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Your what’s on guide and advertiser for Loch Lomond, The Trossachs & surrounding area

FREE April / May 2017

DRYMEN SHOW HOMES & A fantastic fun day INTERIORS out for all the family!

Winter is a dull & distant memory, get your home ready for summer!

EASTER HOLIDAYS & SPRING MADNESS So much to do in this beautiful part of the world!


copies covering ALL these local areas! Bringing your local community together covering: Strathblane • Blanefield • Croftamie • Drymen • Killearn Balfron • Balmaha • Rowardennan • Gartocharn • Fintry • Buchlyvie • Arnprior • Kippen • Gargunnock Thornhill Ruskie • Port of Menteith • Callander • Kilmahog • Brig O Turk • Aberfoyle • Kinlochard • Balloch • Gartmore

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THE OAK TREE INN Muddy Boots Welcome

Come and visit Balmaha and explore the amazing scenery that’s right on our doorstep. Climb Conic Hill, see the Tom Weir statue, visit Inchcialloch Island or just walk around the bay in Balmaha. Then enjoy a good meal in the Oak Tree, with coffee and ice cream in St Mocha a great day out!

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If you regularly visit The Oak Tree and St Mocha make sure you pick up one of our loyalty card entry forms. Collect a stamp each time you visit then once you have six you’ll get a 10% off card for future visits.

St Mocha St Mocha Coffee Shop & Ice Cream Parlour, next to The Oak Tree Inn, serves artisan roasted speciality coffee, teas, home baking a lunch menu and homemade authentic Loch Lomond Ice Cream. St Mocha is open daily from 10am-5pm.

Locally sourced ingredients Pick up a copy of the Oak Tree news when you’re next in and see how many of the ingredients in our dishes are sourced locally, with many produced on site too. As well as our popular menu check out the daily specials boards in our bar and restaurant.

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Sailings and events throug hout the year and only 60 mins, from Gl asgo & 75 mins. fr w om Edinburgh

Hearing Loop Steamship Sir Walter Scott D The is fully wheelchair friendly

• Classic Steamship Cruises on the Sir Walter Scott • Legends of the Loch Cruise on the Lady of the Lake Lochside dining in the Brenachoile Café • Katrine Gifts for Souvenirs & Crafts Katrinewheelz - Cycle Hire • Borg Grech Photography • The Pier Café, Stronachlachar FAMILY FUN!


Friday 14 - Monday 17 April Hop along for a family Easter Egg Hunt all Easter Weekend.

Kids – put on your Easter bonnet and win a prize.

Eco Camp on the shores of Loch Katrine

Park your motorhome – in one of our designated bays, with hook-ups to supply electricity and water to your vehicle. Pitch your tent – in our woodland campsite, with easy access to the facilities and services you need. Lochside lodges – make one of our lodges as your base. To find out more and make reservations visit:

Visit to see our full list of special events throughout the year

Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine, by Callander, Stirling FK17 8HZ T: 01877 376315/6 • • |

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Contents • Events Spring is here, Easter holidays around the corner and we are still bringing you the best of what is local! For this edition we have a full list of events and outings to make family life a lot more fun without going too far. Our homes and interiors section feature businesses that can help you with your home design and inspire you for 2017. Don’t forget to visit our website to enter our fabulous competitions and keep sending us your events. Enjoy your read and we will see you back here for our June - July issue. HAPPY EASTER!

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Park Life Map ............................................................................6 Useful Numbers ........................................................................8 Recipe .................................................................................. 11 Home & Renovating Show .................................................... 20 Mulberry Bush Montessori 10K ............................................... 27 Local Events ..................................................................... 28-29 Kids Groups & Clubs......................................................... 30-31 Lomond Mountain Rescue .................................................... 33 Local Cinema ....................................................................... 35 RSPB’S Wild Challenge ........................................................... 36 Strathyre Music Festival .......................................................... 39 Fitness Classes....................................................................... 40 Gardening Tips ...................................................................... 47 Charity Cycle ........................................................................ 71 Loch Lomond Shores Events.................................................. 72 Local Walk ............................................................................. 74 Index ..................................................................................... 76 Farmers Markets .................................................................... 77

Competitions! Macroberts............................................................................. 48 Paul Saunders Photography ................................................... 54 Loch Katrine ........................................................................... 60

Park Life Magazine June - July 2017

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Your what’s on guide and advertiser for Loch Lomond, The Trossachs & surrounding area


Our next edition covers June & July, Copy deadline is 12th May.

June / July 2017

GARDENING & OUTDOOR Featuring local companies,

Gardening & Outdoors Kids Summer Holiday Guide Fantastic Competitions & Recipes!

Interviews & handy tips

PARK LIFE GUIDE... to kids summer holidays COMPETITIONS, RECIPES... What’s On, Cinema Guide, Local Services and so much more!

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copies covering ALL these local areas!

Bringing your local community together covering: Strathblane • Blanefield • Croftamie • Drymen • Killearn Balfron • Balmaha • Rowardennan • Gartocharn • Fintry • Buchlyvie • Arnprior • Kippen • Gargunnock Thornhill Ruskie • Port of Menteith • Callander • Kilmahog • Brig O Turk • Aberfoyle • Kinlochard • Balloch • Gartmore



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Park Life Useful Numbers Police Non-Emergency 101 Police Emergency 999 or 112 Scottish Water 0800 0778778 Scottish Power 0800 0270072 Stirling Council 08452 777000 Libraries Strathblane 01360 770737 Drymen 01360 660751 Balfron 01360 440407 Callander 01877 331544 Balloch 01389 608989 Schools covered by Park Life Magazine Aberfoyle 01877 382278 Balfron High 01360 440469 Balfron 01360 440027 Buchanan 01360 870215 Buchlyvie 01360 850311 Callander 01877 331576 Drymen 01360 660410 Fintry 01360 860204



Gartmore 01877 382343 Gargunnock 01786 860291 Killearn 01360 550430 Kippen 01786 870373 Mclaren High 01877 330156 Port of Menteith 01877 385225 Strathblane 01360 770608 Thornhill 01786 850207 Balfron Tip opening times Mon-Fri 5pm-8pm Sat 10-2pm Health Centres Drymen 01360 660203 Kippen 01360 850237 Balfron 01360 440515 Aberfoyle 01877382421 Callander 01877 331000 Killearn 01360 550339 Dentist Drymen 01360 661097 NHS 24 Helpline 111

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Perthshire lamb with spring

vegetables, gnocchi & wild garlic Ingredients: 1 x 6oz lamb rump 500g peas 1 bunch of green asparagus 1 bunch of white asparagus 1 bunch of wild garlic 250ml lamb jus 100g gnocchi (recipe to follow) 20g wild garlic dressing

Gnocchi: 160ml water 85g butter 5g salt 225g strong flour 2 eggs 2 egg yolks 15g mustard 75g parmesan

Start by making the gnocchi and allowing it to rest in the fridge for a short while. Place the water, butter & salt in a pan and bring to the boil, sieve in the flour and mix on a low heat with a wooden spoon until thick and firm like a dough. Take off the heat and add to a food mixer, once slightly cooled then add the eggs one at a time then the yolks, making sure that it has fully incorporated before the next is added. Once silky, add the mustard, parmesan and a few roughly chopped soft herbs. Wrap in cling film and place into the fridge. While the dough is relaxing, blanche 400g of garden peas in salted boiling water and refresh in ice cold water, place them into a food processor and blend with a little of the salted water until you have a puree. Add the other 100g of peas and reserve to the side. For the wild garlic dressing, grate the parmesan, grind

Wild Garlic dressing: 50g parmesan Âź lemon zest 30g wild garlic 200ml rapeseed oil Pinch of salt

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down the wild garlic with a pestle & mortar then add the cheese. Finely grated lemon zest with a pinch of good quality salt until you have a course paste. Slowly add the rapeseed oil until you have a thick dressing. Heat up a shallow pan, season and oil your lamb rump and seal it off, place into a pre heated over at 190*c and roast for 8 minutes. Once cooked, leave to rest for another 8 minutes while you blanch the asparagus for 2 minutes, the garlic for 20 seconds then season with a little salt as well as bringing your pea puree to the boil. To plate the dish, carve the lamb rump to your liking, place the puree on the plate, assemble the asparagus and garlic around the dish at top with the lamb, and add a little lamb jus and the garlic dressing to complete the dish. Bon Appetite!

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A fun filled day for all the family! £8 Adult • £5 Child 5-16 or Pensioner Children Under 5 Free • Parking Free


Just some of the entertainment on the day! Cattle • Sheep • Highland Ponies • Clydesdales Light Horse • Showjumping • Trade Stands Craft Tent • Schools Tent • Pet Tent SWI (Rural) Tent (hosting Drymen Show Bake Off) Helicopter Rides • Free Prize Draw • Fun Fair Vintage Tractors • Sheep Shearing Demonstration Learning Zone - “Meet The Vet” “Meet The Judge” “Meet The Sheep”! Terrier Racing • Pipe Band • Kids Races Heavy Horse Display • Fancy Dress On Horseback Dog Show • Live Bands • Beer Tent • Catering Facilities

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Care to make a difference? Taking the first steps to becoming a foster carer is a big decision, but it can be one of the most rewarding decisions you will ever make. Currently there are children and young people across Scotland who need safe, caring homes, with adults who will help them look to a positive future. Children and young people who need foster carers may have suffered neglect and abuse, or their parents may have chaotic lives, affected by alcohol or drugs, and be unable to care for them. Care Visions is one of Scotland’s leading foster care providers and we are looking to recruit new carers across Scotland. You don’t need formal qualifications, but you do need some life experience and be willing to participate in our assessment and training programme. We provide an allowance when a child is placed with you

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and ongoing support from a dedicated fostering social worker. Our foster carers can also meet up in local groups, to share ideas and information. If you are over 25, have a spare room in your home and want to make a difference to a young person’s life why not take the first step to becoming a foster carer with Care Visions?

If you are interested and want to talk to one of our team, please call 01786 477810 or email and we can give you more information on what’s involved. That first call could be the beginning of a better future for a young person.

We are looking for people across Scotland who can offer a stable home environment to children who need care and support. We are looking for people across can offerqualifications a stable home Scotland You don’twho need formal toprovides children training who need care environment as Care Visions and and support. financial support. You don’t qualifications • Are youneed over formal 25? as Care Visions provides training and • Do yousupport. have a spare room? financial

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At CALA, we’re doing a great deal more to help you make that move possible. So just ask, and you’ll find the perfect time…is now.


PLIFE_APRMAY17 *CALA will obtain 2 independent valuations based on achieving a sale in a 4-6 week period, part exchange considered subject to CALA’s purchasing criteria, terms and conditions. Up to 100% part exchange and other incentives available on selected plots, subject to terms and conditions and not in conjunction with each other or any other offer. Visit for full terms and conditions and purchasing. †Plot specific incentive. The image shown is taken from The Elliot showhome at Endrick Meadows and features fixtures, décor, flooring and soft furnishings which are not fitted as standard in a CALA home. These are used to suggest possible finishes you could adopt in your own home and would be an additional cost. Telephone calls within the British Isles will be charged at local rate. Telephone calls may divert to a mobile service in which case, call charges may vary. Please consult a Sales Advisor for further details.

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0141 942 0977 Visit our showroom: 161 Milngavie Rd, Bearsden, G61 3DYY Tel: 01786 841391 18 |

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Kitchen Interiors - project managed from start to finish Kitchen Interiors is a family run business with over 75 years of collective experience in designing & fitting luxury kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms. We believe in providing a personal service at every stage of your purchase and every installation undertaken by us is project managed from start to finish. Our quality rigid built kitchens, manufactured in Scotland, are exceptional value. Offering over 100 finishes from the contemporary to the traditional and painted ranges. So why not let us take you through the process of choosing the right kitchen for you and your home. If your planning to revamp your bathroom, Kitchen & Bathroom Interiors provide a truly exceptional service.

Discussing ideas for your potential layout in depth, consider furniture or using stone and quartz materials in your design. We only use the best of branded products, and we aim to ensure you’ll have a bathroom that will not only be functional, but that you will enjoy spending time relaxing in. Supplied and fitted or simply supply only, the choice is yours. We understand the importance of having your project installed by an experienced fitting team. All our trades are tried and tested with the latest certification in Electrical and ‘ gas safe ‘ being in place. What’s more we offer the complete project management of your refurbishment, from start to finish so you can rest assured that the job will be completed to your satisfaction.

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Free tickets to The Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show is back!

The Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show, Scotland’s largest consumer exhibition for self-builders, home renovators and improvers, is back at the SEC Glasgow on May 20 - 21 2017. Is your goal this year to tackle that extension? Are you halfway through updating your interiors? Maybe you’ve been dreaming of building a secure, sustainable house from scratch?

solutions. We’ve got the freshest, most inspiring ideas and more than 140 exhibitors ready to guide you through the latest products and innovations. Meet over 140 local and national specialist suppliers – see, touch and try 1000s of products. Bring your plans, ideas and questions and get free personalised one-to-one advice in a 15 minute consultation with one of our experts, architects, planners or builders. Check out 20 educational masterclasses and 8 in-depth daily seminars offering practical answers to common questions.

A visit to the Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the SEC, Glasgow this May, will give you practical help to turn your plans into reality. Over two days, you’ll be able to talk to architects, designers, legal experts, craftspeople and self-build specialists – not to mention suppliers of everything from flooring and roof tiles to interior paint and storage


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The show is taking place at the SEC, Glasgow on May 20 – 21 2017. Opening hours: Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 10am - 4.30pm. For more information contact 0844 858 6754 * or

To claim your two free tickets and save £24* visit *Saving based on two standard door price tickets. Offer expires when 500 pairs of tickets have been redeemed or 3pm 19 May 2017 whichever is soonest. Children 16 and under go free.


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Colin Johnson Furnishings

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Commercial & Domestic Work Undertaken Furniture Repair & Restoration


Quality Upholstery and Curtain Fabric, Isle and Islay Mills, Ross, Wemyss, Bute, etc Traditional upholstery classes, Day, Evening & Weeklong classes Cushion making & revamp service, curtain making & track for sale


Antique Chairs, Sofas & Stools, French, Georgian, Victorian etc Tel 01786 850 615 E: The Old Schoolhouse, Ruskie by Stirling FK8 3LG

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Make the most of your space extensions new build houses home offices Whether you want a contemporary or traditional design, we cover all aspects of the design process from initial sketches through to detailed design as well as negotiating the Planning and Building Warrant procedures.



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An eclectic mix of home accessories WatsInteriors & Flooring Ltd is a family run business which opened its doors in Callander’s Cross Street this March, run by husband & wife - Greg & Nyree Watson. This quirky wee shop has so much to offer. There is an eclectic mix of home accessories, including furniture, cushions, candles, kitchenware and much more. Whether you are looking for a full revamp of your home or perhaps a finishing touch to your existing interior, Greg & Nyree will help pull the whole look together. WatsInteriors like to offer the personal touch and can lead you through the process of decorating with their choice of wall coverings from either Voyage Decoration, Iliv or for the more adventurous out there Pip Studio. They can also offer floor coverings with brands like Crucial Trading & Cormar Carpets and much more.

New Home Interiors & Flooring shop opened on Cross Street, Callander. We have a great selection of Carpets & Vinyl A Quirky & Unique collection of Home Interior Accessories to choose from! Pop in and have a browse and chat with our friendly staff. CARPETS VINYLS RUGS LIGHTING FURNITURE SOFT FURNISHINGS CANDLES KITCHENWARE HOME ACCESSORIES

Now Available! Fantastic range of co-ordinating Wall Coverings & Fabrics from Voyage & Iliv Bespoke Sofas & Chairs

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Your what’s on guide & advertiser for Loch Lomond and The Trossachs

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page, with over 3000 likes now and daily updates on local news and events. Send us your events on Facebook and we can help spread the word for you to make your day even busier!

Originally from Persia and its bordering lands, the Felted Trellised The fleet of 24 yurts range in size from the Nomadic Tent, or Yurt, has been in existence for over 2,000 years. 2 person, 8 foot in diameter yurt to the Mega 40 footer, which caters to banqueting 150 people. Sale or leasing possibilities create affordable options, particularly for campsites.

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MORRIS ARCHITECTS mending broken windows and rotten apples

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Ferguson Highland Dance Company We are the ideal place for boys and girls age 4-18 with an interest in performing, to learn Pop Singing, Street Dance, Musical Theatre & Drama!

NOW ENROLLING! For further details contact: Mark Long E:

Tel: 0141 576 4569 / 07715 301841


TRY SOMETHING NEW TODAY... • Pony Club & Sunday morning 10am-12pm • Riding lessons for children on Sunday afternoon & 3.30-5pm on week nights and adult lessons on weekdays • Pony/Horse share opportunities • Adult lessons weekdays • Horsemanship workshops led by Johnnie Smith • Horse management sessions (evenings and weekdays) • Segways in the shed 1/2 hr sessions of indoor challenges & parties • Children`s pony parties Email Visit our Facebook page for further information

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• Classes for age 3 1/2 and over, all abilities welcome • Opportunities to sit exams, do competitions & performances • Balfron classes Thursday’s at Mclintock Hall Stirling classes Monday’s Holy Trinity Church Hall (near the Albert Hall) • Professional dancers available for all events. No event too big or too small. • Lessons available in Balfron & Stirling City Centre

Contact Gemma Ferguson 07796 018918 | E: fergusonhighlanddancecompany

Water Park • Kayaking • Hamster Ball • Canoeing Horse Riding • Fishing • Archery

Outdoor adventure activities for all ages and abilities Groups • Children Corporate Groups Group and Fun Days Take advantage of our equipment hire experience, we hire all equipment including Canoe and Bike Hire!

Go Country, Kinlochard, nr Aberfoyle, Stirlingshire FK8 3TL Tel: 01877 387750 0845 6437089 lo-call rate Email:

Clay Pigeon & Rifle Shooting • Mountain Biking Gorge Walking • Climbing & Abseiling

2017 MULBERRY BUSH MONTESSORI BALFRON 10k The countdown to the 2017 Mulberry Bush Montessori Balfron 10k is on – and this year an alteration to the traditional route will offer a new challenge for runners. With just over two months to go before the Sunday, April 23 event, race organisers are urging people to put their new year fitness resolutions to the test and sign up for the popular event, which regularly attracts more than 700 entrants. During its 10-year history the fundraising event in the Stirlingshire village of Balfron has gained a reputation among runners as a tough, yet rewarding test thanks to its undulating route along scenic country roads overlooked by the Campsie Hills. This year however, the route will take in more of the village itself, with a new 1.75km-long section which includes Balfron’s main street. Organisers hope the change of route will provide a fresh challenge and more of a spectacle for entrants and villagers alike.

Photo: Pictured on the new stretch of the 10k route are from left, race director Nigel Johnson with 10k committee members and supporters, David Ross, David Eckersley, Rosie Eckersley, Elspeth Ross and Julie Ross.

course meant it wasn’t all that visible from the village itself. We hope to change that by bringing the event through the heart of one of Scotland’s most scenic villages. “We also look forward to welcoming the first runner home, who will set our new course record.” Appealing to both the serious runner as well as the weekend runner and first-time 10k-er, the event’s popularity has seen it consistently appear in the top rank of Runner’s World magazine’s league table. Since the first event in 2007, the Mulberry Bush Montessori Balfron 10k has raised more than £55,000 for the local schools and various charities.

Race director Nigel Johnson said: “Hundreds of runners sprinting down Balfron’s main street will be a thrilling sight and we hope to see lots more local spectators as a result.

The race, which starts at Balfron Campus at 11am, features an officially measured course, chip-timing, winners’ prizes plus goody bags including commemorative medal and T-shirt.

“For the past decade, the 10k has been the biggest participation event in Balfron’s calendar, but the original

Entries for the 2017 event are now open, visit

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Park Life Events April-May APRIL SPRING FEST LOMOND SHORES 1st & 2nd April.

Visitors to this year’s Springfest can get a taste of different cooking techniques with a packed line-up of demonstrations from inspiring chefs. Springfest takes place at Loch Lomond Shores on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April and is one of the country’s largest free festivals. The festival is part of Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in 2017, which will shine a spotlight on Scotland’s rich history and heritage. Most of the food and drink suppliers are either linked with Scotland, or use Scottish produce and are passionate about food and drink. This is also reflected in the cookery demonstrations scheduled to take place. Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods, one of Scotland’s top foragers, will be wowing crowds as he prepares a variety of quick and delicious snacks and meals made using the plants you can pick for free around Scotland. Mark will also be whipping up some delicious cocktails using wild ingredients and everyday plants. Festival goers will also get a sneak peek at the menu for The Shore, Loch Lomond, a new luxury venue from the team behind Glasgow’s 28 |

luxury 200 SVS events and spa brand which will be opening at Loch Lomond Shores later this year. Focusing on using high quality, local produce, chefs from The Shore have put together two tantalising dishes to demonstrate on the day, putting an innovative and tasty twist on traditional Scottish cuisine. Demonstrations from Glasgow-based The Experience and one of the festival’s favourites, Flavour Magic will be showcasing how to wow your taste buds with their amazing salts, spices and herb rubs, will round out the cookery demo schedule. The festival, just a short drive from Glasgow, Stirling and surrounding towns is free to attend and opens at 10am and closes at 6pm both days. For full cookery demo listings or for other festival information, visit


THE LODGE FOREST VISITOR CENTRE Easter Sunday Annual Duck Races Start 12, 1 & 2pm £2 per duck. (See page 37)

ARTLINK CENTRAL GALA CHARITY EVENING 22 April at 6.30 pm, Bridge of Allan Parish Church Halls. The special guest - Carol Kidd, the acclaimed Scottish Jazz singer. Charity auction and sale of original artwork, craft and jewellery. Wine and light supper will be included. A recommended donation of £15 is suggested.

DRYMEN ART CLUB Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd April 10am - 5pm Annual exhibition of members’ new work Drymen Village Hall. Free entry. Refreshments.


April 14th 11 am - 2pm Duck Race/ Mini Zoo/Egg Hunt Tickets £10 under 4s free (see page 57)

Sunday 23rd April (see page 27)



Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 April Drop-in between 11am and 3pm Bring the whole family along for springtime adventures, nature crafts and a treasure hunt at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond. Explore our brand new path, go in search of mini-beasts and take part in a chocolate egg hunt in the woods. No booking necessary. Cost £5 per child, £4 for RSPB members (adults go free)!

MCLAREN LEISURE CENTRE, CALLANDER NEW Woodland Kingdom Soft play Easter Party 15 April £4.50 Egg Hunt/Face Painting. (See page 34)

Monday 24th April 2017at 7.30pm Wildlife television presenter and film maker shares his experiences whilst filming in Africa. Simon is best known for his part

Park Life Events April-May in presenting The Big Cat Diary following the lives of lions, cheetahs and leopards in the Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya, as well as following the activities of the otters and seabirds on the colonies around the shores of Shetland, in the Shetland Diaries. The purpose of the talk is to raise money for SPANA, The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad, the British based charity which provides veterinary assistance for the working animals of the world, and educating and advising their owners on welfare and husbandry issues. Simon will sign copies of his latest book “Naturewatch” and there will be a raffle with some great prizes (e.g. Entrance passes to Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh Zoo and Blairdrummond Safari Park to name just a few,) Tickets available Albert Hall Booking Office - £20 each conc £18. Tel: 01786 473544.

MAY RSPB FAMILY DAY Monday 1st May Nature adventures and wildlife crafts. Go on a mini-beast safari, try out frog hunting and even make a bug B&B to take home. No booking necessary. Cost £5 per child, £4 for RSPB members (adults go free)! Dawn Chorus Saturday 13 or Sunday 14 May weather dependant 4.30am - 6.30am After the walk return to the Visitor Hub for a bite to eat and a hot drink while watching the sun rise over the stunning views. Please wrap up and wear suitable clothing and wellies as we are likely to walk ‘off path’ and over muddy ground. Torches are also recommended. Booking is essential on 01389 830 670 or by email to Cost £10, £8 for RSPB members.


Crossroads Caring Scotland (West Stirling Branch)

Saturday 13 th May 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.

The Village Hall Main Street Gartmore FK8 3RP

Teas/Coffees & delicious home baking

Admission £3.50 (Children free) Please Support Crossroads Supporting Carers

PLANT SALE IN GARTMORE VILLAGE HALL In aid of Crossroads Caring Scotland Saturday 13th May 10.00am to 12pm Tea, Coffee and Home-Baking Admission £3. Last year’s Plant sale made over £1,000 for Crossroads, and the generously donated plants seemed to fill the whole hall. Do come with your new ideas for the garden and buy; if you are splitting herbaceous, growing extra seeds or rearing tomatoes in your heated greenhouse…do bear us in mind! Plants and any offers of Homebaking can be handed in to the hall, 4.00pm-7.00pm, Friday 12th May

STRATHYRE MUSIC FESTIVAL Fri – Sun 26 – 28 May (See page 39)

PLANTLIFE - SPRING WOODLAND WALK Loch Lomond 27th May 2017 http:// spring-woodland-walk-by-lochlomond-27th-may-2017/ yvonne.

DRYMEN SHOW Saturday 27th May (see page 16) Adult £8/Child £5 Under 5s Free

JUNE KILLEARN 10K Saturday 3rd June Contact;

KILLEARN BEER FESTIVAL Old Mill Killearn Saturday 3rd June - 3pm Tickets £5.50 (see page 56)

DRYMEN GALA DAY Saturday 10th June Parade, Stalls, Entertainment.

KIPPEN STREET FAYRE Saturday 10th June 10am - 4pm

KILLEARN KIRK EVENTS Callander Brass band Saturday 20th May at 7pm -8.15pm Fun-filled family concert -this is a MUST for all music lovers! and a must for all families!! Tickets are £10(under 16s free) includes a glass of wine /soft drink and some sweet treats - Brass and Bakes! Tickets Lynne (440507), Anne (550605) and Katie (449358)

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Park Life | Kids Clubs & Events

Event / Club

Village / Location

Aberfoyle Toddlers (age 0 - 5 years) Artworks classes (for 5 - 14 years) Art4you Kids Drawing (P5-P7) & Portfolio Class (S1-S6) Balfron “New Baby“ Cafe Balfron/Killearn Monday Music Balfron Bairns Toddlers Balfron Razzamataz Balfron Barracudas Swim Club Balfron Gymnastics Balfron Outdoor Athletics Club Balfron Tennis Tigers Buchlyvie Baby & Toddlers Group Brig O Turk Playgroup Pre School Callander Kids Parents & Toddlers Group Callander Target Sports Club Drymen Cubs 8-11yrs & Scouts 11-14yrs (boys and girls) Drymen Under 5’s Drymen Children’s golf lessons Drymen/Ballet Classes Desta Laiolo Gargunnock Playgroup Gargunnock Toddlers Gartmore Parent & Toddler Group Gartocharn Under 5’s Killearn Baby & Toddlers Group Kippen Dance club Pre-school expressive Dance Kippen Dance club P1-3 Ballet, Tap and Modern Kippen Dance club P4 + Ballet Kippen Dance club P4+ Musical Theatre Kippen Playgroup (2-5 years) Kippen Toddler Group (0-5 years) Karate Zan Shim Kai Killearn Linda Turner School of Dance Killearn/Ballet Classes Desta Laiolo Lets Dance with Lorna Pickford Strathblane Fun Hut Baby/Toddler Group Strathblane Linda Turner School Of Dance Thornhill Baby & Toddler Thornhill Pre-School Playgroup

Aberfoyle Memorial Hall

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McLintock Hall, Balfron Art4you Studio, Balfron Station Church Hall, Balfron (Term Time only) Balfron & Killearn Balfron McLintock Hall McLintock Hall, Balfron Balfron Campus Pool Balfron High school Balfron Campus Pitches Balfron Campus Buchlyvie Village Hall Brig O Turk Playgroup Pre School Kirk Hall, Callander Camp Place, Callander Drymen Church Village Hall, Drymen Buchanan Golf Club, Drymen Village Hall, Drymen & Killearn Community Centre, Gargunnock Community Centre, Gargunnock Gartmore Village Hall Kilmaronock Millennium Hall (downstairs) Church Hall, Killearn Reading Rooms, Kippen Kippen Primary School Kippen Primary School Kippen Primary School Village Hall, Kippen Village Hall, Kippen Memorial Hall, Aberfoyle Village Hall, Killearn Village Hall, Drymen & Killearn Mugdock Country Park Kirk Rooms, Strathblane Edmonstone Hall, Strathblane Community Hall, Thornhill Community Hall, Thornhill

Park Life | Kids Clubs & Events





9.30am - 11.30am

Cindy 07786 511894



Wednesdays, Thursday & Fridays


Claudia Duncan 07981 768081


10.30am - 12noon

Susan 01360 449573


9.15am - 2.45pm

Clare 01360 550166


9.30am - 11.30am

Facebook - Balfron Bairns


Various times

Mark 07715 301841

Monday, Thursday & Saturday

Various times


6.30pm - 8.00pm

Saturday & Sunday

2.00pm - 5.00pm

07837 339 558


9.30am - 11.20am

Emma 07841 908184

Monday (Inc Summer holidays)

10.00am - 12noon

Alex 01877 376347


9.30 - 11.30am

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday


Raymond 01877 330854


6pm - 7:30pm

Gavin 07590 370199

Monday & Wednesday

9.30am - 11.30am

Michelle 07961 722757



Jonathan 01360 660330

Monday / Tuesday

from 3.45pm / 6.30pm - 8pm

0141 9421998

Monday & Thursday

9.00am - 11.30am


10.00am - 11.30am

Nicola 07799 731050


9.30am - 11.30am

Laura Hart 07824 879501


10.00am -11.30am

Suzanne 01389 720139


9.30am - 11.30am

Angela 07733 224598

Mondays School Term

2.30pm - 3.10pm

Karen Mackinnon 07747791423

Mondays School Term

3.30pm - 5.00pm

Karen Mackinnon 07747791423

Mondays School Term

6.00pm - 8.00pm

Karen Mackinnon 07747791423

Mondays School Term

6.00pm - 7.30pm

Karen Mackinnon 07747791423

Tuesday & Friday

9.30 - 12noon


10.15 - 12noon


From 7pm

01877 382296

Wednesday & Thursday

Various times

01360 770390

Monday / Tuesday

from 3.45pm / 6.30 - 8pm

0141 9421998

Sat ( 10.30 & 16.45) Thurs ( 17.00 & 20.00)

Wed 1 - 1.45 Tots Age 2-3 | 2 - 2.45 Pre-School Age 3-4 | 4.15 - 5.15 Primary P1-P4

01360 551689 / 07500 213473

Monday, Wednesday & Friday

9.15 - 11.15am

Monday & Tuesday

Various times

01360 770390


10.00 - 11.30am

Joanna Bassett 01786 850707

Tuesday & Friday

9.30 - 12noon

Fiona Beaton 01786 850510

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Reading & Language Help Strong language skills are so important in our modern world, however many children and adults find reading and writing difficult, despite good teaching and additional support. Not only can this hinder academic progress, it also has serious implications for overall self esteem. Dyslexia is one of several barriers to learning and families can struggle to find help. In Stirling, however there is the unique approach offered by Cellfield which has successfully helping many people overcome dyslexia and similar processing difficulties. Cellfield is provided by teacher, Fiona Macdiarmid – known to many in Stirling as Director of the popular Kip McGrath Education Centre – and the Stirling Cellfield Centre is just one of several UK Centres providing Cellfield. Cellfield is based on neuroscience and brain plasticity research. The programme stimulates brain networks which process the visual and auditory aspects of reading to bring about sustainable improvements in reading and language processing. Clients can gain on average 2 years in their reading age; however gains in reading age

are only part of the story. Fiona explains: “everyone’s experience of Cellfield is unique but all our clients have found it helpful because it pushes their brains to work more effectively”. Once clients break through the barrier to their learning, “the benefits can be wide ranging” says Fiona, “in addition to improvements in reading and language, many clients tell us Cellfield is life changing because of the positive impact it has on overall confidence and self-belief. It’s a privilege to see the difference it can make to people’s lives”, she says. Contact Cellfield in Stirling on 01786 4475827 and visit

A unique & effective approach to overcoming Dyslexia

Call Cellfield in STIRLING

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Saving lives for 50 years

In 1967 a local group of friends and enthusiasts, with a love of the mountains, started the Lomond Mountain Rescue Team. As the team celebrates its 50th anniversary, it is recognised as one of the busiest Mountain Rescue Teams in Scotland averaging 25-30 callouts each year. The team comprises 35 volunteers whose aim is to provide emergency assistance to walkers, climbers and other members of the public in an area covering over 1000 square

miles in one of the most popular but geographically diverse mountain areas of Scotland, including the Lomond & Trossachs National Park. The Team is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All Team members are experienced hillwalkers and climbers, each holding a mandatory first aid qualification as a minimum, although many go on to qualify

at an advanced level. The Team is deployed in response to a call for assistance from Police Scotland. Our principal activities revolve around search and rescue in challenging, remote environments evacuating casualties and others in need, back to places of safety, often in poor or wintry weather or at night. The team are on hand to assist, where needed, with keeping people safe during outdoor events, supporting missing person searches, helping in major incidents such as flood and high snowfall, animal rescue amongst others. The Team operates from its base in Drymen where the team vehicles and equipment are kept. It costs approximately ÂŁ25,000 to run the team annually, which is only partially covered by government grants, the remainder the team finds through fundraising. As the team looks to the next 50 years of supporting outdoor enthusiasts, it is planning modifications to the base to improve training facilities.

More information, including ways to support the work of the team, can be found here:



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New Woodland Kingdom at McLaren Leisure

Train - Play - Relax - C

Easter Party

Easter Kid’s Camp

McLaren Leisure is delighted to announce the opening of our new Woodland Kingdom Indoor Play Area.

at Woodland Kingdom Indoor Play Area

This Kingdom will include two new frames, one for babies and toddlers and a two-story frame for junior users plus there will be a new seated area for the adults to enjoy a coffee and a catch up while the kids burn off some steam. The Woodland Kingdom will be open from Saturday 1st April and is great value for money at only £3.20 per child. We are also pleased to announce, that we will now offer an Indoor Play Area Membership from just £16 per month! The Woodland Kingdom is suitable for children up to 8 years old. We hope to see you all soon!

To celebrate the opening of our new Woodland Kingdom, we will be hosting an Easter Party on Saturday 15th April. The party will run from 12.00- 15:00 and will be packed full of fun activities and games for the kids to enjoy. As well as plenty of games, there will also be an Easter egg hunt and the kids will have the chance to get their face painted. Tickets for this event will be available from our reception area from £4.50, but can also be purchased on the day.

3rd -7th, 10th -14th April

Crack out the fun, its Easter time. There will be loads of great activities going on to keep the kids busy and Swimming Poolswimming - Sportsand Hall - C entertained, with pool games every morning, climbing sessions in the afternoon, plus lots of great team games, plus much more. There will also be different themes during the week, with games and crafts related to the specific themes. (Full Days/Full Week : £79.80) (Half Days/Full Week: £45.30) (Full Day: £19.50) (Half Day: £10.80) For more information please check out our website or Facebook page. To book, call us on 01877 330000 or drop into our reception. Tel: 01877 330000


McLaren Leisure, Mollands Road Callander, Perthshire, FK17 8JP 01877 330000

Train - Play - Relax - Compete

Swimming Pool - Sports Hall - Climbing Wall - Fitness Suite - Parties - 3G Pitch -Fitness Classes -



Woodland Kingdom Indoor Play Area Only £3.20 per child Suitable for children up to 8 years old

Tel: 01877 330000

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Cinema Listings Mugdock Cinema

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (U) Mon 3rd Apr 7.30pm Showgirls Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the syspicious father of Lorelei’s fiancé, as well as a rich old man and other admirers. Florence Foster Jenkins (PG) Mon 24th Apr 7.30pm

The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.

Brave (PG) Sun 30th Apr 11am Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. What’s Up Doc (U) Mon 8th May at 7.30pm The accidental mix-up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and whacky situations. The Angels Share (15) Mon 22nd May at 7.30pm

Narrowly avoiding jail, new dad Robbie vows to turn over a new leaf. A visit to a whisky distillery inspires him and his mates to seek a way out of their hopeless lives.

Ratatouille (U) Sun 28th May at 11am

A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant. Booking essential 0141 956 6100 All Tickets £3

Gartmore Community Cinema

Guardians of the Galaxy (12A) 22nd April - 4pm Gandhi (PG) 22nd April - 8pm What We Did On Our Holidays (12A) 20th May - 8pm Saturday Matinee screenings: (doors open 3.30pm) Ticket costs: Children £1.00 (under 16) / Adult £2.00 Saturday Night Screenings: (doors open 7.30pm) Ticket Costs: Adults £4.00 / Children £2.00 (Under 16) Season Ticket: £20.00 and free entry to ALL films. Tickets available on the door Season tickets also available in the Gartmore Village shop.

Callander Film Society Screening location - St Kessogs, Ancaster Square, Callander, Stirlingshire, FK17 8ED

Strathendrick Film Society

Brooklyn 7 April - 7.30pm Entry for non members £5

Loch Lomond Sealife Aquarium Cinema Friday 14th April

2pm - Beauty and The Beast* 5.30pm Beauty and The Beast 8.30pm Kong: Skull Island *Tickets to the 2.00pm showing will only be available with admission to the aquarium at £14.77 per person online, £19.95 per adult and £18.95 per child on the door. Tickets £5 per child, £6 per adult for the 5.30pm & 8.30pm showings. Tel: 01389 721500

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Take on the RSPB’S Wild Challenge! This April will be the fifth anniversary of RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond, and with our new circular path opening for the first time this spring, it’s now easier than ever to experience this special site for yourself.

Betina Finault copyright David Palmar (

RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond was purchased with the help of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and a public appeal in 2012. Since then, we’ve been improving the site’s amazing mix of meadows, ancient woodland and floodplains for wildlife, and last year, we opened a Nature Hub and car park and ran regular events for visitors. This year, our new trails will open up access to new areas. Airey Woodland Trail winds through the woodland and into a meadow nicknamed ‘Orchid Field’ due to the abundance of orchids there in summer, while Viewpoint Path is fully accessible and leads out to the breathtaking views of Ben Lomond and Conic Hill.

Bug hunting copyright Margaret Thwaites

Soon, the woodland floor will be covered in bluebells and in summer, our ‘Twenty Acre’ meadow comes to life with 120 different species of flowering plants. Ospreys soar overhead, tree pipits can be heard singing, and if you’re really lucky you might even see some of our shyer residents such as pine martens, otters and red squirrels.

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So why not join us this spring and explore the site for yourself. Families are invited to take on the RSPB’S Wild Challenge and Loch Lomond is the perfect place to start your adventure, with activities including den building and mini-beast hunting. You can join the team on a guided walk every weekend at 11am or come along to one of our special events. Details on the website: Opening times: From 3 April 10am - 4pm, 7 days. Entrance to Nature Hub and trails are free. Charges apply for guided walks, activities and events.

Uncovering the past in Sallochy’s oak woodlands entre C r o it is V t s re o F e The Lodg

Sallochy’s oak woodlands are rich in history. Two centuries by following the Sallochy and Woodland waymarked trails ago the oak planted here was central to local industry. from the campsite at Sallochy. am ril and May from 10 On 14 March, an enthusiastic team of volunteers joined daily,aAp Open Steve, volunteer said, ‘I’m getting to see so many new Forestry Commission staff to help preserve this important places, there are lots of things to discover’ piece of cultural heritage. The team helped uncover the Chris Peach, a Forestry Commission Scotland Community houses’ remains so visitors can better and experience Annual Easter Sunday duckseeraces by the waterfall and Visitor Services Supervisor, said ‘Volunteers make a the lives of those that worked here. Their hard work has Races start at 12, 1 & 2pm. £2 per duck. Pleasehuge phone or pop in work to reserve contribution to the we do, we really appreciate made a real difference to these important historic ruins their efforts in helping to maintain and improve the your ducks collect them in advance to decorate at home. and walking trails-inyou Eastcan Loch also Lomond. Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. It’s exciting to take a trip The oak trees were planted over 200 years ago to be into the past and seetheir how people Come and watch the Ospreys live on screen as they prepare nest lived and worked here.’ coppiced for construction and making charcoal. The wood To find out how you caneggs join future for theproduced summer. Hopefully we’ll be able to watch them lay their and Forestry Commission vinegar during the charcoal-making process volunteering eventshave in thePeregrines Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, was to fixhatch dyes the Leven’s textileJune. factories. seeused them in Vale lateofMay/early If we are lucky we’ll contact Chris Peach on 07584 218328 or at Every spring women and children would come to work at livecoppices too! – you can see the remains of their houses the

There’s loads to do for all the family including our Spring Top 20 challenge, natural play features and easy trails to explore. ntre itor mC10e@LodgeAberfoyle is V t s Follow us on re o F e g d am o L fro e Th d May Open daily, April an

Call: The Lodge on 0300 067 6615 or Email:

Annual Easter Sunday duck races by the waterfall Races start at 12, 1 & 2pm. £2 per duck. Please phone or pop in to reserve your ducks - you can also collect them in advance to decorate at home. Come and watch the Ospreys live on screen as they prepare their nest for the summer. Hopefully we’ll be able to watch them lay their eggs and see them hatch in late May/early June. If we are lucky we’ll have Peregrines live too! There’s loads to do for all the family including our Spring Top 20 challenge, natural play features and easy trails to explore. Call: The Lodge on 0300 067 6615 or Email: Follow us on


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Award winning success yet again! On Wednesday 11th January 2017 the team from Taste of the Trossachs attended the World Scotch Pie Awards, where we won 2 Diamond Awards for our MacSweens Haggis and Steak Pie and our Breakfast Pie. We also went on to win the MacLean’s Cup for our Breakfast Pie. Pop in to the cafe to try some of our award winning pies.

We have selected the finest Italian Lavazza Coffee for our customers bringing a little taste of Italy to Callander!

Whether you are starting your day with a Full Scottish Breakfast or looking for a substantial takeaway lunch to set you up for your adventures around the Trossachs, make sure not to pass our door.

We are open from 8am to 6pm throughout the summer and during the winter we are open 9am to 4pm and 5pm on a Saturday and Sunday.

Whether you are carrying out or sitting in don’t miss our fabulous world Campionship Pies. You may travel many a mile to find a Gourmet Burger as good as ours! Made with the finest locally sourced ingredients a mountainous meal served in a Scottish roll, putting Ben Ledi to shame! Afternoon Tea and High Tea are another of our specialities where we can cater for large groups of upto 30 people offering either a mid afternoon selection of sandwiches and fancies or an early evening meal to set you up for the journey home after a great day in and around the Trossachs.

Above is a picture from this years World Championships Scotch Pie Awards 2017. David Stewart presented with the Macleans Cup from Carol Smillie, for the best savoury pie at the World Championships 2017.

Congratulations once again to Taste of the Trossachs from the Park Life team!

Caters for Coach Parties / Outside catering / Wholesale pies for retail outlets

Don’t miss our fabulous S.Luca Dairy ice cream or try our Gourmet Burgers, home baking and our selection of home made pies, Afternoon Tea and High Tea or an early evening meal to set you up for the journey home after a great day in and around the Trossachs.

Open from 8.30am - 6pm 12 Main Street, Callander FK17 8BB Tel: 01877 330853 E:

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Park Life | Business

Wild West Coast of Argyle will delight you with numbers from Steve Ray Vaughan to Clapton and Gary Moore to Jon Bonamassa. If you like the blues; they’ve got the blues.

Fri 26th - Sun 28th May 2017 £5 per day entry fee • Under 16’s free Strathyre Music Festival is back again for a 5th year. An eclectic mix of Rock, Folk, Blues, Americano, Traditional and Country; something for everyone. Hosted by top local band, Balvaig; this music event is considered to be Scotland’s largest community festival for 2017. With 50 acts, comprising 100 musicians over 3 days; this promises to be our best ever Festival yet. The Festival is opened Friday night by “Balvaig” who will aim to get you all in the mood for what is to be a great weekend of music. Whereas Balvaig will open the Festival, in true Scottish style we will end the evening with a Ceilidh courtesy of Stirling’s own Riverside Ceilidh Band. I hasten to add, no strangers to our Festival. Friday night over let’s move onto Saturday’s line up where we have plenty of musicians to entertain you to the wee hours. They include top south Lanarkshire band ‘Mid Town Riot, who will be making their third appearance. Directly after them we have Benedictus. Based in Dundee, they always can be relied upon to bring a huge following. To finish the evening we have top blues band ‘Mudslide’; regular visitors to The Strathyre Music Festival. This foot tapping, spine tingling, storming blues band from the

visit us on

Sunday; it might be day three of The Festival but we aim to go out with a bang. We have a great selection of musicians for what will be our final day. Among them is local Aberfeldy girl Elsa McTaggart, accompanied on piano accordion by Mr Lister. Elsa will treat us to a mix of traditional folk, jazz and electronics. Last but certainly not least from the heart of Glasgow we have “Papa Shandy and The Drams”. For those of you that have heard them before at our Festival you know you will not be disappointed. For those of you that haven’t, then it’s a must. Performing a mixture of traditional Irish and Scottish music, folk, bluegrass and Ceilidh music; no better way to end the weekend. All this wonderful music for the princely sum of £5 per day. Children below 16 come free. All proceeds to next year’s Festival. Tickets available on the day or if you are passing pop into the box office situated in The Strathyre Village shop. Please be sure to visit the Market Place in the centre of our village. The Market will be open on Saturday morning at 11.00am and Sunday from 12 noon. With all local produce and crafts on display, it makes it well worth a gander. For the first time this year we have The Market Stage. Acoustic by nature; this is our second music venue in the village. If you fancy a slot email our Market Stage Manager, Andy Bates at

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Park Life | Fitness






Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek Zumba - Jane Zumba - Jane

Gartocharn Gartocharn Blanefield Strathblane Strathblane

Monday Thursday Thursday Saturday Tuesday

12.15pm 6pm 9.45am & 8pm 10am 9.30am - 10.30am

07759 182236 07759 182236 07759 182236 07968 968944 07968 968944

Zumba - Jane




07968 968944

Double O Fit with Olivia Cheerobics Body Revive Dance Central

Kippen Village Hall Balfron Balfron

Monday Mon Tue/Thur

7.30pm - 8.30pm 07712 587423 8.30pm 07917 541163 10.30am & 8.30pm 07917 541163

Kore Kickboxing

Balfron High School

Mon & Thur 8pm - 9.30pm

Ladies Netball

Balfron High School


8 -9pm

Balfron Gymnastics Club

Balfron High School



The Yoga Place – Killearn. Tel: 0782 5392334 Mysore/Ashtanga for all Hatha Yoga and Breath Yin Restorative Yoga Pilates Mindful Movement Yoga Dru Yoga Ashtanga level 2 Ashtanga level 3 Mysore/Ashtanga for all Pilates Zumba Yoga early bird Seasonal Flow Ashtanga Level 1 Mindful Movement Yoga Ashtanga level 2 Post-natal mother & baby Yoga Afternoon Flow Pregnancy Yoga Mysore/Ashtanga for all Pilates Hatha Yoga and Breath

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9:30am-11am 1:20pm-2.30pm 6:45pm - 8pm 8:10pm - 9:10pm 10:30am - 11:50am 5pm - 6pm 6:15pm - 7:25pm 7:30pm - 9pm 9:30am - 11am 6:30pm - 7:15pm 7.45pm - 9pm 6:55am - 7.55pm 10.00am 6.15pm-7.15pm 7:30pm-8:50pm 9:30pm - 11am 8.30am - 10am 12.45pm - 1.45pm 2pm - 3pm 8.30am - 10am 10.15am - 11.15am 11.30am - 12.30pm

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7pm - 7.30pm

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7.40pm - 8.30pm

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Strathblane Village club



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Body Conditioning

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Jacquie Robertson - Email Pilates for Beginners Gargunnock Community Hall Thursday 9.30-10.25am Pilates one-one Tuition Stirling Call for details

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Time to Spring into action! Personal Trainer & Sports Massage Therapist

• Personal Training • Sports Massage & Rehabilitation | T: 07779784191

Personal Training Sports Massage Buchanan Arms Leisure Club 23 Main Street Drymen G63 0BQ

Lumsdaine Halls Therapy Rooms 13 Balfron Road Killearn G63 9NN

• One-to-One Personal Training • Nutritional Advice & Plans • Personalised Fitness Plan • Lifestyle Advice • Postural Development • Pregnancy & Post Pregnancy Fitness • Support & Motivation with Weekly Check-ins • Sports Massage & Rehabilitation


The Office space is now available to rent on a short (from 3 months) or long term basis at an exteremely competitve rate.

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Excellence in hearing care

Help with hearing Loss of hearing is something that happens to roughly one in five of us at some point in our life. At Clements Hearing Services we have state of the art testing equipment as well the latest hearing aid techonology to get you the best service available on the market.

The most important thing to us is good customer service and it must remain personal... You get to know us and we get to know you.”

Husband and wife team, Greg and Val Clements have years of experience so give them a call or pop into the shop to see how they can help. Call us now on 0141 954 6030 538 Crow Rd, Jordanhill, Glasgow 42 |

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Garden & Grounds Maintenance • Lawncare • Grass Cutting • Turfing • Hedge Trimming

• Tree Services • Garden Clearance • General Maintenance • Winter Gardening

Russell Cameron Fully qualified greenkeeper T: 07425164195 E:

Graham Sandals Timber Buildings Scottish Larch Garden Rooms, Studios, Garages & more

Unit 5 Craigarnhall, Bridge of Allan, Stirling FK9 4NG Tel: 01786 841788 | Mobile: 07773 809345 |

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GROUNDWORKS | LANDSCAPING | BUILDING From initial consultation, to completion and beyond, we can do it all. Scotia Contracts are available to carry out all aspects of groundworks, landscaping and building projects for the domestic market, local authorities and commercial projects.

GROUNDWORKS • Excavations • Foundations • Drainage • Kerbing

LANDSCAPING • Paths, Patios & Driveways • Walling • Drainage • Fencing

We take great care and pride in the work we do, so if you like what you see please feel free to call us for a FREE consultation.

BUILDING • Garage construction • House renovations • Garden building • Extension

Scotia Contracts

T: 01877 381212

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Natural Stone

Architectural ~ Walling ~ Paving ~ Ornamental All Enquiries Welcome

Thornhill: 01786 850400 | Livingston: 01506 873081 |

R.G Paving & Hard Landscaping

Quality Workmanship at affordable prices

DRIVEWAYS • PATIOS • PATHS • STEPS • PONDS FENCING • DRAINAGE • TURF • ARTIFICIAL GRASS Contact us today for a free quote! M: 07990 635530 | T: 01786 842343 | E: 46 |


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Keep weeds under control Protect fruit blossom from late frosts Tie in climbing and rambling roses Sow hardy annuals, herbs and wild f lower seed outdoors 5 Start to feed citrus plants 6 Increase the water given to houseplants 7 Feed hungry shrubs and roses 8 Sow new lawns or repair bare patches 9 Prune fig trees 10 Divide bamboos and waterlilies

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to Funbox’s underwater adventure at Macrobert Arts Centre

Traditional building services Lime pointing • Stone walls Stone repair • Lime render



New for 2017

Anchors away with Anya, Gary and Kevin (formerly the stars of The Singing Kettle) for their all new show at Macrobert Arts Centre! The Funbox is locked and the gang have to cause a splash, because their magical keys are all tucked up on the sea bed. Can they find them all in time with the help of Fluffy, Flossie and Bonzo?


Architectural, hand cast, stone effect lintels, window surrounds & quoins. Ideal for renovations, replacement & new builds. Colour matching available. Variety of tooled finishes. Delivery available

Call Rory Dench on 07719 895339 Email:



Underwater Adventures – Sat 6 May, 2pm or Sun 7 May, 12noon & 3pm | 01786 466 666

To enter visit or visit our Facebook page - Park Life Magazine *Subject to availability, prize is not exchangeable.

Providing all the following services and more....

Grass and Hedge Cutting • Planting and Pruning Herbicidal Weed Control • Bedding Plants and Shrubs Power Washing

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Spring at Benview! Spring has sprung at Benview and we are pleased to see our greenhouses chock full again with bedding plants and our famous hanging baskets. You can order your baskets now and we’ll water, feed and pamper them until they’re ready for collection in May. We’ve troughs and planters too for doorsteps and windowsills. This year we have a super range of azealeas and rhododendrons in a wide range of colours, all suitable for our local slightly acid soil. They prefer a well drained, moist soil and we have some great ground cover plants in stock for underplanting. We all know there is nothing sweeter than fresh peas from the pod or a newly dug carrot, so if you like the idea of growing your own, our spring veg is available to buy if you’re looking for a head start on your summer harvests. We’ve everything from cabbages to cucumbers so drop in and have a good look in our greenhouses. It’s the healthiest and tastiest treat to pick your own produce so plan now

to reap the rewards this year! We’re all encouraging wildlife into our gardens and this year we’re offering companion plants to accompany our veg so look out for our insect friendly pollinator plant packs. Our mini gardens competition, open to all children from nursery age to P7s will be held this year on Saturday 3rd June. You can make your mini garden at home or you can drop in to one of our workshops during the spring weekend on Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th and Monday 29th May, no need to book, just come along any time. We’ll have containers, compost, stones,craft materials and plants available and we encourage you to bring special objects or toys with you to make your garden extra special. From Tuesday 30th to Friday 2nd June we’ll have drop in workshops from 3pm onwards if you’d like to come after school and make a mini garden. More details will be on our facebook page from mid May.

Date for your diary... Saturday 29th May to Friday 2nd June Make your own mini garden – drop in workshops at Benview – suitable for families with children from nursery school age.

Pick your own produce in the summer time!

Benview Garden Centre Café, Farm shop & pet store Ward Toll, Balfron Station G63 0QZ T: 01360 850525 E:

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 Friday 28TH & Saturday 29TH April  10AM-4PM at Fraser C Robb Everyone welcome Free refreshments Bouncy Castle (Saturday) Big Prize Draw

UP TO TofOall20% O OFF FF products

Lawnmowers, Strimmers and all kinds of garden and ground care equipment Stirling Road, Drymen, Glasgow G63 0AA  50 |

 01360 660 688 

Open Days at Fraser C Robb

Cleaning Equipment and many more. Fraser C Robb has organised two spring open days, with some very special offers and a free prize draw. The dates are Friday 28th and Saturday 29th April, come anytime from 10am-4pm, everyone is welcome and no need to pre-book.

They will also be providing expert advice on how to prepare your lawnmower for the new season, ensuring that it works safely and efficiently.

As you start to think about the need to update your garden equipment for another season this is the perfect time to pick up a great deal, with up to 20% off of every product stocked.

Everyone who comes along can enter a free prize draw, with the chance to win one of the amazing prizes that make up a total value of thousands of pounds worth of garden and ground care equipment.

Throughout the two days the Fraser C Robb team will provide equipment demonstrations and can help you to find the right tool for any job that you may need, including Lawnmowers, Strimmers, Hedge Cutters,

Fraser C Robb is just outside Drymen, for more information call 01360 660 688, or visit

Throughout the weekend there will be free refreshments and on Saturday kids can play on the bouncy castle.

Hire or Buy Locally at... Stirling Road, Drymen, Glasgow G63 0AA T: 01360 660 688 E:

✔ Extensive Range ✔ Friendly Team ✔ Expert Advice ✔ Training Provided ✔ Service & Support

Fraser C Robb will donate £50 to Trossachs Search & Rescue for each Cub Cadet mower sold in 2017.

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BUILDING A FUTURE ON PRIDE & TRUST We are an insured family run company offering a range of services with over 10 years experience. We are fully committed to building a future on pride and trust. We strongly believe that by taking great pride in every job we do no matter how big or small, then our customers will know they are using a company they can trust time and time again.

All types of Ground Works undertaken • Foundations

• Patio / Slab Laying

• Driveways

• Lawn Turfing

• Fencing

• Grass / Hedge Cutting

• Landscaping

• FREE Quotations

• Garden Drainage

• Over 10 Years Experience

• Garden Clearance & Preparation

Get your Garden done so you can enjoy the Summer sun!

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For the best prices on all work contact: Ewan Docherty Tel: 01259 571479 / 07832 904898 Email:

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Craig Tree Care

Professional Tree Surgeons

full range of work with trees including: • Pruning & reduction • Tree removal & replacement • Consultancy & advice • Conservation & preservation

t: 01360 449 275 | m: 07725 834 846

Scotland Limited


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T: 01360 440893 07966 864811 Steps &M: paths E: Patios & Slabbing

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call today for free advice & quotation AGGREGATES LTD Telephone 01360 550087 DECORATIVE STONE, GRAVEL & SAND for all your landscaping & building needs Mobile 07966 864811 Unit 11 Cloberfield, Milngavie, Glasgow, G62 7LN Email Decorative Gravels • Building Sand • Sharp Sand • Kiln Dried Sand


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Killearn Beer Festival Sat 3rd June - 3pm

Now running for its 6th year, the Killearn Beer Festival will host another great day out for the whole family to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with great beers, food and music at The Old Mill, Killearn. Sample a variety of superb craft ales form local favourites such as Fallen Brewery and Loch Lomond Brewery with the focus this year on up and coming breweries from

in and around Edinburgh. And for cider lovers we will have traditional and speciality ciders. An entry fee of ÂŁ5.50 will get you a KBF glass and tasting notes. A full list of the beers and tasting notes will be posted on the Killearn Beer Festival Facebook and web site pages. As a non profit organisation surplus funds from the event are distributed to local events and causes. | ÂŁ5.50 Entry

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Repairs & Services, Secure Storage with 24 Hour CCTV. Caravan and Motorhome sales. We also fit satellite systems, solar chargers and motor movers.

01786 489022 The Yard, Sauchenford, Plean, FK7 8AP

Andrew Anderson & Sons Funeral Directors Est.1969

“Stand Sure we will look after you & your family”

We are proud to offer a 24 hour caring and professional service to the local community.

A wide range of memorial stones are available. We can also clean and add further inscriptions to existing family memorials.


Funeral Home, Glenartney Road, Callander, FK17 8EB

Tel: 01877 330 398


64b Buchanan Street, Balfron, Glasgow, G63 0TW

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Are you starting, growing or just want to improve your business? Approachable, practical and pro-active accounting, tax and business service. Contact Stuart McDonagh FCA for a free initial consultation SYKAM & Co, Chartered Accountants, Balfron

T: 07791 718861 E: W:

“No Fix, No Fee” Repairs from £10 PC and Mac Repairs Home Call Out Service Remote Support Data Recovery

Laptop & PC’s from £199

iPhone + tablet repair

Visit your local experts at 59 Milngavie Road, Bearsden G61 2DW (opposite ASDA)

0141 942 4020

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Stylish women’s clothing, accessories and much more

Moon of Drymen

Gift Vouchers Available Pomodoro spring dresses & separates. Joules rainwear & casual wear for Spring & Summer.

Bright & colourful reversible bags. Beautiful scarf & jewellery gift ideas

Summer opening hours

Main Street, Drymen, Stirlingshire G63 0BG tel: 01360 660523 Mon to Sat 10-5 & Sun 12-4



16 BALFRON RD, KILLEARN G63 9NJ • T: 01360 550830

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As Scotland’s oldest registered licensed premises, The Clachan Inn is steeped in history.

Open 11am - 12 midnight 1am Sat & Sun Food served all day Now taking bookings. Children welcome Good Beer Guide listed

Tel: 01360 660824


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BIG day out

for all the family! Gifts • Clothing • Whisky • Food • Beer Garden Large Restaurant • Kids Play Area • Free Animal Shows Toilet Facilities • Disabled Access EASY TO FIND US



• Miniature Horses • Variety of Hens • Daily Shows in our paddock Contact us for more information and times.





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Heating Oil, Commercial & Agricultural Fuels

Over 60 years’ experience fuelling homes, businesses and farms. Supplying bulk fuels including Kerosene, Gas Oils, Diesel and LPG for over 60 years’.

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Contact Gleaner Oils today on:

0800 833 534

As an established supplier of bulk fuels for over 60 years’ Gleaner Oils possess a distinguished track record for supplying heating oil, commercial fuels and agricultural fuels. As an Authorised Shell Lubricants Distributor for nearly 50 years, we have the capability and experience to cater to all of your oil needs. Operating across Scotland ensures our customers benefit from our reliable delivery service and competitive pricing. Our dedicated team takes pride in providing an excellent customer service ensuring they learn the needs and requirements of our customers to build lasting relationships. Gleaner Oils is proud to be an independent oil distributor and remaining a family owned company. This allows us to ensure our customers are at the centre of everything we do.

• friendly, hassle free & reliable service • free quotations • fully qualified & experienced

A. Ferguson Plastering

Free No Obligation Quotes

General Building • Plastering • Roughcasting Decorating • Kitchen Fittings Bathroom Fitting • Plumbing Roman Rd, Balfron, G63 OPW Mob: 07470 806265 Tel: 01360 440 065 E:

• all interior/exterior & domestic/commercial work


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Strathendrick Decorating Plastering & Joinery

John Gault m: 07748 283947 Allan Denton m: 07984 549933 Joe McLaren m: 07980 983995 Email: Interior, Exterior Paint Work. Ames Taping. Coving and all types of Plasterwork. Joinery.

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DOMESTIC APPLIANCE REPAIRS (established 27 years)

tes and advice Call for estima Dumbarton: 01389 762324 Drymen: 01360 661161 | Mobile: 07831 127234


Joiners & Builders Drymen

• Kitchens, Bathrooms • Extensions Design & Installation • Property Maintenance • General joinery • Insurance work • Project Management Services • Renovations All Trades Provides Kevin Morgan - Tel 07825 006101


Your what’s on guide & advertiser for Loch Lomond and The Trossachs

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page, with over 3000 likes now and daily updates on local news and events. Send us your events on Facebook and we can help spread the word for you to make your day even busier!

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Call us today: 01360 770708 07968 831313 Time served quality tradesmen

We are a family business providing a range of services throughout Glasgow and the surrounding areas in Stirlingshire. All our quotations are free of charge and carry no obligation. Services: Re-roofing Slating and Tiling Soffit and Fascia Guttering services

Velux Windows Chimney Work Insurance and General Roughcasting and Leadwork

23 Kirkland Avenue, Blanefield, Glasgow G63 9BY

Endrick Decorators Of Killearn Professional, fully guaranteed, high standard of work carried out by qualified tradesmen. Interior and Exterior • Painting • Coving Paper Hanging • Ames Taping

Plastering Service Now Available Call Timmy Kearney for a free, no obligation quote. Westerton Farm Cottage, Killearn G63 9LE Email:

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Established Since 1983


imon Head Joinery Services

All Trades Contractor Domestic & Commercial Maintenance & Repair

t: 01877 385231 m: 07885 841735

Buchlyvie Electrical

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Extensions New Builds Glazing Bathroom renovations

Electric Radiators Supplied and Fitted


Fully Insured T: 07826 628320

property maintenance and repairs

Loft conversions Kitchens supplied and fitted All types of insurance work Window board-up service

No job too big or small Free Estimates

All Electrical Work Undertaken Davie Haggerty Specialising in thermal dynamic electric radiators replacements for old storage heaters. Email:

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J Brand Decorating All aspects of interior and exterior decorating and plasterwork undertaken.

painting and decorating (interior and exterior) ceramic tiling

5 Kiltrochan Drive, Balfron G63 0QJ

T: 01360 440 945 M: 07867672495 E:

hardwood and laminate floor fitting

West Coast Heating

joinery plastering all work considered

for a free quote, call 01360 550542 or 07870 329349

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Roofing & Building Contractors

Slating • Tiling • Flat Roof Specialists Groundwork • Drainage • Patios • Driveways For a FREE ESTIMATE or ADVICE contact Jason McGregor Tel 0800 4488286 / Mob 07766182195

David Mcleod

For all your maintenance needs... Over 19 years experience


kitchens • bathrooms • bedrooms • conversions Proprietor Gavin McGregor

• Roughcasting • Gutters • Joiner • Slating • Leadwork • Storm Damage • All aspects of roofing work carried out • EPDM Rubber roofing for flat roofs • Insurance work welcome • Family Business • Public Liability Insured

T: 01389 605352 M: 07519 267764 CONTRACTORS

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Kitchens supplied & fitted Bathrooms supplied & fitted • Flooring Fitted wardrobes made to measure Conversions • Ceramic Tiling All joinery including bespoke items We have over 20 years experience in the local area.

Please call David on 07799 405172/01360 771543 - Blanefield for a no obligation quote. Email:

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Need it Done Right?

DUNRITE PLUMBING Pride in Workmanship

Complete Bathrooms and Kitchens No call out charge FREE Estimates Fully Insured

Minor repairs to complete installation

T: 01360 550799 M: 07772944521 E:

LOCAL PLUMBING AND GAS WORK CARRIED OUT 24 HOURS Local affordable Gas Safe Plumbing company for all types of gas and plumbing work that you require small jobs or big jobs. Full Bathroom and Kitchen renovations carried out to suit all budgets • One Standard Hourly rate any time of day • Fixed prices available • No callout charges

• Free Quotes • Oap Discounts • Gas Safe Registered

Thistle Plumbing Services

Tel: 07725 939021

DRYMEN TILING Professional Tiling Services All Aspects of Wall & Floor Tiling Internal & External Tel: David on 07810 194226


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Yarrow Energy solutions will design, install & maintain your state of the art heating or energy system.

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• Biomass Boiler Installation and Servicing • Heat Pump Installation and servicing • Loft & Attic Insulation

• Oil, LPG & Natural Gas Boiler Installation & Servicing • Solar Panels and Infrared Heating • Domestic and Non-domestic EPCs

Tel: 07889 913329


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Yarrow Energy Solutions is a newly established local business offering customers heating and energy solutions. Our experience and extensive knowledge of the industry allows us to use both modern and traditional technology, saving our customers money and energy. Each project is carefully managed and completed to a high standard. Government subsidies and interest free loans makes the installations easily affordable for both domestic and commercial properties.

Positive Pedal Power! accessed the wonderful, often life-saving care given by Glasgow’s Children’s Hospital. Caring for children from infancy up to the age of 16, the Charity is a cause close to many hearts.

The John Muir way stretches across the heart of Scotland from Helensburgh to Muir’s birthplace in Dunbar and takes in 134 miles.

Our own daughter Rachel was admitted straight into the Intensive Care Unit following birth, where she spent 1 week and had major surgery at 6 months old. Our close family friends daughter Robyn Harrison spent much of her life at Yorkhill hospital, where she received years of multidisciplinary care for her chronic and complex, often life threatening medical problems.

Many families in Central Scotland, and beyond, have at some point

The Charity funds medical equipment and a wide range of services in order

Our family is planning to cycle The John Muir Way on the 7 April 2017 to raise funds for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity. (Formally known as Yorkhill Children’s Foundation).

to give its children the most effective and up-to-date care. Please show your appreciation for this remarkable charity by pledging whatever you can and sponsor our cycling challenge. Look out for our Charity boxes locally or visit our Just Giving Page…….. Thank you so much for your Support! David, Debbie, Lewis & Rachel McLeod

· Oil Heating Engineers · AGAs, Rayburns & Boilers · Central Heating & Hot Water • Gas/Oil/LPG • Central Heating • New builds/Extensions • Gas Safety Certificates

• Boiler Replacement • Boiler Service/Repair • Bathrooms • Renovations

All Types Of Work Undertaken

Jon MacIsaac

Tel: 07917391738


A family business based in Thornhill Stirlingshire, covering Stirling, Perthshire, Fife, Kinross, Clacks, Lothian, Lanark, Dumbarton and more...

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Loch Lomond Shores -


1st & 2nd April

Now in its third year, Springfest returns to celebrate wonderful food and drink. Expect a weekend packed full of amazing food and drink suppliers, cookery demos, familyfriendly entertainment, live music and more. Free to attend. From 10am both days.

Kelpie Driftwood 1st, 2nd, 14th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd, 29th & 30th April Crafted by Scottish artisan, David Belton, Kelpie handmade gifts are created from driftwood, whiskey casks and Scottish storm wood.

Easter School Holiday Fun Week commencing 3rd April Struggling to keep the kids entertained during the spring break? Then check out what’s on at www. for full details.

Big Kid Circus 4th - 9th April Roll up, roll up, the circus is in town. To book your tickets and to find out more visit the website at http://

The Regal Storytellers 4th & 10th April We’ll be rolling out the red carpet as we invite King Robert the Bruce and his queen, Elizabeth, to Loch Lomond Shores. 12-4pm, with three storytelling sessions at intervals. 72 |

Animal Man’s Mini Zoo 11th April


Get up close to these cool creatures for some real hands on fun and learn all about them from the experts at the Animal Man’s Mini Zoo. 12-4pm.

Art at Rhu Sale 6th, 7th, 20th & 21st May

Market Day 16th April Open air market on the banks of Loch Lomond, with a selection of farmers market and craft market stalls. Plus live music to add to the atmosphere. From 10am.

Easter Bunny 17th April Come along and meet the Easter Bunny. Regular appearances from 12 noon until 2pm, with breaks each hour. Final stationary appearance outside Thorntons in the Mall from 2:20pm until 3pm.

Dog Days Market 29th & 30th April Dog Days will be hosting a dog specific market at Loch Lomond Shores 10am - 5pm. Come along and give your pooch a fun packed day with a range of products and events all for your furry friends.

The exceptionally talented artist, Linda Gemmell, will be exhibiting and selling her work at Loch Lomond Shores.

Market Day 7th & 21st May Open air market on the banks of Loch Lomond, with a selection of farmers market and craft market stalls. Plus live music to add to the atmosphere. From 10am.

Kelpie Driftwood 13th, 14th, 27th & 28th May Crafted by Scottish artisan, David Belton, Kelpie handmade gifts are created from driftwood, whiskey casks and Scottish storm wood.

Murray Magician 27th May Murray the Magician dazzles youngsters and adults alike with his feats of magic at Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch. Free entertainment from 12 noon to 3pm.

Charity Car Boot Sale 30th April

Breast Way Round 29th May

Charity fundraiser for Cancer Research UK. To book your place call Cathy on 01436 671699. No traders, only household.Turn up at 8.30 - 9.30 to sell.Event opens 10am - 12.30pm.£6 car, £10 van.

For more information and accurate timings of this event please go to:

The Breast Way Round charity motorcyle convoy arrives at Loch Lomond Shores.

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Killearn Garage LIMITED Reduced Price MOT when combined with Service FREE Collection & Drop Off within 10 miles

• Family Business established for over 40 years • Mot’s & Servicing • Diagnostic Testing for all Cars • Wheel Balancing • Laser Wheel Alignment

TYRE FITTING CENTRE WILL MATCH MOST PRICES The Square, Killearn, Glasgow G63 9NF Tel: 01360 550696

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Loch Venachar

Distance 7km Time 2Hrs

Take a walk on the wild side...

Stage 1 There is a car park on the left at the end of the public section of the road to Invertrossachs along the south shore of Loch Venachar. Begin the walk by following the forestry track which climbs gradually across the hillside from here. The route soon passes a bench near some electricity pylons. Keep straight ahead when another track joins in from the left. The next section of the forest has been clear-felled and now gives excellent views across the loch to Ben Ledi.

Stage 2 The tall sitka spruces soon block out the views once more (unless more felling has taken place). After another kilometre or more a fork is reached. Turn right here to reach an attractive little lochan almost hidden in the forest, a good place to spot Whooper Swans. The track climbs round the north side of the lochan before swinging to the right back into the trees.

Stage 3 The track now passes through a rocky little bealach or pass, with a small quarry on the right at the top. From here there are grand views over Loch Venachar. Almost immediately the track forks; take the right hand branch.

Stage 4 The track makes a long and winding descent to the shores of Loch Venachar where it meets part of the National Cycle Network, specifically Route 7 which runs from Carlisle to Inverness. Turn right along this, which is a private tarmac road at this point.

Stage 5 The route gives excellent views across the loch, especially of Ben Ledi directly opposite and the Venachar cafe on the opposite shore. Pass the Invertrossachs Scouting Centre and the Loch Venachar sailing club before the track eventually leads back to the start after around two and a half kilometres.

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Call Karen on

T: 01389 721095 Commercial Contract Hire for: Bed, Bath & Table Linen Laundering Linen for: Hotels • B&B’s Restaurants • Health Clubs • Hairdressers

Domestic Laundry & Dry Cleaning • Service Wash Ironing • Equine Laundry • Pet Beds

Units 8 & 9, North St Ind Est, North Street, Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire G83 0EA



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Accountants Baxter Accounting 59 JMC Chartered Accountant 59 Sykam & Co Chartered Accountants 59 Walker Laird 8

Activities/Entertainment/Kids Balfron Bicentenary Festival Castle Rednock Trekking Centre Cellfield Reading Matters Drymen Show Ferguson Highland Dance Go Country Loch Katrine Cruises Lomond School MacRoberts Centre McLaren Leisure Centre Razzamataz Scottish Wool Centre Strathyre Music Festival The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre

24 26 32 12 26 26 3 4 27 34 26 62 39 37

Alterations The Sewing Room


Architects/Consultants Malcolm Parry Architects MH Planning Morris Architects MW Consultants

25 25 25 22

Caravans Stirlingshire Caravans


Computers/Admin Laptop and PC Doctor Microcroft

59 25

Food/Drink/Weddings Cameron House Hotel 57 House for an Art Lover 10 Killearn Beer Festival 56 MacDonald Forest Hills Hotel 55 Red Kite Yurts 24 Taste of the Trossachs 38 The Clachan Inn 61 The Oak Tree Inn 2 Town & Country Designs Coffee Shop 60

Fostering Care Visions


Funeral Services Andrew Anderson & Sons

Galleries & Gift Shops 76 |


Ian Gallacher Jewellers Loch Lomond Shores Moon Drymen Wonderland

54 56 60 21

Garages Killearn Garage


Gardening & Outdoors Allander Aggregates Ltd 53 Benview Garden Centre 49 Cameron Garden & Grounds Maintenance 43 Craig Tree Services 53 Cruachan Landscaping 47 Docherty Contracting 52 Fraser Robb 50/51 GK Groundcare 48 Heartwood Trees Scotland Ltd 53 John Currie Brick and Stonework 53 Natural Stone Craft 48 RG Paving & Hard Landscaping 46 Scotia Contracts Ltd 44/45 Scottish Stone 70 Tradstocks 46

Graphic Designers Skep Design


Health & Wellbeing Clements Hearing services Liz Ewing Lumsdaine Halls Tir Na Nog

42 41 41 41

Homes & Interiors Apollo Blinds Colin Johnson Trad Upholstery David Thompson Designs Dream Doors Elspeth Bennie Artist Blacksmith Household & Industrial Floor Sanding Services J Walker Interiors Kitchen & Bathroom Interiors Sparkle Carpets Town & Country Designs The Fabric Gallery Ventrolla Scotland Watsinteriors & Flooring Ltd

17 21 18 18 21 20 21 19 9 16 16 17 23

Gleaner Oils Yarrow Energy Solutions

63 70

Painting/Decorating Endrick Decorators of Killearn Jack Brand Decorating Rebecca Louise Decorating Strathendrick Decorators

66 67 63 64

Photography Paul Saunders Media & Photography


Property Cala Homes 15 Corum 80 Graham Sandals Timber Buidings 43 GS Properties 78/79

Stoves Stirling Stove Centre


Trades & Services Aberfoyle Satellite Company 65 Adrian Pirie 63 A Ferguson Plastering 63 Appliance Repairs & Spares 65 Bathroom Transformations 9 Brooks Tadlock Building & Joinery 64 Buchlyvie Electrical 67 C-Mix 69 David McLeod Joinery 68 Drymen Tiling 69 Dunrite Plumbing 69 GS Roofing Ltd 66 Homeworx Killearn 67 JTM Plumbing 71 K M Joiners 65 KM Plasterers 13 Lorne Howell Joiners & Builders 7 Man Aboot the Hoose 65 MBS Roofing 68 RM Contractors 68 Simon Head Joinery 67 Stewart Hollington 67 Thistle Plumbing Services 69 West Coast heating 67 Your Heating Ltd 71

Window Cleaning

Laundry Service The Laundry Lady

Logs/Fuels/Renewable Energy


Night & Day


Farmers Markets


Every Friday; 9am-5pm Beside Millennium Hall, Gartocharn family run market with a huge selection of local produce including fruit & veg, cooked meats, cheese, eggs, butcher meats.


1st Wednesday of the month; 10am-2pm Douglas Street. A weekday market, which is extremely well supported locally. A wide variety of producers from all over Scotland in a splendid central position give this market a tremendous traditional atmosphere.


1st & 3rd Sunday of the month; 10am-4pm Balloch Most panoramic location of any Scottish market. A magnificent selection of produce, nearby parking, wonderful shopping in the Lomond Shore Gateway Centre, picnic areas and restaurants.


2nd Sat of each month; 10am-4pm Port Street, Stirling. A very busy and well organised market with a superb cross section of produce from all over Central Scotland. The market is located in the pedestrian area of the city centre (outside M&S) and is within easy access of the main streets, car parks, rail and bus stations.

BOQUHAN FARMERS MARKET Wednesday & Thursday each week; 7am-2pm Boquhan Estate Wednesday – fruit, veg & dairy products. Thursday - additional fresh fish, bread, jams and cakes.



Incredibly well stocked and loads of Gift ideas. LoLivefes! Mon-Sat 9.30am-4.30pm Sun 10.30am-4.30pm. Farm shop stocking veg, cheeses, preserves, biscuits, cakes. Tel: 01360 850525 Ward Toll, Balfron Station G63 0QZ.

EDENMILL FARM SHOP 9am-5pm Wed to Sun Edenmill deliver to local areas every Friday. If you would like to place an order, give the shop a call (01360 771 707) on a Wednesday, and your order will be delivered straight to your door on Friday, at no extra cost!

KILLEARN COUNTRY MARKET Killearn Village Hall First Saturday of the month 10am-1.30pm

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Why take a chance with some cheaper competitors when, as Glasgow’s longest serving independent Estate Agent, we will guide and help you through the house selling process. Your not just another vendor to us, you will become an integral part of the team to sell your property.

If you would like an up to date valuation of your property, from the people in the know, then please contact us NOW !

Don’t trust you largest Asset with a startup stereotypical, unestablished Estate Agent that will will leave leave you you in in limbo. limbo.

Head Office:

“You’ll “You’ll do do aa good good deal deal better” with G & S Properties, your local estate agent. agent

Glasgow Office:

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0141 942 9090

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LOCAL PROPERTY MARKET BOOMIMG BACK TO PRE - 2008 PRICES & how to structure your selling fees

By Gordon Adams of G & S Properties

Having been through a few property recessions’ since 1970 they all recover in varying degrees but not as much as the latest one from 2007/2008. After the 2008 crash property prices across the UK fell through the floor, yet in Scotland although there was a substantial drop, but not as in the south. The canny scots had not over inflated their property market as much prior to the crash and therefor Scotland did not have as steep a hill to climb back up. In general prices today, up to £750,000 have never been as strong with houses selling often over home report valuations. We are also seeing this in our rental business where tenants are paying incredibly high rents, again possibly because of supply & demand. Although prices are booming in many sectors “prudence” is the watchword, never assume that you will obtain the price you aspire too and work on false hope – if you have decided to move then sell first. When it comes to the purchase of your new home your solicitor will not conclude the missive unless he can be assured you either have the purchase price in cash or you have an iron clad

offer from a lender, and the deposit to go with it.

you saving a few hundred pounds on the sale fees.

At G & S we warn our clients of accepting offers subject to surveys, loans, and the sale of the purchaser’s own home as this just starts uncontrollable property sale chains and when one fails, the whole chain above fails.

I have said it before “pay peanuts you will get monkeys”

By selling your property first you know exactly what funds you have available and that you are a cash buyer able to conclude without a suspensive offer – this will put you ahead of others making suspensive offers. In a rising market, as we have today you need an agent who can take advantage of the market conditions and filter buyers thus helping you to achieve the top price for your home. Remember having not purchased you are under no pressure to sell at the wrong price. Whereas buying first if your sale goes wrong pressure builds and the price of your house can only go one way - DOWN. Vendors often shop about to various agents to obtain the best deal in sale fees and costs, but, with these cutprice fees vendors perceive that they will obtain the same service as they will from a proper fee – This is not the case. Estate Agency is not about obtaining the cheaper fee deals but more about achieving the best price for your property with the least hassle and by paying a proper fee you could well achieve several thousands of pounds more on your house sale rather than

Whereas if vendors want to be sure of a best deal in fees the only way is to incentivise the agent with a fee commentate with the price the agent achieves - otherwise the agent will get nothing. There is a reason why “real” estate agents and some competitors command higher fees, as they can make you thousands in negotiating the top price. Undoubtedly an estate agent offering a cheap fixed fee will sell your property, but with no incentive to the agent, they will sell your house at any price and not achieve the highest price. Keep in mind some agents are not just working for the seller but for what the buyer has to offer the agent at the expense of your best price? another house, a mortgage, a referral or even a fee? So often we see vendors fooled into instructing an agent who has been given a high unrealistic value just to obtain the business with no hope of achieving that value, then after a couple of weeks advises to drop the price and still gets paid for obtaining less than their original valuation. Vendors should be strong with their fee choice and options, making it clear to agents if they cannot get the price they quote and eventually ask for a price drop then they will be dismissed with other agents instructed.


‘‘Our invitation to you’’

Is the value of your property up-to-date? Corum focus on selling property and only property. We understand the importance of achieving the very best price for your home. As Bearsden’s No.1*estate agency we are experiencing consistent improvements in property values and sales. If you are looking to sell and require a fresh, complimentary market appraisal of your home, call James Lang or Ross McMillan on 0141 942 5888 today. Email Visit our website 80 |Corum Bearsden, 4 Canniesburn Toll, G61 2QU *rightmove

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Park Life April 2017  

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