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

DEC 18 JAN 19

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

Meet Santa at The Oak Tree Make the Oak Tree part of your Christmas plans. This year we will have our very own Santa’s Grotto in the run up to Christmas. See full details on our website and Facebook page.

Christmas at The Oak Tree Come and see the Christmas decorations in Balmaha, with The Oak Tree all wrapped up for the festive season. Choose between items from our special Christmas menu, or our regular menu. Check our website for the menus and also details of our Bubbly at The Bells meal to see in the new-year.

Loch Lomond Coffee Co. We’re donating 50p from every bag sold of our Loch Lomond Coffee to the Friends of Loch Lomond for red squirrel conservation initiatives. You can purchase bags and enjoy Loch Lomond Coffee in St Mocha Coffee Shop.

Green Credentials The Oak Tree has just won a prestigious green tourism award. We are introducing many new green initiatives, such as our fully compostable take away coffee cups from St Mocha. We look forward to introducing more green systems and standards in 2019.

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Home of the Steamship Sir Walter Scott


Meet Santa Clause 8th, 9th, 15th & 16th December 2018

Ho Ho Ho - join Santa in the Steamship Café for some festive fayre. All the children will be given a wrapped up gift by the man in red himself. After the buffet feast, enjoy a sail and some festive fun on the classic Steamship Sir Walter Scott with Santa’s Christmas elves.

Festive fayre times - 10.30am 12noon and 1.30pm Steamship sailing times - 11.45am 1.15pm and 2.45pm

1st & 2nd January 2018 at 1pm and 2.30pm Enjoy our sparkling one hour ‘New Year Celebration Cruise’ aboard the Steamship Sir Walter Scott, taking in the magical scenery of Loch Katrine and the Trossachs. Join us in a complimentary toast to the Auld and New Year with traditional, locally produced shortbread whilst listening to live Scottish folk music. To find out more, or book an event - visit us online or call 01877 376315/6

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Competitions Light up Bar free one night hire����������������������������� 16 Gin Tasting for two.������������������������������������������������� 19 Win a 6ft Xmas Tree������������������������������������������������ 25 Win a Scotia Spice Curry Box.������������������������������� 40 Santa Dash




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In This Edition...


very warm welcome to our new readers and advertisers from Bearsden and Milngavie who are joining us for the first time. We have just increased our circulation to include you, and I’m sure you’ll find lots to interest you here. Park Life Magazine continues to grow. We’ll soon be celebrating our 15th birthday, so we’re glad you are joining our ever increasing family. And to everyone in that family, welcome to the Christmas and New year edition.

ready for Christmas, or will you be getting ready for a festive funfair courtesy of our Christmas guide? There’s plenty to do and see to turn your festive preparations from a chore to an entertainment. Turn to the guide for a comprehensive list of what’s on around the Park in the festive period.

So is it a busy time for you, getting

Katrina, Lisa, Heather

Of course Christmas is not the only festivity that happens in the cold months. So whatever and however you celebrate at this time of year, keep warm and have a great festive season!


Katrina - Director

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We are very excited to have launched The Walkers Club and even more excited to introduce our new App we are sure it will be an excellent resource and keep sake for walkers.


WALK THIS WAY... A new business is offering something quite unique to walkers visiting Scotland.


he Walkers Club has designed individual journals for many of the long walks Scotland has to offer, including the West Highland Way, Southern Upland Way, Rob Roy Way and Great Glen Way. The journals describe the highlights of each route, as well as providing space for walkers to make their own notes and keep a diary of their experiences. In addition to the paper versions of the journals, walkers will also have the option to download an app. Through the app they can link the journal to their activity trackers,

as well as upload music and photographs. The journals give walkers a memorable keepsake that can be viewed and remembered by generations to come – and encourage others to visit the many walks in Scotland. For local businesses situated along any of the walks, The Walkers Club is happy to advertise and promote your business via their website and/or their App.

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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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Buying Local Buoyant economies are populated by buoyant people


t Park Life, we take pride in being part of the local community. This can mean different things to different people, but to us it is simple- there are tangible benefits across the board for everyone, and downsides are hard to find! Here are some reasons why we like local. KEEP YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY BUOYANT We all want to live in a community that is thriving. Where opportunities are available to ensure we have a good standard of living that we can enjoy with those around us. Buoyant economies are populated by buoyant people.

MEET AND SUPPORT YOUR NEIGHBOURS Your local food, fashion and convenience retailers, your farmers, hairdressers, electricians, your local publicans and restauranteurs- they are your neighbours, or possibly your own family. What’s not to like about spending time with them that has a social and commercial benefit for both?


Buying local is a two way street, I am always grateful for support from local people for my business so always try to buy local whenever I can. Paul Saunders Photography

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We all live here because we love the place and the people. SAVE MONEY Locally produced goods don’t have huge transport and packaging costs to factor into their pricing. This is an obvious advantage, and once you have added up the full cost of the trips to the retail parks and supermarkets, compared to the village square, you really can make sizeable savings.

HAVE FUN People flock from all over to sample the life that National Park residents enjoy every day. Being here is fun, so why trudge the miles to the city? Markets, particularly, have a fun atmosphere, and the sense of occasion is often enhanced by live music, free food samples, perhaps even an outdoor bar. Local markets are usually held on set days, and this information can be found in Park Life Magazine.

KNOW WHERE YOUR MARKET FOOD COMES FROM Fresh food from just around the corner. Using local markets gives you the opportunity to meet and talk to producers. Aside from their knowledge of their products, you’ll also get first hand insights into what affects the local economy.


There are so many unique local businesses in the area run by very passionate and talented people. I make a point of avoiding high street shopping and supporting those businesses.


Yasmin McDonagh Scotia Spice

Community spirit is very much alive in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, and doing business with a local emphasis helps to keep this wonderful corner of the world alive and vibrant. And it’s what will keep us all here when the rest of the world wants to come and visit.

SAVE THE PLANET Okay, so not by ourselves! But doing our bit by reducing the fuel we use personally, reducing the resources needed to bring goods from the other side of the world, reducing packaging... there’s more, of course, but buying local has air quality, energy and food freshness advantages.

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funky light up furniture! Bring the wow factor to your next party with this attention-grabbing mood light bar. Like to make a statement? This fantastic colour changing LED bar fully lights up, with an elegant curved design for a fun and contemporary edge, Ideal for adults’ and kids’ parties. Choose your illumination by remote control- swap between colours, brightness levels, and effects including strobe, fade and flash. And with Bluetooth functionality it takes the cool factor to the next level. Waterproof for totally flexibility indoors and outdoors, this outstanding light up bar counter can withstand drink spills, unpredictable weather and so much more! Fully charged, the bar can provide stunning illumination for up to 14 hours without the need for wires or mains sockets. Superb choice for commercial events such as product launches and promotional weekends. Draw in the crowds and stand out from the crowd!




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Stylish women’s clothing, accessories and much more

Moon of Drymen

Gift Vouchers Available

Fabulous Cashmere Sweaters Cashmere mix Scarves Nightwear & Slippers Warm cord and velvet in our famous Robell trousers A great range of bags and jewellery

Summer opening hours

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

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Helping businesses to grow with cost effective marketing consultancy. One off projects, or on-going support for businesses in the Park Life area.  Marketing  Photography

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WIN two places to Nick Nairns first ever Gin tasting event with Edenmill worth ÂŁ39pp Saturday 15th December Gin Tasting Event

To enter visit Beautiful timber play equipment We design and install robust wooden play equipment made from round timbers. Choose from sandpits and goal posts to family basket swings and adventurous play forts. Order online today! 01577 840570

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Heron House Killearns Out of School Care facility, offers Breakfast, After School and Holiday Clubs.

Killearn Bridge Club

Keep your brain nimble play Bridge!

We are repeating the Scottish Bridge Union’s 30 lesson programme starting in January 2019. If you are interested in joining in at any stage please contact us.

Roger Sparkes 01360 440448 Doug Ashworth 01360 550074 Eileen Lindsay 01360 770686 20 |


hildren have lots of freedom to chose from a variety of indoor/outdoor experiences.We offer baking, clay modelling, painting, art/crafts, construction, drama and puzzles. Outside our large, safe, rear garden has a Climbing Frame, Mud Kitchen, a Big Sand area, Builder's yard,Wheeled toys and a Planting/Growing area. Often children play in the park after school or explore Killearn Glen.


Our young people are involved in every aspect of the life of our centre

• • • • We do not have a set homework routine, homework is shared • learning with parents/families. It is an important school-home link. • Staff at Heron House are experienced, qualified and kind. We • all have current updated Paediatric First Aid. Heron House Killearn is a "Nurturing and Learning Environment" with Long • Established, Solid Community Partnerships. • "Our young people are involved in every aspect of the life of our centre", most recently gaining our Eco School Silver Flag. Children have their own elected Committee,developing snack menus and ordering resources. We Recycle, Grow Veg, and Compost.


Nurturing environment Encouraging active learning Promoting positive attitudes Supporting health and well-being After school facility (18 places) Learning through play Term Time/flexible places available Daily walks for babies am/pm Solid local partnerships

Festive wishes to all children and families!

Beech Drive, Killearn G63 9SD t: 01360 550 162 e: 959 Crookston Road, Glasgow G53 7DT t: 0141 810 5777 e:

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Christmas Guide

1 Buchlyvie Pottery Shop - p24


2 Caledonia Play - p19


3 Moon Drymen - p17 4 Nick Nairn Cook School - p18 5 Scotia Spice - p40


6 Wonderland - p25 7 The Flower Room - p24 8 WatsInteriors - p24 9 Benview Nursery - p33

TRY SOMETHING NEW TODAY... • Pony Club and Sunday morning 10am-12pm • Sat pony club 1-4pm £25 7yrs plus • Riding lessons for children on 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

Now open on Saturdays Lessons for adults and children. Pony Club activities Closed Thursdays Email Visit our Facebook page for further information

Tel: 01877 385276 | 07801 699497

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f you haven't the opportunity to pop into Town & Country Designs & Coffee Shop for a while why not take a look at the fabulous gifts and accessories available all year round.The gift shop is packed with luxury candles, picture frames, stylish gift ideas and accessories providing a backdrop of visual delights to capture your attention while you sip your way through a cafetiere of rich, full bodied coffee and enjoy a piece of delicious Homemade cake.


Fabric Wallpaper Lighting Furniture Lamps Mirrors Rugs Chandeliers

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ou can then take a short walk down to the Panik Gallery where there is a SALE shop open every weekend 12-4pm, an Aladdin’s cave of fabulous fabric pieces, lamps & interior accessories all at a great discounted prices.


1.000's of discounted gifts @ Panik Gallery





16 Balfron Road, Killearn G63 9NJ Tel: 01360 550830 OPEN 7 DAYS

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The Flower Room 4 Cross Street Callander FK17 8EA 01877 331994 Christmas wreaths pre order now Available in small, standard and large. Starting from £20

This is the last chance to buy Alison Borthwicks famous designs before her retirement in January. Look out for the new generation of design from the hugely talented Eilidh Weir in the new year and below. Onwards and Upwards! (Tile panels and special commissions will still be available by request)

Also available Christmas baskets; bouquets, table runners & arrangements

Quirky gifts & personalised presents for Christmas Order before 8th Dec. You’ll always find something different in here - not to mention Cake!

2A Cross Street, Callander FK17 8EA Tel: 01877 339067

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Win a 6ft Christmas tree

from The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, Aberfoyle Enjoy your Real Christmas Tree from Forestry Commission Scotland, we only sell trees that are grown in the UK and in a well-managed way. Win lunch for two at The Lodge Café to the value of £20! Come and visit our café where you can sit and enjoy the To be in with a chance of winning, visit: spectacular views, whilst enjoying freshly prepared food from our winter menu. Offer valid until end of February 2017. before To be in with a chance To be redeemed Christmas Day 2018of winning, follow us on enter at:

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Now inviting applications for August 2019 entry

If you would like to arrange a visit or find out more about the application process, please contact our Registrar.

Application deadline for Transitus (Primary 6 & 7) and Senior 1: Friday 18 January 2019 Means-tested Bursaries available from Transitus 1. Assessments will take place on Thursday 24 January 2019. 26 |

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The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Aberfoyle Open daily 10am – 4pm, close 4pm on 23rd December and reopen on 3rd January 2019

Real Christmas trees: On sale 1st – 22nd December 10am – 4pm. We have Norway Spruce and Nordman Fir ranging in size from 4 to 8 feet. Prices vary. Throughout the festive season we'll be running fun craft and activity weekends for all the family.

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th, Saturday 15th and 16th December: Come and meet Santa this Christmas. Anytime between 12 noon and 3pm, cost £7 per child. Local crafters will also be in selling their unique and homemade gifts and decorations.

Saturday 15th December: Lomond Mountain Rescue Team will be bringing their hard working dogs to the Lodge and will be running their annual tombola.

Throughout December: Get your winter woollies on and collect a festive trail quiz from the Lodge. The naughty elf has hid Santa’s suit, help the woodland animals find it in time for Christmas. Have a go at making some Christmas crafts on your return.

For more info call the Lodge on 0300 0676615, email

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Loch Lomond Shores EventsDecember

The Magical Santa’s Grotto

Weekends from Sat 17th Nov - Sun 9th Dec and then daily until 24th Dec Includes train ride, free amusement ride, elf storytelling and a visit to Santa. To book contact

Taste of Christmas

1st to 24th Dec Bavarian beer stall, donuts and hot chocolate stall, german bratwurst grill & Christmas decorations stall.

Farmers Market 1st & 2nd and 8th & 9th Dec Our weekend farmers market.

12 Days of Christmas Market 12th - 24th Dec Gifts, crafts, hot food and lots more.

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Drive-In Movies

20th to 24th Dec Itison presents a host of Christmas movies during these dates.

Our Little Outdoor Classroom & Daycare is a Breakfast, After-school and Holiday club located in Killearn but serving all the villages in the local area.


s a working mum who commuted to Glasgow for a number of years, I realized the challenge that many families face when trying to organise childcare. Living in rural communities can be idyllic however the practicalities of trying to juggle a career and childcare can be difficult.


Being able to open a family business in the village I grew up is an exciting opportunity for me and my family and being able to do this whilst helping so many other families is even better!

At Our Little Outdoor Classroom & Daycare we offer complete wrap around childcare for three to twelve year olds from 7:30am, to allow that extra time for mums and dads to get to work in a more relaxed manner. The Classroom has been designed to be a relaxing space but also one that encourages children to take part in the day-to-day running of the Classroom. On a daily basis children will be encouraged to help with tasks such as daily bread making, helping maintain the animals and helping to tend the garden. There will of course be designated time for the completion of homework under the supervision of Classroom staff.


Susie Henderson

Variety is important for children and often the activities that children want to participate in will differ on a daily basis, therefore we have designed the Classroom to incorporate as many different varieties of activities, both indoor and outdoor, as possible, including: • Playing in the garden - climbing frame, playhouse, basketball, swings, football, sandpit • Playing indoors - crafts, play-doh, lego, board games, puzzles.

School Days Monday - Friday

• Attending to the animals • Baking - bread, cakes, muffins • Reading - variety of books and magazines • Completing homework Our location at the heart of the village means that we can be a focal point for the community and we intend to build strong community links. Our love for nature extends to the running of the Classroom and we will aim to be as Environmental conscious in our activities as possible. There will also be opportunities for school groups to visit Our Little Outdoor Classroom and if you would like more information on that or the Out of School Care please visit our website or contact Susie on

Hours 7:30am - 9am - £7 3pm - 6pm - £18

Holidays Monday - Friday

Hours 7:30am - 6pm - £32.50

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Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs Thurs 29th & Fri 30th Nov - 7:30pm Sat 1st Dec - 2pm & 7:30pm Thurs 6th & Fri 7th Dec - 7:30pm Sat 8th Dec - 2pm & 7:30pm Menzies Hall, Fintry Times are tough in the Kingdom of Fintry. Everyone in the village seems to be in hock to the wolfish local moneylender, the forest fairy’s lost her magic powers and the outlandish village barmaid’s numpty grandson has a constant stream of sketchy toilets to clean. But there’s good news: Prince John is about to turn 21 and, to raise the spirits of his subjects, he’s holding a big party and a singing contest with a huge cash prize, which will go to the villager that has... the X Factor. Join us as the party begins.

Sleepin’ Cutie Macroberts Arts Centre 23rd Nov 2018 - 31st Dec 2018 University of Stirling , Stirling FK9 4LA Prices Vary

Cinderella Wed 12th - 30th December The Fairy Godmother of all pantomines with The Krankies, Gavin Mitchell, Jonathan Watson

Aladdin Mugdock Panto 1st Dec - Sun 30th Dec

A Ladder to the Stars Macroberts Art Centre 27th Nov - 24th Dec 2018 £9.50/£34 wee group saver 01786 466 666

Aladdin King's Theatre 297 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JN 1st Dec 2018 to 6th Jan 2019 Elaine C Smith returns as Widow Twankey alongside Johnny Mac as the lovable eejit Wishee Washee in the magical pantomime adventure Aladdin. 30 |

The Bodyguard with Alexandra Burke

Festive Family Fun!

Theatre Royal Glasgow 3rd - 29th Dec ★★★★★ 'The hottest ticket in town' Sunday Mirror The international, award-winning smash-hit musical based on the blockbuster film, The Bodyguard is back! Following her triumphant West End run and sell-out UK Tour, Alexandra Burke* returns to the role of Rachel Marron in Glasgow this December.

Funbox Presents Once Upon a Christmas Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 15th Dec 2018 to 16th Dec 2018 Fee-fi-fo-fum, our keys are gone and there's worse to come! All your favourite stories are going wrong and it's up to the Funbox gang to make sure everyone lives happily ever after?

Mr Popper's Penguins SEC Lomond Auditorium, Glasgow, Scotland, G3 8YW 21st Dec 2018 to 2nd Feb 2019 Painter and decorator by day, Mr Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin waddles out! Funny warm and unbelievably touching.

Sno Snow! 1st-30th Dec Looking for what's on for early years this Christmas? Join us for a fun, festive show with an environmental message for ages 3-7. Scottish Youth Theatre, 105 Brunswick Street, Glasgow G1 1TF.

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Photography competition wants young people to turn their focus on the National Park



n exciting new photography competition, Park Focus, has been launched by Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority open to young people aged 8 to 26 years old

We look forward to receiving their entries and hearing about the experiences young people have had of this unique and beautiful place

To celebrate the Year of Young People the National Park Authority wants to find out how young people across the country experience the area and is asking 8 - 26 year olds to share their photographs of the National Park with a short description that explains the story behind the picture and what it means to them. This could be experiences of visiting, living, working or learning in the National Park or simply a connection with the area.


Gordon Watson, Chief Executive of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority

There are three age categories for the competition:

Final Entry Date 23.59 on 31st December 2018

• 8-12 years

Further information about the competition and full terms and conditions can be found here

• 13-17 years • 18-26 years and there are some fantastic prizes on offer within each age category:

We see this photo competition as a great opportunity to celebrate our young people and for them to show what the National Park means to them.

• First prize: GoPro Action Camera and Columbia outdoor jacket • Second prize: An adventure day at Forest Holidays Strathyre •

Third prize: Family pass for four to SEA LIFE Loch Lomond Aquarium (age categories 8-12 and 13-17 years) and a shark feeding experience for two at SEA LIFE Loch Lomond Aquarium (age category 18-26 years)

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CinemaListings Gartmore Community Cinema The Friday Night Film Club The Graduate 21st Dec Our Man in Havana 28th Dec 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!

Mugdock Cinema Miracle on 34th Street Mon 3rd Dec The Greatest Showman Mon 7th Jan Philadelphia Mon 21st Jan Cost £4 each, Children’s Cinema £3. Booking Essential 0141 956 6100

Callander Film Society The Death of Stalin Sun 9 Dec The Man Who Invented Christmas Darkest Hour Sun 13 Jan 2 The Shape of Water Sun 27 Jan

Sun 23 Dec 2

Films Start 7.30pm. Callander Youth Project, 6 Bridgend, Callander, Stirlingshire, FK17 8AH

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Tue 12 Feb, 1.30pm & 4pm I Wed 13 Feb, 10.30am & 1.30pm I Tickets: £11.50 / £42

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Strathendrick Golf Club Drymen A beautiful 9-hole parkland course on the banks of the river Endrick, boasting panoramic views across Loch Lomond and the National Park. • Full membership until March 2020 for £340 • Get into Golf membership with tuition, only £170 for new players – great Christmas gift! • Join as a 2nd Club for £113 • Friendly club where visitors are made welcome. Day Ticket £15, 9 holes £10 “With a mixture of interesting, well-designed and maintained holes, the course was a joy to play. It may be short, but it is still a challenge for even the best golfer.”

For more information email or phone David on 01436 677959

Benview Garden Centre

T: 01360 850525 Ward Toll, Near Aberfoyle G63 0QZ

Due to popular demand, our festive night returns on the 13th December 5:00-7:30pm Complementary bubbly, mulled wine, canapes & mince pies.

10% Off all gifts & foods on the night. Christmas gifts, foods, decorations & lights

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Mugdock Country Park RANGER EVENTS Booking Essential for all events 0141 956 6100

Winter Tree ID, Mugdock

Sun 2nd Dec 2pm – 4pm Come along with the Ranger and learn all about Mugdock’s trees in their winter guise on this walk through the diverse habitats and landscapes of the Country Park. Cost £5 each

Come and Try Conservation Volunteering, Kirkintilloch Sat 8th Dec & 12th Jan 10.30am – 12pm Wear your wellies and help take care of Merkland Local Nature Reserve. Minimum age 10yrs, 10-15 year olds must be accompanied by an adult. Free

Marvellous Meteors, Mugdock No Children Required! Thurs 13th Dec 7.30pm – 9. 30pm Find out all about the Geminid Meteor Shower with the Ranger Service. A short talk followed by a chance to search the December skies for one of the greatest natural firework displays of the year. Slide talk if the weather is bad. Not suitable for children. Cost £5 each

Forest School, Mugdock – Wild Woodland Orienteering Sun 16th Dec & 13th Jan 2pm – 4pm

Park Life  LOCAL EVENTS  Loch Katrine Pg 3 The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Pg 27 Feastive Family fun Pg 30 Loch Lomond Shores Pg 28 Cinema Pg 32 Mugdock Country Park Pg 34 Edenmill Pg 46 Christmas in Glasgow Pg 48 MacRoberts Pg 32 MHOR 84 ACOUSTIC ROOTS NIGHT Live music every Thursday Autumn/Winter 7.30pm, Mhor 84 Motel, Balquhidder BREAKFAST OR TEA WITH FATHER CHRISTMAS & SANTAS GROTTO Dobbies Stirling 18th Nov-24th Dec Dobbies Milngavie 24th Nov- 24th Dec Includes a hot or cold meal, fun activities and a gift from Santa himself (suited to families with children under 12) MAKERS MARKETS Bearsden Community Hub Sat 22nd Dec 10-2pm Milngavie Town Hall 1st Dec, 2nd Feb 11-3pm DRYMEN YOUTH CAFÉ CHRISTMAS FAYRE Sat 1st Dec 10am-1pm Santas Grotto, Stalls, Teas, Coffees & Mince Pies, Homebaking, Raffle, Games. A great family day out!

Discover the exciting world of orienteering, on this woodland based course with the Forest School Ranger. Outdoor activities for 8-12 year olds. Cost £7 each

HELENSBURGH WINTER FESTIVAL 1st & 2nd Dec A bumper weekend for the whole family Skating rink, Santa’s grotto, Santa dash and so much more

Stargazing at Mugdock: The Red Planet

STIRLING WINTER FESTIVAL 18th Nov – 2nd Jan Winter festivities for all the family, lots of events to celebrate Christmas and the New Year ahead.

Fri 11th Jan 7pm – 8:30pm From the highest mountain to the largest canyon, the red soil to extreme weather, our neighbouring planet is a fascinating place! Come along and learn some more about the red planet. Indoor presentation if weather is bad. Minimum age 7yrs. Cost £5 each 34 |

NICK NAIRNS CHRISTMAS MARKET Sat 1st Dec at Port of Menteith MILNGAVIE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON WITH SMOOTH & HEART RADIO Sat 1st Dec 4pm Town Centre Enjoy Festive fun and meet some real reindeer, enjoy Santa’s grotto and boogie along with heart radio

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Dec - Jan 2018/19 CHRISTMAS SHOPPING FAYRE, STRILING CASTLE 4th Dec 6pm-9pm Christmas Shopping fayre showcasing the best of Scottish Brands, crafts & food & drink, £6, children under 16 Free



13th Dec 5pm – 7.30pm Complimentary bubbly, mulled wine, canapés & mince pies

31st Dec McLintock Hall Balfron from 9pm till 1pm Entry £15 by ticket only Jean 07540620365


Sat 15th Dec 7pm Port of Menteith £39pp 01877 389900

Wed 6th Dec 6-8.30pm Adults £3.00 • Concession/Kids £2.00 Handmade Crafts + Gifts & of course the Raffle! Tea/coffee, cake and gift stalls and raffle Free to kids in uniform. STRATHENDRICK SINGERS AT THE SMIDDY, BLAIR DRUMMOND Sat 8th Dec from 10.30am Strathendrick Singers will be performing Christmas Carols on the morning of Saturday December 8th from 10.30am BALFRON PRIMARY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAYRE Sat 8th Dec 10.00am – 1pm An event for all the family to enjoy and opportunity to get some Christmas gifts from the range of stalls GARTMORE CHRISTMAS FAYRE Sat 8th Dec, Village hall Stalls & light refreshments STRATHENDRICK SINGERS CHRISTMAS CONCERT Sun 9th Dec 7pm Gartmore Village Hall Tickets £10, £3 for children STRATHCARRON SINGERS CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERTS St Columba’s Church, Stirling Wed 12th Dec 7.30pm Tickets £8 01786 449516


TIR NA NOG FESTIVE FAYRE 15th & 16th Dec 11am - 4pm with local arts and crafts stalls, therapy taster sessions, activities with Green Aspirations and the Harmony Fields animal sanctuary STRATHENDRICK SINGERS CHRISTMAS CONCERTS Frid14th Dec 7.30pm Killearn Kirk, Tickets (£10, £3 for children) at the door or from choir members. BUCHLYVIE SWI Buchlyvie Village Hall on the second Tuesday of each month. 11th Dec Punjabi Cookery demonstration by Yasmin McDonagh of Scotia Spice 8th Jan Tango Charlie One, Inspector Andrew Thomson

BUCHLYVIE 10KM Sat 29th Jan 2019 DRYMEN LIBRARY Book Bugs – 11th Dec 10am-10.30am FREE Lets get crafty – 6th Dec 3.45-5.15pm FREE (booking required) Knit & Natter – 3rd Dec FREE 10-12pm Adult Craft Session - Mon 17th Dec Small Christmas Makes RAILTON SCOTT APPEAL FOR CANCER UK Annual Whist drive Fri 1st Feb 2019 7pm Kippen Village Hall All welcome. Contact Stuart Thomson on 01786 870529 or email: There will be some lessons in the Reading Room prior to the event on Tue 15, 22, & 29th Jan at 7.30pm. KIPPEN BURNS SUPPER

16th Dec 9am – 11am £7 adult, £4 per child (includes full breakfast)

Sat 26 Jan 2019 6.45 for 7pm Village Hall Hosted as usual by the Friends of Kippen Kirk Trust. Tickets - Michael Hirst (01786 870283




31st Dec 8-1pm Free entry/donations to Strathcarron Hospice Live Music from Platform C BYOB, kids welcome RSVP with number to robert.

Frid 25thJan at the Boat House FOREST THEATRE COMPANY THE SOUND OF MUSIC 13th -16th Mar Gartmore Village Hall For details contact 01877 382910/

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Park Life’s Review of the newly opened Pizza at the Port Nick Nairn is known in culinary circles for a number of things; he runs a very successful cook school, he presents TV shows with cooking themes, he writes about cooking. And he has now opened Pizza at the Port, alongside his Port of Mentieth Cook School.


n an airy but still intimate room, pizza chef Paul prepares pizzas from carefully selected simple ingredients, and places them in the wood fired oven that takes centre stage. The menu is simple too, with the emphasis on well blended flavours in a small selection of pizzas. And these are real pizzas, with a thin base, cooked perfectly in front of you. We started by sharing olives with whole garlic pieces, and salt and pepper chicken wings, beautifully crispy and salty on the outside sealing in the moist meat inside. I could easily eat more of these as a main course! But we came for the pizzas, and they are exactly as billed. No overstuffed doughy bread herejust a handful of perfectly chosen ingredients on a thin base, with a hint of wood smoke. We had a garlic mushroom pizza, with a very obvious freshly prepared taste (it was so good that my companion had leftovers boxed to take home), and Nick’s Meat Feast pizza, with a taste of spice to tie the flavours together (no leftovers from mine to take home!). We didn’t have a dessert, tempting though the selection was (with gluten free options), so this will obviously require a return visit. And we only touched on the short wine list, with a couple of glasses of Prosecco to complement the Italian origins of the pizza. Nick was on hand as waiter, apologising profusely that he was filling in for the usual staff, but of course his easy manner and familiarity with the menu added to the experience. Check out the website for opening times, since they’re not the same every day. We’ll definitely be back, and I hope Nick has to fill in as waiter again! Article by Mike McGinn

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Stay at the gateway to the glorious Trossachs

Recently refurbished to

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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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Fresh food prepared using locally sourced ingredients where possible Open: Mon - Thur 12 noon - 11pm • Fri & Sat 12 noon - 12pm • Sun 12.30pm - 11pm Food served from 12pm - 9pm every day • Sunday from 12.30pm

3 Course Christmas Menu £20pp - 30th Nov-24th Dec Booking required

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Join us at The Boat House for an unforgettable evening celebrating the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns. We are delighted to be hosting a traditional Burns Supper Celebration taking place on Friday 25th January 2019. Enjoy a welcome drinks reception followed by a fabulous four-course meal served in The Boat House including the highlight of the evening, the ‘Address to the Haggis’ then dance the night away in true Scot’s style to our Ceilidh band and DJ. EVENING INCLUDES: • Drink on arrival • Four-course dinner and entertainment • A dram to toast the haggis £45 PER ADULT | £20 PER CHILD (under 5’s free) Shared tables of 10 TO BOOK CALL 01389 310777 OR EMAIL EVENTS@CAMERONHOUSE.CO.UK WWW.CAMERONHOUSE.CO.UK T&C’s: Must be booked in advance, full pre-payment required, non-refundable non-transferable.

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Punjabi curry kits and cookery Punjabi curry kits andschool cookery school

COMPETITION True Punjabi Cooking T: 01360 449399

Win a Recipe Kit Gift Pack!

Punjabi curry kits and cookery school We have two packs to win each containing 1 x Quick and Tasty Lamb Keema 1 x Flavoursome North Atlantic Prawn Curry 1 x Classic Chicken Curry

RRP is £11.85

To enter visit True Punjabi Cooking T: 01360 449399 40 |

Christmas with Yasmin and family Curry Queen 2016


Christmas Eve in our house is Punjabi cooking at it should be, cooked and eaten there and then, authentic, informal and easy.


Yasmin McDonagh Scotia Spice


e love Christmas in our house, everything from the stockings to groaning with full tummies in front of the TV in the evening for the Christmas Specials. For us Christmas dinner is all about the bird with absolutely all the trimmings, every year I get resounding shouts of ‘it’s not Christmas dinner without bread sauce, cranberry sauce two types of stuffing……’ It’s not just about Christmas Day though is it? That feeling of togetherness, the indulgence, it all starts well in advance. For us Christmas Eve is just as special, everyone being home, the preparations and of course the food, and it’s always curry, something simple but flavoursome, savoury and spicy, a lamb keema or a prawn curry or maybe both if we can’t agree! So much of the pleasure is in the contrast to Christmas Dinner. Christmas Eve in our house is Punjabi cooking at it should be, cooked and eaten there and then, authentic, informal and easy. Everyone crowds round the table, naans are hot of the stove, fingers not cutlery, lots of chat and laughter. Happy Christmas Everyone!

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ottages & Castles, Scotland’s longest established holiday letting agency, is looking for even more lovely holiday homes in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs to keep up with demand in this beautiful region.

Katie Cox, who was born in Killin and educated at McLaren High School in Callander, says that tourism in Scotland has been remarkable over the past few years, and with Loch Lomond and The Trossachs offering visitors so much to see and do it is not surprising that it continues to be one of the most popular holiday destinations. “The self-catering market has changed so much over the last ten years – expectations have risen enormously with guests now looking for more than they have at home. Hot tubs have become popular, waterfront properties continue to be in high demand, as are log burners, garden furniture and spectacular views” “Cottages & Castles was established in 1983 and we have grown to become one of the leading self-catering agencies in Scotland with an extensive portfolio of cottages, large houses and castles. We pride ourselves on providing a friendly, yet professional service and our marketing expertise ensures we attract visitors

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from all over the world and keep them coming back year after year. Many of our properties average 30 bookings per year and owners are surprised at how we will go the extra mile to promote their property. We offer the full spectrum of online, mobile and social media marketing ensuring we reach the widest possible audience, but we believe it’s our local knowledge and personal approach that sets us apart.”


Cottages & Castles was established in 1983 and we have grown to become one of the leading self-catering agencies in Scotland with an extensive portfolio of cottages, large houses and castles


Katie Cox Cottages & Castles

WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US: • Recommended by 94% of our owners • Provide a uniquely flexible, personal service • Happy to work alongside owner bookings • Maximise your letting potential • Offer a competitive commission If you would like to chat about how Cottages & Castles can help you or to arrange a visit to your holiday home, please contact Katie Cox on 07585 901849 or email:

Special Joining Offer: No Fees for First Year

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Want to earn money from your home, but don’t have the time?

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is the ideal short holiday let location, with excellent letting success on AirBnb, TripAdvisor, and HomeAway.

Aerovista will take all the effort out of letting your property or room on AirBnb, TripAdvisor etc, and maximise your rental income.

So talk to the local letting managers who know your area.

Aerovista will • Take professional standard photographs

• Advise and manage pricing

• List your property/room on AirBnb and other platforms • Synchronise all calendars (avoids booking clashes)

• Contract for cleaning, linen and maintenance services • Manage bookings and communications with guests

Take the first step to effortless letting income by calling Mike for a chat about the letting potential in your property. 18 |

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

Duntreath Castle Weddings & Events

We offer you a privately tailored glamorous venue quite unlike anything else.



T: 01360 770215 | E:

Christmas Opening Hours 24th Dec 9-4pm (Coffee shop last orders 3pm) 25th/26th Dec CLOSED 27th/28th Dec 10-5pm (Coffee shop last orders 4pm) 31st Dec 9-4pm (Coffee shop last orders 3pm) 1st Jan CLOSED 2nd Jan 10-5pm (Coffee shop last orders 4pm)

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Christmas Cobbler By Nick Nairn

A brilliant leftovers recipe for Boxing Day


reheat the oven to 220C. Chunkily chop up all the leftover meat, stuffing and veggies. You want good sized pieces.

Heat a medium saucepan and add the oil. Cook the onions over a medium heat until softened. Stir in the flour and cook for a minute then whisk in the stock and milk. Bring to the boil then simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes until thickened. Season well, stir in the cranberry sauce, remove from the heat and set aside. Carefully mix the meat and veggies into the sauce then tip the whole lot into a large pie dish or steak pie ashet that will take the filling almost up to the top. Now make the cobbler dough. Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles rough breadcrumbs and add a pinch of salt. Stir in the herbs then pour in the milk and stir it together with a blunt table knife until it forms a sticky lump. Work quickly and tip out onto a floured work surface and knead very lightly until smooth. Working quickly, roll out to a thickness of about 1.25cm and using a 6.5cm biscuit or scone cutter, stamp into 15 rounds. Arrange these around the outer edge of the dish, half on the edge and half on the filling, overlapping them as you go. Brush with milk then set the dish on an oven tray and bake for 30-35 minutes until the cobblers are risen and golden and the filling bubbling hot (if they begin to brown too much, cover loosely with foil). Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving with some peas or broccoli.

Ingredients • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

500g mixture of leftover cooked turkey and stuffing, ham, sausages wrapped in bacon 300g cold roast potatoes, cooked sprouts, cooked chestnuts, cooked carrots 3 tbsp sunflower oil 2 large onions, chopped 2-3 tbsp plain flour (or leftover bread sauce as a thickener) a blob or two of cranberry sauce about 500 ml turkey or chicken stock or gravy mixed with water and a stock cube 4 tbsp milk for the cobblers 75g butter 350g self-raising flour 3 tbsps chopped fresh herbs (parsley, sage, thyme) 225 ml milk plus extra for brushing sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

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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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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.

Christmas & Hogmanay Bookings now being taken.

We wish all our customers a Happy Christmas and Prosperous New year.


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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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1st & 2nd, 8th & 9th, 15th & 16th, 22nd & 23rd DECEMBER Bring the family, meet your friends. Sample our all new ‘Healthy & Hearty’ Edenmill winter menu in our new look café. One Stop Shopping: Turkeys & Chipolatas - Wreathes & Trees! Santa’s Grotto. Kids’ Play Zone. Children’s Christmas Crafts.


Trees from 4ft to 60ft. Stands and delivery available. Fraser Fir • Nordman Fir • Scots Pine • Norway Spruce Edenmill Farm, Blanefield, Glasgow G63 9AX 46 |

01360 771707



wner Mark Gibson is delighted to be finally adding a 01 December 2018 re-opening message on the signs at the end of the farm road. It’s been almost a year since the café, farm shop and soft play, which had been leased out to another business, closed its doors.

“Re-opening was always in the pipeline. I’ve been inundated with people asking me when, but this time I knew the only way forward was to take back full ownership and get in the right team”. A discussion in the summer with Brenda Anderson, who operates a consultancy service within her food tour & events business Tasting Scotland, resulted in the two forging a plan to put Edenmill Farm Shop, Café and Soft Play firmly back on the map. An extensive refurbishment of the property and furnishings using predominantly local trades people and interior designer Sheona McLaughlin is close to completion. The café interior is inspired by the landscape and sets the scene for hearty, healthy and home-made fayre. The soft play has undergone an upgrade and a new meeting/

events room provides a multipurpose space for anything from childrens birthday teas to business meetings. The butchery is returning with a shop area located within the café. Of course there’s more to come, with the Edenmill team looking forward to Spring 2019 and announcing the opening of a 43-bed hostel accommodation facility, ‘The Attic at Edenmill’. Providing six private rooms, three dormitory rooms and one accessible disabled room, each room will benefit from having its own private shower and toilet facilities. There is also a large kitchen, dining and lounge area and the café will provide quality food for visitors who prefer not to cook. The Attic is perfectly situated on and close by two of Scotland’s great long distance walks - The West Highland Way and The John Muir Way. Managed by Patrick Stevenson “The Attic will offer a comfortable stay with spectacular views over the surrounding hills and forests. The team will shortly be taking bookings for 2019 and we very much look forward to welcoming visitors to this fabulous new facility”.



Of course there’s more to come, with the Edenmill team looking forward to Spring 2019 and announcing the opening of a 43-bed hostel accommodation facility, ‘The Attic at Edenmill


Mark Gibson Edenmill

Edenmill will re-open on the 1st of December with a special winter welcome menu and a full menu to follow in the New Year. A festive family day is available on the four weekends prior to Christmas complete with Santa grotto, soft play, Christmas crafts and a chance to try out the new menu. As always Christmas trees are available direct from the farm.

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GLASGOW EVENTS Glasgow Christmas Markets

Santa Dash

Sun 9th December 10am Start George Square.

ST ENOCH SQUARE CHRISTMAS MARKET 9th November - 23rd December Mon – Wed, 10am – 9pm Thu – Sun, 10am – 10pm (finish at 6pm on Sun 23 Dec)

GEORGE SQUARE CHRISTMAS MARKET 25th November - 31st December Mon – Wed, 10am – 9pm Thu – Sun, 10am – 10pm (finish at 6pm on Sun 31 Dec)

House for an Art Lover Christmas Fayre Sun 2nd December

111am-3pm Showcasing a range of local festive items and gift ideas. From foodie treats including homemade fudge, jams and chutneys, to handmade jewellery, a whole array of gifts, cards and works from local artists. Following the success of last year we will once again have even more stalls, located over 2 levels, plus a pop up lounge for tea, coffee and cakes with a festive film playing!

The Irn Bru Carnival

20th Decenber – 13th January SECC General Admission - £14 which includes entry to the hall and a total of 10 voucher. OAP (over 60s) - £8 Young Scot/Kidz card holders - £10 Children aged 3 and under - FREE

The Nightmare Before Christmas at Glasgow Science Centre Sat 22 – Mon 24 December

Find out how Santa finds his way around the Earth on Christmas Eve in Santa's Starry Adventure, then settle in for a showing of The Nightmare Before Christmas.

War Horse

15 January - 02 February 2019 Glasgow’s SEC Armadillo Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford. War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical event which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France.

The Strictly Come Dancing UK Arena Tour 1 – 3 February 2019 The SSE Hydro, Glasgow Waltzing back on the road from January 2019.

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Dance Republic Scotland Acro, Dance Fusion, Street, Tap, Ballet and Twirl for boys and girls 2 1/2 and above. Private tuition and children’s Parties also available. Barre Benefits For older adults who wish to increase mobility, stance, movement and stability through gentle movement at the barre. Morning Tap classes with Zoe 2019 the studio is looking to provide tea dances every week and also opening up a Dementia Dance Café. The studio is available for private hire. Dance2Inspire Latin and Ballroom for boys and girls of P1 and above. Teachers Bas and Jennifer are current champions in the Ballroom scene.

Tel: 0141 956 7666

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Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek




07759 182236

Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek




07759 182236

Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek



9.45am & 8pm

07759 182236

Zumba - Jane



10 - 11am

07968 968944

Zumba - Jane



7 - 8pm

07968 968944

Balfron High School

Mon & Thur 8pm - 9.30pm

Balfron High School

Wednesday 8 - 9pm

Kore Kickboxing

Ladies Netball

07813 884202 All Abilities welcome

Balfron Gymnastics Club

Balfron High School


Balfron Gymnastics Club

Balfron High School


Killearn Village Hall


10.30am - 12noon 07712 862823

Bearsden Town Hall or Assembly Hall Monday

7.30pm - 9pm

Dance Sing

Dance Sing


10.30 - 5pm 5 - 8pm 07712 862823

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Linda’s Body Control Pilates (Beginners welcome) - 07758 496 820 Body Control Pilates




Wednesday 2pm-3pm & 6.30pm - 7.30pm

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9.30am - 10.30am



9.30am - 10.30am 11am - 12pm


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Just do Pilates with Willie MacIntosh Tel: 07733 406464 Bearsden Ski Club

Thurs 7pm - 8pm (Multilevel) & 8.15pm - 9.15pm ( Beginners) until 20th Dec

Guide Hall, Oakburn Ave, Milngavie

Fri 9.30am - 10.30am (Multilevel) & 10.45am - 11.45am (Beginners) until 21st Dec

Killearn Village Hall, Killearn

Mon 9.30am - 10.30am (Beginners) until 17th Dec

Thurs 11am - 12pm (Beginners) until 20th Dec

2019 Classes: Bearsden Ski Club

Thurs 7pm - 8pm (Multilevel) & 8.15pm - 9.15pm ( Beginners) Starts 17th Jan

Guide Hall, Oakburn Ave, Milngavie Killearn Village Hall, Killearn

Fri 9.30am - 10.30am (Multilevel) & 10.45am - 11.45am (Beginners) Starts 18th Jan

Monday 9.30am - 10.30am (Beginners) Starts 14th Jan Thursday 11am - 12pm (Beginners) Starts 17th Jan

Julia Osfield Yoga - 07866 153328 Yoga

Callander Golf Club


9.30am - 11am

Chair Yoga

Callander Golf Club


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Gentle Yoga

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3pm - 4pm


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Wednesday 11am - 12.30pm


Brig O Turk Village Hall

Wednesday 7pm - 8.30pm

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4.30pm - 5.30pm

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YOUR COMMITTEE NEEDS YOU! Crisis within the Cancer Research UK committee


ancer Research UK Strathendrick Local Committee last year raised £21,750 for CRUK. This vital research work receives no government funding and relies totally on public donations - so it's clear that the work of the SLC is tremendously important - but sadly the committee is in great danger of folding due to lack of members. In its 25 years in existence Strathendrick Local Committee has raised an incredible £300,000 but

without support that could come to an end. If you, or someone you know, has been affected by cancer.... if you could spare just a few hours and would like to join us please contact the committee chairperson, Janet Rutherford on 01360 449214 or by email on (House to House volunteer collectors are also required......involves only a few days every year)


£2836 was raised for Cancer Research by the recent Ladies' Lunch in Fintry. Once again Culcreuch Castle provided a lovely meal for more than 100 guests. The entertainment was provided by vocalist Alan Parker's super selection of popular and familiar songs all delivered with real style and pzaz! Particular thanks to local companies for their support:- Glengoyne Distillery, Buchanan Castle

Golf Club, Endrick Trading, Culcreuch Castle, Ailsa Lindsay Therapist, Benview Nursery, CJ Hair & Beauty, Coffee Kiln, Endrick Blooms, Fintry Sports Club, Georgia Boyd, Karen Degg, Kids Town, Knockhill Racing Circuit, Lake of Menteith Hotel, Loch Katrine Sailing, Skinner's Butcher, Studio 63, The Beauty Room, Woodlane of Doune, Wonderland Balfron, Avon, XAV Events, Woodwinters.

Balfron Podiatry Clinic Connie Gribbon has been providing podiatry/chiropody treatment in Balfron for 20 years. For the last year she has been joined by Alison Raeper BSc Pod, MChS, HCPC. She similarly has many years experience in both private practice and with the NHS in Tayside and latterly Dumfries and Galloway. This now allows availability for offering appointments to new and returning patients. Both podiatrists offer the usual variety of

treatments for most conditions relating to the foot. Advice, diagnosis and treatment is offered for ingrowing, fungal and thickened nails, painful corn and callous skin conditions such as athletes foot, assessment of the foot in relation to diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and poor circulation. Alison also has some availability for home visits within a limited radius.

Put Your Feet in Our Hands!

Connie Gribbon/Alison Raeper Podiatrist BSc, MChS, HCPC T: 01360 440009 | 22 Buchanan St, Balfron, By Glasgow G63 0TT

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P I L AT E S Have you ever sneaked a look at a Pilates class and wondered ‘how does that work?’ Here is a quick guide to Pilates. 1 Pilates uses the weight, alignment, symmetry and functionality of your own body as a personal gym.

Willie McIntosh Just Do Pilates

2 Each exercise starts from a neutral position, which is the optimum position for transferring force & weight efficiently. 3 Combining the alignment, breathing and centring of your body to achieve stability, balance, mobility, precision and flow of movement involves a high level of concentration and helps clear the mind. 4 Pilates works deeply in your body, actively recruiting the correct muscles and increasing stamina. It is a proven rehabilitation tool for injury, illness and the poorer lifestyle choices we make. 5 Many professional sports people and teams incorporate Pilates as part of their training regime; one reason being it reduces the possibility of injury. 6 Pilates does not discriminate in age, gender or need fancy clothing, so why not check Change out the surprising benefits happens through and challenges of this movement underestimated exercise method. and movement


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Open Monday-Saturday

Tel: 0141 942 0629

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Staff wanted for tranquil, private spa in Balfron area

We require a


For more information. Contact Ashleigh on 07920 597 343

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BALFRON Wednesday 5.30pm and 7.30pm Masonic Hall, Dunmore Street Tel: Fiona 07771 918363 0344 897 8000

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Doune Woodyard Ltd

Lochill Industrial Estate, Doune, FK16 6AD

01786 841 204

Your local Hardware Shop

We carry a wide range of products from basic decorating items to building products. Cutting services are available and any timber can be delivered for a small charge. Our Prices are competitive and quotes are available on request. We carry a wide range of Fencing, Decking, Mouldings, Finishings and Sheet Materials. All of our timber and sheet materials can be cut to your own required measurements. We are now selling bin stores which can be made to your own required size! You are very welcome to come and visit our premises and have a look around. One of our friendly members of staff will help and advise you on your DIY projects!

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• Site clearance, excavations, foundations and driveway construction. • Land drainage, Drainage and septic tank installation. • Extensions, remodelling and conversions. • Garage, garden room and holiday cabin construction. • Patios, fencing, decking and turfing.

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Glasgow, Edinburgh & Stirling

Tree & Hedge Stump Removal What we do with your unwanted tree stumps. Using lawn-friendly specialist stump grinding machines, Glasgow Stump Removal will grind your tree stumps into mulch, removing stumps 6 to 12 inches below ground level. The mulch is used to fill the hole to ground level. This enables the ground to be restored back to grass or flower bed, or it can be paved over. We use various machines to efficiently and effectively grind stumps of different sizes and in awkward access locations.

Arborist Services We also provide full arborist services through our associates, including felling, crown thinning and lifting, pollarding etc.

Clients Private Residential/Garden Commercial Businesses Tree Service Companies Councils Landscape Professionals Building & Roads Contractors Utilities Contractors Agricultural Industry

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Professional Tree Surgeons • Tree Removals • Tree Pruning • Hedge Cutting • Stump Removal • Tree Surveys • Logs

STRATHENDRICK LOGS Tree surgery & garden maintenance

Contact 07717 872838

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Holly Nairn gives some top tips for Festive Front Gardens

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Ideas for creating a cosy Christmas welcome for your home.


ight up your life with fairy lights, solar garden lights, tree lights and LED candles. Fill lanterns with string lights, pop them on your doorstep and hang them from the porch. Make sure your paths are well lit at night so you and your friends can safely reach your front door - solar lights are easy, discreet and affordable. Make a wreath for your front door. Anything goes with wreath making. It can be a simple twist of birch twigs tied with a white ribbon, a scented evergreen extravaganza with conifer clippings, oranges and berries or a traditional holly and ivy wreath. Themed wreaths are fun, decorated with whatever takes your fancy: baubles, feathers, unicorns, sweets, pompoms – you are only limited by your imagination. If you have an evergreen wreath, keep the foliage looking good by misting with water. If it starts to flop, you can revive it by submerging it in water for an hour, then draining it before re-hanging. Decorate your window sills with greenery, bows, candles and baubles. Make sure your plants are well staked and your decorations are firmly fixed – you don’t want them blown away in a gale!

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Drymen Business Hub will provide services much needed services to to support new and established businesses in our area Lorna Robb Fraser C Robb


2019 is set to be an exciting year for Drymen based family business Fraser C Robb.


his year has seen much planning and preparation for the completion by spring of building work to house their new showroom and community business hub.

The showroom will provide more space to display their everexpanding range of ground and garden care equipment. It will also be a welcoming environment for commercial and domestic customers to call in to get expert tips, demonstrations and advice on the best equipment for their needs. Above the showroom will be a new business hub. Drymen Business Hub, owned and operated by Fraser C Robb, will be a much-needed resource for start-up and established local businesses. The project is receiving funding support

from both Forth Valley & Lomond LEADER and Stirling Council. The Park Life area, in between the cities of Glasgow and Stirling, is home to many entrepreneurial business ventures and the hub will be a valuable resource to assist and support many of these excellent initiatives. Along with the business facilities the hub will also be a place to meet local agencies and other businesses. The hub and new showroom will both open in the spring of 2019. As well as using the winter to complete the building and fitting of these new facilities it is a busy time for Fraser C Robb, servicing customers equipment. Don’t forget to book in your equipment so that it is ready for the spring.

For sales or service of all types of ground care & garden equipment‌

...Hire or buy locally at Stirling Road, Drymen, Glasgow G63 0AA T: 01360 660 688

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All types of quality timber buildings built to your own specification. Fencing, gates & decking Agent for Lidget Compton Concrete Garages Kersie Bank, Kersie Terrace, South Alloa, Stirlingshire FK7 7NJ Open Tel 01324 831033 / 0777 057 4461 7 days

Natural Stone

Architectural ~ Walling ~ Paving ~ Ornamental All Enquiries Welcome

Thornhill: 01786 850400 | Livingston: 01506 873081 |

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Graham Sandals Timber Buildings Huts,Bothies & outbuildings in Scottish grown Larch

Tel 01786 841788 07773 809345

To discuss your project and get a free estimate please call Dugie on Tel: 07734 069952

Garages & Bothies Bridge Repairs New Houses & Extensions Garden Features Dry Stone Dykes Building Conservation Patios & Paving Private & Commercial Work Shandon Wood, Ruskie, Stirling FK8 3LG | Tel: 07734 069952Tel: 01786 850764 | Email:

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Buchlyvie Electrical

All Electrical Work Undertaken Electric Radiators Supplied and Fitted

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

Fully Insured T: 07826 628320




For all your equestrian, agricultural & garden fencing needs

As farmers and horse owners we understand the importance of excellent fencing and services NEW POO HOOVERING PADDOCK CLEANING

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

10% discount on paddock cleaning if you mention this advert! • • • •

All types of fencing erected, no job too big or small Fence maintenance Garden & tree clearing & maintenance Paddock maintenance,fencing, spraying & harrowing

Talk to us about how we can help you Free no obligation quotes • Quality service guaranteed MacIntosh Fencing

Contact James Macintosh on 07969 506305 or Hannah MacIntosh on 07875 321788 or email us on


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Stone Your Walling &Home Traditional For & Brickwork Garden Natural Indian & York Stone Paving Specialist Barn & Property Renovation • Bespoke Features Stone Walling & Tr aditional Dry Stone Walling • Steps &Brickwork Paths NaturalLime Indian & York Stone Paving Specialist Mortar Work & Repointing • Patios Barn & & Property Slabbing •Renovation Fireplaces Bespoke Features General Building & Property Maintenance Dry Stone walling CALL TODAY FOR FREE ADVICE & QUOTATION Lime Mortar Work & Repointing T: 01360 440893 M: 07966 864811 Steps & paths

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Craig Tree Care

call today for free Professional Tree Surgeons

advice & quotation

full range of work with trees including: Telephone 01360 550087 • Pruning & reduction • Tree removal & replacement Mobile 07966 864811 • Consultancy & advice • Conservation & preservation


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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 Standards procedures.


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0% Finance Available on Honda ATV / UTV Range

£500 £95 DISCOUNT To be presented at point of purchase Terms & Conditions Apply


ATV Service & Health Check

To be presented at point of purchase Terms & Conditions Apply

Gordon Agri Scotland Ltd, Drymen G63 0EX • Tel: 01360 661001 • Mob

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OFFICIAL & AUTHORISED DEALERS FOR WEST CENTRAL SCOTLAND Gordon Agri Scotland Ltd – Newly Appointed Zetor Dealers Gordon Agri Scotland Ltd are delighted to announce that they have been appointed official and authorised ZETOR dealers for West Central Scotland and Stirlingshire. Zetor have a comprehensive range of models from the Crystal, Forterra, Proxima and Major serving the 60HP to 160HP agricultural sector. More recently Zetor have introduced the Utilix and Hortus range to serve grounds care and commercial applications. Steven and David Gordon were keen to point out: “As an established agricultural dealership in this area we look forward to securing the continued custom of the Zetor users. It’s an exciting time for our company, as the Zetor brand offers a comprehensive range of tractors that will allow us to further support our customer’s needs” Hamish Watson from Zetor UK commented “We are pleased to appoint Gordon Agri Scotland Ltd to represent Zetor in the Central Belt of Scotland. They are a well organised dealership combining experience and expertise that will represent Zetor core values well.” They are running some excellent introductory offers including low rate finance. So, contact them today to view the range of Zetor tractors or to arrange a demo, call 01360 661001.

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UK Budget 2018


n Monday 29 October, Philip Hammond delivered his third Budget. I’ve picked out some key points that may be relevant to you: Higher Rate Threshold: whilst this has been raised to £50,000 in England , if you live in Scotland it might actually cost you money, here’s why: The Scottish high rate threshold (currently £43,430) is for income tax only, so Scottish taxpayers continue to pay National Insurance at a higher rate up to the UK threshold (up £3,650 to £50,000 for 2019/20). If the Scottish threshold is unchanged, taxpayers will pay between £256 and £365 more than they do now. Annual Investment Allowance: this is good news for farmers and businesses wanting to invest in machinery and equipment, the allowance is being raised from £200.000 to £1m p.a. from 1 January 2019 for 2 years. Structures and Buildings Allowance: for anyone building, renovating or refurbishing nonresidential property projects starting after 28 October 2018 you’ll get 2% p.a. tax relief on the cost. Private Lettings Relief: not such good news if you have at some point let out what was/ or is your main home as this is effectively being abolished so you could have tax to pay if you sell after 6 April 2020. Personal Allowance: much is being made of the increase in personal allowance from £11,850 to £12,500 the amount you’ll actually save is £130 tax in 2019/20.

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Stuart McDonagh, of SYKAM & Co is a Chartered Accountant and Finance Director with over 25 years’ experience working with businesses of all sizes.

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

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Park Life invites the team at Fraser C Robb to share some gardening tips 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

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Barn dried, delivered & stacked. Call Blair day or evening

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Colin Johnson Furnishings

Traditional Upholstery Service

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

Time Served Uupholsterer & Furniture Restorer Enquiries Welcome

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

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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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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. 51 Charles Crescent, Drymen G63 0BU Email:

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DOMESTIC APPLIANCE REPAIRS (established 27 years)

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


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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

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STEWART REID Plumbing Services Bathroom Suites, Kitchens & Central Heating Fitted Boiler Exchanges No call out fees

Gutters repaired Fitted & cleared Outdoor Taps Fitted £59

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my past and future customers

All plumbing enquiries contact Stewart: 07938 473571


Established Since 1983

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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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• No Waste

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• No Part load charges

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• No waiting charges

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STRATHENDRICK LOGS Tree surgery & garden maintenance

Contact 07717 872838

Ewan Bain

• Installation • Service • Repairs • LPG • Landlords Certificates £50 for Call Out & Service

No: 573755

T: 01389 601695 M: 07581 077302 E:

• New builds • Renovations Extensions • • Free estimate • Kitchens, Bathrooms • Property Maintenance Design & Installation • Project Management • General joinery Services • Insurance work

All Trades Provides

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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

• 24 Hour Service

“TULMORE”, 27 Castlehill Loan, Kippen FK8 3DZ. TEL: 01786 870737 • 07702 490285

DRYMEN TILING Professional Tiling Services

All types of painting& decorating work undertaken

All Aspects of Wall & Floor Tiling Ceramic, Porcelain & All Natural Stone Repairs & Regrouting 07876 025219 / 01360 850441 43 Main Street, Buchlyvie FK8 3LR

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COMPLETE COACH TRAVEL Your Local Private Hire Taxi Service



01360 313885 | 07850 125696 |

Gareth Hamilton

Gas Engineer For a local, professional gas service covering:

Servicing • Repairs Gas safety checks • Installation On all models of gas boilers, cookers & fires

For both householders & landlords Why choose us?

Gas Safe Registered • Fully-insured No call out charges

Call us now on:

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Accounting & Legal Baxter Accounting 69 JMC Chartered Accountants 69 McKendry Dunion 10 Sykam & Co Chartered Accountants 68 Walker Laird 69 Activities,Kids/Events Castle Rednock Trekking Centre 22 Caledonia Play 19 Heron House Early Years 20-21 Killearn Bridge Club 20 Light up events 16 Loch Katrine Cruises 3 Lomond School 26 McLaren Leisure Centre 20 MacRoberts Centre 32 Susie Clarke Childminding 29 Strathendrick Golf Club 33 Studio 63 49 The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre 27 The Walkers Club 8-9 Architects & Consultants Malcolm Parry Architects 65 MH Planning 65 Morris Architects 65 MW Consultants 65 Caravans Stirlingshire Caravans 82 Bus, Car & Taxi Hire E Mac Bus 79 Trossachs Cabs 13 Christmas Trees Duff Christmas Trees 60 Edenmill 46-47 Electricians Buchlyvie Electrical 64 Stewart Hollington 76 Stirling Pat 76 Florists The Flower Room 24 Food, Drink & Accomodation Buchlyvie Pottery Shop & Coffee Kiln  24 Cameron House Hotel 39 Nick Nairn Cook School 36 Town & Country Coffee Shop 43 The Clachan Inn 45 The Fintry Inn 38 The Oak Tree Inn 2 The Rob Roy 38 80 |

Funeral Directors Andrew Anderson & Sons 74 Archibald Billet 81 John Coubrough Funeral Directors 78 Gift shops, Galleries & Clothing Loch Lomond Shores 28 Moon 17 Wonderland 25 Gardening & Outdoors Benview Garden Centre 33 Craig Tree Services 64 Cruachan Landscaping 56 Dugie Clark Clachan Mhor 63 Fraser Robb 61 Glasgow Stump Removal 56 Graham Sandals Timber Buidings 63 Holly Nairn 58-59 John Currie Brick and Stonework 64 Lenzie Blacksmith 64 Macintosh Fencing 64 Paterson Garden Buildings Ltd 62 Scotia Contracts Ltd 55 Sorbus Tree Service 57 Strathendrick Logs 57 T D Trees 57 Tradstocks 62 Health & Wellbeing Balfron podiatry 51 Bearsden Osteopaths 52 Clintec 53 Just Do Pilates 52 Slimming World 53 Studio 63 49 Tir Na Nog 52 Solasta 49 Homes & Interiors Apollo Blinds 72 Colin Johnson Traditional Upholstery 73 Dream Doors 70 Elspeth Bennie artist blacksmith 73 Household & Industrial Floor Sanding Services 73 J Walker Interiors 72 Steven Burgess Furniture 7 The Flooring Studio 71 Town & Country Designs  23 Trend Transformatiions 5 Watsinteriors & flooring Ltd 24 Laundry Services

The Laundry Lady 75 Local Produce Edenmill 46-47 Scotia Spice 40 Painters & Decorators Blain Painters 78 Endrick Decorators of Killearn 74 Jack Brand Decorating 73 Photography & Media Paul Saunders Media & Photography 17 Plumbers Bathroom Transformations 13 Dunrite Plumbing 76 Stewart Reid Plumbing Services 76 Your Heating Ltd 13 Property & Letting Aerovista 10 Cottages & Castles 42 Corum 84 Killearn Mill Business Park 10 Stoves & Fuel Hardwood Logs 72 Strathendrick Logs 77 Wood for Fuel 12 Feeds & Stoves 70 Trades & Services Aberfoyle Satellite Company 79 Adrian Pirie 73 Appliance Repairs & Spares 75 Bathroom Transformations 13 C-Mix 76 Drymen Tiling 78 Gareth Hamilton 79 Gordon Agri Ltd 66-67 GS Roofing Ltd 81 Homeworx Killearn 75 KG Gas Services 77 K M Joiners 77 RM Contractors 82 Doune Woodyard Ltd 54 SD Garage Doors 71 Simon Head Joinery 82 Your Heating Ltd 13 Weddings & Events Venue Duntreath Castle 43 House for an Art Lover 11

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Archibald Billett

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

Established Since 1955

Tel: 07718 759908 | Tel: 01877 382829 | Gualann, Gartmore, Stirling FK8 3RP

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.


• Re-roofing • Guttering Services • Insurance & General • Slating & Tiling • Velux Windows • Roughcasting & Leadwork • Soffit & Fascia • Chimney Work • 23 Kirkland Avenue, Blanefield, Glasgow G63 9BY

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imon Head Joinery Services

All Trades Contractor Domestic & Commercial Maintenance & Repair • • • •

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

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

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Proprietor Gavin McGregor

ALL JOINERY WORK All aspects of roofing work carried out EPDM Roofing System for flat roofs Sandstone repair and restoration Family business established for 20 years Chimney work also undertaken view our work at: Tel:

01389 605352

Mob: 07519 267764

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.

MILNGAVIE FARMERS MARKET 1st Wednesday of the month; 10am2pm 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.

LOCH LOMOND SHORES FARMERS MARKET 1st & 2nd and 8th & 9th Dec (No Markets Jan) 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.

Tueday, Wednesday,Thursday 8am-2pm. 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 9.30am - 4.30pm Sun 10am - 4.30pm Farm shop stocking veg, cheeses, preserves, biscuits, cakes. Tel: 01360 850525 Ward Toll, Balfron Station G63 0QZ. Benview Farmshop 13th Dec 5-7.30pm Christmas gifts, decorations & food event 10% off all gifts & foods on the night, complimentary bubble, mulled wine, canopies and mince pies

GLASGOW FARMERS MARKET 2nd and 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 0141 287 2500

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Park Life December 18/January 19  

Whats on guide and local advertiser for the Trossachs area, also covering Milngavie and Bearsden

Park Life December 18/January 19  

Whats on guide and local advertiser for the Trossachs area, also covering Milngavie and Bearsden