystone Dyking 31 Nine Cube Tiling 19 Render Mender 19 Safety Concerns 10 SB Services 12 Sewing Room 68 Steven Skinner Joinery 21 Stewart Reid Plumbing 23 Strathendrick Decorators 18 Y-Mac Engineering 64


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AES Property Maintenance 18 Endrick Property back cover Horizon Planning 23

Where to Shop

Aroshi Alice Wheeler Jewellery Fabric Gallery Kloggs Mad Hatter Peaches Rummage Sheila Fleet Stirling Bagpipes


The Playground - Venue for Hire

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Useful Numbers / websites NHS 24: 0845 4242424 Save 999 for real emergencies - dial 01786 456000 Stirling Council 0845 277700 Scottish Gas 0845 6005122 Scottish Power 08452 700700 Scottish Water 0845 601 8855 Hydro Electric 0800 22 33 77 Drymen Dental Practice 01360 661097 Glasgow SECC: 0870 0404000 / 6

Glasgow Science Centre: Bilsland Oil: 01360 660264 Trossachs Cabs: 01877 382108 Buchanan Cabs: 01360 870117 or 07724 775026. Drymen Red Bus: 01360 870476 Katrina Mcintyre - Masseuse: 07799894782

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Present this voucher at Loch Katrine to receive 20% discount on all standard cruise fares, cycle hire, and from your total bill in The Anchor’s Rest Bistro and Bar. VALID UNTIL 31st OCTOBER 2009 NOT VALID IN CONJUNCTION WITH ANY OTHER PROMOTION OR OFFER

Information and Reservations - 01877 332000

A special place to stop Tel: (01567) 820254 • Overlooking The Falls of Dochart • Restored mill with working waterwheel • Trace the tales of Scotland’s clans


• Listen to the story of St. Fillan • Discover the real spirit of The Scottish Highlands • Visitor Information, Souvenir & Gift Shop • Coffee shops & restaurants in Killin village




Loch Katrine


Brig O Turk


Loch Venacher A81

Wee Blether Tea Room David Marshall Lodge Bluebell Café Kinlochard

Loch Ard

Aberfoyle Fabric Gallery

Queen Elizabeth Forest Park


Oak Tree Inn Loch Lomond Waterfront Café Balmaha Milton of Buchanan

Ben View Nursery & Careth Landscaping





Ealain Gallery Killearn

to Rowan Gallery

Arnprior A811

Buchlyvie Pottery


Green Gallery


Buchanan Arms Hotel to Helensburgh

Lake of

Doyles Deli

Tir-na-nOg Drymen

Loch Lomond

Dovetail Ruskie

A81 Menteith Clare Workman Designer Milliner

Gartmore Achray Bathrooms


Port of Menteith

Katy Rodgers Courtyard Café & Creamery

Town & Country Designs Fintry Panik Gallery



Loch Lomond Shores Sheila Fleet Jewellery (at Jenners)

A811 Balloch


Beech Tree Inn Dumgoyne



Blanefield Edenmill Farm Shop

to Bearsden & Glasgow




to Milngavie & Glasgow

Parklife delivers door-to-door by Royal Mail Area covered by ParkLife

Gallery & Gift Trail




to Stirling



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Everything you need in the way of local trades & services and produce you can find on these pages.


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what’s on

develop some new map reading skills. Children must be accompained by an adult. Organised by Arthur Jones of Trossachs Treks. Cost £5 per person, under 14s free. Stout footwear and waterproof clothing required.

in Aberfoyle & Kinlochard

Tel: 01877 382258

Trossachs 10k Trail Race in Aberfoyle Saturday 30 May email:

Sundays 21 June, 19 July and 16 August 2.30pm


Traditional Highland Games followed by family ceilidh dance in the village hall.

Summer Fayre Kids

Meet at David Marshall Lodge, Aberfoyle

Well known and well loved folk songs, with some cheeky chat and witty repartee! Free concert (donations welcome). Tel: 01877 382258.

The Secret Commonwealth of Faeries... Kids

Meet at Aberfoyle Village Car Park

This magical guided walk leads you along the footsteps of Reverend Robert Kirk and the Faeries of Aberfoyle, where you will discover sights and sounds you may have often seen and heard but dismissed as nothing. For ages 3 to 300!. Costs £8 per person (includes picnic lunch). To book contact Chillout on 01877 389302 or email:

Kids Summer Nature Club 7 - 12 yrs Saturdays 4, 11, 18 and 25 July 11am to 12.30pm

Meet at David Marshall Lodge, Aberfoyle

A must for all budding junior rangers (7-12 years). Get busy and join the Forest Ranger for some fun activities and discover more about the Natural World. Refreshments included and all weather clothing required. Cost £3. Booking required.

Navigate to Nature

Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm Meet at David Marshall Lodge, Aberfoyle

Improve your map reading skills and at the same time learn a little about what you are seeing around you. Based loosely on the concept of wayfaring you will be given a map with which to find a series of checkpoints. At each checkpoint there will be a short quiz or activity either to help you to appreciate some aspect of the natural world around you, or to help you 14

19 July Games at 12 noon, Ceilidh 8pm The Loch Field, Kinlochard

Heelster Gowdie (Local Folk Band)

Sundays 28 June, 26 July 12 noon to 4pm (lasts approx. 3 hours)

Rob Roy Highland Games, Kinlochard

Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 August time to be confirmed Meet at David Marshall Lodge, Aberfoyle

Family fun weekend celebrating all things wooden including woodturning, chainsaw carver, Ranger activites, craft demonstrations. Small charge may apply for activities. Local speciality food available from the Bluebell Cafe. Part of Homecoming 2009.

First Flight, First Splash! Kids Saturday 8 August 4.30 to 7.30pm

Meet at David Marshall Lodge, Aberfoyle

Join one our forest rangers as we head out to see if we can see some of this years Osprey chicks taking their first flights and trying to hone there hunting techniques before setting off on their long migration to Africa. Come and see our chicks and see if they can catch their first fish. Minibus tour, maximum 16 people, early booking recommended. Light snacks will be available as part of the event when we return to the David Marshall Lodge. Cost £5 per person under 14’s go free.

An Afternoon of Highland History Historical tour at Ledard Farm every Tuesday throughout the year 2.30 to 5pm or by arrangement For further information and booking: email: or tel: 01877 387 219.

Pilates & Step ‘n’ Tone Classes with Amanda Reid Monday evening: Pilates: 7 to 8pm, Step ‘n’ Tone: 8.15 to 9.15pm Aberfoyle Memorial Hall

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in Balfron Doyles Summer Food and Drink Fayre Thursday 28 May between 6.30 and 9pm Lots of food and wine to taste, all welcome! Pizza evenings every Friday 4.30 to 8.30pm

Dru Yoga for Positive Health Tuesdays 7.30 to 8.30pm Wednesdays 10 to 11.15am McLintock Hall

Contact Ellen MacKenzie 01360 770 439

Razzamataz Kids

Tuesdays 4.15 to 7.15pm McLintock Hall

Singing, dancing and drama for kids. See page 35.

Parent & Baby/Toddler Group Kids

Doyles Cafe & Deli, 78-80 Buchanan Street, Balfron

Monday and Wednesday 9.30 to 11.15 am

tel: 01360 449 444

Masonic Hall

Slumdog Millionaire

Strathendrick Film Society Fundraiser Friday 12 June 7.30pm

Theatre of Balfron High School

To help raise funds for our film-making project ‘Kirk’, we are showing Slumdog Millionaire. The theatre has a 21 foot screen. Tickets cost £5 and will be available from the committee members and Balfron Library. A coach will pick up in surrounding villages, subject to 20 booking, with Joan Macpherson on 449253 between noon and 7 pm Monday-Friday only (coach cost £5). Coach picks up Aberfoyle TI 5.50 pm. Gartmore P.O. 6pm. Buchlyvie 6.15pm. Drymen 6.30pm. Killearn 6.45pm. Printers Row 6.55pm Balfron Clinic 6.57pm.

Contact Kathryn Cooper: 01360 440121.

OPALS 50+ Exercise to Music Thursdays 10 to 11am £4.00 per lesson McLintock Hall

Contact Margaret Brett 01786 841327

Musical Evenings at the Pirn Inn

Most Saturday evenings, tel: 01360 440678 Pirn Inn, Balfron

Balfron Barracudas Swim Club Kids

on Monday 7.45pm and Saturday at 11.30am and 12.30pm. Balfron Campus, Roman Road

For more information please contact:

Book at Balfron Library 01360 440407, or with Joan on 449253 12noon -7pm, Mon - Fri only.

2nd Pre-Loved Items Sale Kids

Circle Dancing

Balfron Nursery

Saturday 1 August 10.30 for 11 to 4pm Come and Celebrate Summer with Circle Dancing in a ceilidh barn beside a wild flower meadow and a lovely wee burn. Dancing outside if weather permits. Mains of Branshogle, Balfron, G63 0LQ

Please bring food to share for lunch.

To book contact Jenny Oswald on 01360 770497

Young Embroiderers Group 8 - 18 yrs Starts back in September 9.30am to 12noon McLintock Hall, Balfron

£3.50 – visitors, £2.50 – members (membership fee £8) To book tel: Margaret Burgess on 01360 860 379 16

Friday 11 September 2pm

Support Balfron Nursery & create space and get rid of your clutter. We take your “I always wanted to pass on” items to be sold during our second Pre-Loved Items Sale. We are looking for preloved - Toys, Clothes, Books and anything else to do with kids. You might just find that bargain toy for your children. Please take your items to Balfron Nursery or Claudia Duncan, Balfron, tel: 01360 449 101. Drop offs should be no later than Wednesday 9 September. Items not sold will be donated. Should you need some advice on what can go and what should stay get in touch with Claudia Duncan from 4D Organising, who offers an Organising and De-cluttering Service for Home and Offices on tel: 01360 449 101.

Balfron Tip Opening Times:

Mon to Fri 5-8pm, Sat 10am-2pm, Sun closed

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Computer Support for Home & Small Business... and around the National Park

Data Recovery

Computer Tutor

Phone Support


Virus Removal

Call your local Mac & PC Doctor

01877 382 994 07796 002 001 Strathard, Lochard Rd, Aberfoyle, FK8 3SZ 17

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specialist render & roughcast repairs

trades and services prompt professional service roughcast & render repairs FREE ESTIMATES tel. 07973 751119 or 01360 312269 e.


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in Balloch Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Gateway Centre, Loch Lomond Shores Tel: 0845 345 4978 or visit: Dragon Boat Challenge 2009 Saturday 6 June 10am, All Day

Balloch Castle Country Park

Bobath Scotland’s annual dragon boat race at Loch Lomond. To enter a team of find out more about the event contact: 0141 949 0022 or visit

Come and See the Life Boat

The Boat House will be open to the public on Wednesday afternoons from 2pm to 4.30pm 1 July to 6 August The Boat House

We will be happy to see you. Souvenirs on sale. Free cups of tea.

Balloch Family Fun Day Kids Saturday 13 June

Moss O Balloch, Balloch Castle Country Park

A celebration of great fun for all the family. Tel: 01389 738762,

The Polaroid Eyewear Vale of Leven 10k Sunday 14 June 10am prompt

Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch

The fourth and final race in the 2009 Polaroid Eyewear UK sponsored 10K Road Race Series, this event incorporates the Scottish 10K Road Race Championships. Price: £12. The race is open to all runners aged 15 years and older. Entries close 10 June. Contact: 01389 714465

Glasgow International Jazz Festival Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 June Various times see website Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch

Breaking out of Glasgow to the Loch with great bands for all tastes. Daytime performances free, evening charges. Tel: 01389 751035,

Can You Experience – 2 hour Views from the Loch Canoeing Trip

Saturday 27 June 10am (other dates available, please call) and Wednesday 8 July 3pm Come with us on an unforgettable journey, gliding through the waters of Loch Lomond in the company of your qualified, knowledgeable guide – the perfect introduction to the sport and the loch. Adults: £30, children: £25. Suitable for age 5+ Beach, Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch

Tel: 01389 756251,

Loch Lomond Highland Games Kids Saturday 18 July 10am to 5pm

Moss o’ Balloch Park , Balloch, Alexandria, G83 8SJ

Taking place on the banks of Loch Lomond at one of the most beautiful locations in Scotland, the Balloch Loch Lomond Highland Games offers a hearty taste of iconic Highland culture. All the traditional events are on show, which makes this one of the best Highland Games in Scotland! Tel: 01389 738762

Loch Lomond Folk Festival Friday 24 to Sunday 26 July various times All over Balloch

Scotland’s friendliest family folk festival enters its 10th year and with a fantastic programme of events and musicians will have you tapping your toes. Tel: 01389 757561,

National Parks Week

Monday 27 July to Sunday 2 August Around the Park

Celebrates 60 years of National Parks in Britain. Look out for events in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. 20

trades and services Continental Market

Thursday 6 to Sunday 19 August 10am to 5pm Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch

A variety of continental food, clothing and objects from around the world. Tel: 01389 751035,

Can You Experience - Island Hopping Full Day Canoeing Trip Monday 10 August 10.30am (other dates available, please call) Luss Beach, Luss

Enjoy a full day paddling and exploring Loch Lomond’s wonderful islands - take a picnic, stop and swim, stroll up to an island’s summit for magnificent panoramic views, bathe on a secluded beach - you set the pace - an unforgettable day out! Adults: £50, children: £45. Suitable for age 12+. Tel: 01389 756251

‘Pigs in the Clay’ Kids (Kids Pottery Classes)

Saturdays and Sundays, every hour We now do recorders, big bowls, pencil holders, planters and name plaques and of course pigs all in clay! See page 36 for more details. 1 hour class £7.50. Family of 3 £15. Drop in or book to avoid disappointment.

Adult Pottery Classes

Tuesday 7.30 - 9pm (New Class) Wednesday 7.30 - 9pm (New Class) Thursday 7.30 - 9pm Friday 9.30 - 11am Adult 6 week block £100 all materials included. To book or find out more call Louise on 07791399542 or email: Lasting Impressions, Loch Lomond Homes and Garden Centre, Nr. Balloch

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Rural Walking Group Schedule June to August All Walks start at 11.00am – please be at meeting point by 10.45am Day

Meeting Point

Walk Route

Thursday 4 June

DOUNE Turn off the A82 Stirling to Callander road at the bridge over the River Teith near Doune, signposted for Deanston. Park on the roadside.

Deanston Lade

Thursday 11 June

MUGDOCK PARK Car park the visitor centre (not the garden centre)

Park Walk

Thursday 18 June

KIPPEN Park in Main Street near the school

Local paths

Thursday 25 June

BUCHLYVIE HEALTH CENTRE (We will operate a “Park and Ride” service to the start of the walk) 2 July to 13 August inclusive Break for summer holidays Thursday 20 August BEECH TREE Pub car park

The old railway towards Gartmore Followed by picnic in wildlife garden behind Buchlyvie primary School No walks West Highland Way

Thursday 27 August

ABERFOYLE Local paths Park near the Woollen Mill The walks are for gentle exercise and are led by trained walk leaders. They last for approximately 45 mins – 1 hour. Please remember to wear footwear with a good grip. If you require directions to meeting point contact: Susi - 01360 440849 or 07895 512266, Lindsey - 01360 440471 mobile 07836 786259, Ann - 07746453840 For general information, contact: Tricia Cumming on 01786 432323 or e-mail

New Walking Group starting in Aberfoyle area

Phone Patricia Cumming on 01786 432323 or 07717 544733 for more details - schedules of the planned walks will be on display in local shops, and the GP surgery for people to pick up. 22

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Thomas Robinson Architects

Architects Interior Designers Drop in - have a coffee and chat to us about your ideas

Ballewan Lodge.Blanefield.01360 771648.0771 990 2312 DRYMEN

Time Monday 9:30 - 10:30am 9:30 - 10:15am Tuesday 10 - 11am 2.30 - 5:30pm 7 - 8pm Wednesday 10 - 11am 4 - 6:30pm 7 - 8pm Thursday 11 - 12noon 7 - 7:45pm 7 - 8pm 8 - 9pm Saturday 9 - 12noon

Class Circuit Training Water Aerobics Legs, Bums & Tums Swimming Lessons Yoga Pilates Swimming Lessons Circuit Training Yoga Water Aerobics Pilates Legs, Bums & Tums Swimming Lessons

Classes are subject to change, MEMBERS FREE (Depending on M-Ship type) NON MEMBERS ÂŁ4.00. Opening times: Sunday to Friday: Open 7am, Last Entry 9.30pm, Close 10pm. Saturdays Open 7am, Last Entry 8.30pm, Close 9pm (All children under the age of 16 yrs old must exit the facilities by 8pm) 24

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HOWELL JOINERY & BUILDING TEL: 01360 551727 MOB: 0776 5798769


what’s on

in Balmaha (Milton of Buchanan & Rowardennan) Cashel Open Day Kids Saturday 20 June 11am, 4 Hours

Cashel Forest for a Thousand Years, near Balmaha

A fun day for all the family - craft stalls, childrens games and stories, treasure hunt in the woods, refreshments. There is no charge for this event but to defray costs we will charge £2 for parking, for those that come by car. Also the Native Forest Centre, open from Easter to Halloween Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm, with forest and timber displays, information, toilets, exhibitions. “The Forest for a thousand years” by Balmaha is open to the public for walks and picnics 365 days a year dawn to dusk - 8 km of walks through some 1,000 acres of native woodlands with spectacular views over Loch Lomond. Contact: Tel: 01786 825337,

Your event could be listed here. Please give us your information before Friday 17 July. Email: ParkLife’s next edition will be for Autumn and covers September, October & November. Log on to our new website:

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Can you help Guide Dogs? Could you give a puppy a good home and basic training for its first year? This is an essential part of a guide dogs training and we desperately require volunteers across Scotland. To find out more please call 0845 371 7771 or email 26


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Kids in the Park ParkLife Kids’ Art Competition

‘Scottish Wildlife’

Schools Art Competition sponsored by The Green Gallery and ParkLife Get out and about this summer and put your creative talents to use. The competition is divided into 3 categories:Pond Life - frogs, waterbeetles, snails, fish High Up In The Trees - amongst the leaves, birds, insects Down Underground - wild meadows, mice, flowers, rabbits and will be judged in groups: P1-3, P4-5, P6-7, Secondary all ages.

Please submit your entry in any medium. Prize for all winners and there will also be an overall prize where the school PTA will receive £50 cash. Please send your entry to Becky by 2nd June at: Green Gallery, The Coachhouse, Ballamenoch, Buchlyvie, Stirlingshire FK8 3NX Please mark clearly the category you are entering, your name, address, school and class. Entries will be judged by Becky from the Green Gallery and all will be hung in the GP Hall at Buchlyvie School over the ‘Go Wild in Buchlyvie’ weekend. Winners will be printed in the Autumn edition of ParkLife.

Also ‘Plate Garden’ competition open to all ages.

Plate gardens can be made out of anything - use your imagination and must be at the GP Hall by 12 noon on Saturday 6 June for judging. (Remember to mark your name, address, school and class.)

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Kids’ Book Review Corner Miley Cyrus - Miles to go This autobiography tells the story of Miley Cyrus from ordinary girl to pop sensation superstar. Three years ago, Miley was virtually unknown. She had a farm-life in Franklin, Tennessee living with mum - Tish, two sisters - Brandi and Noah, two brothers - Trace and Brandon, a dog called Loco and the world famous country singer as a dad Billy Ray Cyrus. Miley’s life was pretty busy already with the farm, scary sixth-grade bullies and a big family but throughout that Miley kept up her competitive cheerleading. She would train everyday after school and her mum would drive her up and down the country for competitions. Then one day it was up to Miley to choose from either cheerleading or stardom because along came a little show called Hannah Montana! I really enjoyed this book because it has so much information from Miley’s point of view and I really liked looking at all of her childhood pictures.

by Caitlin Ford, age 13


A Little Princess

By Frances Hodgson Burnett Introduced by Adeline Yen Mah

This story is about a young girl called Sara who is put into a boarding school called Miss Minchins, select seminary for young ladies. She gets put into boarding school because her very wealthy father Captain Crewe has gone off to war. Later on in the story Sara gets told her father has died in the war and does not have a penny left as he put all his money into diamond mines and his friend ran away taking all the money with him. Now Sara was used to getting everything she wanted so life as a scullery maid was tough. She has a warm heart and lives her life pretending to be a princess even when she gets nothing to eat and gets whacked behind the knees. But maybe just maybe her fortune could still be out there searching for her..........

By Jordan Gardner, age 10 If you’d like to submit a book review for our ‘Kid’s Book Review Corner’ please email us at: Each review that is printed will receive a £5 book token. So well done Jordan and Caitlin.

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Drymen Show Go Wild… in Buchlyvie! Buchlyvie’s Wild Weekend Gartmore Gala Day

Saturday 30 May

Kippen Street Fayre Balloch Family Fun Day Cashel Open Day The Secret Commonwealth of Faeries... Kids Summer Nature Club 7 - 12 yrs Loch Lomond Highland Games Rob Roy Highland Games, Kinlochard David Marshall Lodge Summer Fayre First Flight, First Splash! 2nd Pre-Loved Items Sale

Saturday 13 June Saturday 13 June Saturday 20 June Sundays 28 June, 26 July Saturdays 4, 11, 18 and 25 July Saturday 18 July Sunday 19 July Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 August Saturday 8 August Friday 11 September

6 and 7 June Saturday 13 June

STRATHENDRICK TENNIS CLUB Summer 2009 Exciting new coach! For junior beginners and improvers Adult beginners and improvers if demand! Local indoor facility available on wet days. Mini tennis (pr 1,2&3) juniors (pr 4, 5 & 6), seniors (pr 7– senior 6) Cost: £30 (8 lessons x 1hour ) Join now! Limited places! Members only! Family membership £50 senior £20 junior £15 For more info contact Solly 01360 660008 or Kirsty 10360 660379 today!! For membership forms call Jean 01389 830458

Summer week coaching – dates to be confirmed 36


For more details on these events please see appropriate ‘what’s on’ pages



gates open to the public at 9am

Drymen Showground

10am to 3pm Crowning of the Gala Queen in the Village Square at 12.15pm 10.30 to 3pm

Buchlyvie Wildlife Garden Gartmore

11am, 4 Hours 12 noon to 4pm (lasts approx. 3 hours) 11am to 12.30pm 10am to 5pm Games at 12 noon, Family Ceilidh 8pm time to be confirmed 4.30 to 7.30pm 2pm

Kippen Moss O Balloch, Balloch Castle Country Park Cashel Forest for a Thousand Years, near Balmaha Meet at Aberfoyle Village Car Park Meet at David Marshall Lodge, Aberfoyle Moss o’ Balloch Park , Balloch, Alexandria, G83 8SJ The Loch Field, Kinlochard Meet at David Marshall Lodge, Aberfoyle Meet at David Marshall Lodge, Aberfoyle Balfron Nursery

Creative Fun

‘Pigs in the Clay’

If you’re looking for a fun and creative activity for the kids at the weekend take them down to ‘Pigs in the Clay’ at Lasting Impressions in Loch Lomond Homes and Garden Centre.

Recorders, big bowls, pencil holders, planters and name plaques and of course pigs - all in clay! Saturdays and Sundays, every hour. 1 hour class £7.50. Family of 3 £15. Drop in or book to avoid disappointment. To book or find out more call Louise on 07791 399542 or email: Lasting Impressions, Loch Lomond Homes and Garden Centre, Balloch.

Here they can spend an hour getting imersed in creativity making whatever they like. They can make anything from piggy banks to big bowls or they can even make a recorder and Louise is on hand to give guidance wherever needed. They will really enjoy the process while you can relax with a coffee and the paper in the café!

Kids Pottery Classes

Phone Louise to book on 07791 399542 (see more details to the right)

Adult Classes also available, see pg 25 37

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Think Pink Scotland Recipe Book Think Pink Scotland Recipe Book committee have been absolutely overwhelmed by the interest in their Charity Recipe Book. Over 200 delicious recipes have already been received and a large group of recipes from well known Celebrities - whose identities will be revealed once the book goes on sale. The ladies involved are really excited about the forth coming publication. The Recipe Book will be an ideal Christmas present for all age groups and will be available by 1st September. “We have been so touched and energised by everyone who has got involved.” Freda Robertson committee member. The girls are now meticulously sifting through the recipes and collating the final selection due to go to print shortly. Details of how to order your copy/ies will be available soon. Watch this space! The book is part of a campaign to raise £250,000 to fund a laboratory at the Beatson Translational Research Centre in Glasgow. Providing a lab would accelerate understanding of the disease, improve existing therapies and speed up drug development, with the ultimate hope of finding a cure for cancer. 43

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in Buchlyvie Go Wild… in Buchlyvie! Kids Buchlyvie’s Wild Weekend Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June 10am to 3pm

Green Gallery

The gallery will close over the Summer and re-open on 12 September. For more information please contact Becky on 01360 850180 The Coachhouse, Ballamenoch, Buchlyvie, Stirlingshire, FK8 3NX.

Buchlyvie Wildlife Garden

Discover the wilder side of life…Countryside Rangers are leading a range of activities for all the family throughout the weekend. See article below for details. For more information contact: Jessica Langford 01360 850 118.

Baby & Toddler Group Kids Mondays 9.30 to 11.30am Buchlyvie Village Hall

HypnoBirthing® for a calmer, relaxed and more comfortable birthing. Classes available. For further details please contact Pam Watson on tel: 07860 140182 or 01360 661251 For more information about HypnoBirthing log onto

contact Charlotte tel: 01360 850107

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June, 10am to 3pm

Go Wild… in Buchlyvie! Buchlyvie’s Wild Weekend Discover the wilder side of life… Countryside Rangers are leading a range of activities for all the family throughout the weekend: Pond dipping, mini beast hunt, building hibernation sites for hedgehogs, insects and amphibians and a Bat Watch (Saturday 9.30pm). Saturday 12.30pm - Picnic and Giant Tree Cake Saturday 2pm - Our Medicinal Garden - talk by herbalist Virginia Irvine Fortescue in The Broch Medicinal Garden.

Saturday and Sunday - Clay Tree Mosaic: working with potter Alison Borthwick using local clay, make your hand, foot, leaf print for the tree mosaic for Buchlyvie school. Sunday 2pm - Family Nature Treasure Hunt. Also Green Gallery ‘Scottish Wildlife’ Art Competition (see page 35 for details). Refreshments will be served plus there will be environmentally friendly stalls selling fair trade goods, herbs, cakes and soaps. Where? Buchlyvie Wildlife Garden (behind the school and medical centre, parking, toilets, wheelchair access). For more information contact: Jessica Langford 01360 850 118.

Join in the fun make a scarecrow, bath bomb or a clay pot anytime both days.


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Callander Jazz and Blues Festival

in Callander

is swinging into its fourth year

Women in the Trossachs

from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 October.

see, phone 01877 387200 or email: All welcome.

Pre-festival Fund Raising Events

Come along and meet other women who live and work in and around the Trossachs. For more information and monthly meeting details Treasure Hunt to Kinlochard Wednesday 3 June Starting in Aberfoyle behind Guyana at 7.30pm or Ancaster Square in Callander at 7.15pm.

Annual Dinner Friday 12 June, 7.30pm Abbotsford Lodge, Callander

Guest speaker Dr. Elspeth King. Pre-booking essential. How Green are you? Wednesday 1 July, 7.30pm Brig o’Turk Hall

Find out how you too can make small changes which will make a big difference, with Astrid Horward, a green lifestyle coach. Family Barbeque Wednesday 5 August, 6.30pm West Moss-side Farm, Thornhill

An annual event for family and friends - bring your own food and drink to cook on site.

A long weekend of top live Jazz and Blues, with over 40 gigs throughout the Trossachs area. The George Penman Jazzmen 50th Anniversary Event, Sunday 26th July, 2009 in The Callander Indoor Arena, McLaren Leisure Centre, Callander at 3pm. Tickets are £6 per person only £5 if purchased before 30 June. Tickets now on sale from McLaren Leisure Centre Tel: 01877 330000 and Callander Tourist Information Centre Tel: 01877 330342

Free return shuttle bus service will operate from South Ancaster Square, Callander from 2pm on Sunday 26 July. A weekend Rover Ticket which gives access to nearly all events is a mere £35, however if you wish to reserve them prior to 30 April, then the price comes down to £30. Exceptional value to what is becoming one of the largest rural Jazz Festivals of its kind. For more information visit or call Festival Office at 01877 339399.

Callander Walking Group June - August walks schedule. All walks start at 10.30am, are led by qualified walk leaders, and anyone wishing to improve their physical and mental well-being is welcome to attend, including visiting friends and family members. Contact Scott on 01389 722114 or Tricia on 01786 432323 or 07717 544773 for more information.


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Roman Camp & Riverside NCR 7 towards Kilmahog Town Circular – South Church St, Creep, Bridgend and Meadows NCR 76 East to Keltie Bridge Town Circular - Main St, Leny Feus, Meadows Invertrossachs Road and Loch Venachar Town Circular, Tulipan Crescent, Ancaster Road, Main Street Roman Camp & Riverside NCR 76 East to Keltie Bridge Town Circular – South Church St, Creep, Bridgend and Meadows NCR 7 towards Kilmahog Town Circular - Main St, Leny Feus, Meadows Invertrossachs Road and Loch Venachar


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in Drymen & Croftamie Tir-na-nOg Crystal & Craft Fair Sunday 28 June 11am to 5pm

Tai Chi Classes

Tuesdays 10 to 11.30am phone for more information. Tir-na-nOg, Balfron Station, nr Drymen

tel: 01360 449300

Drymen Show Family

Saturday 30 May gates open to the public at 9am A great family day out. The main ring will be packed with exciting entertainment. As always there will be all kinds of animals on show from Alpacas to sheep, alongside the animals will be as usual the sheep shearing, swri, schools, football, show jumping, funfair and lots of stalls. See website for more details. Wish to become a member? Please contact Rosie Allan, 7 Creityhall Rd, Buchanan, Drymen, Glasgow, or download a membership form at

Ballet Classes with Nicci McEwan Kids Former Scottish Ballet Soloist Fridays, Toddlers - 2.45pm, Beginners - 3.45pm Drymen Village Hall

tel: 07534 918346

World Fly Fishing Championship

Sunday 7 June to Friday 12 June 10am, all day Friday 5 June, 4.30pm (official opening) George Mackenzie Tel: 01389 756645 Drymen

The 29th FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships in 2009 comes to the shores of Drymen, within Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, with fisherman from all over the world angling to net the biggest catch. The official opening ceremony, with a procession of all the teams from the nearby school to Drymen Square, is on Friday 5 June at 4.30pm.

Pilates with Amanda Reid

Tuesdays 9.30am - Pilates and 10.50am - Pilates (Golden Girls 40mins, £5 per class) Drymen Village Hall

Ealain Gallery art | whisky | gifts

Scotland’s finest ART and WHISKY

‘A Coo in the Kitchen and a Duck by the Bath’ A Solo show of Game and Farmyard inspired paintings by Iona Crawford running until 5th June.

2 man show by Denise Davis & Huw Williams

Drymen under 5’s Kids

Bringing together the human and equine art form. Opens Sunday 7 June with whisky tasting by Auchentoshan Distillery - exhibition & sale of paintings continues until 10 July

Drymen Village Hall

‘Summer Exhibition’

Mondays and Wednesdays 9.30 to 11.30am

Activities, playtime and snack for all children under 5, coffee for the mums/dads. Everyone welcome. Call Kate Rowley Tel: 661 454

Space to Let at Tir-na-nOg

3 spaces to let at Tir-na-nOg for small business lets, from around £55/week, suitable for office, beauty/holistic therapies, arts & crafts, or retail purposes. Tel: 01360 449300 Balfron Station, nr Drymen 52

A mixed exhibition of work from all our gallery artists opening Sunday 12 July and whisky tasting. Remember to register for our Autumn ‘Whisky Club’ @ Open daily: Mon-Sat 10am to 5.30pm, Sun 12pm to 4pm

Ealain Gallery 36-42 Main Street, Drymen

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in Fintry Fintry Inn Ceilidh

First Saturday of each month

Musical Evening

Mondays (check for times)

In June, Fintry Amateur Dramatic Society is staging Sandy Wilson’s ‘The Boy Friend’.

Fintry Inn, 23 Main Street, Fintry

For more information tel: 01360 860224

Fintry Amateur Dramatic Society is staging Sandy Wilson’s ‘The Boy Friend’ Tuesday 9 June to Saturday 13 June at 7.30pm and Saturday 13 June at 2pm. (See article to the right for more details).

Tickets from Liz Brown, tel 01360 860 078 or email: Also see our website

Advance notice. Following the phenomenal success of the recent run of ‘The Full Monty’, FADS have announced they will be staging it again for a brief run in Menzies Hall, Fintry on 2 to 5 September. Tickets are not yet on sale, but you can place your order now at: 01360 860078.

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It features Abigail Lightbody and Geoff Truscott, the leading roles of Polly and Tony in FADS coming production of Sandy Wilson’s THE BOY FRIEND.

The Boy Friend is a comic pastiche of the 1920’s which was written at a time when the United Kingdom was still recovering from the devastating effects of World War 2. It is set in the carefree world of the French Riviera.

It tells the story of a group of young ladies who are pupils at the Villa Caprice, or Madame Dubonnet’s School for Young Ladies. The most important aim for these young women is to find a Boy Friend, not just an ordinary Boy Friend but a young man of wealth and social standing. To this end the cast romp their way through music of the roaring 20’s in their performance of favourites such as The Boy Friend, Won’t You Charleston With Me, Perfect Young Ladies and A Room In Bloomsbury. The Boy Friend opened on Broadway at the Royale Theatre on 30 September, 1954 and has been thrilling audiences all over the world since that date. Performance dates are Tuesday 9th June Saturday 13 June at 7.30 pm, and also Saturday 13 June at 2pm. Tickets from Liz Brown, tel 01360 860 078 or email: Also see our website

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in Gartmore Gartmore Gala Day

Saturday 13 June Commencing with the crowning of the Gala Queen in the Village Square at 12.15pm Overall theme is ‘The Homecoming’ and the theme for the Fancy Dress competition is ‘Great Scots’. All welcome. Great family day.

Pilates Classes with Amanda Reid

Thursday evening: Pilates: 6.30 to 7.30pm and 7.45 to 8.45pm Gartmore House

Thistle Threads Arts and Crafts Studio

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Summer Workshops in Felt making; Rag Rugs; Papermaking; Machine Embroidery. Also ‘Make an Eco bag in a day with recycled fabrics’. Please ring for dates and further details and to book. Suitable for all abilities. Teen workshops also available. New term for Patchwork and Quilting weekly classes start in August. Bookings now being taken. Please ring Clare on 01877 382924 or email:

Watercolour Painting Classes Tuesdays 10am to 1pm

Gartmore House

Painting tuition for just £7.50. Materials and two course lunch provided. Arrive 10am for tea/ coffee - morning class at 10.30am - 1pm led by a qualified instructor. After lunch, feel free to linger in our lounge for a chat with tea or coffee. All ages and abilities welcome. No need to preregister! If painting is not your thing, why not bring your own craft along, enjoy our lounge area then enjoy lunch with the painting group. For further information, call 01877 382 991 and talk to Dawn or anyone of our office staff.


For further info contact 07831 410 642

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Visit Jenners at Loch Lomond Shores where you’ll find our extensive range of silver and gold jewellery collections designed and made in Orkney, Scotland.

Loch Lomond Shores

For more information please contact Janice Tel: 01389 722 212


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in Gartocharn Gartocharn Cubs Kids Wednesdays 6.30 to 8pm

Gartocharn Millennium Hall

Gartocharn Cubs has changed from a Monday evening to a Wednesday evening from 6.30 to 8pm starting from the summer term. Any child aged between 8-11 is welcome to come along. For further information please ring: 01389 830390.

Gartocharn Under 5’s Kids

Every Wednesday during school term-time 10 to 11.30am Kilmaronock Millennium Hall (downstairs)

Great toys, great fun and snacks for everyone! All welcome.

WKD Modern Jive

Every Tuesday from 5 May 8 to 10pm Millennium Hall Gartocharn

Dance Class - smooth combination of Salsa, French Jive, Tango & Swing. 2 hours of fun for £6. Dance lesson & dancing afterwards to great music. Easy to learn, Keep Fit, Have Fun Beginners welcome every week Men & Women. More info contact Alan or Kate 01360 850229 or

Gartocharn Craft Fair Every Friday 10am to 12.30pm


Millennium Hall, Gartocharn

Come along to the Gartocharn Craft Fair to view local crafts by local crafts people. Teas, coffees and homebaking.

Aerobics with Julie

Monday 8 to 9pm, Thursday 9.30 to 10.30am Millennium Hall

for further information tel: 07812 440495


Everything you need in the way of local trades & services and produce you can find in ParkLife.

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in Killearn

Mini Music Makkers Kids Tuesdays

Killearn Church Hall

There are 3 age groups - 0-2, 2-3, 3-5 For more information call Clare 01360 550166

Killearn`s Wee Green Market Saturdays 6 June and 5 September 10am to 1pm Killearn Village Hall

All your favourite stall holders and more, speciality breads, delicious jams, homebaking and local crafts. ‘Local produce on your doorstep, natural and ethical’. Contact Jaqui on 551659 or log on to

Killearn Horticultural Society Annual Show Saturday 29 August 2 to 4.30pm

Village Hall and Church Hall, Killearn

It’s Show Time! This year’s Killearn Cottagers’ Horticultural Society Annual Show we are hoping for a good turn out both from growers and viewers. The good weather early in the season will ensure a plentiful crop of horticultural exhibits. We hope that the artists, photographers, crafts people and bakers will have been busy too. We will have a huge display of pictures from the young artists of the village too. Bring along your exhibits on Friday evening 7.30 to 9pm or the morning of the Show between 7.30am and 10am. The halls open at 2pm and our piper will be at the door to greet you. The mega marrow weigh in will be at 2.15pm. Teas and cakes will be served in the Church Hall from 2.45pm.

Mother and Toddler Group Kids Wednesdays 9.30am to 11.30am

Contact Alison: 01360 660020 Killearn Village Hall

Pre-school Playgroup Kids

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9.30am to 12noon

Panik Gallery Summer Exhibition 31st May until 26th July

Local Artists Exhibition 2nd August until 13th September Panik Gallery is open 7 days 13 Main Street Killearn 01360 551166 Open weekdays 10am - 5.30pm weekends 11am - 5pm


Monday Tuesday

Time 9:30 - 10:15am 9:30 - 10:15am

10 - 11am 2.30 - 5:30pm 7 - 8pm Wednesday 10 - 11am 4 - 6:30pm 7 - 8pm Thursday 11 - 12noon 7 - 7:45pm 7 - 8pm 8 - 9pm Saturday 9am - 12pm

Class Circuit Training Water Aerobics Legs, Bums & Tums Swimming Lessons Yoga Pilates Swimming Lessons Circuit Training Yoga Water Aerobics Pilates Legs, Bums & Tums Swimming Lessons

Killearn New Church Hall For children 21/2 years to 5 years.

Classes are subject to change, MEMBERS FREE (Depending on M-Ship type)

Please contact Eleanor on 01360 440385 or Jude on 01360 551611. See page 37 for information.

NON MEMBERS £4.00. Opening times: Sunday to Friday: Open 7am, Last Entry 9.30pm, Close 10pm. Saturdays Open 7am, Last Entry 8.30pm, Close 9pm (All children under the age of 16 yrs old must exit the facilities by 8pm)


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in Kippen Kippen Street Fayre Kids

Saturday 13 June 10.30 to 3pm Join us in the main street of Kippen for a fantastic fun day, with stalls, live music, food, fancy dress, crowning of the Kippen Queen and the King of Kippen, bouncy castle, gladiator fighting, Magician, dog show, grand raffle, games, and lots more. See for more details or email us at KippenStreetFayre@googlemail. com if you want to book a stall or have any other question about the day. See you in Kippen!!

Kippen Toddler Group Kids Thursdays 10.15am to 12noon Kippen Village Hall

We welcome all mums from pregnancy, babies and children to 3 yrs old (and older siblings too). Coffee, tea, biscuits, juice and fruit.

Berits and Brown Delicatessen Monthly Wine Tastings 8 to 9.30pm

Berits & Brown, Main Street, Kippen

Contact shop for details: 01786 870 077

Inn at Kippen

Theme Night - 3rd Wednesday of every month Poker Night - every Thursday 7.30pm

Pilates Classes with Amanda Reid

Tuesday daytime: Pilates: 1 to 2pm Golden Girls Pilates: 2.20 to 3pm (£5 for 40 minutes pay as you go) Kippen Village Hall

For further information on classes go to:


Summer Recipe Fruit Crumble

Ingredients 50g low fat margarine 4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced 400g pears, peeled, cored and sliced 100g raspberries 1 tsp cinnamon 1 vanilla pod 3 tbsp runny honey 50ml dark rum, spiced (optional) 4 tbsp low fat crème fraîche, to serve Crumble topping: 100g soft low fat margarine 50g brown sugar 100g pecan nuts, crushed 50g porridge oats Method: 1. Set the oven to 190°C/gas 5. Melt the low fat spread in a saucepan and fry the apples, pears for 2 mins. 2. Gently stir in the cinnamon and raspberries. 3. Split the vanilla pod and add it to the mix. 4. Add the honey, and rum. Pour the mixture into a baking dish. 5. To make the crumble topping, mix together the low-fat spread, brown sugar, pecans and porridge oats. Rub the ingredients together with your hands to form a crumbly mixture. 6. Scatter over the fruit and bake for 20 mins. 7. Serve with low fat crème fraîche.

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in Strathblane & Blanefield Duntreath Castle Charity Garden Opening

Sunday 31 May Home-made teas, large home produce, ‘as new’ and plant stalls. Pipe band, fire engine and Falconry display. Admission £5 (children free).

Strathblane Out of School Care Kids Weekdays 3.15pm to 6pm Holidays and in-service days 8am - 6pm

Strathblane Scout Hall (behind Edenkiln Surgery, Dumbrock Rd)

For children attending or registered for any school. Contact: Gillian Waugh 07914 919625

The Fun Hut Baby/Toddler Group Kids Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9.15 to 11.15am

Kirk rooms (opposite church), Strathblane

Come along for a cup of tea and friendly chat. Bumps, babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, all welcome. Contact: Vicki 07889 948086

Summer Walk or Cycle

There are numerous great walks from the David Marshall Lodge.

To Loch Katrine A821


David Marshall Lodge The Bluebell Café To Kinlochard B829


allow 2 hours on foot


This one shown on the map is the Highland Boundary Fault Trail and is 4 miles long. Follow the waymarkers and discover the information panels to learn how geology has affected our lives. The David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre not only has parking, picnic areas and toilets but also The Bluebell Café, Information and the Forest Shop.

Landscaping & groundworks projects undertaken by a local professional team.

01360 449270




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in the Local Area Brig O’ Turk Craft Fairs

Saturdays 27 June Brig O’ Turk Village Hall

A wide range of local crafters provide inspiration, ideas as well as gifts to locals and tourists alike. For more information please contact Sarah Hatton on 01877 376343 or look up the website, for more information.

Luss Luss (Loch Lomond) Highland Gathering Sunday 26 July Commencing at 11.30am Games Park, Luss

Thornhill West Moss-side Centre Cane Chair Seating with Susie Bishop Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June

Totally Natural Paper Making with Charmian Pollock Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June

Textural Felt Wall Hangings with Charlotte Haines and Saskia Gavin Sunday 6 September Willow Log Baskets with Catherine Davies Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September

Traditional Willow Baskets with Catherine Davies Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 September

All workshops are £50.00 per day (+materials) 10am to 4.30pm with full tuition and farmhouse lunch. West Moss-side Centre, Thornhill, Stirling FK8 3QJ. (left turn ¼ mile out of Thornhill on Aberfoyle road) Gift vouchers available. To book telephone Kate Sankey on: 01786 850428 or m: 07870 156506 or email:, website:


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local produce business advertising Farmers Markets JUNE

Loch Lomond Shores Farmers’ Market Sunday 7 and 21 June, 10am to 4pm Loch Lomond Shores, Ben Lomond Way

For information

Stirling Farmers’ Market

Saturday 13 June, 10am to 3pm Port Street, Stirling

for future location, please Contact Pat Wilson on 01877 330151 or email


Loch Lomond Shores Farmers’ Market Sundays 5 and 19 July, 10am to 4pm Loch Lomond Shores, Ben Lomond Way


Loch Lomond Shores Continental Market

Saturday & Sunday 8 & 9 August, 10am to 4pm Loch Lomond Shores, Ben Lomond Way

Loch Lomond Shores Farmers’ Market Sunday 16 August, 10am to 4pm

Loch Lomond Shores, Ben Lomond Way


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If you would like to list any events or advertise in our next issue (September, October and November) please email us at or telephone Katrina Gardner on 01360 661317. Deadline for information for next issue is Friday 17 July.

Parklife Magazine  

ParkLife is your what’s on guide and business advertiser for Loch Lomond, The Trossachs and the surrounding area.

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