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THE OAK TREE INN Muddy Boots Welcome

SLTN Award The Oak Tree Inn has once again won one of the most prestigious hospitality industry awards – Scotland’s Independent Pub of the Year 2015. This was presented by the SLTN. The Oak Tree previously won this award in 2012.

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

St Mocha St Mocha Coffee Shop & Ice Cream Parlour is expanding, in addition to our location next to The Oak Tree Inn we have just opened a kiosk on Luss Pier. Freshly roasted artisan coffee, delicious home baking and of course our very own Loch Lomond Luxury Ice Cream in Balmaha and Luss. Open 10am-6pm

Weir’s Rest - Balmaha The Tom Weir Statue has been a huge success during its first year. Over the last few months Weir’s Rest has been updated with new picnic benches, local history and nature panels and a Mountain Garden. Come and see it soon.

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Sailings and events throughout the year


The Steamship Sir Walter Scott is fully wheelchair friendly

• Classic Steamship Cruises on Sir Walter Scott • Panoramic Cruises on Lady of the Lake • Walking & Cycling on the shores of Loch Katrine • The Brenachoile Restaurant • Katrine Gifts - Souvenirs & Crafts • Katrinewheelz - Cycle hire • Borg Grech Photography SPECIAL EVENTS THAT ALL THE FAMILY CAN ENJOY! 11th JUNE - ‘Special Queen’s Birthday Cruise’ – with live music (1:00pm)

19th JUNE - ‘Father’s Day Cruises’ – with half-price sailings for all dads and grandads!

30th JULY - ‘Family Charity Fun Day’ – bring the whole family along to Trossachs Pier to enjoy the fun.

26th JUNE to 28th AUGUST - ‘Music on the Loch’ – sailings on Sunday afternoons (4:00pm) on the Sir Walter Scott, with live music to suit all tastes, from jazz to rock & roll and traditional Scottish music.

Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine, by Callander, Stirling FK17 8HZ

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What’s on in the Park Life area ........................................ 10-24 Park Life Map ......................................................................... 10 Kinlochard Gathering ............................................................ 12 Information & bookings Trossachs Highland Gathering ............................................... 13 e: Highland June - July ................................................. 16 t: 07741 506911 / 07852Games 106605 Camphill Events .................................................................... 16 Local Events ..................................................................... 17-38 What’s on Loch Lomond Shores ............................................ 18 Let’s have a look at Callander ......................................... 25-35 Interview with Dawn Haldane ................................................ 26 Interview with Dale & Vicky McQueen .................................. 29 Summer Fest .................................................................... 34-35 Useful local Numbers ............................................................ 63 Scotland’s Gardens .......................................................... 64-65 Fitness Classes....................................................................... 66 Dining out......................................................................... 70-81 Interview with Paul & Sirin Wood ........................................ 74-75 Interview with Gartmore Village Hall Coordinator .................. 80 Index ..................................................................................... 84 Farmers Markets .................................................................... 86 nsored by spo dly ou


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Currently open at weekends & holidays 12-4pm subject to weather, if in doubt please call ahead 0141 944 4141

See advert on page 21 for more details To enter visit • 20m Swimming Pool • Modern Fitness Suite • 30ft Climbing Wall

• Full Size Games Hall • Fitness Classes • Coached Birthday Parties Mollands Rd, Callander FK17 8JP | Tel: 01877 330 000

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Kinlochard Gathering

A Royal theme this year inspired by the Queen’s 90th birthday

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


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Our activities are ideal for you people for a great day out. Some of our most popular activities are our waterpark, gorge walking, archery, canoeing and horse riding. In addition we organise group activities for children including Birthday Parties and Overnight Camp Outs.

Sunday 19th July Kinlochard Village Field & Hall from 12noon. Free Entry Nearby parking off B829 for a donation Shuttle mini bus running from Aberfoyle Tourist Information Centre Attractions include: Opening and Storytelling by Paraig MacNeil Pipe Band and Highland Dancers Junior Solo Piping Competition Lomond Flyball Club with their fantastic dogs Trossachs Search and Rescue demonstration Traditional Heavy Events with audience participation Tug o War • Giant Sack Race • Duck Race Watery fun by the loch - sailing and canoeing. Side shows and stalls. Children’s events include: Segway Trekking is one Crown making workshop of our new activities... Dressing up in Historic Scotland royal costumes These 5’s unique machines are Teddy Bears’ Picnic for under – bring your royally fascinating and fun to operate. dressed bear along Suitable for all above 10 years Jousting • Children’s races old and below 17 stone. The 45 Delicious food - home baking, burgers, ice creams, min session includes indoortea, coffee and licensed bar training followed by an outdoor experience for £20.loch side A great day out for all ages at a beautiful setting in the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs Pony Trekking- age 4 & National Park. above £18 (1 hour) £32 (2 hours) Reduction families of 4 and All proceeds to Kinlochard VillageforHall more. Pony Rides £10 (1/2 hour sessions).

Other activities include orienteering, Shetland driving and Nordic walking.

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We customise programmes to suit the specific requirements of corporate groups benefit from the exciting and challenging experiences which improve team working, communication and leadership skills, increase the confidence of individuals as well as the group as a whole.

Group and Fun Days

Go country provide a popular venue for groups of friends whether in stag and hen parties, to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions, clubs or just friends have a fun day out.

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Take advantage of our equipment hire experience, we hire all equipment including Canoe & Bike Hire!

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

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 available Email

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Trossachs Highland Gathering

returns this Summer to Aberfoyle! Sunday 24th July This Summer sees the revival of the great ‘Trossachs Highland Gathering’ at Kirkton Farm. Last held in the 80’s in the halcyon days of Geoff Capes and TV Strongmen. Top Contemporary athletes from home and abroad will be vying to break the 30 odd year old distances still recorded since last held in 1987. There will also be a range of strongman challenges including...

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• The stones of Density • The V12 classic car pull • The hailstane of talent Its not all about strength though with highland dancing, solo piping, bands plus a range of country pursuits Archery, clay pigeons, falconry, fly casting, sheepdogs, wrestling SWB Cumberland and many craft and traders stands.

Ample car parking and gathering is located adjacent to village of Aberfoyle at Kirkton Farm FK8 3UQ Put the date in your diary now Sunday 24th July! Tel: 07400 052830 • E:


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A legend in the Trossachs... still faithfully working in its 116th year!

As the stories of Rob Roy MacGregor’s exploits in the 17th Century became well known across the country, the status of the outlaw and folk hero from The Trossachs as a Scottish legend was confirmed, and his homeland in the hills around Loch Katrine came to attract artists, writers, and visitors who wanted to experience and enjoy for themselves this special part of the world. Of course it was those intrepid Victorian travellers who really put the Trossachs on the map – as they made their way to Loch Katrine (a journey made by Queen Victoria herself on the occasion of her visit in 1859), and set out for the journey to Stronachlachar on the venerable steamship ‘Rob Roy 2’ – proudly named after the ‘local hero’. It was at the turn of the century however when another chapter in the story of the area was created, as the steamship Sir Walter Scott entered service on Loch Katrine and started on its own journey, one that would see it become a legend in its own right. 116 years later the experience of setting sail on the steamer from Katrine Pier is every bit as enchanting as it was in those early days, and the timeless sense of expectation as the Sir Walter Scott slips away from its moorings to start yet another journey never seems to diminish. For some of the passengers this will be the start of a family cycling expedition, or a day to be spent walking in the hills, for others it will be an opportunity to capture the splendour of the Trossachs in photographs, and simply enjoy the majesty of the landscape. For many visitors their day out starts as the Sir Walter Scott leaves the Trossachs Pier at 10.30am, and on arrival at Stronachlachar passengers can choose to disembark and return by bicycle along the road which follows the northern shore of the loch or stay onboard for the return sailing, arriving back again at 12.30pm, just in time for lunch. In the afternoon there is another chance for passengers to sample the delights of travelling by steam, with a choice of shorter 1-hour cruises. With admirers and followers at home and abroad, the

Sir Walter Scott has been lovingly maintained, restored and refurbished over the years, so for today’s visitors the special atmosphere of a Victorian pleasure steamer comes along with totally up-to-date facilities and services. These include comfortable lounges with panoramic views which allow passengers to relax and admire the passing scenery, and a kiosk serving refreshments to enjoy during the cruise. Sailing alongside the steamship again in 2016 is the modern cruiser ‘Lady of the Lake’, with its own programme of departures including the special ‘Legends of the Loch’ cruise (departing at 1.30pm and at 4.15pm from 27th May to 2nd October), which introduces visitors to some of the other notable visitors associated with Loch Katrine through the generations, including Sir Walter Scott himself, and tells the story of the water supply system opened by Queen Victoria (and which still sends 50 million gallons of water each day to 700,000 people in the greater Glasgow area). Loch Katrine is the starting point for so many different experiences – from walking by the loch shore, through to family cycling expeditions, and of course the opportunity to enjoy a sail on the legendary steamship Sir Walter Scott (or the modern cruiser Lady of the Lake). This really is the best way to enjoy the stunning scenery which was shaped by glaciers thousands of years ago, and to discover the story of how the loch itself has supplied Glasgow’s tap water since the middle of the 19th century. Look out for ospreys and otters, and see if you can spot the wild goats on the shore during your cruise! Sailings depart from Trossachs Pier, which is easy to reach from all across Central Scotland, and where visitor facilities include The Brenachoile Café Bar and Restaurant. Details of all sailing times are available at | 15

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HIGHLAND GAMES 2016 Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games Rugby Ground Saturday 4th June

Cornhill Highland Games Cornhill Playing Field Saturday 4th June

Markinch Highland Games John Dixon Park Sunday 5th June

Oldmeldrum Sports & Highland Games The Pleasure Park Saturday 18th June

Cupar Highland Games Duffus Park Saturday 11th June

Strathmore Highland Games Glamis Castle Sunday 12th June

Ceres Highland Games The Bow Butts Saturday 25th June

Newburgh Highland Games Robbie’s Park Saturday 18th June

Aberdeen’s Highland Games Hazelhead Park Sunday 19th June

Drumtochty Highland Games Drumtochty Castle Grounds Saturday 25th June

Luss Highland Games

Braemar Junior Highland Games

Princess Royal And Duke Of Fif Saturday 9th July

Lochcarron Highland Games Attadale Estate Saturday 16th July

Loch Lomond Highland Games Moss O’ Balloch Park Saturday 16th July

Rosneath Peninsula Highland Games Howie Park, Rosneath Sunday 17th July

Tomintoul Highland Games Public Park Saturday 16th July

Stonehaven Highland Games Mackie Academy Playing Fields Sunday 17th July

Inveraray Highland Games Castle Grounds Tuesday 19th July

Burntisland Highland Games Burntisland Links Monday 18th July

Mull Highland Games Erray Park Thursday 21st July

Airth Highland Games North Greens Park Saturday 23rd July

Balquhidder, Lochearnhead & Strathyre Highland Games Lochearnhead Saturday 23rd July

Luss Village Saturday 2nd July

Durness Highland Gathering

Thornton Highland Gathering

Dufftown Highland Games

Memorial Park Saturday 2nd July

Kenmore Highland Games Kenmore Sports Field Wednesday 6th July

Alva Games

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Friday 29th July

Mortlach School Sports Field Saturday 30th July

Halkirk Highland Games Halkirk Recreation Park Saturday 30th July

St. Andrews Highland Games Station Park Sunday 31st July

FORTHCOMING EVENTS June 2016 - Camphill Blair Drummond turns 40 in June! We have set a challenge to raise £40,000 to give the community a birthday gift of an equipped outdoor sports area for our residents, students, co-workers and staff to enjoy. To help us achieve our goal visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving. com/40kBirthdayChallenge Saturday 11th June: 6pm - 9pm: Bike Safari Year 5 of our popular Bike Safari! Will you take on the Ostrich Challenge of 10 laps around the Safari Park or will you be a Cheeky Monkey and do one lap? See our website for more details. Saturday 18th June & Sunday 19th June: Birthday Celebrations! There’s something for everyone in our birthday programme – do come and join us! Saturday 10am - 5pm: Forth Valley Open Studios Our Community is delighted to be taking part in the Forth Valley Open Studios event again. Our doors will be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 18th June and Sunday 19th June. We hope you can come and enjoy looking at the wonderful art and craft work we do here. 12pm - 4pm: It’s our 40th birthday! Come and celebrate with us at our Open Afternoon. Check our website for more details. Sunday 19th June 10am - 5pm: Forth Valley Open Studios 1pm -5pm: ‘Scotland’s Open Gardens’ Visit Park House on Cuthil Brae and enjoy an afternoon in the sunshine, exploring Jamie and Sue Muir’s wonderful gardens. Then wander along the woodland trail to Blair Drummond House for a cream tea on our lawn. What a treat! Admission £5, children free. Camphill receives 40% of the admission fee, with the remainder going to Scotland’s Gardens beneficiaries.

What’s On June-July Events Loch Katrine Events See pg 3 Loch Lomond Events See pg 18 The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Events See pg 19 Classics at Kippen See pg 67 Kinlochard Gathering See pg 12 Trossachs Highland Gathering See pg 13 Callander & Trosssachs Summer Fest See pg 34 Trossachs Summer Festival See pg 28 Knit and Natter Last Monday of the month 10.30 – 12.30 Drymen Library Everyone welcome!

Gargunnock Show

Sat 4th June The show hosts Gargunnock Hill race and the SAYFC West area tug of war finals. A great family day out. Music through out the day from Doune Pipe band. Horses, Ponies, Clydesdales, Highland Pones, Baking, Floral Art, Children’s Painting. On field entertainments & trade stands. Bar & Catering

Killearn Beer Festival

4 June from 3pm £4 entry

Killearn 10k

Sat 4th June 11 am

Theatre Broad Prelude and Fugue

Sat 11 June/Mon 13June/Tues 14June/Sat 18June Tickets £5 from Albert Halls, Tolbooth Studio Theatre, Cowane Centre, Stirling

Forth Valley Art Beat

11-19 June online brochure

Strathblane Nursery & Primary School Fundraiser Summer Fayre Sat 11 June 12-3pm Everyone welcome, A fun day out for the whole community!

Kippen Street Fayre

Sat 11 June 10am-4pm This year’s Fayre once again promises to be a fantastic fun day out for all the family... the Fayre will be packed full of great entertainment including fancy dress parade, fun dog show, live music, vintage vehicles and stalls lining the street selling everything from crafts to clothes, plants to pottery. We look forward to seeing you all... locals and visitors alike!

Drymen, Buchanan & Croftamie Gala Day Sat 11 June See Facebook for more details

Benview Garden Centre Miniature Garden Competition

Sat 11 June This year we have 8 local schools participating in the annual miniature garden competition on the 11th of June, all trying to win a Benview gardening voucher for their school. Once again our greenhouses will be completely taken over by mini gardens done by children ranging from nursery to P7. All the gardens will be displayed for the weekend and they are definitely worth viewing as the amount of time and skill involved is very impressive. Last year’s winner was Karl from Buchlyvie, who will it be this year?

St. Mary’s Church Fete Aberfoyle

Tourist Office on Sat 18th June, in aid of church funds.

Auction & Silent Auction Sat 18th June McLintock Hall 7pm Wine & Nibbles

Rob Roy Challenge & Monachyle Mhor Present the Kenmhor Festival 2016

18 June 12pm The Rob Roy Challenge is famous for its post-event party by the shores of Loch Tay in Kenmore. But this year, we have decided to make it even bigger and better. We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Monachyle Mhor to bring you the brand-new Rob Roy Challenge Kenmhor Festival. All participants will

be given two wristbands for entry to the festival, kids under 16 go free, and anyone else who wishes to come join the fun can buy additional tickets. Take your pick from Gourmet fish & chips, oysters, salad bar, the big BBQ and the Mhor tearoom; or why not sample them all? Food stalls open from 12pm A great line-up of musicians and DJs to keep you dancing away into the small hours. Music will start from 2pm in the festival bar tent Keep the little ones amused with bouncy castles, face painting, giant Jenga, Connect Four, bread making and omelette challenge, Rob Roy Olympics and fun fair rides. Hand-picked bunch of great people, selling gorgeous products. Open from 12pm End your day with a bang! Our legendary fireworks display starts at 10.30pm

Art Exhibition/Sale

Sat 25 June 9am-5pm Free entry. Original work in Oils and Acrylics, prints and greetings cards Saint Kessogs Hall Balloch

Tir na nOg See pg 67 for advert Crystal & Craft Fair 25 & 26 June Kyiv Classic Accordion Duo Concert St Modoc’s Church, George St, Doune Mon 18 July 7.30pm Virtuoso Ukrainian accordionists play favourite classics and Russian folk music Tickets on the door £10 (£5 concession) including refreshments All proceeds to support families affected by Chernobyl disaster

Port of Menteith Church Flower Festival 22nd, 23rd and 24th July 11am - 4pm Produce Stall Entry by Donation

Mugstock Scotland’s friendliest wee festival

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Pop up Opera Roadshow with Scottish Opera (tickets from Farmers’ Market & live music 10am-4pm Car boot sale, 9.30am-12.30pm Murray The Magician, free magic shows 12-3pm Gateside Nursery plant sale The Little Mermaid film screening at Loch Lomond Sea Life Centre cinema Gateside Nursery plant sale Farmers’ Market and live music 10am-4pm Murray The Magician, free magic shows 12-3pm Artisan craft market Walk For Whales, fundraising walk with Loch Lomond Sea Life Centre, 11am-3pm

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Plays in the Park – Hansel & Gretel (tickets from Farmers’ Market and live music 10am-4pm Ron Ray live FREE magic shows, 12-4pm Drakes of Hazard, dog and duck shows, 12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm Murray The Magician, free magic shows 12-3pm Farmers’ Market , 10am-4pm Ron Ray live FREE magic shows, 12-4pm The Secret Life of Pets film screening at Loch Lomond Sea Life Centre cinema Murray The Magician, free magic shows 12-3pm Artisan craft market

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What’s on at The Lodge this summer. Highland Coo’s Visit our resident highland cows and learn how they help to restore the natural woodland and enhance habitats.

Kids Summer Nature Club Every Thursday in July, call 0300 067 6615 for info.

Wildlife Watch Visit our wildlife room where we have cameras on nesting sites of Ospreys, peregrines and owls.

Adventure for All Various craft activities run throughout the summer as well as nature play and themed trail along the waterfall trail. Also waymarked trails through the forest! Visit The Lodge Visitor Centre to enjoy the view and plan your adventure in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. Call The Lodge on 0300 0676615 or Email: for more info. Follow us on


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Razz is the word!

Razzamataz Balfron recently took a trip to The King’s Theatre in Glasgow to see Pantheon Theatre groups production of Grease. Over 70 adults and kids from Razzamataz were in the audience to see the Production. Razz Balfron made the trip to the theatre to see Principal Mark Long in the role of “Kenicke” and Singing Teacher Heather Quinn playing the world’s most famous “Beauty School Dropout” Frenchy. Mark Long said “ It was incredible to have the pupils in the audience, they were so well behaved and it was great for them to see there teachers in a stunning venue like The Kings. Hopefully one day a few of them will end up on that stage too”. Razzamataz Balfron is on a Saturday morning in Balfron High School from 10am-13:00pm. For more details contact Mark Long on 07715301841.

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Towering 20ft high this exhilarating High Ropes Course provides a great view of Jurassic Parrr. Wearing a harness you are permanently attached to the frame so you can clamber, balance and swing your way around the course safely without the fear of falling. Sky Trail is currenlty open at weekends and holidays 12-4pm subject to weather, if in doubt please call ahead 0141 944 4141 or check Facebook. You need to be at least 5 years old and over 1m tall, if you are between 1m and 1.3m you must be accompanied by a responsible adult over 18yrs old.

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Win a *Wee Group Saver (for a group of 4 people) to see the film of your choice at Macrobert Arts Centre. 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 cinema programme visit or call 01786 466 666. *Subject to availability

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• In my wee studio, we stock wool and wool blends with a Scottish/ British story, including: Kate Davies designs, Jamieson and Smith, New Lanark, Strathearn Fleece and Fibre and Titus Yorkshire wool and alpaca. • Also - Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino/Aran & Opal sock yarn. • We have a range of patterns and kits and can access Ravelry patterns instore. • Our customers know we will offer help with any knit/ crochet problem. • Speak to us if you would like to learn a new knit/crochet technique.

Next to Drymen Post Office - 15A Main St. Drymen Phone to check opening hours. 01360 661476 OR Check website:

ERHANS BARBERS 64A Buchanan Street, Balfron G63 OTW 106 Main Street, Lennoxtown G66 7DA Mon: Tue: Wed: Thur: Fri: Sat: Sun:

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Endrick Chauffeur

Affordable, Reliable, Friendly & First Class Service

Ian & Joan Walker

private chauffeur 01360 440418 or 077401 48881

Killearn, Balfron, Fintry, Drymen

Airports - Stations - Hospitals - Functions Accounts Welcome - Advanced booking required

Stylish women’s clothing, accessories and much more, including a wide selection of bags, jewellery, hosiery and scarves.


Jewellery by Orli and Envy

of Drymen

New Spring and Summer stock now in Gift vouchers available

spring and summer opening hours: Mon to Sat 10-5 & Sun 12-4 Open 7 days a week

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

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For ages 1+

Book tickets (ÂŁ8.50 / ÂŁ30 Wee Group Saver):

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

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There is a real buzz about Callander for 2016! In the 10 years that Parklife Magazine has covered the Callander area, there have been ups & downs, old businesses closing and new businesses setting up , like many other popular tourist destinations in Scotland. Parklife is delighted to hear the fantastic news that, where 9 shop units lay vacant between the end of 2015 and early 2016, only two premises are now unoccupied and even they are expected to be snapped up shortly. There is a real buzz about the place which is drawing in more business

interest and significantly greater numbers of tourists and shoppers all attracted by the constantly improving town centre experience. Much of this turnaround is down to the enthusiasm and hard work of local business owners who recognise the connection between a thriving high street and the tourist coach parties and holiday visitors as well as providing attractive services for local people. It takes a huge effort from the whole community to create and maintain a viable year round tourist destination. Many practical and creative solutions

have improved the area – on the practical side, the local community and business owners convinced Stirling Council to allow free parking to coach companies, the success of which will be reviewed after the busy summer season. A more unusual boost to tourism is coming through The Clanranald Trust’s move to Callander and their association with the TV epic series Outlander. Parklife looks forward to working with the wide variety of Callander businesses and seeing the current successes continuing over the next 10 years.

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.

Cambusbeg Farm, Callander FK17 8LJ | Email: | Tel: 01877 330 943

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with Dawn Haldane of Feeds & Stoves/Tartan Timber/Tartan Stoves

Dawn Haldane and her husband, Davie, started up Tartan Timber in 1999. Initially it was a timber haulage firm but alongside this they ran a small firewood business. In 2011, after diesel and repairs costs increased they made the decision to sell their lorry and concentrate solely on firewood sales. The business has expanded further and now offers stove sales, installation, maintenance and accessories, chimney sweeping and animal feeds supplements all under one roof in a new highstreet shop in Callander.

What services do you now offer? We have diversified over the past 5 years to provide an all year round service for our customers. With the last couple of years of traditional wet summer weather we invested in a purpose built biomass kiln to dry all our timber. Our customers can now buy firewood & kindling, with confidence, knowing that it will be delivered perfectly dry and ready to burn. Our kiln dried firewood is also perfect for domestic biomass boilers as we are BSL accredited. We can design and install solid /multi fuel stoves and Davie is a fully qualified chimney sweep registered with the Institute of Chimney Sweeps. Every year you should get your fuel appliance swept and we provide a certificate after every sweep, which some insurance companies now ask for. 26 |

Your company has branched out a lot over the last few years, what are your plans for the Callander shop? This year I hurt my back so I decided to combine all our businesses alongside my animal feed business and open up a shop. We found it quite hard to think of a name and in the end went for something very simple “Feeds & Stoves“ We drafted in D Signs of Stirling to produce our new shop sign and they made a brilliant job. We can now supply a wide range of stoves – Hobbit, Firefox, Tiger, Aga, Charnwood to name a few and these can be viewed in our showroom. Within the shop you can also order any replacement glass or spare parts for your stove/open fire and view our range of baskets and companion sets. I have extended my animal feed range to include everything from hamsters to horses!

What are the plans for 2016? Our future plans for 2016 include a dog grooming & bathing service within the shop, a collection point for wash & repair horse rugs and clipper blade sharpening.

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Complete stove solutions from sale, installation and maintenance to fuel and accessories

Visit us!

• Kiln dried hardwood • Soft wood • Kindling • Peat • Coal • Firelighters

ANIMAL FEEDS AND SUPPLEMENTS for hamsters to horses

DOG GROOMING & BATHING Coming Soon Your high street home of Tartan Timber, Tartan Stoves and Ballachallan Feeds STOVES Firewood Suppliers

Stove & Chimney Specialists

Mon-Sat 9am-5pm • Sun 11am-5pm

Yankee Candle Stockists

T: 01877 330 643 M: 07795 966 514 • 21 Main Street, Callander FK17 8DU

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Saturday 30th July 2016 Activities, Displays, Stalls! McLaren Leisure Centre Callander Join us with Central FM to celebrate the penultimate day of Callander and Trossachs Summerfest 2016. 11 am Fancy Dress Parade from Ancaster Square. Family, group and individual challenges from 12 noon until 4pm - something suitable for all ages and all abilities! Highlights include: Fun Run (1 & 5km), Sprint Orienteering, Junior Highland Games, Come and Try It sports e.g. Sailing, badminton, rugby, hockey, climbing wall, swimming pool obliterator, laser tag and much more. Visit the Army Reserves vehicles and do the Army Challenge. There will be Pony rides or try out Bikes from Recykeabike and Blazing Saddles’ (adapted for those with additional support needs). Enter a team for the Tug of War competition. For the less energetic come and see the Dance Displays, The Ginger Juggler, The Clan Cycle Stunt Team, two live Football Matches, Face Painting and Story Telling in the Tepee and lots of local group and business stalls! Dance to ‘Riverside Ceilidh Band’ at 8pm To find out more/buy tickets/book a stall or take part in the parade go to or telephone 01877-330000 or

Summer Holiday Activities 29th June - 22nd August Kids Camp • Swim School • Football Camp • Rugby Camp • Family Fun Days For more information on any of our camps or summer activities please call us on 01877 330000 or alternatively visit out website

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Park Life Interview with Dale & Vicky McQueen of McQueen Gin Callander

Dale comes from a technical engineering background, a Graduate of Herriot Watt University with 42 years experience in engineering and sales, during which he took a year out to run a pub/restaurant with his wife Vicky.

Dale – I was looking for a change in lifestyle from corporate life and have always been interested in the science of distilling. Gin was an opportunity to move into a growing market and create something unique and Scottish.

Vicky draws her experience in catering from an early age working in the family café and has extensive knowledge in catering from running a gluten-free restaurant to being supplier to Chatsworth with glutenfree Bakewell pies. Due to illness she was forced to retire early, but still enjoys cooking and baking for friends, family and charity events. Vicky has been key to choosing the right botanicals to make the gin.

What is unique about your gin?

It is completely innovative in terms of the gin flavours and packaging, we distill the flavour into the gin during the process and the flavours are SMOKEY CHILLI world first. We will launch with four flavours – Smokey Chilli, Chocolate Mint, Sweet Citrus and Mocha – all of which taste great on their own or CHOCOLATE in a gin &MINT tonic or cocktail.

What inspired you to go into the Gin making business?

We SW E E Tare C I T R hoping US

Are you going to run tasting evenings or classes?

to be able to offer tasting evenings and gin

Where do you see the company by next year?

By next year we hope to have entered the export market and increase our permanent staff, which in turn will create new local jobs for the people of Callander.

McQueen launches on the 3rd of June 2016 with a public tasting on the 4th June at St. Kessogs Church in Callander from 12pm-5pm. All welcome, no pre booking required. Orders can be placed on the website –









making classes once we are more established. We will be at the Juniper Festival in Edinburgh for the world Gin day on the 11th of June.



Public tasting 4th June 12- 5pm St. Kessogs, Ancaster Square, Callander. Drop in no prebooking required. MOCHA




£29.99 for 50cl

Four flavours Smokey Chilli, Sweet Citrus, SMOKEY CHILLI Mint and Mocha. Chocolate










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showcasing local arts and crafts

Come along and be assured of a warm welcome!

• Creative in Callander is a not for profit collaboration of around 30 local artists and makers. • Every fortnight we change the products and arrangement of the shop, keeping the offering fresh.

• Our products include wall art, sculpture, jewellery and a selection of goods in glass, ceramics, wood and textiles. • Staffed by the artists ourselves, we offer a light relaxing space that allows our wares to tempt.

28 Main Street, Callander FK17 8BB Tel: 01877 330923 | Email: |

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

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

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Single-storey from £50 Two-storey from £60

10% OFF • • • • • •


Stove & Chimney Specialists

Chimney sweeping quoting "Parklife"

Stove Installation Professional Chimney Sweeping Can be done in any weather No Mess Part of ICS CCTV Inspections

Call Dawn on 07795 966 514 E:




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






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WatsInteriors & Flooring Ltd is a new home interiors shop which recently opened in Callander.

Home Interiors & Domestic Flooring 4 Cross Street, Callander FK17 8EA

Tel: 01877 331994


PHYSIOTHERAPY Experienced Physiotherapists HPCP registered. Massage Therapist

EFFECTIVE TREATMENT TO GET YOU BACK ON TRACK. NEW PREMISES 3 Station Road, Callander FOR APPOINTMENTS/ENQUIRIES 01877 339 989 (24/7 reception service)

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A family run venture by husband and wife team Greg and Nyree Watson. Greg has over 20 years of experience within the flooring industry, both retail and fitting. Nyree has worked alongside Greg, whilst raising a family and indulging her love of home interiors. They decided to join forces and open a quirky and unique shop at number 4 Cross Street combining domestic flooring and home interiors. WatsInteriors offer a selection of carpets and vinyls from leading manufacturers, such as Crucial Trading & Cormar Carpets, the flooring can be ordered in within a day or two and fitted by our expert fitters. Also on offer is a quirky collection of home interiors accessories, ranging from funky furniture and comfy cushions to quirky clocks and everything in between. Whatever you are looking for, be safe in the knowledge that Greg and Nyree will provide fantastic advice and excellent value for money. So, whether you are looking for a complete revamp or just the finishing touch to your home, then pop in and enjoy the friendly welcome at WatsInteriors & Flooring Ltd.

Chris Martin named as a Finalist In Scottish Charity Awards Chris Martin, Managing Director of Callander Youth Project Trust is in the running for a 2016 Scottish Charity Award. Organised by Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the Awards, which are free to enter, celebrate the life-changing work of charities, community groups and individuals dedicated to making Scotland a better place to live. When asked for a comment, Chris said “I am both humbled and delighted to be shortlisted for the category of Exceptional Employee. I am happy to work tirelessly in my role as I am a strong advocate of the fact that ‘Youth Work Changes Lives’ and, as a product of good quality youth work myself, I am keen to facilitate opportunities for young people to engage with rural youth work services.

Martin Sime, Chief Executive, SCVO, said: “Year after year Scottish charities and voluntary organisations prove themselves to be beacons for creativity, tenacity and innovation. This year’s Scottish Charity Awards finalists demonstrate these qualities in abundance and are shining examples of how people can work together to make Scotland a better place.” All shortlisted entries will also compete for the People’s Choice Award which will be decided by the public via online voting. Callander Youth Project Trust is an independent, voluntary youth organisation, delivering a wide range of key services for over 100 young

people up to the age of 25 in the 400 square miles of rural surrounding area. These services include community youth clubs, job clubs, holiday activity programmes, art sessions, as well as health and sport initiatives. The charity also delivers a dedicated support project at the local secondary school, and bespoke employability support for young people who have left school and are looking for work. They have taken a hugely entrepreneurial and innovative approach in raising money to become self-financing, in order to create opportunities for young people. It was for this that CYPT deservedly became the overall winners of YouthLink Scotland’s 8th National Youth Worker of the Year Awards in Edinburgh last year. The addition of a social enterprise wing for CYPT has not happened overnight. Inspiring Scotland invested over £1M in the project through their 14:19 Fund seven years ago. CYPT were encouraged to

be entrepreneurial in their approach and create a legacy as well as form a self-sustaining youth project. They bought a failing pub/hotel business from Punch Taverns in 2011 and set about developing an infrastructure, firstly within the staff team and secondly within the physical building. In 2013 CYPT were able to open their popular Bridgend Café, where produce is locally sourced. Many of the vegetables and herbs used are grown in CYPT’s own garden! Through investment from Triodos, Social Investment Scotland, and FVL LEADER, CYPT were then able to upgrade the building to a 5 star standard, awarded by Visit Scotland in November 2014. The staff team continued delivery of their core youth work services throughout the physical renovations, showing that young people are at the heart of everything they do and are critical to the on-going success of their award-winning organisation. CYPT have mapped their provision across the Employability Pipeline: They work with young people who are furthest removed from the labour market through Activity Agreement provision. Furthermore, volunteering opportunities are offered throughout the social enterprise activity. CYPT have accessed the Community Jobs Scotland scheme and offer placements in the Bridgend Café and Callander Hostel. After the young people have graduated the CJS programme they are offer Modern Apprenticeships in Business & Administration; Youth Work as well as Hospitality, Supervision and Leadership pitched at a level that | 33 is bespoke to the learner.

Sponsored by Dreadnought Hotel Incorporating Callander Film Festival & Trossachs Summer Festival *Free Exhibitions Every day from 16 to 30 July, 11am-5pm in St Kessog’s, Ancaster Square All Things Pottery Past & Present Art Exhibition Local Heritage Displays Callander & Trossachs Amateur Photo Competition Callander through Young Eyes 2 Cross Street Gallery (closed Mon) Saturday 16 July CentralFM Ancaster Square 12-4pm Pipers from McLaren High School 12noon Ancaster Square Callander Brass 3pm Ancaster Square An Evening with Liz Lochhead 8pm Kirk Hall Sponsored by Poppies Hotel Sunday 17 July Riverside Ceilidh Band 8pm Dreadnought Hotel Monday 18 July Wild Callander 1pm-5pm Callander Meadows Tuesday 19 July Walk in the Park to Kilmahog, followed by teas, Scottish Country Dancing and Tai Chi at Callander Hostel 10.20am-1pm Felting for Little Fingers workshop 2pm4pm McLaren Leisure Wednesday 20 July Walk with Callander Ramblers 9.30am-12.30pm Feis Fhoirt Ceilidh Trail 3pm and 8pm St Kessog’s Sponsored by Deli Ecosse Walk in the Park Stories in the Stones Heritage Walk, followed by tea in Deli Ecosse, 7-8pm Ancaster Square Thursday 21 July Jewellery Workshop 9.30am-5pm St Kessog’s Blazing Saddles–Cycle ride 11am-3pm Callander Meadows Thursday Threads Quilting Workshop 2pm4pm St Andrew’s Church Hall Thornhill Players present That’ll Do Nicely! 7.30pm McLaren Leisure 34 |

Callander Haiku & More with local poets 8pm St Kessog’s Friday 22 July The Grey Areas teenage art workshop 10am-4pm Ancaster Square Rusty Strings String ensemble with varied repertoire 2pm St Kessog’s Scottish Chamber Orchestra 8pm McLaren High School Saturday 23 July Come & Try Circle Dancing 2pm Kirk Hall Sunday 24 July Sunday Jazz: Jim Crumley 3pm, St Kessog’s Sponsored by Rogerson Footwear The Humors 4pm St Kessog’s Sponsored by Applejack’s Jenne McClure 8pm Dreadnought Hotel Thornhill Players present That’ll Do Nicely! 7.30pm McLaren Leisure Monday 25 July Traditional music performance workshop for adults and young people - guitar, fiddle, accordion and bodhran 11am-1pm St Kessog’s Sponsored by Callander Youth Project Mosaic workshop for children 2pm-4pm McLaren Leisure Liz Campbell’s Highland Dancers 4-5pm Ancaster Square Thornhill Players present That’ll Do Nicely! 7.30pm McLaren Leisure Tuesday 26 July Walk in the Park – Flanders Moss walk & picnic 10.20am-12.00pm Traditional music performance workshop for adults and young people - guitar, fiddle, accordion and bodhran 11am-1pm St Kessog’s Sponsored by Callander Youth Project Felting for Little Fingers workshop for children 2pm-4pm Liz Campbell’s Highland Dancers 4-5pm Ancaster Square Wednesday 27 July Art in the Kirk 27-30 July Kirk Hall Traditional music performance workshop for adults and young people - guitar, fiddle, accordion and bodhran 11am-1pm St Kessog’s Sponsored by Callander Youth Project Liz Campbell’s Highland Dancers 4-5pm Ancaster Square Walk in the Park – Stories in the Stones heritage trail 7pm Callander Chorale 8pm St Kessog’s Sponsored by Callander & West Perthshire Rotary Club Thursday 28 July Traditional music performance workshop for adults and young people - guitar, fiddle, accordion and bodhran 11am-1pm St

Kessog’s Sponsored by Callander Youth Project Come and try drumming, handbells and clarsach 2pm-5pm St Kessog’s Liz Campbell’s Highland Dancers 4-5pm Ancaster Square Thornhill Players present That’ll Do Nicely! 7.30pm McLaren Leisure Friday 29 July Mosaic workshop for adults 10am-4pm McLaren Leisure Traditional music performance workshop for adults and young people - guitar, fiddle, accordion and bodhran 11am-1pm St Kessog’s Sponsored by Callander Youth Project Roald Dahl crafts & stories 2pm-4pm St Kessog’s Liz Campbell’s Highland Dancers 4-5pm Ancaster Square Saturday 30 July Trossachs Summer Festival with Central FM 11am-4pm McLaren Leisure Callander Memories 2-5pm St Kessog’s Festival Ceilidh 8pm-midnight McLaren Leisure Sunday 31 July Craft Fair 12pm-5pm St Kessog’s Third Annual Callander Film Festival Screening at St Kessog’s Ancaster Square Sunday 17 July Grandma’s Boy (1922) cert U Harold Lloyd classic with Mike Nolan on piano 2.30pm St Kessog’s Sponsored by Callander Chimes Saturday 23 July The Martian (2015) cert 12A 2pm (film) Sponsored by The Waverley Hotel Aesthetica Film Festival short films 4.30pm Sponsored by The Crags Hotel The Legend of Barney Thomson (2015) cert 15 film 8pm Sunday 24 July Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie (2015) cert U 12.30pm Friday 29 July Macbeth (2015) cert 15 8pm Saturday 30 July Hail Caesar! (2015) 8pm Information & bookings Tickets on sale from 15 June at McLaren Leisure, and from 16 July at St Kessog’s, Ancaster Square. Online booking from 15 June or Information 07741 506911 / 07852 106605 Facebook Callander Summerfest Twitter @callanderfest

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Woodland Light Experience

4th – 20th November 2016 Entry between 4:30pm- 8:30pm




20 16 Exciting Woodland Experiences only 30 minutes from Glasgow & Stirling

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Friday 24th w Sunday 26th June Celebrate the 155th Anniversary of the Laying of the Foundation Stone for The National Wallace Monument.

Special actor performances Amusements and Entertainment for Children Abbey Craig, Hillfoots Road, Stirling FK9 5LF (01786) 472140 • 1. left alligned

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Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, House for an Art Lover provides an excellent cultural attraction, while also being one of the city’s finest wedding and events venues. The venue is home to four levels of dining, events and meeting spaces, including The View and the spectacular Mackintosh Suite, as well as the popular Art Lovers Café, Gallery and Shop. The adjacent ART PARK hosts regular art, design and architecture related classes, exhibitions and events in its purpose built studios.










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Commercial & Domestic Work Undertaken Furniture Repair & Restoration


Quality Upholstery and Curtain Fabric, Isle and Islay Mills, Ross, Wemyss, Bute, etc • All cabinets & doors handmade in our Bridge of Weir workshop. • Every installation is carried out by our own time served, experienced cabinetmakers. • We can give you a truly individual, bespoke kitchen for far less than a high street showroom. Call us now for a FREE design visit on 01505 614722 or visit for more details.

Traditional upholstery classes, Day, Evening & Weeklong classes Cushion making & revamp service, curtain making & track for sale


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

Time Served Uupholsterer & Furniture Restorer Enquiries Welcome

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Andrew Steele painter & decorator

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

THE FABRIC GALLERY Huge Range of Designer & Discounted Furnishing Fabrics Quality Furnishings Quality Furnishings Made to Order

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• Headboards, Wallpapers etc Design Service • Interior Interior Design • Wallpapers Home Accessories & Gifts Home Accessories, Gifts • Small Upholstery Antiques • Dolls House • Dolls HouseFood Food Quality 2nd Hand Hand Sofas Sofas&&Chairs: Chairs: Quality 2nd Multiyork; Parker ParkerKnoll Knolletc etc–- call call for fordetails. details

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

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

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Make the most of your space extensions • new build houses • home offices Whether you want a contemporary or a traditional design, or remodelling for your property, we cover all aspects of the design process from initial sketches through to detailed design. This includes negotiating the Planning and Building Standards procedures and, if required, supervision of the building team through to Completion of your project, large or small.




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Theoffering Old Bank. . new office solutions

Now newly refurbished and comprising of 5 high standard quality office units, 3 now remaining for immediate rental. The office spaces vary in sizes to suit different business requirements. Early viewing is recommended.

WIFI available Security Door Entry system access 24 hour CCTV Contact us direct for your Business specific quotation. Contact Ruth or Stuart - Tel: 01360 660400 | Mobile: 07795 424821 Email: | Address: 52 Main St, Drymen, Glasgow G63 0BG

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.

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And if you’re thinking of any home improvements over the summer months or you just need your roof / building looked at, Then why not let Jason or one of his experienced / qualified tradesmen give you’re property the once over it deserves? Whether it’s a new Pitched Roof, or a worrisome flat roof or maybe some problematic roughcasting or you’re thinking of a new PVCu roofline then put your mind at ease and get MBS to give you a FREE no obligation QUOTE.

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

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Anderson Project Management If you are considering or already have Planning Consent for your Self Build Home or Extension we offer a complete local Project Management and Construction service. We are able to provide assistance from preparation of initial costings in a format acceptable to your Lender through to completion of your project. Proper early advice could not only save substantial costs but give you peace of mind from the beginning. We provide a full Architectural, Surveying and Engineering package. We can supply full vetted experienced contractors. We have over 35 years professional and practical experience in House Building and Renovation.

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Strathendrick Decorating & Plastering

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

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

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Dog Walking & Holiday Petcare

within Park Life area

• Rural Dog Walks • Full & Half day Dog Daycare • Home Petcare visiting

• Dog Walking (solo or small group: 30min, 1 & 2 hrs) • Pet Sitting and Home Boarding • Doggie Day Care (half & full day) & Pet Transport

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• Pet Dog Training & Puppy Classes • Pet Behavioural Advice & Behaviour Modification by a Qualified Vet & Companion Animal Behaviourist

“Your pets loved as if you’re there, whilst you’re away”

Fully Insured, Competent in Canine First Aid, Flexible, Affordable.

Contact: Nigel Johnson Mob: 07748 475107 Tel: 01360 440196 E:

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• 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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Professional expertise in all aspects of tree surgery • Large tree felling in confined spaces • All tree pruning and shaping • High hedges reduced • Woodchipping and waste removal • Advice on protected trees • Certified arborists • Fully insured





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FRASER C ROBB CUSTOMERS SUPPORT STRATHCARRON HOSPICE “First customer to haggle upwards in over 40 years of being in business!” Fraser C Robb were recently approached by customers Alan and Eilidh Gilmour, from Aberfoyle. They had an Argo off road vehicle which they no longer needed and were keen to get it fully operational to sell and raise money for Strathcarron Hospice. Fraser C Robb got the machine ready and even found a buyer. When the buyer, Grant Simpson discovered that the proceeds were going to this good cause he upped the price from £2,200 to £2,500. All of this money has gone to help the hospice, who need £10,000 a day to provide their specialist palliative care services. Fraser Robb says ‘We were very pleased to assist, and to see money go to this special charity. I think that Grant may be the first customer to haggle upwards in over 40 years of being in business! You can understand why though Strathcarron Hospice is a very good cause. Strathcarron Hospice supported Eilidh’s daughter Laura Leven and her two sons offering incredible specialist care and comfort.

To donate or to find out how you can help the Hospice visit;

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Hire or Buy Locally at Fraser C Robb has equipment for every outdoor requirement, large or small. Hire or Buy from our Drymen Showroom. Plus check out our special offers. MB248 Mower (Viking) RRP - £265.00. Sale price - £225.00

FS40 Strimmer

RRP - £199.00. Sale price - £169.00

RE98 Pressure Washer RRP - £200.00. Sale price - £170.00

Offers available up to 30th July 2016. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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MS181 Chainsaw RRP - £285.00. Sale price - £240.00

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Landscaping & maintenance

Garden maintenance Grass Cutting Driveways & paths

Fencing/Decking Hedge trimming Turf Laying

One off tidy ups Firewood Patios/Paving

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WASP CONTROL LOCAL AREA SERVICE Phone: 01360 770748 Mobile: 07934 421944


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

Graham Sandals Timber Buildings Garden rooms, garden design, garden build for buildings for gardens BUILDING FEATURED IN HOMES AND INTERIORS SCOTLAND JULY/ AUGUST 2015 Unit 5 Craigarnhall, Bridge of Allan, Stirling. FK9 4NG Tel. 01786 841788 Mobile 07773 809345

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• Landscaping • Drainage & Construction • Lawncare & Turfing • Fencing & Decking • Foundation excavation and groundworks • Garage building & conversions • Internal flooring works • Extensions & attic conversions

We take great care and pride in the work we do, so if you like what you see please feel free to call us on 01877 381212 for a FREE consultation.

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Scotia Contracts enjoy another busy year Scotia Contracts have enjoyed another busy year with a variety of projects carried out. Last year we decided to exhibit at the Ideal home show at the SECC, Glasgow which proved a great success so we decided to exhibit there again this year. This has allowed us to develop into different markets and has brought some great projects including creating a small garden for a hotel to allow the wedding parties to have their photographs taken in beautiful surroundings. We were also involved in the redevelopment of a country


property which saw the demolition and restructuring of 3 rooms into one to create a large open plan kitchen/ dining/living space with views out onto a new large patio and landscaped area. The diary is starting to fill up which is a great feeling with work programmed for late summer . We continue to be flexible with client needs whilst still carrying out our core services such as drainage, landscaping and groundworks and continue to offer quality services and value for money.


This project was run by ourselves and involved demolition of internal wall to turn 3 rooms into one big living room/kitchen diner. Also the demolition of external walls whilst providing structural support then installation of steel beam. We then re- insulated and plastered the interior of the house, installed large sliding window (Installed by a joiner) and laid new hardwood flooring and tiles and installed new wood burning stove.

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Blair Drummond FK9 4UP Opening Times: Sunday 19 June 1:00pm - 5:00pm Disabled Access: Full Admission: £5.00, children free


Arnprior FK8 3EY Opening Times: Sunday 26 June 2:00pm - 5:00pm By arrangement 1 April - 15 October Disabled Access: Full Admission: £4.00, children free



Gargunnock FK8 3AZ T: 01786 860392 E: Opening Times: 16 April - 30 Sept 11:00am - 3:30pm Mon - Fri Disabled Access: Full Admission: £4.00, children free. Money to go in the Honesty Box at the Car Park.


Blanefield G63 9AJ T: 01360 770215 E: Opening Times: By arrangement 1 February - 30 November Disabled Access: Full Admission: £4.00, children free

GARTMORE HOUSE Main Street, Gartmore FK8 3RW Opening Times: Sunday 5 June 2pm - 5pm Soup and sandwiches will served from 12:30pm Disabled Access: Partial Admission: £5.00, children free


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For more information on the gardens visit our website: WWW.SCOTLANDSGARDENS.ORG 1 April - 31 May Disabled Access: Full Admission: £4.00, accompanied children free


Ballochruin Road Killearn G63 9QB T: 01360 551682 E: Opening Times: By arrangement 1 May - 31 October Admission: £5.00 includes garden tour, tea/coffee and scones.


Bridge of Allan FK9 4NB T: 01786 833866 E: Opening Times: By arrangement

Sheriffmuir Dunblane FK15 0LP T: 01786 822295 E: Opening Times: By arrangement 15 February - 30 September Disabled Access: Partial Admission: £4.00, children free



Dunblane FK15 9NF T: 01786 824897 E: Opening Times: By arrangement 1 April - 30 September Admission: £4.00, children free


PLAKA 5 Pendreich Road Bridge of Allan FK9 4LY. T: 01786 832287 E: Opening Times: By arrangement 1 June - 30 September Disabled Access: Partial Admission: £3.00, accompanied children free

Arnprior FK8 3EY T: 01786 870710 E: Opening Times: By arrangement 1 April - 15 October Disabled Access: Full Admission: £4.00, children free


Doune FK16 6AD Opening Times: Sunday 24 July 2:00pm - 5:00pm Disabled Access: Partial Admission: £4.00, accompanied children free.

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Quality Workmanship at affordable prices Call for a free quotation today! Robert Graham E: Mobile: 07990 635530 | Landline: 01786 842343 Over 12 years experience, all work guaranteed, fully insured

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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 Strathblane Tuesday 9.30am - 10.30am 07968 968944 Zumba - Jane Killearn Wednesday 7.45pm 07968 968944 Double O Fit Suitable for all levels of fitness. Olivia on 07712587423 or via Facebook ( Interval training and body conditioning McLintock Hall, Balfron Monday 9.35am - 10.35am Interval training and body conditioning Kippen Village Hall Monday 7.30pm - 8.30pm Interval training and body conditioning Kippen Village Hall Wednesday 9.30am - 10.30am Interval training and body conditioning Kippen Village Hall Thursday 6.10am - 7am Interval training and body conditioning Blair Drummond Community Hall Thursday 7.15pm - 8.15pm Buggy Mums Briarlands Farm, Blair Drummond Thursday 10am - 11am Cheerobics Balfron Mon 8.30pm 07917 541163 10.30am & 8.30pm 07917 541163 Body Revive Dance Central Balfron Tue/Thur Kore Kickboxing Balfron High School Mon & Thur 8pm - 9.30pm 07813 884202 Ladies Netball Balfron High School Wednesday 8 -9pm All Abilities welcome Balfron Gymnastics Club Balfron High School Saturday 10.30-5pm The Yoga Place – Killearn. Tel: 0782 5392334 Mysore class Monday 9:30am-11am Siobhan Yin Restorative Yoga Monday 6:45pm - 8pm Adelaide Pilates Monday 8:10pm - 9:10pm Kirsty Mindful Movement Yoga Tuesday 10:30am - 11:50am Craig Post - Natal Pilates Mum and Baby Tuesday 1:15pm - 2:15pm Kirsty Ashtanga Beginner led class Tuesday 6:15pm - 7:25pm Siobhan Full led Primary Ashtanga Tuesday 7:30pm - 9pm Siobhan Mysore class Wednesday 9:30am -11am Siobhan Pilates Wednesday 6:15pm - 7:15pm Iona Pre-natal yoga Wednesday 1pm - 2.15pm Siobhan Zumba Wednesday 7.45pm - 9pm Jane Mysore class Thursday 9:30am -11am Siobhan Seasonal Vinyasa yoga Thursday 1pm-2pm Elaine Beginner Ashtanga Yoga Thursday 6.15pm-7.15pm Siobhan Mindful Movement Yoga Thursday 7:30pm-8:50pm Craig Full led primary series Friday 9:30pm - 11am Siobhan Mysore class Saturday 8.30am - 10am Siobhan Pliates (starts 20th June) Buchlyvie Village Hall Thursday 8pm 07859 226761 Pilates (starts 20th June) Gartmore Village Hall Monday 10am 07859 226761 Zumba Buchlyvie Village Hall Monday 7pm 07859 226761 Nia fitness (starts 15th June) Gartmore Village Hall Wednesday 9.30am 07859 226761 Kellie Currie Pilates classes & Private Tuition available at Tirnanog Holistic Centre. 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 Jacquie Robertson - Email Pilates for Beginners Gargunnock Community Hall Thursday 9.30-10.25am 07711 336075 Pilates one-one Tuition 07711 336075 Stirling Call for details 66 |

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Our primary role is the saving of lives - our Community First Responders and Urban SAR dogs do just that. But, TSAR does a whole lot more... We train over 300 people each year in local communities how to perform CPR and use a defibrillator - all FREE OF CHARGE. Defib Locator App

Our Public Access Defibrillator project aims to raise funds to place defibrillators in every community and at key tourist sites. We now have 75 in place and lives have been saved. Our Defib Locator App, which can help you locate your closest unit in the event of a cardiac arrest can be downloaded at: If you would like to make a donation, visit or text donate TSAR04 ÂŁ10 to 70070 (Just Text Giving by Vodafone).

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Ears Feeling Blocked?

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Worried your TV is up so loud it’s bothering your neighbours ?

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No need for headphones or hearing aids Stunningly clear immersive sound Hear and understand the dialogue over the music and sound effects No more need to bother your listening partners or neighbours with overly loud TV

To celebrate being the first in Scotland to be launching Hypersound CLEAR 500P, we will be hosting an open house demonstration day in our newly opened Sound Lounge.

Thursday 19th May 10am till 6pm Hear Hypersound Clear 500P for yourself and experience the wow factor that you will get from hearing for the first time HD sound to match the HD picture your so used to. We are delighted to have Lindsey Neil of Hypersound as our expert guest for the day. Limited spaces available—phone now for your personal demonstration appointment.

0141 954 6030 534—538 Crow Road G13 1NU A £50 discount will be granted for any orders received on the demonstration day.

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Health Club Membership for a one off fee of only


Try our facilities out during the summer months before deciding whether to commit to full time membership. No obligation to join permanently.

FACILITIES INCLUDE 14m heated swimming pool • Jacuzzi Sauna • Steam room Squash court (limited times, equipment not included) Fitness studio (full programme of classes available) Fully equipped gymnasium Health & beauty treatment rooms at Haven Spa Modern changing rooms with lockers & high pressure showers Towels available to hire for 50p

Dine in Comfort & Style Open from 11am until 6pm every day is the Brand new Coothi coffee shop and snug bar - a delightful, contemporary and stylish area with cosy corners and comfortable sofas.

A wide range of delicious homemade cakes, sandwiches, hot specials, enjoy the fresh surroundings of the Coothi Coffee shop & Snug Bar. Teas, Coffees, Ice cold beer and wines, homebaking, snacks and tasty hot specials. A great place to be for elevenses, brunch, lunch or just a catch up with family and friends.

Best Western

Main Reception: 01360 660 588 | Leisure Club: 01360 660 434 | Best Western Buchanan Arms Hotel & Spa, Drymen, by Loch Lomond G63 0BQ

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Now open at the kiosk on Luss Pier St Mocha, the coffee shop and ice cream parlour opened in Balmaha by The Oak Tree Inn has just celebrated its second birthday. Another milestone has also been reached, with the serving of its 100,000th scoop of ice cream. The Fraser family opened the coffee shop in Balmaha to offer visitors a quality experience, including artisanroasted coffee. Brothers Stuart and David Fraser developed the brand and building, Stuart also created ‘Loch Lomond Luxury’ - Loch Lomond’s first and only authentic ice cream range.

Now after the success of St Mocha in Balmaha, the brothers are seeking new outlets for it around Loch Lomond, with the next now open at the kiosk on Luss Pier. Stuart explains ‘we are delighted to expand St Mocha to new locations around the loch side. The kiosk on Luss Pier is a very exciting opportunity, in an iconic setting. We will literally be bringing St Mocha Coffee and Loch Lomond Luxury Ice Cream by boat across the water’.



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Artisan Roasted Speciality Coffee • Teas Own brands of Loch Lomond Luxury & Bal-Moo-Ha Ice Creams Lunch Menu • Snacks & Home Baking. Open 10am-6pm in Balmaha & now also on Luss Pier • Next to the Oak Tree Inn & Village Shop, Balmaha

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A lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon with views that are breathtaking... The new Braeval Coffee shop & Restaurant at Aberfoyle Golf Club is a lovely addition to the local area. The new family run management look forward to welcoming everyone from near and far. After parking the car in the very accessible and ample car park we headed in for a light lunch.

The menu is very well priced and ranges from light bites, coffee, cakes, hot lunches and evening meals. The friendly service and lovely bright setting of the coffee shop/ restaurant all added to this very enjoyable afternoon, not forgetting the breathtaking views of the golf course in the Trossachs. In addition

to offering food during the day they offer evening meals on Friday & Saturdays, just give them a call in advance to book. Private functions are also catered for. Now that Summer is here a visit to this lovely location is a calling for all the family.

Braeval Coffee Shop & Restaurant

Aberfoyle Golf Club is pleased to announce that the Clubhouse is under new management and will open as Braeval Coffee Shop & Restaurant, serving light bites, coffee/cakes, lunch & evening meals. To book an evening meal call 01877 382 493 Private functions are also catered for please call to discuss your requirements.

Everyone is Welcome!

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 10am - 5pm | Fridays & Saturdays: 10am - 9pm | Sundays: 10.30 - 5.30pm

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Ben View Garden Centre & Coffee Shop Over the last 8 1/2 years under the stewardship of Graham Scott, Ben View Garden Centre has become a one stop shop for the majority of your gardening needs. From the well stocked garden centre, flower and vegetable seeds, summer bedding, summer flowering bulbs, shrubs, trees, garden furniture and fabulous pots ready to be filled, to the pet supplies and gardening gift shop. Not forgetting their famous hanging baskets or the farm shop with homegrown vegetables, interesting cheeses, preserves, biscuits and cakes. As many of the summer bedding plants, shrubs and herbaceous perennials are grown on site, the expert advice on caring for your plants is excellent. The attractive conservatory coffee shop at Ben View

with the wonderful views of the Trossach hills is under the new management of David MacMillan and Kellie Currie whose culinary credentials are well established in the area. They currently run Macmillans Kitchen at Tir na nOg and previously Macmillans Bistro in Buchlyvie. David and Kellie bring with them great enthusiasm and a host of innovative culinary ideas. If you have ever had lunch or coffee and cake at Macmillan’s in Buchlyvie or Macmillan’s at Tir na nOg you already know about the quality and originality of the food offered. Come along for a friendly welcome from the Garden Centre and the Coffee Shop shop and head home with inspiration for your own garden!

Coffee shop now under new management David MacMillan

Home baking & light lunches - Breakfast served 7 days Coffee Shop opening hours are the same as the Garden Centre

Everything you need to get your gardening year going! Flower & Vegetable Seeds • Fruit Trees and Bushes Shrubs • Trees • Garden Furniture • Greenhouses on display Farm shop stocking vegetables, cheeses, preserves, biscuits, cakes and more. Our own vegetables are for sale, or why not pick your own! Why not visit the gift shop selling a range gardening-themed gifts, plus houseplants.


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Park Life Interview

with Paul and Sirin Wood of Hewitt & Aker What prompted you and Paul to step into the world Fine Food and Wine of Fine Food and Wine?

Due to the nature of our business, extensive travel took us all over the world, and the biggest joy has always been indulging in our love of food wherever business travels took us, even planning holidays and days out centred around where to eat! It has been an unspoken ambition of us both, to get involved in “something to do with food & drink“, it was only at the beginning of 2016, that a viable opportunity presented itself, in form of an ideal property becoming available in Killearn, namely the Old Mill Gift Shop.

Paul & Sirin Wood, from Leeds & Istanbul respectively, met whilst working in the Clothing Industry. Having worked and lived in London previously, a business related relocation brought them to Buchlyvie in 1996. In 2000 they set up their own apparel sourcing business, and since the birth of their daughter Alexandra in 2006, have been in search of a more locally centred and better work life balance (it has only taken ten years!)

From there the idea was born. Both being huge devotees of cheese, charcuterie, good bread and good wine, and always having had to travel a distance to get good quality produce, it was immediately obvious, which kind of store we wanted to put together. The product range we will be offering is focused on provenance and quality, as well as finding the best products both locally & Internationally, as we are both fully aware of the most important fact: we are only going to be as good as our produce. A wide variety of cheese, charcuterie, breads & bakery, wine and craft ales, chocolates, deli classics such as olives, pickles and other dips, will be offered as well as a carefully selected collection of condiments. Bespoke cheese & charcuterie boards will be offered for dinner parties, entertaining etc. The tea and coffee offering is concentrated on specialised, single origin produce, introducing our long standing personal favourites, Dammann teas and Julius Meinl coffees, as well as one of the pioneers of direct coffee business Johan & Nystrom.

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Will you be using some local suppliers? We are working closely with amazing local producers such as Kember & Jones of Glasgow, and Mhor Bread of Callander, St Andrew’s Farm, Loch Inverawe for smoked salmon, Fallen Brewery, Fyne Ales, Glengoyne Distilery, Skinners of Kippen Butchers, as well as amazing British Charcuterie Producers Beal’s Farm. Our continental Charcuterie offering is also being sourced directly where we can from high quality Spanish, Austrian & French producers.

Our biggest ambition is to provide a high quality service to our local area and be a first stop for good quality everyday items. We hope to work together with our local neighbours such as The Old Mill Pub and the Three Sisters Bake, and contribute to Killearn becoming a Centre of Excellence & Destination point for food & drink.

Paul is working hard in putting together an eclectic and wide ranging wine selection to offer an alternative to every taste and budget , and again reflect on our ambition of being an everyday destination and not just for a “treat”. We plan to hold regular wine tastings together with cheese, and other name and Logo Font seasonal produce. Take away sandwiches and coffee will be an important part of our services.


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fruit, vegetables & so much more...

France Farm, Gartocharn G83 8NF Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm Boquhan Estate, Kippen FK8 3JQ Wednesday & Thursday 8.00am - 2.00pm t: 01389 830239 m: 07969096325 m: 07733196667 e:

eggs • potatoes • bacon • cheese • sausages • herbs • jams • biscuits • pulses • yogurt





WEEKENDS, EARLY BIRD OPENING FROM 10 AM. CYCLISTS, WALKERS WELCOME FUEL UP WITH TEA, COFFEE AND CAKE 3rd June - End of Exams Cocktails & Canapés 11th June - The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations 18th June - Dangerous Cliff

19th June - Father’s Day 1st Saturday of every month - ceilidh Last Monday of every month - quiz night


Main Street Fintry • Tel: 01360 860224 • Email:

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Edenmill Farm Shop


Edenmill Farm Shop and Cafe, Stockiemuir Road, Blanefield G63 9AX Open daily from 9am-5pm Tel: 01360 771707 | | Email:


Situated in Blanefield, on section 2 of the new John Muir Way walking and cycling route - the perfect pit stop to relax and refuel!



Our cafe offers indoor and outdoor seating with stunning countryside views! From breakfast to sandwiches and snacks, to substantial meals, made from scratch with the tastiest ingredients - we have something to suit all tastes! Exceptional outside catering services also provided - specialising in weddings, special occasions and corporate hospitality.

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Edenmill Farm Shop serves the very best, award winning locally sourced meats, poultry, together with pies, sausages and home cured, smoked bacon. Our shop is also packed with foodie goodies and a delightful range of gift items!


& new Cafe now open!



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




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Country Mumkins


LUNCH ON THE LAWN OR POPPIES RESTAURANT 12-2pm from only £14.50 Enjoy a relaxing lunch with family or friends Friday to Sunday or join us for a Traditional Sunday Lunch with 2 or 3 course options.

SPECIAL EARLY EVENING MENU EVERYDAY 6-7PM 2 Courses £14.50 3 Courses £18.50

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@ The Artisan Café

Delicious home baking & light lunches available Artisan roasted coffee and specialty teas Show casing unusual & inspiring display of local crafts Please check Facebook for details on craft workshops Open 7 days 10- 4pm Children’s craft table & ceramic painting – perfect rainy day activity! Craft themed children’s birthday parties can be organised on request.

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

Punjabi curry kits and cookery school

A La Carte also available 6-9pm For reservations call 01877 330329 or email

True Punjabi Cooking T: 01360 449399

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

Spring & Summer at The Kirkhouse Inn Dining Out 2 Course Lunch

£13.95 2 Course Dinner

£13.95 Wedding Packages & Ceremonies’

Available from £1,500 for 2016 and £1,650 for 2017.

New Menu

Spring/Summer Menu from 1st April


FUNCTION available for Weddings,

Call us now on: 01360 771771

Funerals, Anniversaries and Birthdays (up to 120)

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with Abbé Farrell, Gartmore Village Hall Coordinator Gartmore Village Hall is now entering its third year since its major refurbishment was completed in 2014, and is proving to be a very popular venue for all sorts of events large and small! In the last year footfall has risen to over 14,500 visitors, with over 60 different groups using the hall for fitness classes, theatre groups, horticulture and much more. Abbé Farrell is their newly appointed Coordinator, and with her wide range of experience in Marketing and Events, she is looking forward to coordinating a range of event bookings and promoting the Hall further for community use and external events. She tells us a little bit more about the Hall and what we can look out for in the future. “Gartmore Village Hall is first and foremost a community venue. We aim to cater for all with classes ranging from Pilates to Circuit training, Parent and Toddler groups, Community Cinema and various theatrical productions. The Hall is a fantastic entertainment venue, enjoyed by locals and music fans from all over Scotland. Lots of people have attended a variety of gigs, with acts such as Skerryvore, James Grant, Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham gracing our stage. It’s a fabulous venue!” “The Hall is a great asset to the community, and we continue to attract

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users locally and from further afield in order to cover our running costs and ensure that the Hall is around for future generations to enjoy. This year we plan to promote corporate events and business meetings both small

weddings and other celebrations. We have an attractive south-facing Garden Room, with direct access to the outside grounds adjacent to the Main Hall, with several meeting rooms of various sizes also available

and large. With our newly installed free Wi-Fi, projection equipment and refreshment facilities available in each meeting room, it’s the perfect place to hold conferences, team building days and meetings – within the beautiful surroundings of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. It also makes the perfect venue for functions too. The venue comprises a very large Main Hall, which can seat 220, theatre style for an event on stage, and 130 seated for a meal such as Burns Suppers or

to hire… along with a well equipped kitchen and bar area, and a fantastic view too!” “Above all Gartmore Village Hall continues to be at the heart of the community, and we really look forward to seeing old faces and new enjoy the facilities it has to offer. The fact that this stunning venue is located in such a picturesque conservation village, nestled in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, makes it a truly special place to visit.” Gartmore Village Hall still has some availability over the summer months for weddings, functions and children’s activity weeks so please contact Abbé at gartmore-hall@ or 07501 891892 for further information or to book. For a great selection of photos of the Hall in use, including weddings, gigs and parties as well as information about upcoming events, check out the Facebook page at www.facebook. com/GartmoreVillageHall.

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WIN lunch for 4 with coffee & cake at Pestle & Mortar!

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Sky Trail - WIN a 1 hour session for 4 people (See pg 11) MacRobert Arts Centre - WIN a family Cinema ticket (See pg 22)

Delicatessen & Coffee Shop Bella Ross has recently taken over this lovely Deli & Coffee Shop, hand made breads, local baking to die for and a well stocked deli with a friendly team, well worth a visit!

Pestle & Mortar - WIN lunch for 4 people (See pg 81)

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Pestle & Mortar Delicatessen & Coffee Shop

Outside Catering. Hand-made bread and organic produce used where possible. Call to pre order for a party or call ahead to pick up. Try our popular homemade coleslaw, soups and baking to take away or dine in. Bespoke hampers for all occasions.


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• 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, or by email:

Park Life Interview with Ross Anderson of Andrew Anderson & Sons Funeral Directors How long has your business been running? Andrew Anderson & Sons Funeral Directors have been in business since 1969. What’s the most important thing to remember when organising a funera? At Andrew Anderson & Sons the bereaved family always comes first. We strive to put their minds at ease and do everything in our upmost power to make sure that they have all their wishes for their loved one put into fruition. Our job is to take away as much of the stress as possible and do everything we can to help them at their most challenging time. They put their trust in us to take care of every detail and know we are looking after their loved one until they are laid to rest. With times changing are you able to cater for the many different funeral requests? We have always had a “can do” attitude. Our aim is to always give the client exactly what they ask for no matter how big or small. This sometimes can mean thinking outside the box or gaining help from outside sources. It can be challenging at times but always very rewarding.

Andrew Anderson & Sons Funeral Directors Est. 1969 We are proud to offer a 24 hour caring and professional 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” A wide range of memorial stones are available. We can also clean and add further inscription to existing family memorials. For all enquiries Callander Tel: 01877 330398 • Balfron Tel: 01360 441023

“Stand sure we will look after you & your family” Funeral Home, Glenartney Road, Callander, FK17 8EB & 64 Buchanan Street, Balfron G63 0TW

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Accounts Baxter Accounting 47 Sykam & Co Chartered Accountants 47 Activities/Entertainment/Kids Buchanan Arms Leisure Club 70 Callander Summer Festival 34-35 Caledonia Play 20 Camphill Blairdrummond 16 Castle Rednock Trekking Centre 12 Cellfield 21 Classics at Kippen 67 Fintry Sports Centre 13 Go Ape 14 Go Country 12 Green Aspirations Scotland 10 Kinlochard Gathering 12 Loch Katrine Cruises 3 MacRoberts Centre 24 McLaren Leisure Centre 28 Razzamataz 20 Sky Trail 21 The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre 19 The Scottish Wool Centre 87 Trossachs Highland Gathering 13 Wallace Monument 37 Woodland Experience 36 Architects & Consultants Malcolm Parry Architects 39 MH Planning 39 Morris Architects 39 MW Consultants 47 Caravans Stirlingshire Caravans 30 Alterations The Sewing Room 86 Computer Services Kappa Computer 8 Laptop and PC Doctor 8 Microcroft 8 Chauffeur Hire Endrick Chauffeur 23 Electrical Buchlyvie Electrical 50 Stewart Hollington 50 Food, Drink & Accomodation Benview Coffee Shop 73 Coothi Coffee Shop Buchanan Arms 70 Braeval coffee shop & Restaurant 72 Country Mumkins 78 Eden Mill Cafe 77 House for an Art Lover 38 Hewitt & Aker 74-75 Kirkhouse Inn 79 MacDonald Forest Hills Hotel 4 McQueen Gin 29 McKechnies 76 Pestle & Mortar 81 Poppies Hotel & Restaurant 78 Red Kite Yurts 25 84 |

St Mocha 71 Town & Country Designs Coffee Shop 78 The Fintry Inn 76 The Oak Tree Inn 2 Funeral Services Andrew Anderson & Sons 83 John Coubrough Funeral Directors 48 Gifts/Jewellery/Galleries/Clothing Creative in Callander 30 Craic n yarn 22 Ian Gallacher Jewellers 24 Loch Lomond Shores 18 Moon 23 Wonderland 23 Gardening & Outdoors Allander Aggregates Ltd 59 Aqua terra Landsculpting 58 AW Contracts 56 Barclay’s Landscaping 59 Boquhan Estates 64 Calum Massie Landscaping 60 Craig Tree Services 59 Cruachan Landscaping 54 Fraser Robb 57 Graham Sandals Timber Buidings 60 John Currie Brick and Stonework 58 Oakburn Gardens and Trees 58 RG Paving & Hard Landscaping 65 Scotia Contracts Ltd 62/63 Scottish Stone 61 T D Trees 54 Tradstocks 61 Wasp Control 60 Y-MAC Engineering 56 Hair/Barbour Erhans Barbour 22 Health & Wellbeing Callander Physiotherapy 32 Clements hearing services 68/69 Tir Na Nog 67 Trossachs Search & Rescue 67 Homes & Interiors Apollo Blinds 41 Burndale Workshop 41 Colin Johnson Traditional Upholstery 41 David Thompson 6 Dream Doors 40 Edge of the wood 39 Elspeth Bennie artist blacksmith 42 J Walker Interiors 42 Sparkle Carpets 7 The Fabric Gallery 42 Town & Country Designs & Coffee Shop 77 Twice as Nice Blinds 40 Ventrolla Scotland 6 watsinteriors & flooring Ltd 32 Laundry & Domestic Services The Cat’s Pyjamas 86 The Laundry Lady 86

Local Produce Scotia Spice 78 Logs Lomond Logs Ltd 82 Tartan Timber 31 Painting & Decorators Andrew Steele Painter & Decorator 42 Endrick Decorators of Killearn 53 Jack Brand Decorating 50 Strathendrick Decorators 52 The Paint Shed 52 Pet Services Breathing Space 55 Dog walking 55 Scotia Pet Supplies Ltd 55 Photography Paul Saunders Media & Photography 11 Plumbers Dunrite Plumbing 46 MJM gas services 50 Stewart Reid Plumbing Services 85 Property & Office Space The Old Bank Office Solutions 48 Corum 88 Stoves Ardstove 39 Stirling Stove Centre 40 Tartan Stoves 31 Feed & Stoves 26-27 Trades & Services A Hopes Roofing 53 Aberfoyle Satellite Company 46 Adrian Pirie 85 A Ferguson Plastering 85 Anderson Project Management 51 Appliance Repairs & Spares 46 Bathroom Transformations 7 CMC Home Improvements 82 C-Mix 46 Drymen Tiling 85 G&S Roofing Ltd 43 Homeworx Killearn 49 Household & Ind Floor sanding services 43 K M Joiners 49 Lorne Howell Joiners & Builders 9 Man Aboot the Hoose 85 MBS Roofing 50 McNairs 44/45 Render Mender 49 RM Contractors 85 Simon Head Joinery 49 SD Garage Doors 51 Your Heating Ltd 43 Weddings Gartmore Village Hall 80 Window Cleaning Night & Day 7

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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:

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

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


from a tapwasher to a complete heating system

All plumbing enquiries contact Stewart: 07590 843607 / 01360 770847

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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.


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


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


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

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

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

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

KILLEARN COUNTRY MARKET Killearn Village Hall First Sunday of the month 1-4pm

Call Karen on

T: 01389 721095


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Park Life Magazine June July 2016  

An A5 local advertiser and Whats on guide for the Trossachs area.

Park Life Magazine June July 2016  

An A5 local advertiser and Whats on guide for the Trossachs area.