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OVER 200 YEARS OF THE DRYMEN SHOW Mhor Festival 2019

Bringing your local community together covering: Bearsden • Milngavie • 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

Loch Lomond Coffee St Mocha and The Oak Tree now serve coffee roasted on site in Balmaha. The coffee is roasted by our very own Loch Lomond Coffee Co. Don’t forget we also serve homemade Loch Lomond Ice Cream

Loch Cruises Take a cruise around Loch Lomond’s beautiful islands from our new pontoon. You can also take one of the regular water bus crossings to Luss. Check our website for full schedule of sailings. Tickets are available from the Village Shop Balmaha.

Loch Lomond Chocolate Visit Balmaha and try our new range of Loch Lomond Chocolate bars - three special favours, Espresso (using our own roasted coffee beans) Scottish Sea Salt & Caramel and Milk Chocolate. Bars are available from St Mocha Coffee Shop and Village Shop.

Red Squirrels Bags of Loch Lomond Coffee can be bought on line at lochlomondcoffee. and in St Mocha Coffee Shop. 50p from each bag sold will go to support red squirrel conservation in Loch Lomond.

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Easter Mad Hatter Cruises

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st April

Steamship Sir Walter Scott D The is fully wheelchair friendly

Eggsplorer Easter Egg Hunts from 10.30am. Mad Hatter Sailings - 11.30am, 1.00pm, 2.30pm and 4.00pm. Don’t be late for this very important date.

• Legends of the Loch cruises on the Lady of the Lake* • Steamship cruises on the iconic Sir Walter Scott* • Eco Lodges & Campsite • The Steamship Café • Katrine Gifts - Souvenirs • Katrinewheelz - Cycle Hire


The Loch Katrine Eco Camp provides an opportunity to re-connect with nature. There are plenty of wildlife watching, cruising, cycling & walking options available. Take a break in one of our 8 new cosy Lochs and Bens Eco Lodges. Alternatively park your motorhome at one of our specially designated spaces near Trossachs Pier with new hook up facilities. Special cruise and cycle hire discounts.


*Sailings are subject to availability and weather conditions. Loch Katrine vessels are available for private charter.

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


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In This Edition...


’m looking out of the window today, and wondering if it is really coming up to Easter. Winter has been very mild, and now it’s cold, windy and wet. Is time running backwards? Or are we in Scotland and warm weather will be here tomorrow? It’s definitely the latter, so what are the highlights of the coming season that we should pencil into the diary? Well, there’s the food, drink and music Mhor Festival at Loch Voil, north of Callander, and of course the famous Drymen

Show, the country’s biggest one-day agricultural event (also including food, drink and music!). Keep Park Life Magazine to hand when you want information about local events and activities. You’ll find everything that Loch Lomond and the Trossachs has to offer, all within easy reach. Check out the full what’s on listings on page eighteen - you might find something to keep you busy every day till summer. Katrina, Lisa, Heather


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

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


OVER 200 YEARS OF THE DRYMEN SHOW Mhor Festival 2019

Bringing your local community together covering: Bearsden • Milngavie • 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

Dropped to over 400 pick up points

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Loch Lomond Shores Events

Springfest 6th and 7th April - FREE EVENT One of Scotland's biggest food and drink festivals is back this year, bigger and better. Food and drink producers from across the UK will be at Loch Lomond Shores to showcase their produce while our main sponsor, Loch Lomond Whiskies will be hosting exclusive whisky tasting sessions. Chef Martin Sweeney will be hosting cooking demonstrations and we've got lots of live music and entertainment including popular local band Have Mercy Las Vegas.

Big Kids Circus 9th to 14th April Big Kids Circus is back offering fantastic and spectacular family entertainment. Book tickets at

Comic Con 18th and 19th May - FREE EVENT Comic Con is back and offers a great family comic con experience for heros, big and small!

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Spring Entertainment at Tolbooth & Albert Halls…

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Lost Bear Wed 3 Apr - 2pm

The Sooty Show Thu 11 Apr - 11am & 2.30pm

A gentle tale for little ones short adventures brought to you by one of Scotland’s leading puppetry companies.

Join Sooty and his brand new magic show!

Foxes & Crows Mon 8 Apr - 2pm

‘Chaussette’ Puppet Workshop - based on the famous Aesop fable The Fox & The Crow

Conrad Anker Mon 15 Apr

Hold Fast: Yosemite to Everest to Meru James Yorkston with support Randolph’s Leap Fri 24 May

Sydney Devine Fri 24 May

The Last Tour Phill Jupitus Sassy Knack Fri 25 May

Elephant Sessions Thu 30 May

Stewart Francis Wed 29 May

Into The Punset

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Park Life EventsApril-May RSPB Events  See pg 62 Loch Katrine Easter Mad Hatter Cruise Sat 20 -Sun 21 April

See pg 3


6th and 7th April - FREE EVENT One of Scotland's biggest food and drink festivals is back this year, bigger and better. Food and drink producers from across the UK will be at Loch Lomond Shores to showcase their produce while our main sponsor, Loch Lomond Whiskies will be hosting exclusive whisky tasting sessions. Chef Martin Sweeney will be hosting cooking demonstrations and we've got lots of live music and entertainment including popular local band Have Mercy Las Vegas.

Big Kids Circus 9th to 14th April

Big Kids Circus is back o ering fantastic and spectacular family entertainment. Book tickets at

Comic Con

18th and 19th May - FREE EVENT Comic Con is back and o ers a great family comic con experience for heros, big and small!  See pg 16


Lost Bear Wed 3 Apr Foxes & Crows Mon 8 Apr James Yorkston /Randolph’s Leap Fri 24 May Phill Jupitus Fri 25 May Elephant Sessions Thurs 30 May See pg 17

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Albert Hall

Nick Nairn Cook School Events See pg 32 Local Cinema See pg 24/25

exciting with more than 100 original new pictures expected. The methods include watercolour, acrylic, oil, pastel , pencil and mixed media. The artists have chosen different themes with wide appeal. There are local scenes, landscapes, portraits, abstracts and much more. The use of colour, which is so important in any painting, provides interesting effects e.g. sunsets, birds in flight, animals grazing contentedly. The artist captures the atmosphere to complete the setting. Come and enjoy this display of new work from our talented local artists.

Edenmill Easter Holiday Events See pg

The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre

The Sooty Show Thurs 11 Apri Conrad Anker Mon 15 Apr Sydney Devine Fri 24 May Stewart Francis Wed 29 May See pg 17


Mon 8th- Fri 12th Apr, all day every day

Easter Duck Race 21 Apr. Open 10-5pm Daily See pg 27

Free daily activities included with entry to soft Play @ £4.95 each. Glitter tattoos Craft of the day Treasure hunt

Stirling Marathon & Half Marathon

Easter family fun weekend:

Sat 20th and Sun 21st Apr Activities included in soft play entry @ £4.95 each Glitter tattoos Mascots Farm animals Treasure hunt Easter egg hunt (all day) Arts & crafts Easter bonnet making

Drymen Art Club Annual Exhibition & Sale of Paintings Sat and Sun 20th and 21st April 10am to 5pm. Drymen Village Hall Admission Free: Refreshments available As our painting session comes to an end the members are finishing their pictures ready for the Annual Exhibition. The results are very

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The Kilt Walk Glasgow 28 April 2019

Gartmore Village Plant Sale Sat 11th May 10am-12 noon The Village Hall £4 Entry Children free (Entry includes Tea/Coffee & Homebaking) Proceeds to Strathcarron Hospice

Mulberry Bush Montessori Balfron 10k Sunday 12 May 

See pg 42

Park Life EventsApril-May Drymen Show Sat 25 May 

See pg 22/23


Tues 16th April 7pm Free Learn essential life saving skills including CPR and how to use a defibrillator. Booking required by phoning library.

6th-7th Apr FREE EVENT. One of Scotland's biggest food and drink festivals is back this year, bigger and better. Food and drink producers from across the UK will be at Loch Lomond Shores to showcase their produce while our main sponsor, Loch Lomond Whiskies will be hosting exclusive whisky tasting sessions. Chef Martin Sweeney will be hosting cooking demonstrations and we've got lots of live music and entertainment including popular local band Have Mercy Las Vegas.


Big Kids Circus

Mhor Festival

Fri 24 - Sun 26 May See pg 40/41

Drymen Library Tel/Fax: 01360 660 751

Heartstart Class

Tues 10am - 10.30 am (FREE) 12th March, 16th April, 14th May, 11th June Songs, stories and rhymes with Bookbug – 0-4 years

Storytime Cafe Fri 9.30am - 10am (FREE) 1st March ,15th March, 29th March, 12th April, 10th May Songs, stories and rhymes followed by coffee and biscuits from 10am onwards. 0-4 years.

Crochet, Knit and Natter Mon 10.30am - 12.30pm. 4th March, 18th March, 1st April, 15th April Share your crochet and knitting ideas. Beginners welcome. (FREE)

Strathendrick Embroiderers’Guild Exhibition of works

Gillian Cooper Studio - Exhibition of Students Work Sunday 19 May 2019 10am – 4pm. McLintock Hall Free entry, disabled access, on street parking. Shop. Tea, coffee and cake in aid of Strathcarron Hospice.

The Smithy Gallery The Affordable Art Show See pg 47

9th-14th Apr Big Kids Circus is back offering fantastic and spectacular family entertainment. Book tickets at

14th Apr - 5th May 

18th - 19th May FREE EVENT. Comic Con is back and offers a great family comic con experience for heros, big and small!

18th/19th May 10-5pm  See pg 10

Comic Con

Gartmore Gala Day Sat 1st June

Kippen Street Fayre

Sat 8th June 10am – 4pm The theme is 'Greatest Showman' so there will be street entertainment, live music, fantastic stalls and great food and drink as well as a fun dog show, raffle prizes and the chance to sample a special Street Fayre sausage roll made by Skinners of Kippen. For more info check the Facebook page or visit www.

Green Gallery Big Summer Weekend

Cameron HouseThe Boat House Spanish Wine Dinner 23rd May - 6.30pm 

See pg 39

£50 per person To book call 01389 310777 or email

21st March until 9th April (FREE) Exhibition open during normal library hours.

Loch Lomond Shore Events 

See pg 16


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2019 Scholarships Marking our 40th anniversary, Lomond School is proud to launch forty new scholarships for talented 9-18 year-olds. Young people who excel in academia, music, creative arts or sport are invited to apply now. Application Deadline: 24 May 2019 For more information, please contact us: T: 01436 672476 | E: | W:

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yslexia is estimated to impact around 10% of the population and, in addition to hindering learning, this can also lead to low self esteem. Anyone who suspects their child may be dyslexic should consult their child’s school because there are many resources, coupled with good teaching, which can help. In the Stirling area, help is also available from Cellfield, a unique approach to helping people overcome dyslexia and similar processing difficulties. For the past 10 years, the small Cellfield team – based in the

Cellfield is provided by teacher, Fiona Macdiarmid, who also owns and runs the Kip McGrath tuition centre. She is passionate about the difference it can make; time and again she hears from families that doing Cellfield proves to be life changing

as not only does it improve reading and language processing, it also has a positive impact on overall confidence. One parent commented that her daughter’s “reading, writing and spelling came on so much but most of all her confidence and self-belief ”. Fiona explains: “hearing positive feedback from parents is so rewarding, however the greatest reward is seeing each child progress and break through the learning barrier caused by their dyslexia”. To find out more, contact Cellfield in Stirling on 01786 447527 or visit

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Saturday 25th May

A fun filled day for all the family!



£10 Adult • £5 Children 13 to 16 • Free Children Under 12 • £25 Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children 13 to 16) Parking Free


It’s the 203rd year of the Strathendrick Agricultural Society, which hosts Drymen Show and have arranged the following attractions and entertainment alongside the agricultural and light horse classes.

Just some of the entertainment on the day! Cattle • Sheep • Highland Ponies • Clydesdales Light Horse • Showjumping • Dog Show • Trade Stands Craft Tents • SWI (Rural) Tent (hosting our Drymen Show Bake Off) • Schools Tent • Pet Tent • Free Prize Draw Fun Fair • Vintage Tractors • Learning Zone “Meet The Vet”, “Meet The Farmer”, “Meet The Sheep!” Sheep Shearing Demonstration • Schools 5-A-Side Football Livestock Parade & Prize Giving Drakes Of Hazard (Main Ring Attraction) Kids Races • Heavy Horse Display • Fancy Dress On Horseback • Live Bands - Gartocharn Ukelele Band Championship Piper Donald MacKenzie • Highland Dancer Beer Tent • Catering Facilities Helicopter Rides courtesy of Adventure001

Trade Stand, Advertising and Sponsorship Opportunities Available.

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Historical Show just keeps on going Drymen Show Saturday 25th May 2019


n 1816 the Drymen Show was conceived by the Strathendrick Agricultural Society, and it quickly grew into the premier rural family festival that continues today. The Society has been at the forefront in providing a focus for the local economy by showcasing the talents of this rural community in a very social, inclusive gathering. What’s more, it’s fun to take part and fun to attend! If you live anywhere in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, it is very likely to be a firm fixture in your diary. But of course, you don't have to live locally to enjoy the spirit of the Drymen Show. Visitors flock from far and wide, and sometimes just detour from the West Highland Way, to join the fun. Expect to meet around 8000 show visitors, making this one of Scotland’s biggest one-day rural events. There are serious and entertaining animal competitions and shows, involving highland ponies, Clydesdale horses, cattle, sheep, even pets. Kids of all ages can enjoy the funfair, fancy dress horses and riders, helicopter rides, classes and competitions (including the Drymen Show Bake Off!). Everyone has a camera these days, so don’t miss the opportunity to take some pictures and send them to the Drymen Show Facebook page. And when you need to be fed, refreshed and rested, there is food and drink, with live music around the showground providing the background. In Drymen, you are never more than 20 yards from a piper! Of course, at its heart, it is an agricultural show, and the rural trades exhibiting are open to all, from the farmer considering investing in new farm equipment, to the wide-eyed child marvelling at the complexity of it! Vintage tractors are on show close by their somewhat shinier, if less romantic, modern equivalents. In the Learning Zone you’ll have an opportunity to hear from the experts and practitioners about living the rural, agricultural and farming life, whether as a farmer, vet, agricultural engineer or any other. Make sure you tour the trade and craft stands, and take away with you some of the produce and products that the best rural producers put in front of you. Most of all, meet people, have fun, and put next year in your diary too!

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Killearn Beer Festival Sat 1 June 2019 - Old Mill Killearn

Cinema Listings April - May

Gartmore Community Cinema The Friday Night Film Club Mamma Mia 2 26th April

Evening Screenings: (Door & Bar opens 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

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

Strathendrick Film Society Balfron High School. Entry £5 non members

Callander Film Society 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!

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The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society Sun 14th April 19:30 - 21:45 Lady Bird Sun 28 April 19:30 - 21:30 I Tonya Sun 12 May 19:30 - 21:45 Molly's Game Sun 26 May 19:30 - 22:00 Films Start 7.30pm. Callander Youth Project, 6 Bridgend, Callander, Stirlingshire, FK17 8AH

Mugdock Country Park Cinema The Odd Couple

Mon 13th May 7.30pm

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Killearn Movie Hoolie @Killearnmovies

Killearn Film Festival running 25th July - 27th July 2019

Further details of films screening to be announced later. Teen DV Filmmaking 2 Day Workshop in Killearn Kirk Hall From Wednesday 24th July - Thursday 25th July Ages 13 - 18 years. Maximum 10 places Price to attend £30, includes lunches, snacks, 2 youth worker/dv filmmaking tutors with pizza party and teen movie on the last night and entry to all other eligible films screening. Contact: Anna Gower to note interest and for further details. An Ideas Link CIC project, Ideas Link a not-for-profit organisation

TRY SOMETHING NEW TODAY... Segway Trekking is one of our new activities... These unique machines are fascinating and fun to operate. Suitable for all above 10 years old and below 17 stone. The 45 min session includes indoor training followed by an outdoor experience for £20. Pony Trekking- age 4 & above £18 (1 hour) £32 (2 hours) Reduction for families of 4 and more. Pony Rides £10 (1/2

hour sessions).

Other activities include orienteering, Shetland driving and Nordic walking.

Now open

• Pony Club and Sunday morning on Saturdays 10am-12pm lessons for adults • Sat pony club 1-4pm £25 7yrs plus and children Pony Club activities & • Riding lessons for children on ladies day on a Thursday Sunday afternoon & 3.30-5pm on week nights and adult lessons on weekdays • Pony/Horse share opportunities • 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

Tel: 01877 385276 | 07801 699497

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Buchlyvie Bike Shed


Great service! Jim fixed my bike whilst I waited, and the price was more than reasonable, highly recommended. Thanks Jim, see you again, and best of luck with your business. John



Excellent service at a reasonable price. I took my sons bike to Jim to be fixed, after seeing two other bike repair people who couldn’t help. Jim not only fixed the bike but saw other problems for repair and made the bike look brand new again all in less than 7 days. I would highly recommend him. Elspeth


Buchlyvie Bike Shed build • service • repair

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3 levels of bike serv Gold £100 A complete strip down, clean &

rebuild, Including bottom bracket, hubs, breaks, front & rear mechs & headset also all cables replaced.

Silver £50 Fro & indexed, all cab checked. Headset

Tel: 01360 850153 Mob: 07892 720631 Em

Fitting of lights etc £5 Tyre replaced £5 Tube Replaced £5 New chain fitted £5

All parts are on top of these prices

3 levels of bike service available Gold £100 A complete strip down, clean & rebuild, Including bottom bracket, hubs, breaks, front & rear mechs & headset also all cables replaced.

Silver £50 Front & rear mechs cleaned & indexed, all cables checked, breaks pads checked. Headset checked. Full oil & lubrication.

Bronze £25 Bike checked over and gears and breaks cleaned and lubricated.

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The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre We are celebrating 100 years of forestry with themed trails throughout the year taking you on a journey from humble beginnings to what forestry is today. @LodgeAberfoyle Call us on: 0300 067 6600 or email

Open daily April/May from 10am – 5pm

Enjoy our first themed trail this April and take part in our annual Easter Duck Race on 21st April. Races start 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. £2 per duck. Booking essential. Come dressed for the weather. Watch the Ospreys live on screen and explore our nature room and wildlife hide after taking in the spectacular view of the waterfall.

FAMILY SHOWS @ Connect With Us:


Based on the book by Nick Sharratt & Pippa Goodhart

Thu 11 Apr, 2pm


For age 2+

Sat 27 Apr, 1pm & 3.30pm

For ages 2 - 10

Tickets: £13.50 / £48 Family Saver

Tickets: £9.50 / £34 Wee Group Saver (any 4 people)

Book tickets:

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Wooden play equipment for the garden

Get them playing outside with friends and have endless fun! For more ideas for everyone and to order contact us today.

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lectric bikes or e-bikes are the latest innovation and fastest growing trend in the cycling market. After trying one, most participants come back grinning from ear to ear, with what has become known as the “e-bike” smile.

e-bikes as opposed to 7% for non-electric bikes. Loch Lomond and Trossachs Countryside Trust, the organisation that coordinates Walk in the Park will be running TRED (Trossachs E-bike Demonstration project) a local project working along the National Cycle Network route 7 (NCN7). In the first phase the project will provide a loan of e-bikes to individuals and local communities so that they can experience their own e-bike smile and realise the possibilities that an e-bike opens up. The communities of Drymen, Gartmore, Aberfoyle, Callander and Strathyre all lie along the route of NCN7 and will be the focus for the initial demonstration phase of the project. In particular we will be looking to engage with individuals who make regular short local journeys and would be interested in trying an e-bike for these journeys. The motivation may be to replace a car journey, get fitter, connect to public transport or make a journey where no public transport exits, basically local journeys up to 10-15 miles that can be made by ebike.

The bikes ride like a normal bike but have variable power assistance that works when the rider is pedalling. This means that cycling uphill once again becomes a pleasure, longer distances can be achieved and you don’t need to get hot and sweaty to get anywhere. In the National Park our gradients and distances between villages and services such as doctors, post offices etc are above the norm and hence an innovative e-bike system is proposed to help more people choose active travel and take control of their own personal mobility. In other areas after trying ebikes, the shift in the way people travel short distances has been shown to be 17% for

Comments from those trying an e-bike include “Best experience I’ve had since being a child it’s like I just started cycling for the first time, very enjoyable, it’s awesome” to “I’d recommend one to someone like my mum, to help get her out on a bike. My dad cycles a lot, and they could cycle together if she had one of these as she could keep up with him” So if you would like to find out more about the project or arrange a loan of one of our e-bikes visit our website or facebook page or contact project officer Jim Riach.

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The pizza pop-up is back for dates in April and May We’re firing up the wood burning pizza oven to bring back pizza the way pizza should be - hand-crafted, thin and crispy and using only the finest ingredients. Watch pizza Paul create your pizza masterpiece. Eat in or takeaway. Booking advisable to avoid disappointment. April Thur 4 – Sun 7, 12 noon – 9.30pm Fri 19 – Mon 22, 12 noon – 9.30pm May Fri 24 – Mon 27, 12 noon– 9.30pm or call us on 01877 389 900

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New date - Friday 26 July Let Nick cook your supper whilst you enjoy a glass of fizz. He'll share tips, advice and anecdotes in his own inimitable style. £39pp includes - canapes, main course and dessert. (Laughter and entertainment - free!) Wine & beer available to purchase. Set menu, call for menu details

Spring Recipe By Nick Nairn

6 Hour Shoulder of Lamb with Rosemary, Garlic, Anchovy & Capers


reheat the oven to 220°C/ Fan 200°C Pull the needles off 2 branches of the rosemary and peel the garlic cloves. If the cloves are particularly large, cut each half into quarters or chop up a bit. Unroll the meat skin-side down on a clean work surface exposing the boned-out meaty side. Cut out any large pieces of excess fat. Scatter as much rosemary over this as you like then throw the garlic on top. Next place the anchovies randomly over the rosemary and garlic, followed by a scattering of caper. Season with plenty of ground black pepper, but no salt as the anchovies and capers should both contain enough salt for the job. If you’ve decided not to use the anchovies and capers (shame!) then you WILL have to season with salt. Next, roll the meat up like a Swiss roll from the shorter side, and using fine cooking string/twine tie up fairly tightly, starting in the middle and working towards each end to give a nice tidy joint.

Place the joint in a roasting tray, drizzle with olive oil, season well and bung in the oven to sear for 15 minutes, then turn the temperature right down to 140°C/Fan 120°C. Remove the tray from the oven and place the carrot, onion and celery around the meat and tuck in the remaining rosemary branch, then pour the wine over the top of the meat. Cover loosely with kitchen foil, but making sure the edges are sealed around the tin and return to the oven to slow-roast for 5 - 6 hours, basting every 30 minutes or so, the re-sealing again. Basting frequently helps to keep the meat moist and encourages the build up of a good glaze on the outside. When finished cooking the lamb will be thoroughly cooked through, meltingly tender, and not pink at all. The garlic will be as soft as butter and the anchovy just melts into the meat, disappearing completely but acting as a seasoning with the capers. If you use a digital thermometer you can check the core temperature of the meat each time you baste it

and when it reads 90°C it is done. If not using this handy gadget, then stick to the cooking time given then remove the joint from the oven, transfer to a warm carving dish or board, cover loosely with foil and leave to rest in a warm place for 30-45 minutes before carving. Strain the pan juices into a jug and skim off any fat or oil that rises. Taste the juices and if you like a more concentrated jus or gravy, then pour into a pan and boil hard to reduce until it tastes right to you. Keep warm. Once the joint has rested, remove the string and carve into generous slices and serve with good old baked potatoes, roasties or mash or for a treat, a creamy gratin dauphinoise. This is one of those dishes that is perfect paired with a medley of olive oil-roasted Mediterranean vegetables – peppers, courgettes, aubergines and red onions. Failing that, a stir-fry of purple sprouting broccoli, garlic and chilli is one of my favourites.

Serves 6. Ingredients • 1.8 kg boned shoulder of lamb • 2-3 large branches of rosemary, washed • 4 large garlic cloves, halved lengthways • 8 anchovy fillets (optional but make all the difference) • 8-12 small salted capers, rinsed well (optional) • Olive oil • 3 medium carrots, peeled and halved • 1 red onion, peeled and quartered • 3 celery sticks, washed • 180ml red wine • Freshly ground black pepper

Nick Nairn Cook School. 
For class bookings, shop orders or gift cards visit, 24/7 or call +44 1877 389900 phone lines open Wednesday - Sunday 9.30am - 4.30pm

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Ardoch is such a versatile venue that it can be transformed into the ideal setting for almost any event. Ardoch has played host to many diverse groups from a music and yoga retreats, Highland Games for a team-building events, photography and writers workshops and more! For inspiration on how you can make Ardoch yours, contact us!

Ardoch, Gartocharn, G83 8ND t: 01389 710401 e: w:

MOBILE CART BAR Serving quality Scottish Beers and Spirits

Book our unique Craft Beer Cart, Gin Cart, Rum Cart or Whisky Wagon for your next event WEDDINGS PARTIES CORPORATE

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Your what’s on guide & advertiser for Loch Lomond, The Trossachs, Bearsden & Milngavie 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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Easter at


8th-12th April

10am-4pm daily children’s activities from craft clubs to treasure hunts

19th April

good friday - fish & seafood dinner

20th-21st April

easter family fun weekend


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Stay at the gateway to the glorious Trossachs

Recently refurbished to

✩✩✩ Awarded by Visit Scotland

TROSSACHS MIDWEEK BREAK – Enjoy a relaxing, great value midweek break in the glorious Trossachs. Break available from Sunday to Friday and includes Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.


Dates Released Please see website for details

2 NIGHTS from only £59pp

Saturday Dinner Dances & Tribute Nights – 4 Course Dinner, Live music, Bed & Breakfast and late check-out for only £65pp Extra night Dinner, Bed & Breakfast for only £30pp

Aberfoyle, Stirlingshire FK8 3UX | Tel: 01877 382 245 | Email: |



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

Large Whisky Selection • Real Ales • Beer List • Scottish Craft Gins Stone baked pizzas available sit in or takeaway. Restaurant with extensive menu and weekly specials. Food served all day - Now taking bookings.

Accommodation will be available from May with beautifully refurbished bedrooms.


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The Square, Drymen, Near Loch Lomond G63 0Bl | Tel: 01360 660824 | E: Open 11am - 1am Friday & Saturday • Children welcome • Dogs welcome

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Late Availability Package

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Friday to Sunday Dates


100 Day Guests 120 Evening Guests

Your ceremony and meal will take place in the stunning surroundings of the Mackintosh Suite, with your evening reception to follow in the Art Lover’s Café Bar. • Venue hire • Glass of House sparkling for arrival • Ceremony charge • Master of ceremonies • Half bottle of House wine for meal • Glass of sparkling for toast • Cake stand and knife • 3 course menu • Table stationery • Hot Filled Rolls for 120 Guests • Choice of 2 floral centre pieces • Dance floor

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RIOJA VIVANCO SPANISH WINE DINNER THE BOAT HOUSE THURSDAY 23 RD MAY 2019, 6.30PM Discover a selection of wine from the famous rioja region in Spain at our Dinastia Vivanco Wine Dinner, hosted by Alberto Ruiz from the winery alongside our resort sommelier. Prepare to be transported to one of Spain’s most quintessential and delicious wine regions. Guests will enjoy a welcome drink, followed by a perfectly paired four-course dinner crafted by our Head Chef. £50 PER PERSON TO BOOK PLEASE CALL EVENTS ON 01389 310777 or EMAIL EVENTS@CAMERONHOUSE.CO.UK WWW.CAMERONHOUSE.CO.UK

TERMS AND CONDITIONS The tables allocated are shared tables. Payment is non-refundable and non-transferable. Must be booked in advance and full pre-payment required. Over 18’s only.

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cotland’s best loved family festival is back with a bang in 2019 and promises more sounds, sights, smells and spectacles than ever before. Held in the grounds of Monachyle Mhor Hotel, the Mhor Festival brings together fantastic food, local talent, world class music and breath-taking performance for a weekend of fun fit for all the family. With acts taking to the stage from Friday at 3pm until 1am on Monday morning, visitors from across the globe can expect an eclectic mix of live bands, international DJs and local talent, set against the backdrop of some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery. Those with the hot ticket to the famous Friday Night Feast can enjoy the sounds of the iconic Carol Laula as they dine on some of Scotland’s finest produce from five of Scotland’s best loved chefs. Whether you’re into cocktails or mocktails, bushcraft or Bollinger, highwires or herbalism, Mhor Festival brings together makers, creators and shakers from across the world to make your stay unforgettable. In an era when what you have seems increasingly less important that what you do, the Mhor Festival is leading the way in putting experience at the heart of wellbeing with their programme of events, activities, demos and producers. International DJ and staunch supporter of health and wellbeing, Smokin’ Jo will be hosting a ‘Joga’ class on the Sunday before hitting the decks in the evening, taking an eclectic weekend to its electric end. Living in the city, want to ditch the car? Happy Bus is at your service, check them out on Facebook. For those looking to park and ride, a shuttle service will run throughout the day and night, free of charge, between Mhor 84 and Monachyle Mhor.

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Mulberry Bush Montessori Balfron 10k is green for go!


rganisers of Balfron’s annual running event have set themselves an ambitious target - to turn their popular village race into Scotland’s greenest 10k. Inspired by races all around the world which are reducing their environmental impact, the Mulberry Bush Montessori Balfron 10k is taking an ecofriendly approach to this year’s race on Sunday, May 12.

“This clearly can’t continue, so everyone has to do their bit to cut down on waste. As well as being a fantastic family event, the Mulberry Bush Montessori Balfron 10k will try to address in our own modest way the key issues facing our planet.’’ Proceeds from the 2019 event will continue to benefit the two Balfron schools, with Balfron’s Pathways group being this year’s nominated charity beneficiary. The group which maintains and develops the village path network is keen to continue its upgrade of the White Yett Glen pathway. 

Saying goodbye to mountains of plastic bottles, metal medals, advertising flyers and carrier bags, race organisers hope their Pictured back are MBM Balfron10k focus on waste reduction, sustainability committee members Julie Ross, Ben and recycling, will provide a blueprint Mathieson and Olivia Spencer, with for other events to copy. front, Alexander and Olivia Mathieson “We are following the lead of large running events, many of which are reassessing their policies on plastic waste and recycling, explained a Mulberry Bush Montessori Balfron 10k race spokesman.

and Laurie and Lily-Belle Mohaupt

“Ours is tiny by comparison – only 600 participants instead of thousands - but we have the same ambition to reduce waste, increase recycling and explore other, less impactful ways of putting on an event.’’ Among the green initiatives being trialled at the 2019 event will be replacing plastic water bottles with biodegradable cups, sourcing medals from sustainably-minded suppliers, and ditching plastic carrier bags. With support from Scottish Water, runners will be offered water from bowsers on the route and at the finish, and a refillable water bottle.

In future the goal of the Mulberry Bush Montessori Balfron 10k will be to have as little impact on the environment as possible.

Now in its 13th year, the Mulberry Bush Montessori Balfron 10k has raised more than £70k for the village’s primary and high schools and nominated charities since it began. With a reputation as a tough but rewarding test thanks to its undulating route along scenic country roads overlooked by the Campsie Hills, the event attracts club runners, locals, first-time 10k-ers and veterans who return time and again to experience its community spirit.

“In 2017, UK households binned an estimated 235 million items of clothing waste, which went straight to landfill while the UK as a whole shipped thousands of tonnes of plastic waste to landfill sites at home and across the world,” continued the Mulberry Bush Montessori Balfron 10k spokesman

Entries for the 2019 event are now open, visit

Runners are also being encouraged to car share to minimise air pollution in the village.

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

Park Life | April - May

Milngavie/Bearsden Events Milngavie Makers Market

Sat 6th April and Sat 1st June 11am - 3pm A craft market with art, fashion, soap and other items from local makers Milngavie Town Hall, Tel: 0141 956 3132

Milngavie Music Club Call Karen on 01389 721095


Contract Hire for: Bed, Bath & Table Linen Laundering Linen for: Hotels • B&B’s Restaurants • Health Clubs • Hairdressers


Laundry & Dry Cleaning • Service Wash Ironing • Pet Beds

Cairns Church , Fri 5th April 7.30pm - 9.30pm A series of Classical Concerts. Tel: 0141 942 3102 £13 (students £5, children free)

Milngavie Folk Club Baljaffray Parish Church, Bearsden Fri 10th May - OK AMIGO - 7.30pm, Tickets £11.00 Fri 17th May - Dougie Maclean - 7.30pm, Tickets £22.00 Fri 31st May - James Grant - 7.30pm, Tickets £19.80 Tickets available in person from Haydock Music, Stewart Street and The Iron Chef, Mugdock Road (Both Milngavie) or


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EQUINE LAUNDRY SERVICE We use a trustworthy third party with over thirty years experience. The equine laundry uses only NIKWAX washing and proofing products for top quality results.

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MUGDOCK EVENTS APRIL Mugdock’s History & Mysteries Mon 1st April 1pm - 3.30pm. Cost £5.

Mugdock Sensational Safari: Moorland Exploration

Tues 2nd April 1pm - 4pm Booking essential 0141 956 6100. Cost £10.

Frog Fun at Mugdock Crafty Amphibians

Wed 3rd April 11am - 12 noon and 2pm - 3pm All materials provided. Cost £3.

Twechar Sensational Safari: Countryside Adventures

Thurs 4th April 1pm - 4pm Booking essential 0141 956 6100. Cost £10.

Woodland Art, Mugdock

Strathblane Sensational Safari: Wild Places, Wild Life! Fri 12th April 1pm - 4pm Booking essential 0141 956 6100. Cost £10.

Forest School, Mugdock – Trails in the Old World Sun 14th April 2pm - 4pm Booking essential. 0141 956 6100. Cost £7.

Water Weirdies, Mugdock

0141 956 6100. Cost £7.

Dawn Chorus, Lenzie Sat 11th May 5am - 7am Booking essential 0141 956 6100. Cost £5.

The Tiny World of Mugdock

Mugdock Sensational Safari: Wonderful Welly Walk! (Al/Stu)

Sun 21st April 2pm - 4pm Celebrate all things spring-like and join in with some cracking activities! Egg Hunt £3 per child. Tickets should be purchased from the Visitor Centre on arrival.

Forest School, Mugdock – Water lot of Fun


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Booking essential

Easter Fun at Mugdock Country Park

Mugdock Sensational Safari: The Awakening

Thurs 11th April 10.30am - 11.30am & 1.30pm - 2.30pm Cost £3 per child.

Sun 5th May 2pm - 4pm

Sun 19th May 2pm - 4pm

Monday 22nd April 2pm – 4pm Booking Essential. 0141 956 6586. Cost £7.

What do Mugdock’s Owls Have for Dinner?

Forest School, Mugdock – Musical Sticks

Fri 19th April 10.30am - 11.30am or 1.30pm - 2.30pm Cost £3.

Wed 9th April 1pm - 3pm. Cost £3.

Wed 10th April 1pm - 4pm Booking essential 0141 956 6100. Cost £10.

April - May


May 2pm - 4pm and most weekends thereafter, through until the end of September. Please call 0141 956 6100 or check our website to confirm a specific date in advance. Adults £2, Children £1.50, under 5’s free.

Booking essential 0141 956 6100. Cost £3.

Thurs 23rd May 1pm - 4pm Booking essential 0141 956 6100. Cost £10.

Beautiful Bluebells of Mugdock Wood Fri 24th May 1.30pm - 4pm Booking essential Cost £5.

Walk- Mugdock and Beyond Sun 26th May 1pm - 4pm Booking essential 0141 956 6100. Cost £5.

Lads ‘n’ Dads: Outdoor Survival Mon 27th May 1pm - 3:30pm Booking essential 0141 956 6100. Cost £15 for one adult and one child.


Park Life | Business Blanefield

‘A welcoming and friendly space to view Scottish art’







Established in 2005, Smithy Gallery is housed in the village’s historic blacksmiths cottage in the beautiful village of Blanefield, at the foot of the Campsie Fells

74 Glasgow Road Blanefield Glasgow G63 9HX T: 01360 770551 Open: Wed-Sat 11-5, Sun 1-5

Please note: The gallery will be closed 30 March - 7 April

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Creating Community Through Rhythm


new, playful, joyful group has started making some noise in the Drymen Village Hall.

This is the Drymen Community Drum Circle, where all are invited to come and join in an hour of improvising on small percussion and drums. Through an hour of play, we create a rhythmical community, united by the music we play. You can be any age (our youngest participant is 18 months old and our oldest is 80 years old) and all levels of ability are welcome. Instruments are provided, but if you’d like to, you can bring your own. A lot of local people were very generous in donating instruments to the Circle, and we now have floor toms and dunduns, djembes and darbukas, bongos and frame drums and loads of small percussion. We also use boom

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whackers and might even do a bit of body percussion or singing. Each Circle is different and what happens in the Circle depends on what people bring to it. I trained with Village Music Circles and am a member of the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild, and my role as the Drum Circle Facilitator is to enable the group to find its collective voice, sometimes through a little bit of direction, sometimes through some conducting, but often it is a free-flowing experience, where I only step in if things get a little shaky.

" Nadja Ray

When I’m in a Drum Circle it makes my heart sing. Every time is different and every time I am so excited to be part of this creative process.


We meet in the Drymen Village Hall, every first and third Thursday of the month at 7.30pm and every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at 10.30am. I normally ask for a small contribution, just to cover the cost of the hall hire. The Saturday Drum Circle is particularly family friendly (these fabulous photographs by Kore Photography were taken at our last Saturday morning Drum Circle) and the Thursday Drum Circle tends to attract more adults. And anyone is welcome to either Circle. All you need to bring is curiosity and a willingness to be open to what might happen. The Drum Circle is about encouraging you to find your musical voice, to find the rhythm that has been waiting inside you, all along, and to share it in a safe environment. And, hopefully, by the end of the session, you will feel a tremendous sense of wellbeing and have experienced connection and a sense of community. It’s great fun, it’s an opportunity to express yourself and it’s a great stress reliever. Please come, you are so welcome. One….Two….Let’s all play.

Drymen Community Drum Circle

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Loch Lomond

Discover Scotland coast to coast on the John Muir Way

Campsie Fells

KEY FACTS • 134 miles / 215km • Walk or cycle • Fully waymarked • 4 Nature reserves • 3 UNESCO sites • 2 Canals

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Avon Aqueduct

Blackness Castle & Forth Bridge

Cliffs of Dunbar

uir Way offers a journey through Scotland’s unique landscapes, history e. It links Helensburgh in the west with Muir’s birthplace Dunbar in the ch Lomond & the Trossachs, Scotland’s first national park.

he John Muir Way on foot or by bike, as an end-to-end adventure or h section on day trips or weekends. Celebrate John Muir as you follow s into Scotland’s great outdoors.

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Kilbryde Crescent and into Auchinlay Road, about two miles, Satnav stops short. From Kinbuck follow the yellow SGS signs. Parking in adjacent field. Admission: £4.00, children free Charities: Society Of Friends Of Dunblane Cathedral 60%

Hutcheson Farm Auchinlay Road, Dunblane FK15 9JS Johnnie and Mandy Readman Sun 12 May, 2pm - 5pm

On the site of a demolished farm steading of about an acre, a young garden is slowly evolving. Initial plantings of trees and hedges are beginning to give shelter to rhododendrons and azaleas, many grown from cuttings by the owners, and other shrubs, perennials and bulbs. A small walled vegetable garden, a rockery and a pond provide variety, with views of Sheriffmuir as backdrop. Homemade Teas; Plant stall; partial disabled access. Directions: From A820 turn down

Gargunnock House Garden

Gargunnock FK8 3AZ The Gargunnock Trustees Sun 19 May, 2pm - 5pm T: 01786 860392

Large mature garden five miles from Stirling, with a walled garden, well established house garden, woodland walks with species and hybrid rhododendrons, massed plantings of azaleas and wonderful specimen trees. Snowdrops in February/March are followed by over 40 varieties of daffodils and the glorious displays of azaleas and rhododendrons in May. Teas; plant stall; full disabled access; woodland walks; dogs on leads

Directions: Five miles west of Stirling on A811, follow the yellow SGS signs.

Car parking at entrance by lodge. Honesty box in car park. Admission: £5.00, children free Charities: Gargunnock Community Trust Ltd 30% & Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance 30%

Bridge of Allan Gardens

Bridge of Allan FK9 4LY The Gardeners of Bridge of Allan Sun 26 May, 1pm - 5pm Email:

A Victorian garden with a small Japanese garden with a dry stream opening onto a dry pond with a turtle island in the middle. Various Japanese plants surround. One of the larger gardens is divided into different ‘rooms’, with various plantings, and a variety of sculptures and water features. Teas; Plant stall; partial disabled access; dogs on leads Directions: Signposted from village. Admission: £5.00, children free Charities: Strathcarron Hospice 30% & St Saviours Episcopal Church: Bridge Of Allan 30%

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A huge thank you from the Strathendrick Local Committee


trathendrick Local Committee regret that the decision has been taken to disband. During its 25 years in existence, the Committee has raised over £300,000 thanks to the very generous support from all the local communities. Recently some committee members have retired, for a variety of reasons, and the three remaining members had hoped to encourage other people to join them - but that recruitment drive has been unsuccessful. The committee's well established House to House Collection and the annual Ladies' Lunch will not take place, although the Buchlyvie Band Night will happen in 2019 and is scheduled for 4th May. A huge thank you to all Committee members, past and present, all House to House Collectors and to all the people who have donated. Of course, we would encourage you to continue to donate or hold fund raising events despite the absence of a local committee. You can go online to or telephone 08701 60 20 40 to continue to support research into cancer.

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Professional Tree Surgeons • Tree Removals • Tree Pruning • Hedge Cutting • Stump Removal • Tree Surveys • Logs Our qualified, insured and experienced team is based in Doune, specialising in all aspects of tree surgery and arboriculture. Call or email Finn Millard for a free, no obligation quote.

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Monthly price plans available to help you keep on top of your poo picking. Helps reduce worm burden and risk of equine grass sickness. • • • • •

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Bringing Bees & Butterflies By Holly Nairn into your garden

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pring is here and your garden should be buzzing! As gardeners we should be doing all we can to help feed our beneficial, pollinating insects. Attract them into your garden by... • Planting herbs - All insects love fragrant herbs and there’s nothing better than picking them straight from the garden to use in the kitchen. Thyme, sage, lavender and rosemary, which come from the Mediterranean, prefer a very well-drained soil in full sun – if you grow them in pure grit you will have more success than in our clay soils. Don’t feed them, you want strong growth and good flavours. Parsley, coriander, rocket and fennel can take a bit of moisture and do just fine in a clay loam. When they flower, watch the insects flock to them while chewing on a rocket flower (sweeter than the leaves but with a mild peppery kick!)

“Let’s start planning now for the garden you’ve always wanted.”

• Sowing easy-to-grow annual flowers such as cosmos, poppies, sunflowers, marigolds and cornflowers, - all make wonderful cut flowers and the more you pick, the more you get. Sown in your veggie patch, they will attract the insects you need to pollinate your crops. • Go for single varieties of roses and flowers, rather than doubles or multi-petalled flowers which are sterile. • Plant perennials with daisy shaped flowers, which are easy for insects to land on and feed from. • Go for ground cover and prevent weed growth Limnanthes douglasii,the poached egg plant, is a great annual ground cover plant and is super easy to grow. The sunshiney flowers attract hoverflies, whose larvae eat aphids and will save you having to look to pesticides. It self seeds so you’ll never be without it. Ajuga, commonly known as bugle, is great for bees and has many varieties with attractive foliage. To book a personal consultation for garden advice or design visit Tel: 07773 590516 Email:

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Eight Wee Hills with Big Views

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You don’t have to be an experienced hill walker to enjoy Scotland’s most spectacular views. Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park boasts a range of ‘Wee Hills with Big Views’ that can be enjoyed by people of all levels of fitness and experience.

Ben A’an

In the Trossachs, the 4km walk up this lovely peak offers a surprisingly big experience with many of the ingredients of a mountain hike such as an atmospheric forest, open moorlands, views of crags and a superb vista of the surrounding landscape at the top.

Gouk Hill

On the east of Helensburgh, Gouk hill is 277m high and forms part of the long distance coast-to-coast walk, the John Muir Way.landscape at the top.

Take a walk on the wild side...

Glen Striddle hills

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These hills offer a fine hike from the village of Luss and to the highest point, Beinn Dubh at 657m. You could choose to simply walk out and back on the same route, or complete a 12km horseshoe circuit taking in another hilltop, Mid Hill at 623m.

Ben Gullipen

Starting from Callander, this is a 414m hike up a wellestablished path. The reward is breath-taking views of the Wallace Monument near Stirling, Loch Venachar, Ben Venue and Ben Ledi, as well as the Munros Stuc a’Chroin and Ben Vorlich, and the Menteith Hills.

Callander Crags

If you’re looking for something a little less challenging, these crags offer a very pleasant walk through beautiful woodlands, over the crag tops and to a cairn at 343m. Many people also take in a visit to the stunning Bracklinn Falls.


In the north of the National Park, Dundurn is a rocky knoll only 112m high where a Pictish Fort once sat. Filled with local history, en-route to the top you can visit a burial ground and the remains of St. Fillan’s Chapel, dating back to the 1300s.

Conic Hill

A short but fairly stiff 361m climb beginning in Balmaha, Conic Hill offers magnificent views of Loch Lomond. It comes with the added bragging bonus of being able to say you’ve walked part of the West Highland Way, one of Scotland’s most famous trails.

Inchcailloch island

If you fancy a boat trip, cross over from Balmaha to the enchanting Inchcailloch island, and then follow the easy-going way-marked trail up to the island’s highest point (85m). Enjoy a panoramic view of the peaks of many mountains.

Park Life | Business MacColl Landscaping have been working in landscape design and construction in central Scotland since 2007. Our name has quickly become synonymous with quality workmanship providing superior standards in all aspects of landscaping from conception through to completion. Over the past ten years we have built up an extensive portfolio of work and pride ourselves in being able to turn our clients vision into a reality. With a wealth of knowledge in garden design and construction we know we can create the perfect environment for you. In 2017, we incorporated P. D. Stokes - a landscaping company based at Dobbies Garden World Milngavie, established in 1982. P. D. Stokes has built up a exceptional reputation for high quality garden design and construction. We now, as one company, will build on our combined reputations and Cement MacColl and Stokes Landscaping as one of the best private garden design and construction firms in central Scotland.

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GARDEN TIPS for SPRING Spring is a busy time for gardeners. Get it right now and you'll be all set for the best summer yet. Here are five top tips from our gardening experts for the season ahead.

1. Get on top of your perennials

Spring is a good time to freshen up the soil and apply a little mulch to feed the soil and the plants. As you work through the border there’s still time to do a little dividing of perennials. Lift them, divide the crown and re place the plant in a smaller group or elsewhere, discarding the central part of the crown. Some of the perennial plants in your borders will be emerging and noticeable above ground and you can navigate through the border without fear of trampling the crowns of the plants.

2. Get ready for a great lawn

Now’s the time to get the lawn mower out of the shed and give the grass the first cut of the season. Mowers work best if well serviced and sharp. Blades need to be sharpened and balanced and its best to get this done at a garden machinery outlet. If the blades are sharpened at the start of the season then the grass will remain in better condition. The cleaner the cut, the less bruising on the grass and the nicer the appearance and better the health is in your lawn. Start with the mower set at a much higher level than you would ultimately like. Give your lawn a few cuts at this grade to give the grass blades the best chance of health, strength and rigidity for the season ahead.

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Don’t mow your lawn to within an inch of its life. This only helps help weed seeds to penetrate through the short blades and reach bare soil for germination.Leaving your grass a little longer will actually help to catch the seed, and be eradicated with the next pass of the mower.

4. Pay attention to spring bulbs

Now is a great time to lift and divide bulbs which have finished flowering. Take off any faded flowers and seedheads and tease out the bulbs and their leaves and replant them individually about 60-75mm apart.

3. Get planting now

There’s still time to plant bare rooted plants, like top fruit, soft fruit, roses or any trees or shrubs, although aim to have it all done by St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th). Containerised stock and bare rooted evergreens can still be planted out, but mulch them. The weather often turns windy and dry between March and May. Carry on planting perennials and any Lily, Gladioli and Fritillaria bulbs.

5. Don't forget your vegetables

This is a busy time for the vegetable growers. Many of your main crops to be raised from seed can be started in a gently-heated propagator if the ground is still too cold outside. But remember, as soon as the seed is up, lift them into a cooler, but well-lit place to stop them becoming spindly and weak. The seedlings will need turning, ideally a quarter turn a day to stop them developing one-sided.


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RSPB Events

Spring Has Sprung Treasure Hunt


Mon 1 - Sun 14 Apr Drop-in 10am - 4pm

From 1 May - Sun 1 Sept (various dates)

When nature starts to wake up from its long winter sleep, make sure you're outside to see it! This spring-time treasure hunt in the meadows and woodland will help you explore the signs of spring. Pick up a hunt at the Nature Hub and get exploring! No booking necessary, just drop-in to join in the fun. Cost £2 per child, £1.50 for RSPB members.

Go Wild at Easter Sat 20 - Sun 21 April Drop-in 10.30am - 3.30pm

Bring the whole family along for springtime adventures, nature crafts and an Easter egg hunt at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond. No booking necessary. Cost £5 per child, £4 for RSPB members.

Wild Things Fun Day Mon 6 May Drop-in 10.30am - 3.30pm

Bring your wild things out on an adventure at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond this May bank holiday! Become a nature detective in the meadows and woods and go in search of creatures found deep in the pond. Cost £5 per child, £4 for RSPB members.

Bluebells and Birdsong Sat 18 May 9am - 11am

A morning walk through bluebell filled woodlands, listening to birdsong is the perfect start to any day. We'll be taking a walk along the trails surrounded by the sweet scent of bluebells and then out onto the reserve, listening out for some of the summer visitors on their return from Africa. Booking required. Cost £6.50 Members £5.50

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Take a personal tour around RSPB Loch Lomond with a guide looking for wildlife and discovering the unique history and management of the reserve. Cost: £20 (£15 RSPB member) for the first person, and £5 (£4 RSPB member) for each additional person. Maximum of four people for approximately a three - four hour walk.

Family Membership £60 per annum Includes; Free Gift Natures Home Magazine Welcome Pack Free entry to 170 reserves

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If you think your lawn is beyond repair due to last year’s sweltering summer, ask us about our Lawn Makeover - the best way to get ‘The GreenThumb lawn.’

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F U N E R A L D I R E C T O R S Expertise & experience to ensure you give your loved one the perfect send off. Archibald Billett Funeral Directors provide both traditional burial and cremation packages to suit all. We can arrange memorials and Floral Tributes on request. Pre paid funeral plans through Golden Charter are available to give your family peace of mind. Independent Funeral Director

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Park Life’s DIY quick fix guide Coffee in your scratched table?

Repair scratches in your table tops by making a thick paste with soluble coffee and some water. Rub this mixture into the striations or dents until they are filled. You may need to do this several times – before varnishing. You can also use shoe polish instead of coffee, which has the added benefit of being available in various colours.

Tee’d off with unsightly screw holes? Wedge a golf tee in the offending screw hole, then cut off the protruding section with a hack saw. File and sand down to finish.

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Annoying dripping tap quick fix Cut a piece of dental floss and wrap one end around the dripping faucet, then lay the rest into the drain. The drips will adhere to the floss and you'll be able to get some peace and quiet until a more permanent repair can be made.


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Prevent dripping paint cans Take a disposable paper plate that is an inch or two wider in diameter than the paint can and glue to its base.


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John Coubrough & SON FUNERAL DIRECTORS Est. 1961

Grant Coubrough, with over 35 years of experience can be depended upon to provide a professional, caring and dignified service in your time of loss. All funeral packages, including floral tributes, catering needs and memorial stones can be taken care of.

Golden Charter Funeral Plans are also available

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Buchlyvie Electrical

All Electrical Work Undertaken Electric Radiators Supplied and Fitted

Call for a FREE quote Friendly and Reliable Service

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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. CALLANDER, Funeral Home, Glenartney Road, Callander, FK17 8EB, Tel: 01877 330398 BALFRON, 64B Buchanan Street, Balfron, Glasgow, G63 0TW, Tel: 01360 441023 STIRLING, 90 Drip Road, Stirling FK8 1RW, Tel: 01786 237480

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Established 10yrs Michael O’Connell T: 01360 660371 M: 07732 205121 E:

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• Installation • Service • Repairs • LPG • Landlords Certificates £50 for Call Out & Service T: 01389 601695 M: 07581 077302 E:

No: 573755

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call us today:

01360 770708 07968 831313

Time served quality tradesmen Established in 2002

Services: • Re-roofing • Slating & Tiling • Soffit & Fascia

• Guttering Services • Velux Windows • Chimney Work

• Insurance & General • Roughcasting & Leadwork

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. • 23 Kirkland Avenue, Blanefield, Glasgow G63 9BY

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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

E: W: T: 07791 718861

Expert Mortgage Advice at your convenience! Carolyn Dunion from McKendry Dunion Financial provides a personal service to those looking to get on the property ladder or review their mortgage arrangements. Carolyn says, ‘it is amazing that our mortgage is usually the biggest expense we will have in our lives and yet often we forget to review our arrangements and that can cost us thousands of pounds unnecessarily. Similarly, many would be first time buyers can be scared off by the overwhelming amount of information surrounding mortgages’. McKendry Dunion look to help clients get the best solution for their circumstances. They aim to be approachable and as they offer evening appointments they can help at a time that suits you. Based in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs area they can offer help to clients throughout Scotland.

To have an informal no obligation chat to see if they can help you contact Carolyn on 07957252223 or

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built on trust

solicitors & estate agents

Out-of-Hours and Home Appointments available. • Wills and Executries • Power of Attorney • Asset Protection • Buying and Selling Property

Suzie Falconer Your Local Solicitor

0141 847 4946

David Dodds Electrical 07900 251 131 Services include: • Complete rewires • Switches & sockets • Fault finding

• Consumer units • All aspects of lighting • Faults & rectification

• Emergency repairs • Inspection, testing & certification

Please contact me for free no obligation quotes and advice. David Dodds Electrical | 07900251131 |

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Accounting, Legal & Finance Baxter Accounting 78 Sykam & Co Chartered Accountants 78 Mckendry Dunion Financial 78 Walker Laird 79 Activities & Courses 4x4 adventures Scotland 28 Buchlyvie Bike Shed 26 Caledonia Play 28 Castle Rednock Trekking Centre 25 Drymen Show 22 Go Country 24 Heron House Early Years 29 Kip McGrath/Cellfield 21 Loch Katrine Cruises 3 Lomond School 20 MacRoberts Centre 27 The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre 27 Tolbooth/Albert Hall 17 Architects & Consultants Malcolm Parry Architects 73 Morris Architects 73 MW Consultants 73 Car, Bus, Taxi Hire & Sales E Mac Bus 13 Helensburgh Motor Sales Ltd 5 JGM Executive Travel 14 Electricians Buchlyvie Electrical 75 David Dodds electrical 79 Stewart Hollington 75 Food, Drink & Accommodation Ardoch Management Co Ltd 34 Cameron House Hotel 39 Edenmill Farm 35 Mhor Festival 40/41 Nick Nairn Cook School 32/33 Rob Roy Hotel 36 The Cart Crew Ltd 34 The Clachan Inn 37 The Oak Tree Inn 2 Funeral Directors Andrew Anderson & Sons 76 80 |

Archibald Billet 72 John Coubrough Funeral Directors 75 Galleries & Gift Shops Loch Lomond Shores 16 Smithy Gallery 45 The Green Gallery 10 Wonderland 29 Gardening & Outdoors Benview Garden Centre 51 Craig Tree Services 55 Cruachan Landscaping 61 Dugie Clark Clachan Mhor 50 Fraser Robb 52 Garden Help 56 Glasgow Stump Removal 54 Green Thumb 63 Haggerty Plant and Landscaping 55 Harper Garden Services 50 Holly Nairn 57 John Currie Brick and Stonework 54 MacColl/P.D. Stokes Landscaping contractors 59 Macintosh Fencing 56 Paterson Garden Buildings Ltd 51 RTA & Doune Woodyard Ltd 9 Scotia Contracts Ltd 53 Sorbus Tree Service 54 T D Trees 56 Tradstocks 60 Health & Wellbeing Buchanan Arms Leisure Club 30 Clintec 71 Slimming World 71 Tir Na Nog 36 Homes & Interiors Apollo Blinds 67 Colin Johnson Traditional Upholstery 66 Dream Doors 64 Elspeth Bennie artist blacksmith 66 Household & Industrial Floor sanding services 64 J Walker Interiors 68 Karndean Flooring  11/65 Kitchen & Bathroom Interiors 68

Town & Country Designs Coffee Shop 69 Trend Transformatiions 67 watsinteriors & flooring Ltd 69 Laundry & Drycleaning The Laundry Lady 43 Stoves & Fuels Wood for Fuel 8 Feeds & Stoves 66 Painters & Decorators Blain Painters 74 Endrick Decorators of Killearn 72 Jack Brand Decorating 81 Rebecca Louise Decorating 75 Photography & Media Anna Dunlop Photography 10 Paul Saunders Media & Photography 30 Plumbers Stewart Reid Plumbing Services 64 Property Sales & Letting Corum 84 Endrick Property 7 Trades & Services Aberfoyle Satellite Company 81 Adrian Pirie 81 Appliance Repairs & Spares 81 Bathroom Transformations 13 C-Mix 82 Drymen Tiling 82 Dunrite Plumbing 82 Gareth Hamilton 74 GS Roofing Ltd 77 Homeworx Killearn 82 KG Gas Services 76 K M Joiners 15 Oil Boiler Maintenance 76 RM Contractors 74 SD Garage Doors 68 Simon Head Joinery 81 Your Heating Ltd 14 Wedding Venue House for an Art Lover 38 Window Cleaning Total Clean  14

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imon Head Joinery Services

All Trades Contractor Domestic & Commercial Maintenance & Repair


DOMESTIC APPLIANCE REPAIRS (established 27 years)

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Extensions New Builds Glazing Bathroom renovations

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

No job too big or small Free Estimates Tel: 01764 682 710 | Mob: 07764 255163 Glendevon Cottage, Stirling Street, Blackford, PH4 1QA

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

es and advice

Call for estimat

Drymen Mobile: 07831 127234

5 Kiltrochan Drive, Balfron G63 0QJ

T: 01360 440 945 M: 07867672495 E:

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DRYMEN TILING Professional Tiling Services

All Aspects of Wall & Floor Tiling Ceramic, Porcelain & All Natural Stone Repairs & Regrouting

Tel: 07810 194226

• Only pay for what you use

• No Waste

• Deliveries from 1m3

• No Part load charges

• Barrow Service

• No waiting charges


07771 562 661

property maintenance and repairs

painting and decorating (interior and exterior) ceramic tiling hardwood and laminate floor fitting joinery plastering all work considered

for a free quote, call 01360 550542 or 07870 329349

Need it Done Right?

DUNRITE PLUMBING Pride in Workmanship

Minor repairs to complete installation

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

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Farmers Markets Buying local, regional produce at the market means lower food miles and benefits the local economy in terms of employment and growth.

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

THE MARKET AT LOCH LOMOND SHORES 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month 10am. Homemade treats, arts & crafts, artisan food & drink and fresh produce from a wide selection of local producers and makers. There’s hot co ee and food to eat while you browse, and plenty on o er to take home afterwards. For up-to-date information see our Facebook page.



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.

Tueday, Wednesday, Thursday 8am-2pm. Tel: 01786 450922 Fruit. & vegetable, Traditional handmade bread, fresh fish & shellfish and The Mart Cafe.

BENVIEW FARMSHOP Incredibly well stocked and loads of Gift ideas. Mon - Sat 9am - 5pm Sun 10am - 5pm Farm shop stocking veg, cheeses, preserves, biscuits, cakes. Tel: 01360 850525 Ward Toll, Balfron Station G63 0QZ.

GLASGOW FARMERS MARKET 2nd & 4th Sat in the month 10am-2pm Mansfield Park, Hyndland Street, Dumbarton This market usually has around 40 stalls selling farm produce, locally grown vegetables, Scottish beef, lamb, venison and wild boar. A range of speciality producers have chutneys, jams, locally produced honeys and breads on offer as well as a good selection of Scottish cheeses. Fresh salmon and trout are usually available. Shellfish and other seafood are on sale when in season Tel: 0141 287 2500

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Park Life April May 2019  

An A5 full colour advertiser and whats on magazine for the Trossachs and surrounding areas

Park Life April May 2019  

An A5 full colour advertiser and whats on magazine for the Trossachs and surrounding areas