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


December / January 2016

IT’S PANTO SEASON! Find your Panto listings inside

LOCAL CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE Great ideas to make Christmas shopping a lot easier!


All the What’s On news in the local area


Competitions & Readers Offers Inside!


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

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THE OAK TREE INN Muddy Boots Welcome

Special Offers for Christmas Check the Oak Tree Inn website for special offers on rooms this winter. For Christmas you can buy gift vouchers for St Mocha and The Oak Tree or vouchers for half price rooms to be used anytime up to March 31st 2016.

Loyalty Discount Card

Loyalty Cards

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

The Village Shop Our new ‘Gift from Loch Lomond’ range is available exclusively in The Village Shop. Bottles of our limited edition ‘Balmaha Whisky’ are selling fast, available in The Village Shop while stocks last.

Christmas & New Year Throughout December you will find a selection of Christmas specials, available in addition to our normal menu. For Hogmanay book a ‘Bubbly at The Bells’ package. Check website for details

Tel: 01360 870357 | Email:




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Enjoy the magnificent scenery and all the festivities of the winter season onboard The Steamship Sir Walter Scott as it sets off on its journey across the breathtaking winter wonderland of Loch Katrine.

Join our popular “Sail with Santa” cruise on the iconic Steamship Sir Walter Scott. On this hour long sail Santa and his helpers will spend time with each child and give them a wrapped up gift. Our price includes a glass of mulled wine for the adults and local Christmas fayre.

Saturday & Sundays 5th & 6th, 12th & 13th, 19th & 20th December 2015

Come along and enjoy our popular one hour New Year Celebration Cruise, aboard The Steamship Sir Walter Scott, and in addition to enjoying the magical scenery of Loch Katrine and The Trossachs, we invite you to join us in a complimentary toast to the Auld and New Year with traditional, locally produced black-bun and shortbread whilst listening to live traditional Scottish music.

Monday 28th to Wednesday 30th December & Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd January 2016

D The Steamship Sir Walter Scott is fully wheelchair friendly

All above cruises depart from Trossachs Pier at 1pm and 2.30pm.

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


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Tel: 0800 185 186

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Park Life’s Guide to Wedding Venues, Catering and Accommodation

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It’s all about Christmas! What an amazing 2015 we have had, celebrating our 50th edition and watching the growth of so many local businesses and seeing some new ones start up as well. It’s been a good year! In this edition we have had lots of fun putting our Christmas Gift Guide together and gathering offers exclusive to our readers. The pages are full of information to your local area... Charity Updates, Pantos, Events, Christmas Shopping Guide, Book Review, Restaurant Review, Winter Gardening tips and so much more. I hope you find your Park Life Magazine a useful guide and essential accessory for a stress free, fun Christmas! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Park Life team!

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Contents Braw Weekend Success ......................10 Moon/Park Life Fashion Show ............11 Eat, Drink & be Merry! ................... 24-35 Wayfarers Review ..............................26 Local Food & Drink Events ................30 Gift Guide ................................... 36-49 Scotia Spice Curry Recipe ..................47 Gardening Tips for Winter ..................56 CRUK Ladies Lunch ...........................60 Cinema Listings ................................63

Christmas Trees .................................64 Festive What’s On ....................... 66-67 Book Review ....................................70 Local Pantos! ....................................72 What’s On Loch Lomond Shores ..........73 Balfron’s Polytunnel ...........................75 The Lodge Forest Visitor Center Events ..78 Fitness ...........................................80 Index ...............................................84 Farmers Markets ...............................87

Competitions & Readers Offers MacDonald Forrest Hills Hotel Offer ....................................... 9 Half Price At The Beech Tree Inn ........................................ 25 WIN A Meal for 2 with wine .................................................. 27 WIN A Curry Kit ..................................................................... 47 WIN A Wee Group Saver ...................................................... 68 WIN A Sail with Santa .......................................................... 74 WIN A Christmas Tree .......................................................... 79

Contact Park Life - Get in touch Katrina - Director | e: | m: 07791 976910 t: 01360 441006 Lisa - Sales Director | e: | m: 07792 066706 t: 01360 441006 Parklife Magazine, Killearn Mill, Killearn, Glasgow G63 9LQ

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



Feb / Mar 2015 PARK LIFE PUTS THE SPOTLIGHT on Kippen Village


Everything you need to know about planning your wedding in the area!


Unveiled on the banks of Loch Lomond


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



June / July 2015

October / November 2015

August / September 2015



On Callander - The Heart of the Trossachs

Your green fingers guide!





on Homes & Interiors with top tips for Home Styling

for the Park Life area 2015 A guide to local eateries with reviews, competitions, Interviews & recipes.

WHERE TO EAT IN LOCH LOMOND & THE TROSSACHS Book now for local Festive Meals and Party nights!

We find out about her new business Gardening Consultant, Tutor and designer

A Guide to keeping the kids busy with discount vouchers and Competitions! 20% OFF Plants at Benview Nursery, Wardtoll Win a Family Pass, Loch Lomond Sealife Centre 24 TICKET GIVEAWAY For Scottish Homebuilding & Renovating Show! WIN Macroberts tickets, A Go Ape family pass


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

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


Enjoy the flavours of Loch Lomond with stalls offering locally produced food and drink.


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



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CONSERVATORY ROOF CONVERSIONS • A new super lightweight tiled roof • Variety of tile colours available • Fully Insulated • “U” Value of 0.15

Providing you with a conservatory for all year round use

• Extensions • Attic Conversions • Fitted Kitchens & Bathrooms • Windows & Doors Replaced • Full Roofing Service • Timber Decking • Hardwood Floors • Design & Drawing Service • All Property Maintenance Undertaken



For free advice and quotations call Lorne on: 07763 790838 or 01360 771351

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We appreciate that every landlord is different so we offer a truly flexible range of letting options that’s right for you • Simple tenant find • Rent collection • Full property management • Guaranteed rent For landlords looking for the reassurance of a fixed regular income each and every month from their rental property we have a solution for that too. If you are looking for a letting solution that is as unique as you are, talk to the Proper Property People today. Northwood Glasgow North 43 Milngavie Road, Glasgow G61 2DW

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Mastermind your financial future We provide an experienced wealth management service and offer specialist advice in a wide range of areas including: • Investment planning • Retirement planning • Inheritance Tax planning For further details contact Jonathan Smith on:

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To book call 0344 879 9057 quoting ‘Parklife’ or visit MACDONALD FOREST HILLS HOTEL AND SPA Kinlochard, The Trossachs, Aberfoyle-by-Stirling, FK8 3TL Offer is subject to availability. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Must be over 16 years of age. Spa treatment and complimentary night stay excludes February half term,Valentines Day and Mothers Day, offers are available Sunday to Thursday, supplement applies to weekends.



Is Equity Release right for you? Are you over 55 and considering unlocking value from your home? Equity Release allows you to free up cash from the value of your home without the stress of having to sell up & move. Equity Release will allow you to remain in your home & release cash to use for whatever purpose you want. With equity release you:

What a Braw success! Over 5,000 people came to Balmaha’s Braw Weekend in October. Two days of live music, food & drink and entertainment on the banks of Loch Lomond.

The weekend, organised by The Oak Tree Inn was a huge success and brought together some of Scotland’s finest food and drink producers to celebrate the year of food and drink. There was plenty to do, including children’s theatre, live music, food & drink tastings, cooking demonstrations, a craft fair and lots more.

Saturday night featured four excellent music acts including Dave Arcari and Have Mercy Las Vegas, the event even had its own beer – ‘Braw Brew’, produced exclusively for the festival by Fallen Brewery. St Mocha hosted a tea party to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, with fun and games provided by the characters on St Mocha’s vintage bus. As the Oak Tree’s Stuart Fraser said the weekend has left people wanting more – ‘Everyone has been asking us since when the next Balmaha Braw Weekend will be, don’t worry it will be back again, we’ll be announcing dates soon’. 10 |very

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Call us today for a FREE personal consultation or visit our website Vision Equity Release, 21 Moffat Avenue, Carronshore, Falkirk, FK2 8TB T/F: 01324 559 976 E: Vision Equity Release is a trading name of Vision Lifestyle Financial Planning Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in Scotland, Registered No. SC392478. Registered address, 21 Moffat Avenue, Carronshore, Falkirk, FK2 8TB. This is a lifetime mortgage. To understand the features and risks, ask for a personalised illustration. A fee may be payable for Equity Release Advice. The precise amount will depend upon your circumstances, but we estimate it to be £499. Equity Release can reduce the value of your estate, state benefits may be affected and other fees may apply.

Charity fashion show success in Drymen!

Hosted by Moon of Drymen and Park Life Magazine

The Buchanan Arms Hotel was once again the venue for the Moon of Drymen and Park Life charity fashion show on the 1st October. Canapés and glasses of fizz were served by the charming Buchanan Arms staff as two hundred ladies mingled and chatted while looking for a good seat for the show. Finally everybody was seated and Mairi from Moon of Drymen gave a brief introduction to the evening’s proceedings. Helen of The Leo Look then gave a short presentation - does your wardrobe need to be cleared out and edited for your lifestyle? Personal shopping for that special event? The ladies from Leo Look can help. An interesting innovation this year was the provision of a listing of the

outfits which proved a great memory prompt. The clothes as always from Moon were super, from wellies and hats for the horrid winter days to the glamorous evening looks and a host of wonderful accessories and costume jewellery. The models were all fabulous and enthusiastic with hair beautifully styled by Alison of Klassy Kuts of Drymen. The evening finished with a very successful raffle and auction. Competition was fierce but good natured for the star lot: Dinner, bed and breakfast at the glorious five star Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Edinburgh! Everyone had a great time and £1800 was raised. This year the beneficiary was Cancer Research UK.

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Park Life | Pets

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0771 866 0730 Premium dog food delivered to your door • Foods to suit all dogs from family pets to working dogs • Well-balanced and complete • Maintain health and condition • Value for money • Already popular with many owners, kennels, & breeders

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Kuruba will look after your furry friends Quality care for cats & dogs Pets are precious – so when we have to leave them behind because we are going on holiday or off on business – it’s important to know they are safe and well cared for. That’s where Kuruba kennels and cattery comes in. The growing business – based at Gartmore, near Aberfoyle – was established 20 years ago – and has gone from strength to strength since Di and Colin McMillan took over in 2010. They’ve added new kennels and installed an underfloor heating system to keep their canine and feline residents cosy. But Di reckons one of the most significant developments has been the


Kennels Cattery & Grooming

South Lodge, Gartmore, FK8 3SB t: 01877 382706 | m: 07885639774

re-establishment of the professional grooming service which is now run by her son Daniel. If you want to keep your pet trim and tidy, Kuruba offers both an in-house and by appointment grooming service that will pamper and revitalise your four-legged friend. Daniel is qualified to offer everything from a “shampoo and set” to a full groom. Di said: “Kuruba has always had a good reputation and we have done our best to build on that. We offer a quality, professional and, above all, personal service and this has been reflected in our growing clientele. We offer services that other kennels don’t, for example, all our boarders are covered by Pet-plan’s most comprehensive insurance policy, we don’t charge premiums for turning on the heating and we’re fully licensed by Stirling Council. Our doggy guests are walked twice daily through the local woodlands. We also have a substantial off-lead area where they can run and play to their heart’s content,

complimentary hugs and treats for good measure too! Our kennels and cattery- built to higher than industry standards, are more than big enough for family groups and to keep larger pets in comfort. We’re really very proud of our place and work hard to make sure it’s always well maintained. Kuruba is a family business offering top class facilities– we are reliant on our reputation built with the goodwill of happy customers and their owners”.

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Park Life | Logs & Fuels



Cubic Metre of kiln dried softwood £65 with FREE bag of kindling and 10 eco friendly firelighters

Cubic metre of seasoned hardwood £85 with FREE bag of kindling and 10 eco friendly firelighters






• Fully seasoned firewood logs & kindling. • Delivered in bags or bulk loads. • Best prices guaranteed.


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Order your regular supplies from Andrew on m: 07793 158817, t: 01360 660911 or by email:

T: 01786 842 225 E:


LOGS • Net bags of logs • Net bags of kindling • Net bags of peat • Bulk bags of logs

Keep Cosy this Winter

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

Install & Service of Gas Boilers/Appliances Gas Safety Checks, Legionella Assessments Domestic and Commercial Gas Repairs Contact us about Landlord Packages

Home Heating Fuels

01786 870328


• Domestic Heating Oil • Commercial & Agricultural Fuels • Wood Pellets & Wood Chip for Biomass Heating Systems • Bottled & Bulk LPG • Lubricants, Greases & Pink Paraffin • Tank Suppliers & Installers

Trust us to keep your homes warm and business running. Reliable, Fast & Friendly Service. Call Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm 24hr answerphone service. 01360 660264 | Email: Fax: 01360 660001 | Parkview, Croftamie, Glasgow G63 0EU

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DOMESTIC APPLIANCE REPAIRS (established 27 years)

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


ALL JOINERY WORK UNDERTAKEN “We Fully project manage the job from start to finish, taking care of Installation, Electrics, Plastering, Plumbing.” “CMC will work with you to create a beautiful new Kitchen or Bathroom to suit your budget.”

DRYMEN TILING Professional Tiling Services All Aspects of Wall & Floor Tiling Internal & External

“We believe people want simple honest advice”

Tel: David on 07810 194226

Call us now for a free estimate: t: 01389 720 412 m: 07776 061 471

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Keep a sound roof over your head with RM Contractors When in doubt – call in the professionals Everyone needs the security of a sound roof over their heads. So when it comes to carrying out essential repairs or building a new roof – call in the experts. RM Contractors have more than 18 years experience in the roofing trade – and a growing list of satisfied clients. The family business, run by Gavin McGregor, handles all aspects of roofing including slating, roughcasting, gutters, leadwork, felting and fascias. If you are worried about the state of your roof – or just wanted to get it checked out before winter sets in – RM Contractors will be happy to carry out a thorough inspection free of charge. The firm also offers an emergency call-out service and they will liaise with your insurance company on your behalf.

Gavin McGregor said: “As a family firm, our reputation rests on every job we undertake. Our personal integrity is behind every handshake. “We believe our service, products and workmanship are second to none – and value for money can be taken for granted by our customers. “We specialise in roofing enquiries for domestic households, and regularly complete large or small enquiries involving slating, tiling, felting and roughcasting. “We also do all types of groundworks like driveways, patios and drainage as well as domestic work. “We will ensure that the work is carried out in accordance with our very own high standard of craftsmanship. “Our tradesmen are all fully qualified and we use the latest building equipment and tools.”

Slating • Roughcasting • Gutters

Joinery • Leadwork • Storm Damage All aspects of roofing work carried out Insurance work welcome Family business

Tel: 01389 605352 | Mob: 07519 267764

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Professional Service • Ceramic Tiling • Plastering

T: 01360 440381 | M: 07776 388231 E:

Need it Done Right?

DUNRITE PLUMBING Pride in Workmanship

Minor repairs to complete installation

Complete Bathrooms and Kitchens 4x4 Van for all weather conditions No call out charge FREE Estimates Fully Insured

T: 01360 550799 M: 07772944521 E:

Strathendrick Decorating & Plastering

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

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Electrician Free estimates

property maintenance and repairs

07786 516242

painting and decorating (interior and exterior)

01786 842411

ceramic tiling hardwood and laminate floor fitting

teven kinner

joinery plastering all work considered

for a free quote, call 01360 550542 or 07870 329349

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Glazing Repairs Misted/cracked double glazing units replaced.

ALL TYPES OF JOINERY WORK UNDERTAKEN A-Rated Upvc/timber windows & doors, Upvc roofline cladding and Kitchens all supplied and fitted.

CALL NOW FOR A FREE ESTIMATE 11 Strathview Terrace, Balfron G63 0PS Telephone: 01360 449 080 Mobile: 07713 805 086 Email:


G Ford & Son PA I N T E R S & Decorating Since 1946

D E C O R AT O R S ‘A Brush with Tradition’

For more information please contact us on t: 01360 860777 t: 0141 334 9714 e:

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Park Life | Business

STEWART REID Plumbing Services Bathroom Suites, Kitchens & Central Heating Fitted Boiler Exchanges Gutters repaired Fitted & cleared

TOP QUALITY TRADE PAINT Find your local Paint Shed at

No call out fees


from a tapwasher to a complete heating system

All plumbing enquiries contact Stewart: 07590 843607 / 01360 770847


M: 07852 305884

E: Gas Safe Reg, 555014

Your local bagged pellet supplier for Biomass and Equine use. We are a family run company based in the West of Glasgow. We deliver promptly and will handle any delivery from 4x4 access, tight driveways and other special requirements.

Our prices start from £267 per m3 of pellets inc. of VAT & delivery. Exclusive offer 5% OFF with your first order when you quote: Parklife Unit 9, New Albion Industrial Estate, Halley Street, Glasgow G13 4DT Tel: 0141 952 7108 Email:

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STOVES Stove & Chimney Specialists

Professional Chimney Sweeping Can be done in any weather No Mess Part of ICS CCTV Inspections Single-storey from £45 Two-storey from £55

10% OFF


Call Dawn on 07795 966 514

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Strathard Home Improvements carries out the following services and more.



• All building work • Plumbing to 1st and 2nd fix levels • Electrics • Joinery including kitchen & bathroom fitting • Roofing

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Tiling Decorating Drainage and Guttering Landscaping Log splitting Tree surgery and milling Small demolition

Free Quotations • VAT Registered

Duchray Castle, Aberfoyle, Stirlingshire FK8 3XL T: 01877 389 333 T: 07970 896 395

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

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

Velux Windows Chimney Work Insurance and General Roughcasting and Leadwork

23 Kirkland Avenue, Blanefield, Glasgow G63 9BY

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Advice on renewable and sustainable living. We can design, or redesign, your home to effectively meet the demands of modern living as well as enhance the value of your property.

t: 07799 778086 e:

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Why not get your Christmas shopping off to a head start on Saturday 5th December when many of our local independent traders are taking part in Small Business Saturday? Look out for special offers and the blue logo in their windows or have a go at a festive treasure trail to win one of several special prizes. Pick up a trail flier from any of the participating businesses. We’ll also post details in the noticeboard in Ancaster Square. With gifts shops, cafes, food retailers and hair salons taking part, you can make a day of it, find unique gifts and enjoy some pampering and lunch without leaving town. What better way to support our local traders who make Callander the delightful place it is.

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Andrew Steele painter & decorator

Interior & Exterior Paint Work All Work Guaranteed For a free estimate call 07581043143 0141 942 5899

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK You will never miss an event in your area again.

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

5 Kiltrochan Drive, Balfron G63 0QJ

T: 01360 440 945 M: 07867672495 E:

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

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

Tel: 01360 551312 Mobile: 07591 586596

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Eat, Drink and be Merry! Dining Out in the Park Life area.... It’s all on these pages!

Hab cookroom fRYZ18de • Craft bakery - award wining sweet and savoury bakes,

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hand made in small batches in Scotland. • Catering - delicious food created with passion for your special occasion. • Classes - bring out the baker in you at our small friendly classes.

Kinlochard FK8 3TP e: t: 01877 387236

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

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Quiz Night Every Thursday • Live Music • Inhouse Smoker • Seasonal Menu Sunday Roast • Children Welcome • Outside Catering Also Available • Dog Friendly

Senior Citizens Main Course plus Tea or Coffee for £7 12 - 4pm

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2 Pastas & 2 Soft Drinks for £12

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Wayfarer’s Review Having heard on the grapevine of a change of ownership at the Wayfarers in Croftamie, my sister and I decided to go along for Sunday lunch and take her grandson Sam with us. There was an extensive menu for us to choose from and it did take us quite a while to decide! The staff were very patient and helpful and told us about the daily specials available. We finally decided on starters of spicy chicken goujons, mozzarella sticks and butternut squash

which were all delicious. For main course Sam opted for the cheeseburger – which he said was “fab” and “worth coming for”, my sister had the haddock and chips which she said was very tasty and I settled on the sausage, mash and onion gravy also very enjoyable. The portions were very hearty and we did not have space to sample the desserts that were on offer, instead we settled for coffees. We would certainly recommend a visit.

Nestled between Balloch, Stirling and Glasgow in Croftamie near Drymen. On the doorstep to Loch Lomond. Dining out for that special occasion, or just passing through, we always offer you a warm welcome. Enjoy casual dining at great prices without compromising on quality or standards. Just call in to enjoy our exceptional dishes. Now taking bookings for our Christmas Party Nights! Hangover day 2nd January with live music from 3pm-5pm

• Beer Garden • Childrens Play Area • Christmas Bookings now being taken Croftamie, Near Drymen G63 0EU | t: 01360 660358 |

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Come and enjoy a feast of festive goodies, warming soup and great coffee while browsing our extensive range of quirky, original gifts and fine porcelain f tableware handmade and painted on the premises. A truely unique shopping experience!..... And its Local! f Open: 7 days a week 10am - 5.30pm (6pm or later by arrangement Mon - Thurs)



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A three course meal for two at The Old Mill Killearn or The Inn at Kippen with a bottle of Prosecco! To enter please visit our website




BEER GARDEN / LOCAL REAL ALE • Christmas Menu will be available from Friday 4th December • 05/12/15 - Monthly Ceilidh. • 11/12/15 - Russell McNeill acoustic duet. • 19/12/15 Christmas Ceilidh

• Christmas Trombones & Mulled Wine on 21/12/15 at 7.30pm • 29/12/15 Christmas Quiz night • Hogmanay Party • Details available on FB by Email or Phone

Main Street Fintry • Tel: 01360 860224 • Email:

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NICK NAIRN STILL LOOKS GOOD IN STOCKINGS. Why risk putting a boring present in your loved one’s Christmas stocking? Grow their love of food and cooking with a Nick Nairn Cook School gift card. Prices start at just £49 and can be easily purchased at Go on, give the gift that really does keep on giving. 01877 389 900 #nicknairnstockings

Gift cards can be used against classes or in our cook shops. Redeem online, by telephone or in person at our Cook Schools. Valid for 12 months.

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THE KIRKHOUSE INN Glasgow Road, Strathblane, Glasgow, G63 9AA

Christmas at the Newly Refurbish Kirkhouse Inn, Strathblane

Christmas Lunch 2 Courses

3 Courses

Christmas Dinner 2 Courses

3 Courses

£13.95 £16.95 £18.95 £23.50 includes free coffee and mince pies

includes free coffee and mince pies

Christmas Day Lunch

Hogmanay Ceilidh Dinner Dance

Per person

Under 10’s

£56.00 £28.00 £75.00

per person 7pm

Glass of Prosecco & Canapes 7.30pm 4 Course Dinner with Coffee & Shortbread


FUNCTION available for Weddings,

Call us now on: 01360 771771

Funerals, Anniversaries and Birthdays (up to 120)

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Culcreuch Castle

Excellent Customer Service Lindsay Docherty Senior Travel Specialist Holidaysplease


Many businesses say they have great customer service but can they prove it?

Festive Season at the Castle

Come and relax over the festive period by one of our roaring fires. Walk on the estate in beautiful winter surroundings and come in to warm yourself by the log burning stove with perhaps a small glass of mulled wine or chef’s own eggnog. You can enjoy the informal setting of our 700 year old Dungeon Diner for lunch or dinner and choose from either our Christmas menu or our full bar menu. For a small supplement enhance your experience by booking a candlelit dinner in our oak panelled Dining Room with its cosy open fire from Wednesday to Sunday. The evening will start with chef’s canapés and a glass of prosecco in the Drawing Room while you peruse the menu. A wee warming shot of homemade soup will be served at your table along with our artisan bread. After a superb dinner you can either stay at your table or retire to the Drawing Room with coffee and a warm mince pie.

P lease call us for details and booking. Culcreuch Castle Hotel & Estate, Fintry G63 0LW T: 01360 860555 | E:

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Over 1,000 people have reviewed our service online and the average rating they give us is an eye-watering 9.8 out of 10. We are always in the top 3 of over 500 UK travel companies rated by customer service. This is because all of our travel advisors have an average of 10-15 years’ experience in the travel industry, and have often personally visited the hotels and villas they advise on. You will be allocated one of these experts who act as your personal travel adviser. Unlike other companies, once you have booked with us you can still speak to the same person. You also have their direct line and can even speak to them at evenings and weekends. You don’t get passed into a “customer care” call centre. We also search the whole market for the best holiday at the best price for you, not for us. Over the last decade we are very proud to have won numerous awards for our success. The most celebrated was Online Travel Agency of the Year at the Travel Agent Achievement Awards. This award is selected from hundreds of travel agents all over the UK and nominated by our peers in the travel industry. We’re very proud of our achievements so far and work hard to continue our growth and better ourselves year upon year.

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Carol singing round the Christmas tree in aid of Strathcarron Hospice 6.30 – 8pm

Sunday 20

Folk Music, 7 – 10pm

Telephone: 01786 870293

Christmas Eve

Open all day – Food available until 8pm

December What’s on

Christmas Day Closed

Boxing Day

Open at 6pm for drinks only & George’s Big Festive Quiz @ 9pm

Sunday 6

New Years Eve

Folk Music, 7 – 10pm

Open all day – Food Available until 8pm Hogmanay House Party, late licence

Friday 11

The Cross Keys Christmas Party with live music from the brilliant Dangerous Cliff

New Years Day Closed

We are delighted to be the 2015 GASTROPUB OF THE YEAR along with being featured in this years prestigious THE SUNDAY TIMES TRAVEL HOT 100 LIST.

Why not book your Christmas night out, or lunch, with us!

The Cross Keys Kippen Festive Menu STARTERS

Prawn bisque & fennel soup, nutmeg crème fraiche, poppy seed bun Fallen Ale cured salmon, dill blini, baby beets & peashoot salad Pulled shoulder of venison bon bons, spiced cranberry sauce Sticky orange & cinnamon baby back ribs, pickled red cabbage Beetroot, feta & candied walnut risotto


2 Course £19 • 3 Course £25

Roast breast of turkey, turkey thigh & pistachio ballotine, roasted brussels Smoked ham loin, pork ribs, bubble & squeak mash, cider mustard Braised ox cheek, short rib croquette, thyme dauphinoise, red wine gravy Salmon fillet, monkfish noisette, green lentils & chorizo, tarragon cream Goats cheese ricotta, walnut, butternut squash tart, mint orange salsa, sweet potato chips


dark chocolate & hazelnut tart, berry compote, meringue ice cream Cherry & ginger sponge trifle Pineapple upside down cake, spiced rum caramel, coconut sorbet Baked rice pudding, cinnamon biscuit, plum & chutney Panettone tart, orange and chocolate sorbet

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Make your Christmas

a magical one

with a visit to The house of Darrach. Step into an Aladdin’s Cave filled with inspirational ideas for the home, garden and leisurely living. Browse through our exquisite range of ladies clothing, an impressive fine foods selection and our spectacular gift section bursting full of ideas for everyone. Why not indulge yourself in our 5 star Coffee Shop where you will find fresh, new ideas, tempting festive treats and expert advice from our dedicated staff. Whether you are looking for some festive inspiration or some retail therapy then The House of Darrach is the place to be. We hope to see you soon!

The house of

Darrach homeware • fashion • gifTs resTauranT • carvery coffee shop • picTure gallery

“Making the countryside fashionable” The House of Darrach, Gartocharn Village, Loch Lomond G83 8RX Tel: 01389 830448

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Open every day over Christmas & New Year Call 01360 550068 or visit our website


Country Mumkins @ The Artisan Café

• Great coffee, cakes, light lunches. All our food is made by ourselves on the premises. • Arts and crafts - dedicated craft table for the kids (free of charge) gives mum and dad time to drink their coffee in peace! • Craft workshops offering felting, silk painting and candle making day and evening courses.


Christmas Weekend! 5th & 6th December

Open every day over Christmas & New Year and for parties throughout December


Call 01786 870500 or visit our website

All things ‘Christmassy.’ Variety of craft workshops available, music, and perfect chance to pick up an unusual hand crafted gift.

The old Strathfillan Church, Tyndrum, FK20 8RU T: 01838400391 E:

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GARTMORE HOUSE Gartmore, Stirlingshire, FK8 3RS


Monday 18th January to Friday 22nd January 2016

full board packaged bridge holiday appealing to both the novice and the more advanced. The breaks are aimed to teach new skills with a little bit of healthy competition. The games are played in a friendly and social manner that can be enjoyed by all. Your week will consist of helpful and knowledgeable seminars, tournaments and some relaxation time to explore the beautiful countryside situated in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park for only £495.

Please contact for more information and a full itinerary of the programme E Mail: Telephone: 01877 382991

Book Now Christmas Day Lunch - 4 course menu £45, smaller portion for kids & seniors £27.50

Pure Malt

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KIPPEN WINE CELLARS Wine Merchants Quaffing since 1994


Christmas Gift boxes available

Hand picked by professional wine merchants: A bottle of fizz, A bottle of Champagne, 2 bottles of rocking red and 2 of mega white for the big day, 3 of white and 3 of red for the rest of it.

Case of Christmas Wine £134

plus free delivery for Park Life Readers

Just the way to get the Lords a leaping and Ladies dancing! Tim Mosse 07834 120921 or email Contact us for a personalised wine service delivered to your door

COFFEE SHOP & ICE CREAM PARLOUR area new courtyard Vintage Bus & to St Mocha! coming soon

New for 2016 this Vintage Bus and a courtyard area will be added to St Mocha with more room to enjoy great food and drink. Artisan Roasted Speciality Coffee • Teas • Lunch Menu • Snacks & Home Baking. Own brands of Loch Lomond Luxury & Bal-Moo-Ha Ice Creams - Next to the Oak Tree Inn & Village Shop, Balmaha

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Matrix, Princess, Kiss and Venus… are beautifully crafted rings from Sheila Fleet


As the nights draw in these yellow gold and silver rings, pictured opposite, capture the deep winter light. Sheila’s shop in Jenners at Loch Lomond Shores in Balloch specialises in exquisite, hand-polished rings.

Matrix, Princess, Kiss and Venus… Sheila’s new Matrix rings are inspired the texture of are beautifully crafted rings by from Scottish rock. Sheila Fleet

These unusual rings are available in a variety of widths, see below. As the nights draw in these yellow gold and silver Janice and her team will be delighted to expertly measure rings, pictured opposite, capture the deep winter light. your finger if you wish. Accurate ring sizing depends on your own Sheila’s shop in Jenners at Loch Lomond Shores in finger, Balloch in exquisite, rings. the stylespecialises and the width of eachhand-polished particular ring. Sheila’s ringsinare inspiredWorkshop by the texture Your ringnew willMatrix be made Sheila’s in Orkney of Scottish specially forrock. you.These unusual rings are available in a variety of widths, see such white and rose gold or rings Rare precious metals with stone settings take longer to make, please allow up toJanice 3 weeks. and her team will be delighted to expertly measure your finger if you wish. Accurate ring sizing Do call into Shores, a warm depends onLoch yourLomond own finger, the style andwelcome the widthawaits you! of each particular ring. Your ring will be made in Sheila’s Workshop in Orkney specially for you. Rare precious metals such as white and rose gold or rings with stone settings take longer to make, please allow up to 3 weeks. Do call into Loch Lomond Shores, a warm welcome awaits you!


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Do you know anyone that might be stressed out at Christmas ? This just might be the perfect gift! A Therapeutic massage voucher…. I have to have one!

Remedial , Sports and Therapeutic Massage Page 81 Deep tissue massage therapy, book your treatment this festive period or get a voucher for someone in need this Christmas!

C Beauty @ The Yoga Place Page 81

C Beauty is a warm, friendly and relaxed salon that offers highly professional treatments. It is nestled within the peaceful and tranquil space provided by The Yoga Place, Killearn. Perfect gift voucher for Christmas!

The Yoga Place Killearn Page 81

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Gift Guide

Moon of Drymen

Town & Country Designs

Apart form getting yourself a nice new outfit, pop into Moon to see their range of gifts. Jewellery, Bags, Hats & Scarfs and lots of little extras. Page 46

A vast range of gifts luxury candles, Silver frames, Everlasting flowers and so many more items to make your home complete for Christmas day. Page 39


Scotia Spice

A gift for everyone in this Aladins cave! Super stocking fillers and lots of sparkly things to decorate your home this Christmas! Page 39

A curry kit is perfect for those who love to cook or maybe a voucher for the cookery school? Page 46

Street, Drymen, Stirlingshire G63 0BG tel: 013

The Leo Look What about a gift voucher for a complete makeover with the girls from Leo Look. A New Year a new you‌ this would be good on your santa’s list. Page 39 38 |

Achray Farm Shop A lovely selection of gift hampers with local produce available for delivery or collection. Page 49

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./1jn=;<BDHIJ. LOOK GOOD & FEEL GOOD this Christmas - go with

The Leo Look! The Leo Look The Leo Look is a new Image Consultancy for women - and the aim is to make you look and feel your best.


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

• Personal shopping experience • Personal styling • Wardrobe makeover/analysis • Capsule wardrobe for holiday See our Facebook page for special offers, promotions and ongoing G competitions! VOUCIFT H A VAIL A ERS Coming soon B NOW LE Swish Parties & ! Style Parties - for more information contact us today!

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openings ning openings (Mon & Thur) nal Activities ony for half a day (Sat Morning) Samantha Holmes sons Exclusive weekdays collection of handcrafted luxury gifts, fashion accessories, Alpaca babywear, clothing home ware, using only the finest micron baby nship&alpaca workshops led by Page 41 wool. Smith nagement sessions s and weekdays) in the shed 1/2 hr sessions challenges eight restrictions apply) Boquhan Estates Boquhan Estates have a great range of arties( as above) products in store at their Retail Shop where you can try before you buy, brands include Joules, Toggiparties & Dubarry. Page 41 s pony alks( by arrangement) hers & Christmas Decorations

Castle Rednock Trekking Centre Segway Vouchers are great for the whole family! Workshops & Riding lessons could go down well with the grandchildren? Some nice ideas from Castle Rednock. Page 74

Tir Na Nog A Holistic Centre in a beautiful courtyard setting offering a great range of complementary therapies / consultations, events & workshops. They also have a gorgeous shop! Page 82

Bike Shop Tel: Peleton 01877 385276 | 07801 699497 A Bike for Christmas? Yes Please! As well as a range of bikes ready to take away Peleton has great stocking fillers for the bike lover, helmets, lights keyrings, reflective wear and gift Vouchers. Page 49

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Kippen Wine Cellars This would be my perfect gift! Christmas gift boxes picked by professional wine merchants plus FREE delivery for Park Life readers. Page 35

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Perfect Gift Beautiful

alpaca clothing,





Christmas Sale with up to

50% off! Pikeur Toggi • Dubarry • Target Dry • •

Stalls every Wed/Thur McKechnie’s Fruit & Veg • Wee County Cupcakes • Fish in Crieff (Thur only) • •

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Paul Saunders photography Buy that perfect family gift voucher to capture those special times! These family photography sessions are great fun and relaxed and can take place in your home or your favourite park. Page 43

Natural Beauty Care Aloe Ferox is a range of natural skincare, hair care and wellbeing products. Timeless Skin is a paraben-free, clinically proven antiageing solution. Natural Beauty Care are exclusive UK agents for these unique â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;out of Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; brands. Page 43

The Papercut Artist Unique Gift idea! We have seen these and they are amazing! Incredible detail and beautifully presented. Must have a look at the website! Page 43 42 |

Cotterell & Co Cotterell & Co are well known for their lighting but did you know they have a huge selection of homeware and lovely stocking fillers, gift ideas that you wont find elsewhere. Make sure you look at the website! Page 43

Buchlyvie Pottery Shop & Coffee Kiln An extensive range of quirky, original gifts and fine tableware, handmade and painted on the premises. Pop in or buy online and even have it shipped! Page 27

House of Darrach With an extensive range of ladies wear, gifts for the home & every special occasion, fine foods, hampers, vouchers, you can easily find a present for everyone on your list! Page 32

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your home with exciting lighting, stunning mirrors and an eclectic range of furniture and home accessories plus home & business lighting specification service & bespoke handmade lampshades @

Discover something new.

15% off instore with this ad & online enter PL15OFF at checkout (offer excludes sale items)

Buy on line plus click & collect service available to Drymen phone 0131 319 8020 for details

Specialist skincare, haircare and herbal wellbeing products.

Unique gifts not on the high street.

Glasgow - Edinburgh - Newcastle

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Gift Guide Ian Gallagher Jewellers Supplier of the finest quality diamonds at wholesale diamond prices. Who wouldn’t want a wee diamond in their stocking! They also have a range of jewellery for children and men at great prices. Page 45

Caledonia Play You must have a look at this website! So many ideas. Dad & Grandpa (Garden Goal Posts) Mum (Garden Play house to get away from it all!) Gran ( a swing to relax and watch the world go by) Sister (Mag post, to look at tiny bugs) Brother (Periscope to spy on everyone) Page 48 MACDONALD FOREST HILLS HOTEL AND SPA


Lightstarphoto Personalised Cards this Christmas? What a lovely idea.. Lightstarphoto have lots of designs to choose from and an unusual range of gifts for that person that you can never buy for! Page 45

Macdonald Hills WITH A CHRISTMASForest CRACKER SPA DAY FOR TWO Hotel & Spa 00 £99.


Christmas cracker spa day for two with a free Treatment • Lunch, Robes & Slippers overnight! • 45 45Minute minute treatment, lunch, robes • Full Use Of Health & Wellbeing Suite & slippers. Full use of Health & Wellbeing suite. REDEEM YOUR VOUCHER IN JANUARY, FEBRUARY OR MARCH & RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY NIGHTS STAY ON THE DAY YOUR BOOKING A complimentary nights stay onOFthe day of your booking. Only Page 9 To book£99! call 0344 879 9057 quoting ‘Parklife’ or visit MACDONALD FOREST HILLS HOTEL AND SPA Kinlochard, The Trossachs, Aberfoyle-by-Stirling, FK8 3TL Offer is subject to availability. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Must be over 16 years of age. Spa treatment and complimentary night stay excludes February half term,Valentines Day and Mothers Day, offers are available Sunday to Thursday, supplement applies to weekends.

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Sheila Fleet Jewellery

Nick Nairn Cook School

Pop into Sheila’s shop in Jenners, Loch Lomond shores to get inspired for Christmas shopping with her beautiful range of jewellery. Page 37

Nick Nairn in your stockings this Christmas? No more boring pressies this could be the answer! Page 28

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Leading the way in Diamonds Monday to Saturday 0845 - 1700 7 Murray Place, Stirling FK8 1DQ

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Stylish womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clothing, accessories and much more, including a wide selection of bags, jewellery, hosiery and scarves.

Moon of Drymen

Gift Vouchers Available Cashmere Ponchos Great Gift ideas New Autumn colours now in for the popular reversible bag

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our customers and we would like to thank you for your support since opening earlier this year!

Main Street, Drymen, Stirlingshire G63 0BG tel: 01360 660523

Winter months closed on Sunday and Monday

Punjabi curry kits and cookery school

True Punjabi Cooking T: 01360 449399

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A Curry for Christmas! Yasmin and her Family celebrate Christmas with a difference.

Christmas Day in our house is very traditional, a bird with all the trimmings. A tradition we have started ourselves, though, is the Christmas Eve Curry we are all excited about the next day and usually still busy wrapping presents, so dinner has to be something really easy and simple. Pawn curry is perfect, everyone just helps themselves. It’s an aromatic, spicy contrast to the following day and we love it.

Christmas Eve Prawn Curry 300g North Atlantic prawns, peeled 1 large onion, halved & sliced 1 clove of garlic, crushed 2 tsp grated fresh ginger 3 tbsp vegetable oil 1 medium tomato, chopped ½ tsp ground cumin ½ tsp ground coriander ½ tsp chilli powder or to taste ¾ tsp garam masala ¼ tsp turmeric Salt to taste

Soften the onion, garlic and ginger in the oil for a few minutes in a large, wide based saucepan. Add the tomato and cook for two more minutes. Now add the cumin, coriander, turmeric, chilli and garam masala and fry on a high heat until the tomato breaks down and start to soften. Add the prawns and fry on a high heat until they start to release their juices. Carry on cooking over a high heat until the excess liquid evaporates and you are left with a thick sauce. The prawns will have shrunk considerably and have a slightly chewy texture and the curry will have an intense flavour. Taste for seasoning and serve with lots of naan bread for a truly delicious but informal meal.

WIN a Punjabi Curry Kit! Our authentic Punjabi curry kits make a stunning Christmas present or perhaps a special seasonal treat for yours truly! Why not enter our competition for a chance of winning a kit of your choice.

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David Mackay creates a range of stunning and unique furnishings for your home and garden, in a carbon thoughtful manner, from local woods and quarries around the Stirling area. Commissions now being taken for Christmas. Phone: 07508 57 97 67

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Achray Farm Shop

Christmas Gift Hampers now available. Orders being taken for Christmas Veg boxes and fresh Fruit Baskets too! Treat someone special to a gift hamper filled with some of the great food we have in store - Scottish cheese, pate, oatcakes, preserves, confectionery and lots more! We have a great range of gluten free goodies and can make up fresh fruit baskets too. Christmas veg boxes can be ordered for local delivery or collection from the shop. More information available on our website or give us a call.

2a Cross St, Callander FK17 8EA | 01877 339067 |

Selection of Lapierre bikes 2015 models are all reduced in price to make way for 2016 range! Christmas Gift Ideas! • Gift vouchers available • Bike Wash £8.49 • Saddle Bags £10.99 Bike key rings £4 • Pumps from £5.99 • Helmets from £15.99 kids • Overshoes from £24.99 Lights from £19.99 set • Rechargeable lights from knog £29.99 each • Seat Covers £15.00 Chamois butt cream £12.99 • Bar Tape from £5.99 All bike components and accessories available genuine Shimano parts, jagwire brake and gear cables. Great section of proviz, club ride and apres velo clothing as well as our own Peloton Bike Shop tops. Servicing available with 3 different options. 1st - Safety check - £30 • 2nd - Standard service - £55 • 3rd Premium - £99

Cycling is our hobby, passion, life! See our Facebook page for daily offers. Peloton bike shop Drymen.


Contact Helen or Graeme on 01360 66 1430 • 1 Stirling Road, Drymen G63 0BW E: •

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Park Life | Funeral Services

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

Andrew Anderson & Sons FUNERAL DIRECTORS Est. 1969

We are proud to offer a 24 hour caring and personal service to the local community. We are pleased to offer Golden Charter Pre-Paid Funeral Plans. “Creating peace of mind for you and your family”

“Stand sure that we will look after you and your family”.

For all enquiries, call: 01877 330398 Email:

Funeral Home, Glenartney Road, Callander, FK17 8EB.

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

Tir na nOg Events 2015/2016 December 2015 5th Reiki Share with Oona 12th & 13th Yule Fayre 20th 2-5pm Winter Solace Firewalk Closing 4pm Christmas Eve, re-opens at 10.30am Thurs 7th Jan

January 2016 9th SKHM/Seichim Level 1 16th & 17th SKHM/Seichim Level 2 30th Imbolc Firewalk


3 Bedroom Cottage in the Picturesque village of Kippen Castlehill Cottage, Main Street, Kippen FK8 3DN

Originally built in 1681 and situated within the heart of the desirable village of Kippen, Castlehill Cottage is a sheer delight. Having been extended and improved from the original cottage, this exquisite property now offers the stylish space and accommodation of a modern home whilst retaining the undoubted traditional charm of a historic cottage.

Please visit for more images and information or contact Ann on 01786 870291 Or email

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Buchlyvie Office Space, 38 Main Street, FK8 3LX

This prominently positioned Detached Victorian property is situated on the main Buchlyvie thoroughfare. Currently seeking change of use to create 3 or 4 offices, available as a whole or individually from £250 per calendar month.

DESCRIPTION The subjects are located on the ground floor of a substantial Victorian DETACHED VILLA which has been used for several business purposes in the past and is now becoming available as individual office space. Extremely versatile in layout, the area available extends to approximately 866 sq ft, providing space for 3 or 4 offices. Access to a kitchen (125 sq ft) with external door to the side of the property. Glazed entrance porch at the front. Ladies, Gents and Disabled WC’s. Additional Retail Outlet/Office located on the eastern side of the property. This has formerly been used as the village Post Office and Sandwich Shop – 135 sq ft. Garage building to the rear. EPC: F

VIEWING - Strictly by appointment through Minerva: 01360 550801

Delivering Christmas - Naturally! Make your Christmas taste buds tingle! Pop in today to pre-order your: • local produce Christmas Hampers • fresh Turkeys / Goose / Duck • delicious chutneys and cheese Or why not decorate your home the natural way with: • real Christmas trees • made to order door rings and wreaths • stunning winter hanging baskets FREE HOME DELIVERY ON ALL CHRISTMAS TREES


Stonework and PavingSkills Specialist Tr aditional

Snow Clearance/Winter For Your Home &Maintenance Garden

Benview Garden Centre At the Ward Toll Balfron Station G63 0QZ Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 9.30am - 4.30pm Sun: 10.30am - 4.30pm

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Gardening Tips in December December is not our most extreme weather month and one can expect a fair amount of clear frosty mornings and plenty of sunny days. With the light fading so fast - this is the month for getting up early and stuck into any chores that havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been finished in the garden. Below are some of the things you could be getting on with:

Preparation Now the new seed catalogues are out for next spring, it is the best time to sit down with a cup of tea and decide what you want to grow next year. Order it as soon as possible before supplies are depleted.

Pruning This is the best month to do any major pruning on ornamental trees and shrubs. Prune bush roses back by half or so to stop them being damaged in the wind.

Planting This is a good time of year to plant bare root shrubs and trees while the ground is warm.

Clean paths of algae, repair fences & sheds This is the best time to spray fruit trees and roses with a recommended tar oil winter wash to kill off any blackspot spores on the plants or in the soil.

Clean away any damaged or diseased material in and around shrubs and trees. Mulch around all fruit trees and shrubs that have been pruned. When tidying up the garden, leave a pile of wood, and leaves in a corner providing somewhere for any hibernating insects or little animals. Always check for animals before clearing anything in the garden.

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Ladies’ Lunch Was Magic for Cancer Research

125 ladies gathered at Culcreuch Castle, Fintry on Sunday 4th October for the second annual ladies’ lunch run by CRUK Strathendrick Local Committee. The event raised a grand total of £3101.50 …. exceeding last year’s fantastic figure of £2,934. This year’s entertainment was provided by magician and illusionist, Ryan Davidson, who entertained with close up

magic before the excellent lunch and followed it with a floor show of mind reading which left the ladies gasping in wonder and amazement. The event closed with a well supported raffle and thanks go to all the local businesses for their kind support and donations as well as to the ladies present for their generous and enthusiastic participation!

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“This year’s accredited intake has increased student numbers by over 100% with new courses currently running and classes full for Stage 3 Upholstery and new Diploma 1&2. With the erosion of creative subjects in schools being a concern for craft makers I think you’ll agree this is incredibly encouraging for preserving future skills. There are still a few bookable spaces available in our leisure classes before and after Christmas.”

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Cinema Listings Strathendrcik Film Society

See website for listings Films Start at 7.30pm. Balfron High School Theatre

4 Dec Fantasia

Gartmore Community Cinema

4 Dec Penguins

of Madagascar (U) 5 Dec Billy Elliot (15) 18 Dec Minions (U) 19 Dec Whisky Galore (U) 8 Jan Divergent (12A) 9 Jan Slumdog Millionaire (15) Licensed Bar from 7pm-Midnight For more info, please contact Steve Calveley 01877 382514. Annual membership of £10 gives you reduced entry to all films Members: £2 per film Non-members: £4 per film Children: £2 per film

Mugdock Cinema

No cinema in Dec Booking essential, call 0141 956 6100 or book online Cost £3

LOCH LOMOND SHORES SEALIFE CENTRE - CINEMA Visit our website for details loch-lomond/cinema

Sat 19th Dec 5.30pm doors open 5pm

The Good Dinosaur Sat 19th Dec 8.30pm doors open 8pm

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1A The Top 4 Christmas Trees 1A Noble Fir Christmas Tree

Norway Spruce Christmas Tree

Lodge Pole Pine Tree

Nordman Christmas Tree

This tree has fairly slim branches, which are easy to decorate and the needles are relatively soft, not prickly. It is usually quite a deep shade of green.

This tree tends to be slightly cheaper than other varieties as the needles will drop more easily. Keep well-watered to help keep shedding to a minimum.

Great shape with stout branches for heavy decorations and excellent needle retention. Like the Scots pine this tree will hold it’s needles till way after Christmas. A very pleasant smell best described as a spicy orange.

This lovely bushy tree retains its needles very well and, with its upwards-pointing branches, decorations are in no danger of sliding off.

All these Christmas Trees available from Duff Trees!

Christmas Trees Norway Spruce Lodge Pole Pine Nordman Fir

Come and cut your own tree... make it a family day out!

Noble Fir Cut, Rooted or Potted

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Join us every Saturday at Balfron High School

Shooglenifty - 29th Dec James Yorkston, Withered Hand & The Pictish Trail - 31st Jan

Call Mark on 01389 386117 or 07715 301841 Web: email:

Razzamataz brings Hollywood to Balfron!

Razzamataz Balfron are holding their very own Oscars day to celebrate the end of the year. All pupils will perform songs, dances and drama excerpts from movies that have won an Oscar. The pupils will then receive their own awards with special recognition for stand out pupils. Razzamataz is available every SATURDAY during school terms in Balfron High School from 10am. If you would like to book your child in for a FREE taster then call Mark Long on 07715301841 or email to

Also coming soon to the Tolbooth... James Grant • Breabach • Paul Jones & Dave Kelly

Fun Box ‘Santa’s Sleepover’ 28th/29th Dec RSNO Viennese Gala - 14th Jan

01786 47 3544 Also coming soon to the Albert Halls... • Voulez Vous • Buddy Holly and The Cricketers ‘Holly at Christmas’

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Festive Guide to What’s On

Santa’s Woodland Experience

From 27th Nov Take a tour of the woodland onboard Santa’s very own tractor and trailer! Once onboard you will set off through the woodland in search of Santa’s woodland home. Tickets must be booked in advance.

Strathendrick Football Club Christmas Quiz Night

McLintock Hall, Balfron Sat 28 Nov 7.30 for 8pm Tickets £8 2002 & 2003 Teams Pakora nibbles, BYOB, Music by Acoustic Station . Tickets from Coaches or call Frederique 07818112693

Kippen Christmas Market

Sat 28th Nov 1-4pm Kippen Village Hall Adults £2 Concessions £150 Children 50p Homebaking, Tea & Coffee included in entry fee

Buchanan Primary Christmas Fair

Sun 29 Nov 1-4pm Drymen Village Hall Entry Fee £2 per Adult 50p per Kids Complementary mulled wine, tea / coffee and Christmas nibbles with entry price Stalls: School baking,School crafts, Miniframes, Candles Jewellery, Clayprints, Pottery Activities: Christmas tree bauble decoration , Letters to Santa, Photo/ sticker decorations, Christmas Photo booth, Raffle,Tombola

Drymen Guides/Brownies/Cubs Rainbows Christmas Fayre Drymen Church Wed 2nd Dec 6.30-8pm £1 entry Great variety of stalls, Games for kids Teas, Coffee & Mince Pies

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A night of Christmas shopping from a selection of stalls. Cake Pop Baking Stall, Arts & Crafts. £3.50 Adult Includes a glass of wine and nibbles. £150 per child includes a visit with Santa!

Fintry Primary Christmas Fair Sat 5th Dec 10-12 Tea/Coffee & Home Baking Craft Stalls, Games, School Enterprise, Arts & Crafts Table, Raffle, Tombola

Sail with Santa - Loch Katrine

5,6,12,13,19,20, Dec A cruise on the iconic Steamship Sir Walter Scott with Santa and his helpers.

New Year Cruise-Loch Katrine 28,29,30Dec 1,2,3 Jan Pg 3 for more information

Gartmore Christmas Fayre

Sat 5 Dec 2pm Gartmore village hall Lovely family fayre with lots of stalls- baking, Xmas wreaths, bottle stall, raffle hampers and bric a brac Everyone Welcome!

Fintry Primary Christmas Fair Sat 5th Dec 10-12 Tea/Coffee & Home Baking Craft Stalls, Games, School Enterprise, Arts & Crafts Table, Raffle, Tombola

Killearn Christmas Market with Strathendrick Singers Sun 6th Dec 1pm-4pm pg 87

Killearn Kirk Events Guild Christmas Coffee Morning Sat 5 Dec Kirk Hall Killearn 10am-12noon Baking Stall and Sales table Strathendrick Singers Christmas Concerts Fri 11 Dec 7.30pm Tickets from Members or email Nativity service Sun 13 Dec, 10.30am Lessons & Carol Singing 20th Dec 10.30am Christmas Eve Service Thurs 24 Dec 11pm Christmas Day Family Service 10am

Strathblane Christmas Fair Fri 4th Dec 6.30-9pm A fun Christmas shopping evening

Drymen Primary School PTA Christmas Fair Sun 6th Dec 2.30pm-4.30pm Drymen Church Hall Family Christmas fun with games, tombolas, childrens crafts, Elves Workshop, home baking and refreshments. The Fair will conclude with a Light Procession from the Church Hall to Drymen Square for the community Christmas Light switch on.

Balfron High School Christmas Fayre Fri 11th Dec 10am-1pm Lots of stalls with great Christmas present ideas.

Tir na nOg Yule Fayre 12th & 13th Dec 11 -5pm A weekend of Christmas shopping with a difference - local suppliers of unusual and unique arts, crafts and gifts, all under cover in the traditional yurt from Red Kite Yurts. Catering by Macmillan’s Kitchen with music and good cheer all weekend.

B Flats’ Christmas Concert An evening of Christmas Music! Gartocharn Millennium Hall Fri 11th Dec 7.30pm Tickets: 01360 660 706 Village Shop or Choir members Adults:£6 Children:£3 Charity: SADS....Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome


Festive Guide to What’s On

Kippen Primary School

Community Christmas Concert A cast of local Talent Wed 16 Dec 6.30pm Kippen Parish Church Mulled wine & Mince pies served from 6pm Adults £6 Children Free Tickets from;

Balfron Bairns Christmas Party Wed 16th Dec 9.30am-11.30am Fun morning with Games, and a visit from Santa! Teas, coffees & cakes Everyone welcome

Gartmore Gigs

Gartmore Village Hall Sat 12th Dec 7pm for 7.30pm It’s ‘Christine Bovill’s Piaf’. This is part of Christine’s tour to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Edith Piaf (19th December 1915). This was a sellout tour when she played at the Spiegeltent at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Tickets £10.00 are available from Gartmore Village Shop 01877 382214 and on

STIRLING CASTLE Christmas Shopping Fayre

1 Dec 2015 6-9pm £5 Join in the spirit of Christmas at our annual fayre in the Great Hall. Come along and wander through the stalls of local crafts, fine foods and drinks. Buy your tickets online from the Official Historic Scotland webstore.

A Midwinter Feast

6 Dec 2015 12.30 – 3.30pm Step into the festive and busy world of Stirling Castle’s royal court this Christmas. Join the Queen, Mary of Guise, as she celebrates this joyous season with her courtiers and friends.

Croftamie Annual Village Christmas Evening Mon 21st Dec 6.45pm

Carol singing round the village Christmas tree in Mill Quadrant Afterwards, at The Wayfarers for refreshments Everyone young and old welcome – please come along and join in a very sociable evening!

Heron House Annual Christmas Show 22nd Dec Killearn Village Hall. It’s “The Nativity”..all welcome, Beatson fundraiser.

RSPB EVENT Winter Crafts and Lantern Walk Sat 19 Dec 3pm-5pm Families £10 (members discount 20%).

Sunrise Goose Watch Sun 17 Jan 7.30am –9.30am Meeting place will be confirmed when booking. Adult: £5, Child £2.50 (members discount: 20%)

Birds for Beginners Sat 30 Jan 11am-2pm Contact 01389 830 670 or email for bookings and more information.

Buchlyvie SWI Meetings are on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in the village Hall 6th Dec, 2015 Christmas Film Night 13th Jan, 2016 Paws for Thought, with Lynsey Thomson, Therapet For further information contact Margaret, 01360 850492,, or Muriel, 01350 860357,

Gartmore Village Hall Burns Supper Saturday 30th Jan 2016 6.30 for 7pm Tickets £16.00 for a 3 course meal and welcome drink. Tickets available from Gartmore Village Shop 01877 382214

Buchlyvie 10km 10th Birthday!

23rd Jan To celebrate the 10th Birthday there will be Tea & Cake at 3pm at the Prize giving. No entries on the day and all bookings are online;

Blane Valley Burns Club Dinner Sat 30th Jan Edmonstone Hall, Blanefield Tickets £17 from Strathblane Library or George 01360770390 3 Course meal/BYOB/Entertainment & Raffle

Balfron Ceilidh Raising funds for volunteering trip to Ecuador Sat 23 Jan McClintock hall 8pm until midnight Tickets £10 and are available from Balfron High School, Wonderland in Balfron or from Fiona by texting or phoning her on 07713 775409. The tickets will include entry to the ceilidh and snacks. Bring your own bottle. The band is Fidra. Raffle on the night to raise extra funds.

The Annual Railton Scott Whist Drive Fri 5th Feb 7pm in aid of Cancer Research Kippen Village Hall This will be the 50th anniversary of the whist evening raising money for this worthy cause. Over the 50 years Kippen has raised in excess of £190,000. Please come along and play whist this year and enjoy a great village occasion and help us have a bumper year of fundraising. | 67


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A new headteacher has been appointed at Beaconhurst School in Stirlingshire. Sandra Bannerman, Glasgow MA Hons, PGCE Distinction and the school’s former depute head, has taken over the role previously held by John Owen. Tom Preston, Chairman of the school’s Board of Governors, said: “We are delighted to appoint Sandra Bannerman to lead the next phase of the development of the School.

With such a diverse and entertaining programme of cinema screenings there really is something for everyone whoever you bring with you – the grandkids, friends or other family members!

For full details of the January cinema programme at Macrobert Arts Centre visit or call 01786 466 666 *Subject to availability

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“Ms Bannerman has been instrumental in the implementation of a range of enhancements to academic standards and the rounded offering we have at Beaconhurst. Since being appointed depute head, Ms Bannerman’s focus has been on raising academic standards at the school which recently celebrated its best Higher results ever. She has concentrated on introducing new academic initiatives which helped secure Beaconhurst’s unprecedented 20% increase in Higher awards this August with a total of 93% of pupils gaining A-C grades. Ms Bannerman is keen to build on the school’s academic success and also plans to continue to develop an Expressive Arts pathway at Beaconhurst similar to that already in place for Sport. She says: “I’m genuinely pleased and privileged to have been appointed as headteacher of Beaconhurst. “I’m deeply committed to the values of our school and proud of our pupils and all they do both in and out of school. “What I do want to do is continue to drive forward with the academic initiatives we launched last year and which led to the substantial improvement in our exam results. “I am also looking at developing our Expressive Arts Department, building on the family ethos which is a big part of our school and working closely with the Parent Teacher Association.” She says: “This is a very exciting opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to getting to grips with all the initiatives I want to focus on in the coming years. “We may be small in size but we are doing big things and it’s my intention that we keep on doing that whilst maintaining the Beaconhurst ethos and staying true to our values.”

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Book Review

Walking in a Winter Woodland! In early 2015 the woodland at North Ballochruin Farm had some new residents - the Woodlanders! Three clans have come so far Pine, Fir and Spruce and we are happy to say they are settling in well. Since their arrival, farmer Ken Hendry thought they would be the perfect way to teach children about nature and woodland life. The first story in the series is called Peter Pine’s Woodland Walk and is written by Ken’s daughter Sarah. One morning Peter wakes up early and decides to go for a walk. On his way he thinks about how wonderful it would be to be a bird and fly in the sky and he meets several woodland creatures and learns more about the life of a bird. It will be available for purchase shortly at the farm shop and later online through our website. The book is aimed at younger children and features beautiful illustrations by artist Ciaran Murphy, it is hoped that a series aimed at older children will be released in the next couple of years. The farm is extremely busy at the moment due to the inaugural woodland lights show – Alive and the return of our special guest – Santa at Santa’s Woodland Experience. Both experiences offer a chance to see the woodlanders in their natural habitat. You can see Santa at the farm from 27th of November, limited spaces so booking is essential visit 70 |

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Macrobert Arts Centre presents

Macrobert Arts Centre presents a Frozen Charlotte and Aberdeen Performing Arts co-production

A new show for everyone aged 3 to 6 (and their grown-ups)

A brand new panto written by and starring Johnny McKnight

WED 25 NOV - SUN 3 JAN Tickets from £9

Tue 1 - Sun 27 Dec

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It’s Panto Time...oh no it isn’t!


Peter Pan The swashbuckling pantomime adventure David Hasselhoff/The Krankies/ Michelle McManus Sat 12 Dec – Sun 3 Jan. SECC Clyde Auditorium Tel: 0844 3954005


It’s Panto Time – Cinderella Dec 5 - Dec 24 Poor Cinderella....her days are spent sweeping, dusting, cleaning and polishing when she would rather be laughing, singing, shimmying and bopping. Her cruel step sisters Pashmina and Polyester boss her about and make her life a misery. Then one day something happens that could change her life forever! Don’t miss’s behind you! Cost £10/£6 Booking essential Tel: 0141 956 6100



The Little Mermaid 25 Nov - 3 Jan A brand new panto written, directed and starring Johnny McKnight. Millions of miles underwater of Stirling Stella there lies a perfect world - Oceania. Down there there’s no violence, no gaudy colours, there’s not even a whiff of Celebrity Big Brother. But it’s not enough for Ariel. She’s madly in love with the most feared and handsome pirate in all the pantosphere – Captain Spark Barrel. But could he ever love a woman who was, well, a fish? That’s right A FISH. Dare Ariel strike a deal with the mighty sea witch Ursula? Will true love win out? Will we rip off the movie Splash?

It’s Panto Time again in Fintry! All aboard the good ship Hairy Mary bound for Morocco! Can Dick McWittington (Heather Stevenson in the photo) rid Glasgow of a plague of rats by tricking them on board? With the help of Senga the dame and her son Sandy, will he finally get the beautiful Melody, the girl of his dreams?

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Kapow Presents - Rapunzel A Tangled Tale!

Dec 11th-13th Join Kapow Theatre at SEA LIFE Loch Lomond for a hilarious, musical evening at our Festive Panto . Enjoy the classic tale of Rapunzel in a pantomime that promises to be fun for all ages. Doors open at 6.30pm with the show starting at 7pm. Please note there is no allocated seating for this event so we advise customers to arrive as early as possible. Tickets £12 for adults, £8 for children. Combine your ticket with anytime entry to the aquarium for just £5 extra per person with our amazing online only ticket offer for a whole day of festive fun! Oh no he won’t! Oh yes, he will! Come to Fintry Pantomime to find out how it will all turn out ! 26 – 28 November, and 4 - 6 December at 7.30, plus Saturday Matinees at 2.00pm. Tickets now on sale from Killearn Pharmacy, Balfron Library, Fintry Sports Club. Liz Brown on 01360 860078

What’s on at Loch Lomond Shores SANTA & HIS ELF EXTRAVAGANZA

Where does Santa send his little helpers to relax? An elf farm. Elves are in the building so say uhhuh and grab a ticket to see Santa and his Elf Extravaganza at this magical Christmas experience for all the family at Loch Lomond Shores. Back for Christmas 2015, it’s even bigger and better than last year! • Complimentary hot drinks & mince pies while you wait & children will receive a sweetie from Santa at the end • Heated marquee and musical entertainment • Jump aboard the Elf Express to see

Santa and his Elf Extravaganza • Travel to Santa’s Workshop on the Elf Express to see an interactive show performed by Santa! Starts at 10:00, 11:30, 13:00, 14:30, and 16:00. Running every Saturday and Sunday before Christmas, with additional shows on Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd December. Tickets cost £8.50 and can be booked through

DECEMBER Sunday 6th, 10am – 4pm Farmer’s Market Sat 11th - Sun 13th December Kapow presents - Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale! Panto 7pm, Loch Lomond SEA LIFE Centre £12 adult, £8 child. Tickets can be booked at: loch-lomond/cinema Saturday 19th December Loch Lomond Community Cinema The Good Dinosaur 5:30pm, £6 adult, £5 child

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 8:30pm, £6 adult Tickets can be booked at: cinema Sat 19th Dec, 10am – 6pm Festive Craft Market Sun 20th Dec, 10am – 6pm Festive Craft Market Farmer’s Market, 10am-4pm

JANUARY Sunday 3rd, 10am - 4pm Farmer’s Market

Disc ver something special this Christmas The ultimate shopping experience

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TRY SOMETHING NEW TODAY... • Saturday openings • 2 late evening openings (Mon & Thur) Additional Activities • Own a pony for half a day (Sat Morning) • Adult lessons weekdays • Horsemanship workshops led by Johnnie Smith • Horse management sessions (evenings and weekdays) • Segways in the shed 1/2 hr sessions of indoor challenges (age & weight restrictions apply) • Segway parties( as above) • Children`s pony parties • Guided walks( by arrangement) • Gift Vouchers & Christmas Decorations Email

Tel: 01877 385276 | 07801 699497

WIN A Family Ticket for a Sail with Santa Cruise! On The Steamship Sir Walter Scott on the breathtaking winter wonderland of Loch Katrine This includes wrapped presents & celebration drinks and eats for all!

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We are now running weekly bootcamp sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays to get you fit for the new year - £5 per session Top-Class catering for all types of function - weddings, parties, reunions - See website for photographs Friday Evening is our special dining night - booking essential Snacks, Breakfasts and Lunches served every day A charity providing sports and recreation facilities in West Stirling. SC001505

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Balfron High Polytunnel Grand Opening Pupils, parents and staff joined with local businesses, charities and supporting agencies to celebrate the official, grand opening of Balfron High School’s polytunnel. There was a real party atmosphere as guests enjoyed the Indian summer weather. They were able to see a wide range of produce and also sample freshly pressed apple juice, courtesy of Stirling’s Low Carbon Future and Grow Forth (Forth Environment Link). The pupils provided an excellent buffet made with a selection of locally sourced and home grown tomatoes, basil from the polytunnel and homemade scones and jam tarts which they made in Home Economics. The polytunnel was officially opened by Amanda Quinn of Stirling Low Carbon Future, assisted by senior pupils Aaron Alsiran and Richard Jack. A grant from Education Scotland’s “Access to Education” Fund

secured the purchase of the 40ft polytunnel last April. Robyn Horsburgh, Scott Burr and Louise Oswald have been busy growing plants that they use in Home Economics. They are part of a new, pilot course, ConneXions, which includes Plant Biology, Practical Technology, Home Economics and Horticulture. The students connect what they grow with what they eat; what they eat with how it grows; how it grows with when it grows: when it grows with where it grows and by forming connections with local food produces. This way they learn about seasonality, food miles and sustainability. The young people also learn about the value of re-using materials as they have been assisted in making raised beds by recycling wooden pallets with the expert assistance of Stirling Low Carbon Future’s

upcycling group. There are exciting plans for future developments as the pupils plan for the school’s Christmas Fair on 11th December. They will be busy planting hyacinth bulbs for sale and garlic for early cropping. They have been successful in applying for rocket seeds which are at present orbiting Earth and looking forward to being involved in the Royal Horticultural Society project to investigate the effects of zero gravity on germination when the seeds come back to Earth. This is the just the start of many exciting things to come. Watch this space!

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School Bus to and from Lomond School, calling at: Killearn – Drymen – Gartocharn – Balloch Nursery, primary and secondary An education flexible enough to suit every pupil’s needs Purpose-built modern facilities where talents can flourish

Application Deadline for August 2016 Admissions Fri 15 Jan 2016

A vibrant and exciting extra-curricular programme

To find out more, please call 10 Stafford Street, Helensburgh G84 9JX

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Outdoor Learning at Lomond School

Set in Helensburgh, within five miles of Loch Lomond and on the banks of the River Clyde, Lomond School has always maintained a passion and enthusiasm for outdoor learning and outdoor education. However, in the past year this passion has become a key focal point of the school’s strategic development plan and 2014/15 saw the introduction of Curriculum Sailing in the Junior School and Forest School teaching for all pupils in the Nursery and Junior School. This year, the School created a new position of ‘Head of Adventure and Service’. Miss Caroline Beveridge took up the post in August and is tasked with coordinating and leading the development of outdoor learning, outdoor education and voluntary service activities from Nursery through to S6.

From Hill Running and Skiing club to Archery and Young Explorers group, there is a wide range of extracurricular activities to get involved in and participation is supported and encouraged throughout the School. This year, figures released by Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) showed Lomond School to be the leading Independent School in Scotland for supporting pupils through the award scheme. In 2015/16, DofE continues to go from strength to strength with half of S6 pupils having completed their Gold Expedition developing their confidence, resilience, skills as well as giving back to their community through voluntary service.

Johanna Urquhart, Principal said: “Outdoor learning and education are given significant emphasis at Lomond School as we believe they are key to developing a wide range of skills and abilities not readily

found in the classroom. There is also a growing body of research that suggests that outdoor learning plays a significant role in raising pupils’ academic attainment as well. Growing up in the National Park, I have my own personal experience and passion for the outdoors and, throughout my teaching career, I have been privileged to see young people grow in confidence and improve their social and personal skills through taking part in outdoor activities which challenge and develop them. I believe passionately in the importance of this aspect of our curriculum.” Lomond School welcomes prospective families to visit throughout the year. The application deadline for August 2016 admissions is Friday 15 January 2016 and enquiries can be made by contacting the admissions team via or by phone T: 01436 672476.

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Discover th beauty of ree Christmas al trees!

s e e r t s a m Real Christ Centre, r o it s i V t s e r o F The Lodge pm mber, 10am-4 d De c e n 2 2 t s 1 , le y fo Aber

Enjoy a great day out, choose your real Christmas tree, enjoy a mince pie and hot drinks in the cafĂŠ. Saturday 12th-Sunday 13th December, Winter Wildlife Festival, 10am-3pm Come and enjoy activities and crafts around winter wildlife and hibernation in our wildlife viewing room. The Lodge cafe will also be running a barbecue on the terrace to keep you warm!

Saturday 12th December Lomond Mountain Rescue Team will be bringing their hard working dogs to the Lodge to help them raise money for their worthy cause.

Tuesday 1st December-Thursday 24th December, Festive Trails Pick up a quiz sheet from the Lodge and take part in our festive trail. Follow our accessible trail down to the waterfall and find out which elf lives behind doors numbered 1-10...

Visit our website for more info Email: or call 0300 067 6615.

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Sun 29th Nov 10-11.30am Christmas craft for all – make you own Christmas tree decoration £25pp or two people for £45, One Adult & two children £60, Parent VIP lounge £4.50 Sat 5th Dec 10-12.30pm Luxury Fresh Festive Wreaths - Make your own fresh evergreen Wreath - £45pp

Sun 6th Dec 1.30-4pm Everlasting Natural Wreath - £45pp Sat 12th Dec 10.30-12noon Christmas Craft (see Sun 29th Nov)

Mon 14th Dec 7-8.30pm Just for Girls Night! Fizz & Fun £25pp or 2 people £45 includes glass of fizz, nibbles and goodie bag

Sun 13th Dec 10-12noon Christmas Dining table Centrepiece & Tree Decoration Class £35pp 07773 590516 e:

Sun 13th Dec 1-3pm Luxury Xmas Tree Decoration Class - £29pp

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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 four at the Lodge Cafe to the value of £40! Come and visit our cafe where you can sit and enjoy the spectacular views, whilst enjoying freshly prepared food from our winter menu. Offer valid until end of February 2016.

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Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek Gartocharn Monday 12.15pm 07759 182236 Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek Gartocharn Thursday 6pm 07759 182236 Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek Blanefield Thursday 9.45am & 8pm 07759 182236 Zumba - Jane Strathblane Saturday 10am 07968 968944 Zumba - Jane Killearn Wednesday 7.45pm 07968 968944 Killearn Health & Fitness Slow Flow Yoga Killearn Monday 2-3pm 01360 5513338 Group Personal Training Killearn Monday 8-9pm 01360 5513338 Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Killearn Tuesday 10.30am-12pm 01360 5513338 Slow Flow Yoga Killearn Tuesday 2-3pm 01360 5513338 Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Killearn Tuesday 6-7.30pm 01360 5513338 Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Killearn Thursday 10.30am-12pm 01360 5513338 Slow Flow Yoga Killearn Thursday 2-3pm 01360 5513338 Group Personal Training Killearn Thursday 6-7pm & 8-9pm 01360 5513338 Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Killearn Friday 10.30am-12pm 01360 5513338 Introductory Class is Free Cheerobics Balfron Mon 8.30pm 07917 541163 Body Revive Dance Central Balfron Tue/Thur 10.30am & 8.30pm 07917 541163 Kore Kickboxing Balfron High School Mon & Thur 8pm - 9.30pm 07813 884202 Taekwondo Rainbow (4-8 yrs) Balfron High School Wednesday 5-6pm 07963 080078 Taekwondo Juniors & Adults (8 yrs plus) Balfron High School Wednesday 6-7pm 07963 080078 Ladies Netball Balfron High School Wednesday 8 -9pm All Abilities welcome Balfron Gymnastics Club Balfron High School Saturday 10.30-5pm The Yoga Place â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Killearn Pilates Starts 4th Jan Monday 11:15am Jocelynne Mysore programme Monday 9:30am-11am Siobhan Yin Restorative Yoga Monday 6:45pm - 8pm Adelaide Mindful Movement Yoga Tuesday 10:30am - 11:50am Craig Ashtanga Beginner led class Tuesday 6:15pm - 7:25pm Siobhan Full led Primary Ashtanga Tuesday 7:30pm - 9pm Siobhan Mysore programme Wednesday 9:30am -11am Siobhan Gentle Hatha flow Yoga Wednesday 11:30am - 12:50pm Gillian Physio rehabilitation to movement Wednesday 1:30pm - 2:30pm Francoise Zumba Wednesday 7.45pm - 9pm Jane Mysore programme Thursday 9:30am -11am Siobhan Seasonal Vinyasa yoga Thursday 1pm-2pm Elaine Mindful Movement Yoga Thursday 7:30pm-8:50pm Craig Full led primary series Friday 9:30pm - 11am Siobhan Pilates Friday 11:15am - 12.15pm Jocelynne Mysore programme with Pranayama Saturday 8:30am - 10:30am Siobhan Strictly seniors-60+ dance fitness(no partner required) Tuesday 10-11am Buchlyvie village hall commencing 18th August Thursday 10.45am -11.45am Killearn village hall commencing 20th August Monday 1.30pm-2.30pm McClintock hall Balfron commencing 24th August Contact details - Kellie currie 07858 226761 or email Metafit Kfit Strathblane Village club Tuesday 7.15pm 07766 073675 Corefit Kfit Strathblane Village club Tuesday 7.45pm 07766 073675 Metafit Kfit Strathblane Village club Friday 9.30am 07766 073675 Legs, Bums and Tums Kfit Strathblane Village club Friday 10am 07766 073675

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Slim for Santa? Emotional Weight Loss Coaching Lose a size in only 4 weeks or your money back! Personal Training one to one or group Ashtanga Yoga one to one or group with female Mysore style qualified teacher Eye Treatments • Waxing Manicure/Pedicure & Gel Nails Swedish Massage Hot Stone Massage Facial Treatments • Spray Tan The Yoga Place, Killearn, Glasgow G63 9LQ Charlotte O’Connor T: 07516 665157 E:

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Volunteers needed for new hearing aid trial Do you or does someone you know have a hearing loss? At Clements Hearing Services we believe that the best hearing solutions are those that offer real benefits to real people in real situations. That’s why we’re looking for volunteers to help us evaluate ReSound LiNX², the latest hearing aid technology from leading manufacturer GN ReSound.

ReSound LiNX² is: • Cosmetic and discreet • Has top rated sound quality • Connects wirelessly to a range of technologies and hearing accessories This free, no obligation trial, includes: • A free hearing test • The opportunity to try ReSound LiNX2 for a two week period

To find out more about this trial, please call 0141 954 6030 Clements Hearing Services, 538 Crow Road, Jordanhill, Glasgow G13 1NU Clements Hearing Services is a leading independent hearing aid centre offering friendly and professional hearing healthcare in Glasgow.

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Baxter Accounting 11 JMC Chartered Accountants 10 Sykam & Co Chartered Accountants 11

Activities & Courses

Castle Rednock Trekking Centre Fintry Sports Centre Go Country Loch Katrine Cruises McLaren Leisure Centre Peloton Bike Shop The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre


MW Consultants MH Planning Malcolm Parry Architects


Stirlingshire Caravans

Christmas Trees

Duff Christmas Trees

Clothing Consultants/Alterations The Leo Look The Sewing Room

Computer Services

Gemini Solutionz Kappa Computer Laptop and PC Doctor Microcroft


Buchlyvie Electrical MMS Electrical


Macroberts Arts Centre Tolbooth

74 74 68 3 87 49 78 22 22 22 58 64 39 87 62 62 62 62 18 19 71 65

Financial Advisers

St James Place Wealth Mgt 8 Vision lifestyle financial planning ltd 10

Food/Drink & Accommodation

Beech Tree Inn Blane Valley Inn Buchlyvie Pottery Shop & Coffee Kiln Cookroom Country Mumkins Cross Keys Culcreuch Castle & Estate Gartmore House Holidays Please House Of Darrach Inn at Kippen Kippen Wine Cellars Kirkhouse Inn The Lade Inn Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa Nick Nairn Cook School Poppies Hotel & Restaurant Red Kite Yurts St Mocha The Fintry Inn The Oak Tree Inn The Old Mill Bar & Restaurant The Wayfarers 84 |

25 25 27 24 33 31 30 34 30 32 33 35 29 34 9 28 28 24 35 27 2 33 26

Funeral Services

Andrew Anderson & Sons 50 John Coubrough Funeral Directors 50

Galleries & Gift Shops The Papercut Artist Ian Gallagher Jewellers Lightstarphoto Loch Lomond Shores Moon Samantha Holmes Sheila Fleet Jewellery Wonderland

Gardening & Outdoors

Allander Aggregates Ltd Benview Garden Centre Craig Tree Services Cruachan Landscaping Fraser Robb John Currie Brick and Stonework MacColl Landscaping Scotia Contracts Ltd

Health & Wellbeing

C Beauty @ The Yoga Place Clements Mobility Clements Hearing services Killearn Fitness Health & Wellbeing Natural Beauty Care Rosie Brown Massage Sports & Remedial Massage Therapy The Yoga Place Killearn Tir Na Nog


Apollo Blinds Burndale Workshop Colin Johnson Traditional Upholstery Cotterell & Co DM Designs Elspeth Bennie artist blacksmith Upholstery Craft Training Centre J Walker Interiors Sparkle Carpets Steven Burgess Furniture Sticks and Stones Furniture The Fabric Gallery Town & Country Designs Coffee Shop

Kids Section

Beaconhurst School Caledonia Play Heron House Early Years Lomond School Razzamataz Balfron High Pollytunnel

43 45 45 73 46 41 38 39 54 52 54 56 57 52 55 53 81 82 83 81 43 81 81 81 51 59 59 59 43 4 58 61 61 7 88 48 61 39 69 48 71 76 65 75

Landlords/Property for Sale/Rent Northwood Landlords Office space to let Kippen Property for sale

Laundry & Domestic Services The Catâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pyjamas The Laundry Lady

Local Produce

Achray Farm Shop Scotia Spice

8 52 51 87 86 49 46

Logs & Fuels

Hardwood Logs James D Bilsland Ltd Lomond Logs Ltd Tartan Timber W.Wilson & Sons

Painting & Decorating

Andrew Steele Painter & Decorator Endrick Decorators of Killearn G Ford & Son Jack Brand Decorating Strathendrick Decorators The Paint Shed

Pet Services

MISSING DOGS Kuruba Scotia Pet Supplies Ltd

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Paul Saunders Media & Photography 43


Dunrite Plumbing MJM gas services Stewart Reid Plumbing Services


Ardstove Stirling Stove Centre Tartan Stoves

Trades & Services

Aberfoyle Satellite Company Adrian Pirie A Ferguson Plastering Alastair Wilson Joinery Appliance Repairs & Spares Bathroom Transformations Boquhan Estates CMC Home Improvements C-Mix Drymen Tiling Eco Living Fowler & Son G&S Roofing Ltd G Ford & Son Glasgow Wood Pellets Homeworx Killearn Household & Ind Floor sanding services KM Joiners Lorne Howell Joiners & Builders Man Aboot the Hoose McKay Tiling Mitchell Maintenance Services Render Mender RM Contractors Steven Skinner Joinery Services Strathard Home Improvements Tradstocks

Windows Cleaning Night & Day

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A. Ferguson Plastering

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



Fowler & Son CHIMNEY SWEEPS Modern sweeping with a traditional twist.

Cowls supplied & fitted T: 01436 670124 M: 07875 068510


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

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

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Farmers Markets

(outside M&S) and is within easy access of the main streets, car parks, rail and bus stations.

Every Friday; 9am-5pm Beside Millennium Hall, Gartocharn Family run market with a huge selection of local produce including fruit & veg, cooked meats, cheese, eggs, butcher meats. A selection of breads from Mhor bread also available.

Open: Mon-Sat 9.30-4.30pm Sun 10.30-4.30pm Farm shop stocking veg, cheeses, preserves, biscuits, cakes etc 01360 850525 Ward Toll, Balfron Station G63 0QZ.


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


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


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




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


2nd Sat of each month; 10am - 4pm Port Street, Stirling. A very busy and well organised market with a superb cross section of produce from all over Central Scotland. The market is located in the pedestrian area of the city centre


Full Size Games Hall 20m swimming Pool Outdoor Tennis Modern Fitness Suite Fitness Classes 30ft Climbing Wall Mollands Road, Callander FK17 8JP | Tel: 01877 330000

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Park Life Magazine December 2015  

An A5 colour advertizer and whats on for the Trossachs area in Scotland.

Park Life Magazine December 2015  

An A5 colour advertizer and whats on for the Trossachs area in Scotland.