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Callander Jazz & Blues Festival 28-30 Sept Bringing your local community together covering: Strathblane • Blanefield • Croftamie • Drymen • Killearn Balfron • Balmaha • Rowardennan • Gartocharn • Fintry • Buchlyvie • Arnprior • Kippen • Gargunnock Thornhill Ruskie • Port of Menteith • Callander • Kilmahog • Brig O Turk • Aberfoyle • Kinlochard • Balloch • Gartmore

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THE OAK TREE INN Muddy Boots Welcome

Loch Lomond Coffee Co. Come and taste coffee roasted by our very own Loch Lomond Coffee Co. the first coffee roasting facility in the National Park. Taste it in St Mocha and The Oak Tree, we’ve also got bags of coffee for sale.

New Balmaha Pontoon Our new pontoon has daily water bus services linking Balmaha and Luss, plus cruises around the islands. Check our website for times of sailings. Plus watch out for new water based activities coming very soon!

Weir’s Rest Over 300,000 people have visited Weir’s Rest at Balmaha. Come and see the Tom Weir Statue, as well as the newly landscaped Weir’s Rest, with new heritage boards and beautiful views.

Green Credentials St Mocha Coffee Shops takeaway cups are fully compostable, offering strong green benefits. Also they feature a beautiful picture of Conic Hill, painted by local artist Wil Freeborn.

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Short breaks, Cruises & Even ts throughout the year

Steamship Sir Walter Scott D The is fully wheelchair friendly

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

Short breaks available in 8 new Eco Lodges Enjoy a truly magical experience in comfortable eco lodges on the shores of Loch Katrine. (4 en suite with underfloor heating) suitable for 2 - 4 people. Includes kitchenette with combo microwave, fridge and sink, freeview HDTV, wifi and heating. PLUS get a 20% cruise & cycle hire discount when you stay.

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Robert Campbell explains the benefits of Origina® for a stunning new look...

Origina® is the fancy sounding name TREND Transformations applies to its kitchen worktop and bathroom surfaces. It’s beautiful, tough, durable and much thinner than other materials like granite, marble, engineered stone or solid synthetics, but equals or exceeds them in technical performance terms. To prove it, TREND Transformations offers an unrivalled lifetime material warranty. So, with the millionth Origina® already installed worldwide, what makes this distinctive material a winner in the kitchen and bathroom? LIGHTWEIGHT – Origina® is at least two thirds lighter than other materials, so needs less reinforcement and can be installed vertically and horizontally.

SLIMLINE – produced and fully sealed only a quarter of an inch thick, it fits right on top of existing surfaces without adding depth or substance. TOUGHER – the slimline profile doesn’t compromise strength and, unlike granite slab, Origina® survives the dropped bowling ball test without breaking. LASTING – TREND Transformations’ Origina® retains its luxurious good looks for so long, it is guaranteed against a lifetime of wear and tear. EASYCARE – unlike granite, marble and engineered stone, which need regular sealing and maintenance, Origina® just requires a wipe over with a damp cloth. RESISTANT – Origina® is certificated to be highly resistant to liquids, chemicals, scratches, impact and burns and is harder than natural materials. GREENER – made using a high percentage of recycled content like postconsumer glass and recovered granite and quartz, Origina® is green by design.

AFFORDABLE – Origina® is fitted over existing worktops and other surfaces, making it cheaper, easier and less disruptive to install, with less waste. VERSATILE – fit it on top of worktops, vanities or wash stands, on floors, stairways and pool surrounds, as splashbacks, shower liners and panels. BEAUTIFUL – made with Italian granite, quartz or recycled glass, it’s beautiful in black, refined in earthen tones, brilliantin white and bold in primary colours. But perhaps the biggest appeal of TREND Transformations Origina® is that it will be measured-up, made off-site and installed by our factory in Meikleour. What’s more, the expert, factory-trained fitters ensure a consistently high standard of workmanship and provide final proof that thinner’s a winner.

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In This Edition...


eather is a bit of a recurring theme in this column, but of course it is central to everyone’s activity around the Park. So no exception this time. The hot weather has brought record numbers to visit, and it is relentless, for now. So make hay! It’s been a very busy time for us, with the changes we’ve been making to the magazine and our increased circulation. We have a number of new faces joining our regular customers, and some new editorial contributors too. Not that we’re sitting back yet- the feedback we are getting will keep shaping the way we deliver the best local business and activity information.

interviews, recipes, reviews. In fact, pretty much all you need to find your way to the perfect beer garden or fabulous food, including a map to get there. Keep an eye on our Facebook page too. Events that come and go between magazine editions are covered there, as well as useful snippets of local news- although it was important to you and me, the reopening of the A82 didn’t exactly make the national news! So far, there are over three thousand of you who follow our page, and we’d love to see comments from everyone. This is the longest summer I can remember here. Enjoy.

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Woodland Night Experience A woodland night time adventure

Come and explore our woodland night experience. A Fire and Light encounter, magical puzzle quest, fantastical story-trail and a sensory digital walk all combined with an interactive central hub where you can enjoy lots of lovely food and drinks, toasted marshmallows and more.

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This years event from Woodland Experiences is a brand new immersive adventure for all the family, there’s even prizes to be won by those clever enough to solve the clues! It will take upwards of one hour to experience all the special effects and just enjoy exploring the woods at night. See you in November.


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Discover who William Wallace was, where he came from, and how he fought to free the people of Scotland from oppression.

Travel back in time as costumed actors bring to life the main events of William Wallace and Andrew de Moray’s victory in 1297.

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Tales from the Battlefield

Learn about Wallace’s capture (5th August), execution (23rd August) and his victory in Stirling (11th September).

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Additions can be arranged, the venue can accommodate up to 120 day guests. 2018/2019/2020 DATES AVAILABLE • Venue hire • Glass of sparkling for arrival • Ceremony charge • Master of ceremonies • Half bottle of House wine for meal • Glass of sparkling for toast • Cake stand and cake knife • 3 course menu • Table stationery • Hot Filled Rolls for 80 Guests • Choice of 2 centre pieces • Dance floor • Full table linen

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

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

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Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is the ideal short holiday let location, with excellent letting success on AirBnb, TripAdvisor, and HomeAway. So talk to the local letting managers who know your area.

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

Aerovista will • Take professional standard photographs • List your property/room on AirBnb and other platforms • Synchronise all calendars (avoids booking clashes)

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

Take the first step to effortless letting income by calling Mike for a chat about the letting potential in your property. Aerovista Holiday Letting Management 01360 370175

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Ardoch is such a versatile venue that it can be transformed into the ideal setting for almost any event. Ardoch has played host to many diverse groups from a music and yoga retreats, Highland Games for a team-building events and intimate weddings and family gatherings! For inspiration on how you can make Ardoch yours, do not hesitate to contact us!

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Two Season Tofu Salad Serves 2-3

This is a versatile dish which can be served chilled in summer as a light, refreshing main, or warm in autumn for a comforting but healthy dinner option. It's suitable for vegan and gluten free diets, but also easily adaptable for omnivores by marinading chicken or pork instead of the tofu.

Recipe from The Soup Dragon at Tir na nOg



750g Firm Tofu (Alternatively substitute chicken or pork strips/cubes for tofu)

1 Cucumber (Noodled with a peeler/ or julienned) 2 Large carrots (Noodled) 1 Bunch Spring Onions or 1 Red onion finely sliced 10g Wakame (or any other sea vegetable, available from health food shops or online)* 1 small red chilli, finely sliced

Marinade: 1 small onion/shallot 1/2inch of ginger 4 cloves of garlic Blend these ingredients till smooth then add: 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil 1 tbsp Rice wine vinegar 1 tbsp Red miso paste 1 tbpn soy sauce (or tamari for gluten free) Juice from 1 lime Once you have marinated overnight (or longer) then brush off excess marinade (and reserve) and then bake the tofu cubes at 200C for 30mins turning regularly. Reserve the remaining marinade to add to the salad dressing.

Cook 2 portions of noodles (rice for gluten free) 1 Romaine lettuce (shredded) (or alternatively 2 pak choi, sliced and added to noodles at last minute of cooking, for a warmer salad base) *This is optional but very nutritious as it high in fibre and contains calcium, magnesium, iodine and iron. Follow instructions on packet, you will need to soak and rinse in cold water at least twice.

Method: Tofu gets a bad press as a 'tasteless' veggie/vegan protein replacement, but it can be delicious if you treat it right! In this recipe, to help it absorb flavour you first need to press the tofu to remove as much water as possible. Slice the tofu into steaks about 1.5/2cm thick, then press between 2 plates and weigh down with tins or jars and leave refrigerated overnight. Once the tofu has stopped releasing water you can drain it, dice into large cubes and marinade for as long as possible (ideally overnight).

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Make the marinade by blending the shallots, garlic and ginger together, then add the vinegar, oil, miso paste and soy/tamari. Cook the noodles lightly to retain an al dente/firm texture. Serve straight away for a warm salad or refresh under cold running water to use later in a cold salad. If reserving for a cold salad you might want to add a little sesame oil to stop noodles sticking together. Combine all the salad ingredients with the noodles, top with the tofu/meat and serve with dressing on side.

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West Moss-side... ...miles away from the hustle & bustle.

"The space is creative, it inspires new ways of thinking"


ate Sankey has taken the natural and cultural assets of West Moss-side and over the last 15 years built a successful rural business, alongside her 150 acre organic and conservation-focussed farm.

West Moss-side is just outside Thornhill, and although being only 20 minutes from Stirling has the peaceful feeling of being miles away from hustle and bustle, this is helped by its hidden location down a beautiful lane.

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The incredible setting and Kate’s creative and entrepreneurial spirit led to her introducing the award winning Trossachs Yurts. These three exclusive, secluded and authentic yurts provide super luxurious glamping for families to spend special time together, or for a romantic escape to the country and chance to chill. Kate is a basket maker and you’ll find her work alongside the other six creative artists that make up the West Moss-side Collective. She is particularly proud of the new rooms that are now being used as galleries, meetings rooms, workshop space and as a conference venue ‘The space is creative, it inspires new ways of thinking, with a comfortable, airy, IT-friendly environment.

We think that is also an ideal place for people to meet, clear their heads and have productive and undistracted meetings’. Andrew Barrowcliffe, former owner and chef of Venachar Lochside was himself drawn to West Moss-side, moving quickly from just visitor to resident chef, basing his own new business in the West Moss-side kitchen, and introducing exciting collaborative offerings with Kate. He said ‘I was so impressed with the seasonal, natural, wild, organic and nutritious food available on the farm, that I immediately saw amazing new opportunities to provide my clients with something unique and special’. Andy has won many awards for his skills of combining incredible flavours with outstanding presentation. As well as offering great food to the people staying at Trossachs Yurts, Andy provides catering for occasions and businesses at West Moss-side and around the area. Look out too for his new outside catering shepherd’s hut – A Moveable feast!

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REVIEW The Old Bank, Callander S ituated conveniently on the Main Street, The Old Bank, an attractive traditional building, offers a comprehensive food service. Breakfast is served from 9am - 12noon. Lunches. Afternoon tea is also available from 2.30pm - 4.30pm. Fish Tea served from 2.30pm - 6pm. Traditional High Tea from 4pm - 6pm. Dinners from 6pm. The restaurant recently decided to offer evening meals on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6pm - 8pm. A new menu has been created for this. We sampled this menu and were very impressed with the selection of starters , mains and desserts. My dining companion chose Monkfish scampi served with chilli jam, saffron aioli and side salad. It was so good to taste the monkfish instead of the usual thick batter. Excellent. I chose the spiced duck breast with crispy black pudding, pickled watermelon, butternut purĂŠe, coriander, chilli and ginger.again an excellent starter. For main courses, as with starters, a fantastic selection to choose from. My partner decided on beer battered Haddock, homemade tartar sauce and crushed minted peas. The Haddock was very good and not covered in thick batter as is so often served in other premises. I chose Loch Duart Salmon, chorizo, orzo pasta, peas and salsa verde. Again presentation and taste were excellent. We were unable to tackle any of the delicious looking homemade cakes including meringues which looked amazing. The wine list is uncomplicated but interesting and very well priced. Finding this gem in the heart of Callander is rare and staff led by Jackie provide an easy to enjoy evening. A worthy stopping point to sample good cooking and hospitality. Review by Ken & Mona Killearn

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THE BOAT HOUSE Enjoy a perfect family celebration with picturesque winter views of the Loch and Ben Lomond. ADULT £89 | CHILD £35 THE CL ARET JUG Prosecco on arrival followed by a fabulous festive lunch. Enter tainment from a magician and caricaturist. ADULT £69 | CHILD £30

We’ve a festive treat in store with our Boxing Day Ceilidh. THE BOAT HOUSE ADULT £65 | CHILD £25

FESTIVE AFTERNOON TEA Treat someone special to a sumptious festive afternoon tea on the banks of Loch Lomond. THE BOAT HOUSE

£35 per person


THE BOAT HOUSE HOOLIE Bring in the New Year with a fantastic Hogmanay celebration! ADULT £99 | CHILD £39 7PM-1AM

DINNER & DISCO AT THE CL ARET JUG Great food, great music, great company, a great end to the old year and a great start to the New Year! ADULT £69 | CHILD £29

C AMERON HOUSE GIF T C ARDS Give the gift of luxury this Christmas with a Cameron House Gift Card.


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Park Life Magazine October - November Edition 2018

Your what’s on guide and ad vertiser for West Stirlingshir e, Loch Lomo nd & The Trossa chs

Park Life local guide to Halloween & Guy Fawke s



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Hands up if you love a good beer garden! Beer Gardens in Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park


n Scotland, we’re well versed in trying to eek the summer out for as long possible - even when the rain hits you can still find us under a parasol in a good beer garden! Around here we really are spoiled for choice as to where to indulge in our favourite past-time…

• The Lake of Menteith Hotel, Port of Menteith You’d be hard pressed to find a more romantic spot for enjoying an out of doors beverage that on the banks of Scotland’s only ‘lake’. A perfect place to watch the sunset!

• The Drymen Inn, Drymen Just a few miles from the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, the Drymen Inn offers a fantastic beer garden out back, a great spot if you are walking the West Highland Way. • Buchanan Castle Golf Club, near Drymen Enjoy a round of golf then a glass of wine in the sun at the picturesque Golf Club in the lovely Buchanan Castle Estate outside Drymen. • The Old Mill Inn, Killearn Definitely the quirkiest beer garden around… with a 20ft Mongolian Yurt and huge tent set in a gorgeous garden at the back of the pub.

• Lion & Unicorn, Thornhill Not too far from Stirling is this welcoming pub, popular with locals. Enjoy their fantastic huge and sunny beer garden, and if it gets too cold they have three log-burning fires to warm up by inside! • The Fintry Inn, Fintry You can’t miss this lovely traditional pub in the village of Fintry – look out for the bicycle mounted on the wall outside! Why not try some of their real ale made on the premises in their great wee beer garden? • The Rowardennan Hotel, Rowardennan Pretty much right at the bottom of Ben Lomond, a fantastic spot to enjoy a drink al fresco after a long hike (or a very short one, to the bar!)

• The Blane Valley Inn, Blanefield The ‘BV’ - as it’s affectionately known as to locals – has a great wee beer garden out front, a perfect spot for people watching in the sunshine!

• The Oak Tree Inn, Balmaha A staple Loch Lomond favourite, enjoy the fresh air with a beer in hand underneath the large oak tree itself… and you can now visit Balmaha via the new (disabled access) pontoon on Loch Lomond, brilliant!

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

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


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Stay at the gateway to the glorious Trossachs

Recently refurbished to

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The Rob Roy Hotel is wonderfully situated in idyllic countryside at the gateway to the glorious Trossachs and is set within Scotland’s first National Park. There are 103 en-suite bedrooms, all tastefully decorated and recently refurbished. The splendours of Loch Katrine, Callender, Historic Stirling and Loch Lomond are all witthin easy striking distance, and the hotel is an ideal centre for touring the Trossachs, Perthshire and the Highlands. A lounge menu offering freshly produced local food is available throughout the day in the Thistle Bar, and the Tartan Room is an excellent spot for lunch or an evening meal, whilst The Ballroom hosts a popular Dinner Dance most Saturdays throughout the year.

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


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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!


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A relaxed, informal neighbourhood bistro offering great food at great value in a warm and welcoming environment. Lunch and Early Supper Menu £13.50 or £16.50 - 2/3 courses Full a la carte available - Extensive Wine Shop See our website for all menus, times etc.

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Delicious Summer Cake Recipe from Sugar Boat

Vanilla Slice, Elderflower Stawberries Serves 6 Ingredients Custard

Puff pastry

500ml milk 6 egg yolks 100g caster 40g cornflour 1 vanilla pod 1 1/2 gelatine leaves

1 block of puff pastry 1 egg yolk beat

Elderflower syrup Make 2 days before use 1 litre water 1kg sugar 1 star anise 700g fresh elderflower 5-ml lemon juice

Method Line a loaf tin 30cm by 7cm with cling film. Bring the milk to the boil in a heavy bottomed pan. Mix the yolks, cornflour, sugar & vanilla seed in large. Once the milk has boiled pour over the egg. Mix while mixing. Add all back into the pan and cook over a low heat whisking constantly. Soak the gelatine in cold water to bloom. Once the custard is thick and coats a spoon whisk in the gelatine and pour into the lined mould. Leave to set for 3 hours. Roll out the puff pastry on a floured on a floured surface till 1cm thick place on a baking tray with parchment and brush the top with the egg yolk. Place another piece of parchment over the top and press with another baking tray. Bake at 170c for 20-25 min until golden brown and cooked fully. Once cooked trim ti the size of the custard with a serrated knife. Sandwich the custard between the pastry sheets and leave for further hour before cutting. Place elderflower in a large plastic tub. Bring the sugar and anise to the boil. Pour over elderflower. Cling film straight away making sure its tight. Store in the fridge for 3 days, shaking daily. On day 3 pass off and season with lemon juice. Wash and trim strawberries and dress with the syrup. Slice the custard and serve with a generous helping of strawberries.

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STIRLING FESTIVAL OF VOLUNTEERING 2018 Stirling’s Festival of Volunteering is back for 2018, 19-25 September. A celebration of all the amazing volunteering that goes on in the city continues with a Family Day at King’s Park 12-4pm on Saturday 22 September. There will be lots of fun, free activities for kids to enjoy from sports taster sessions to bouncy castles. This year is extra special as Stirling is in the running to be named European Volunteering Capital 2020 #congainto2020.

For the full festival programme see:


The Coffee Kiln Café is now open from 8am, serving delicious breakfast, Coffee and Homemade Scones freshly baked every day.

We have a tasty new lunch menu including soups, sandwiches and baked potatoes as well as tasty platters ….and cake…..lots and lots of cake. We have Gluten Free bread, paninis and oatcakes as well as vegan friendly cakes and Soya milk for coffees! Come and admire the beautiful handcrafted pottery and enjoy a spot of lunch at the Coffee Kiln. Our crockery is sourced from the Pottery itself which gives you a unique chance to try before you buy!

Buchlyvie Pottery Shop, Main Street, Buchlyvie, Stirlingshire, FK8 3LP Tel: 01360 850405 |

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his month The Aizle celebrates 25 years on its current site at the Ballat Crossroads. The business was actually started by Jane White 40 years ago in Blanefield, before moving to its current location. Now there’s an even bigger celebration for the business, as the road outside the business has at last reopened following the on-going bridge repairs by Scottish Water. The Aizle, which means burning ember in lowland Scots, features a coffee shop, picture framing studio, a shop selling fashion items, gifts and children’s toys, there is also a popular gym.

As Jane says ‘New customers are often surprised by the size of the shop and the wide range of the items we sell and services that we offer. It has been difficult with the road closure and we are really keen to spread the word and encourage people to pay us a visit and see The Aizle for themselves’.

Pictured above are founder Jane with her daughter in law Jenny who is involved along with other members of the family. Jane’s middle son Richard runs the picture framing studio, with her eldest son Kerr running the gym.

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Whilst giving us a tour of the gym Jenny McMillan told us of the growing popularity of her husband Kerr’s fitness classes, ‘the spin bike classes are especially popular, as are the personal training and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu classes’. Beyond the classes there is a good range of fitness equipment, with either ongoing memberships or a pay as you go option. Class timetables and membership options for the gym (Aizle Active) can be found at


Most of the baking for the coffee shop is done on the premises, there is also homemade soup on the menu, along with other light meals ,that are served all day.

"New customers are often surprised by the size of the shop and the wide range of the items we sell and services that we offer"

It’s good to see such a well-stocked shop as The Aizle, along with a large range of services for locals and visitors. They currently have offers on many items as they celebrate their 25th anniversary of being at Ballat Crossroads.

Ballat Crossroads, Balfron Station G63 0SE Tel: 01360 440456

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Festival 2018

Balloch, Loch Lomond Street Theatre | Musicians | Dance | Exhibitions | Wildlife & Nature

Saturday 11 August A fab family day of free events! 10.30am – 5.00pm Festival Arena Moss O’ Balloch 11.15am – 12noon Carnival Parade 6pm onwards Entertainment at local venues There’s something for everyone, find out more at: 40 |

Festival 2018:

Balloch Loch Lomond

announces event programme An exciting mix of local and international acts are lined up to entertain residents and visitors at Festival 2018: Balloch Loch Lomond this August to help celebrate the European Championships coming to Loch Lomond A free family friendly event, Festival 2018: Balloch Loch Lomond is taking place in Balloch on Saturday 11th August as part of Festival 2018 – the cultural programme for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships. The festival programme brings together a fantastic range of local artists, community groups and international performers who will entertain local residents and visitors in a world-class setting. Scottish Opera will be showcasing a new piece of work at the event called ‘Be a Sport, Spike!’ for 4 -7 year olds and their families and the street theatre company Mischief La Bas will be on hand to provide hilarious sponge wrestling and a Great Selfie Hop Challenge. Pop up orchestra, Nevis Ensemble, will be making an appearance at the festival playing a mix of music and interactive theatre company Oceanallover will be performing ‘Orographic’ a new piece of promenade drama. A diverse range of local acts are also taking part in the festival programme including performances from Urbaniks, an award winning urban dance group from Balloch, samba drummers from Awestruck Academy, Clydebank, Singer Station from Alexandria and local singer Christy Hawkins. The stars of the day are the 150 participants who will take part in the carnival parade through Balloch in the morning to create a true festival feel. Gordon Watson, Chief Executive of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park said: “We’re excited that Loch Lomond has been chosen to host the open water swimming competition at the inaugural European

Championships in August. The competition will bring a worldwide audience to Loch Lomond attracting thousands of visitors to the area. “Festival 2018: Balloch Loch Lomond has been created with businesses and the local community to combine sport and culture and provide a fun, festival atmosphere for everyone, encouraging spectators to spend more time in Balloch and boost the local economy. “We’ve got some great acts lined up to entertain people and shine a light on local talent.” Glasgow 2018 Championships Director, Colin Hartley, said: “It’s brilliant to see Festival 2018: Balloch Loch Lomond launch. We are delighted the iconic shores of Loch Lomond will host the Open Water Swimming events as part of the first ever European Championships. “The 11th August looks set to be a fun-filled day for the whole family to experience with an amazing mix of cultural and sporting events - we hope locals and visitors alike enjoy an unforgettable event.” There will also be food and drink stalls from local producers and a bar serving locally-brewed beers and ales. The event will start at 10.00am on 11th August with performances taking place throughout the day in various locations until the early evening followed by entertainment and special offers in local bars and restaurants. The European Championships, part of Glasgow 2018 – is a brand new multi-sport event being co-hosted with Berlin this August. Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park will stage the European Open Water Swimming Championships at Drumkinnon Bay at Loch Lomond from 8th – 12th August, giving sports fans an opportunity to see some of the best aquatics stars on the continent take to the iconic waters of Loch Lomond – for free.

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Ben Lomond Start Rowardennan Car Park Distance 7.5 Miles | Time 4.5 - 5.5 Hours Climb steadily, through oak woods to start with and then through an area of cleared forestry where only the few silver birch trees remain at present. After a short while cross a track and continue on the uphill path.

STAGE 2 Ben Lomond is one of the most popular Munros, rewarding the 30,000 people who make it to the top each yeaR with fantastic views of the length of Loch Lomond and far into the hills to the north and the Trossachs to the east.

Cross a small bridge and soon there are the first views of part of Loch Lomond. Pass through a gate onto the open hill where cattle and sheep graze. The path continues to climb at a steady gradient, the views of the Loch becoming more impressive with each step. Pass through another gate. The ground becomes less steep and the final peak comes into view with the prominent zig-zag of the path visible on the right hand side.



Starting point is Rowardennan car park where there is an information centre and toilets. The mountain is not in view from the car park but can be seen from the metal jetty on the loch shore. The ascent starts from a clearly marked path at the back of the information building.

Keep following the path as it sticks to the broad ridge of the mountain. There are good views of the islands in Loch Lomond behind. The path climbs steeply on the final ascent to the summit ridge before levelling off to curve to the left around the rim of the very impressive eastern

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corrie which has been hidden until this point.


From the summit trig point there are stunning views in all directions, particularly of the southern end of Loch Lomond and its islands. It is rare to be alone at the top, as this is one of Scotland’s favourite mountains, popular with visitors and locals including fell runners who make numerous ascents in a year. The easiest and most usual route back is to retrace your outward route, but there is a rougher alternative which is not recommended unless experienced climber especially in winter.

STAGE 5 For the alternative, harder descent, take the rocky path north-west from the summit to descend very steeply to a col before climbing south-west to Ptarmigan at 731 metres. From here the route follows the nobbly ridge for much of the descent with excellent views down Loch Lomond. Approximately half way down the ridge, the distinctive shape of the Cobbler comes into view alongside the other peaks of the Arrochar Alps on the far side of the Loch to the west. There is a clear path although it is narrow and rocky in places. The wettest areas have been improved with large stepping stones. About two-thirds of the way down the path leaves the true ridge to descend below crags and continue on a

direct route towards Rowardennan.

STAGE 6 The path passes through a gate and descends more steeply. Before reaching some trees at the top of the woodland bear left to go through another gate and descend alongside the burn. After an open gateway there is a good view of a waterfall. Continue down through the woods until the road is reached. Turn left here and walk along the road passing behind the Youth Hostel. For the last section it is possible to take the path to the right along the shore. This passes a modern war memorial sculpture by Doug Cocker of Dundee. Ben Lomond and its slopes going down to the loch have been dedicated as a Memorial Park to commemorate those who have lost their lives for their country. From the memorial continue round the shore a short distance to return to the car park.

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The West Highland Way Distance 154km (96 miles)

The 154Km (96miles) Route starts at Milngavie passes through Mugdock Country Park, follows the shores of Loch Lomond, passing Ben Lomond, through Glen Falloch and Strathfillan, crossing Rannoch Moor, past Buachaille Etive Mor to the head of Glencoe, climbing the Devil’s Staircase, descending to the Loch Leven before entering Lairigmor and Glen Nevis and finishes at Gordon Square in Fort William.

Take a walk on the wild side...

This stunning challenge can be broken up into bite size sections depending on what kind of challenge you fancy; see some ideas below.

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Milngavie to Carbeth 5 miles Carbeth to Drymen 7 miles Drymen to Balmaha 8 miles Balmaha to Rowardennan 7 miles Rowardennan to Inversnaid 7 miles Inversnaid to Ardlui & Inverarnan 7 miles Inverarnan to Crianlarich 6 miles

8 Crianlarich to Tyndrum 6 miles 9 Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy 7 miles 10 Bridge of Orchy to Inveroran 2 miles 11 Inveroran to Kingshouse 10 miles 12 Kingshouse to Kinlochleven 9 miles 13 Kinlochleven to Fort William 16 miles

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Exciting News..... FREE CHILDCARE! As of August 2018, ALL 3-5 year old children can have their funded hours free at point of delivery at Heron House Killearn. This equates to 1.5 free days term time or 1 free day all year round. Parents can chose their days/sessions to suit their family needs with no fees due.- It’s Free! Contact Fiona on 01360 550162 to enrol your 3-5 year old for August 2018 or for more information.

3 Months Summer/Autumn Membership Valid August - October

£99 individual. £149 Couple. £30 per child • Free gym induction with tailored fitness plan • Half price fitness classes

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Why not come & try our Academy Course. ÂŁ5pp Golf Clubs inc

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Open Morning Saturday 29 September

Join us at our Open Morning and find out how Lomond School can help your child reach their potential Saturday 29 September 10am until 1pm To confirm your attendance, please contact us: T: +44 (0)1436 672476 E: LOMOND SCHOOL BUS CALLS AT KILLEARN, DRYMEN, GARTOCHARN AND BALLOCH. 10 Stafford Street, Helensburgh G84 9JX |

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where students really improve

Call TODAY for a free assessment

Individual Learning Plans for Every Child Call the STIRLING CENTRE to find out more

01786 474 818

Professional Tutoring in Maths and English

Autumn Highlights at the Tolbooth & Albert Halls…

Summer Ceilidh – Wed 15 Aug Big Girls Don’t Cry – Fri 24 Aug Russian Strings – Sat 26 Aug The Gary Innes Band ERA – Thu 23 Aug Rose Room with Konrad Wiszniewski - Fri 24 Aug Blazin’ Fiddles & Karen Matheson – Fri 31 Aug The Unknown Soldier – Fri 31 Aug One Night of Queen – Fri 7 Sept Strange Behaviours: Kathryn Joeseph – Sat 15 Sept 51 Shades of Maggie – Fri 14 Sept Betse Ellis – Fri 21 Sept The Jimmy Shand Story – Fri 5 Oct Northern Flyway – Wed 26 Sept Touching The Void – Thu 11 Oct Jon Boden – Sat 29 Sept Leo Sayer – Fri 12 Oct For more information & full listings visit or call the box office 01786 27 4000 / 473 544

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Loch Lomond Shores Events

Aug - Sept



Storytelling, den-building, bug hunting and more in sessions run by outdoor education specialists Under the Trees.

A free family friendly event taking place at Loch Lomond Shores and in Balloch as part of Festival 2018 – the cultural programme for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships. A fun-filled day for the whole family to experience with an amazing mix of cultural and sporting events. See more at

Wed 1 Aug & Mon 6 Aug


Sat 4 & Sun 5 / 11th & 12th /18th & 19th /25th & 26th Aug

Sat 11 Aug

GREAT SCOTTISH SWIM 2018 Sat 25 Aug Loch Lomond Shores.

Farmers market, street food and arts & crafts every weekend at Loch Lomond Shores. See the market facebook page for details LochLomondShoresArtisanCraftsMarket/



Farmers market, street food and arts & crafts every weekend at Loch Lomond Shores. See the market facebook page for details LochLomondShoresArtisanCraftsMarket/

8-12 Aug

Events & medal ceremonies, at Loch Lomond Shores. Free and unticketed. see more at https://www.

Sat 1 & Sun 2 / 8th & 9th / 15th & 16th / 22nd&23rd / 29th 30th

THE GREAT OUTDOORS. Sat 15 & Sun 16 Sept

Weekend of activities celebrating outdoor sports and activities, including bike stunt displays, organised outdoor play, and more.

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cottish Highland Games are among the most popular events in the country, with our visitors and residents alike. If you visit us any time between May and September, you are bound to catch a gathering somewhere in the country, for a great family day out.

AUGUST Dornoch Highland Games 3rd August

Newtonmore Highland Games 4th August

Aboyne Highland Games

Atholl & Breadalbane Highland Games

Lonach Highland Games

11th August

Strathardle Highland Games

North Berwick Highland Games

25th August

11th August

Perth Highland Games

25th August


Peebles Highland Games

4th August

12th August

1st September

Inverkeithing Highland Games

Helmsdale Highland Games

Braemar Highland Games 1st September

4th August

18th August

Aberlour & Strathspey Highland Games

Stirling Highland Games

4th August

Crieff Highland Games

Pitlochry Highland Games

Bridge of Allan Highland Games

19th August

8th September

5th August

Invercharron Highland Games

Isle of Skye Highland Games

Oban/Argyllshire Highland Games

8th August

23rd August

Ballater Highland Games

Cowal Highland Games

9th August

23rd-25th August

Assynt Highland Games

Glenurquhart Highland Games

Grantown on Spey Highland Games

10th August

25th August

26th September

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18th August

Blairgowrie & Rattray Highland Games 2nd September

15th September

Birnam/Dunkeld Highland Games 25th September

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

Outdoor adventure activities for all ages and abilities


! WINLife with

Groups • Children Corporate Groups Group and Fun Days

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

You’ll find an exciting and varied programme of films for all ages at Macrobert Arts Centre and with tickets starting at just £4, it’s great value for money whether you’re out with children, family or friends. Enter for the chance to win a Family Ticket (any 4 people) for the *film of your choice at the Macrobert Arts Centre Filmhouse. Find full details of the current film programme at or call 01786 466 666.

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

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

*Subject to availability, prize must be used by 31 October 2018. Exclusions may apply e.g. Special Event Cinema such as, NT: Live, ROH, RSC, OWS.

To enter visit

FAMILY SHOWS @ Connect With Us:



Catherine Wheels

Catherine Wheels



For age 4+

For ages 2 to 4

Sat 22 Sep, 2pm

Fri 26 & Sat 27 Oct, 10.30am & 1pm

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

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

Book tickets:

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EventsAugust-September Loch Katrine 


The Wallace Monument 


Mugdock Events  Balloch Festival 

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Buchanan Castle Golf Club pg 46 Why not try golfing this summer at the Academy Course only ÂŁ5pp

Tolbooth & Albert Halls 


Loch Lomond Shores 


Highland Games 


1st Friday of every month 8.30 ish (or earlier)

Macrobert Art Centre 


People are welcome to bring an

Doune The Rabbit Hole 


The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre p53 Mugdock Country Park 


Callander Jazz & Blues Festival p58 Mugdock Cinema 


Farmers Markets 


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Forth Inn Aberfoyle

instrument and join in with a music pub session. The local music group Abtrad are going, but its open to all, all stages. We have a right mix of instruments. Its just playing around a table. You can either join in with a tune that's playing, sing or do some tunes of your own. Its all fun. People are friendly.

Walk in the Park

Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 10.20am Trust in the Park health walks take place in the beautiful and nurturing surroundings of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. They are one of the best examples of a successful health walk programme in Scotland. Starting from just seven walkers in Callander, they now support over one hundred walkers! Join them for a free, fun and easy way to get fit and feel better. Choose from Aberfoyle (Monday), Callander (Tuesday), Killin (Wednesday), or Balloch (Wednesday). For times and further information visit the Trust in the Park website.

EventsAugust-September Balloch Run ‘n’ Park, Balloch Castle Country Park Every Saturday at 9.30am How do you fancy a run around our National Park here at Balloch? West Dunbartonshire Athletics Club host a 2k & 5k run every Saturday at 9.30am, starting just inside the main gates of Balloch Park. There is no registration, no fee and no official recording of times, just turn up for a Run in the Park! The run is suitable for all ages but please note that children under 11 years of age must be accompanied by an adult and all participants run at their own risk.

Stirling Art Club Exhibition

Art Exhibition & Sale

The annual exhibition of paintings is taking place again during the first week of August and I wondered if you might be kind enough to give us a mention in your magazine. Opening times are:Saturday 4th August 10am-8pm Sunday 5th August 2-6pm Weekdays 10am-8pm Saturday 11th August 10am-5pm Holy Trinity Church, Dumbarton Rd Stirling

Luss Village Hall

Balloch Festival pg 40-41 Sat 11 Aug Loch Lomond

Helensburgh Summer Festival Sat 11-12 Aug

A great weekend for all the family with plenty to do for all ages and tastes.

18 - 25 August 2018 9.30 - 5.30pm Free entry

Ceilidh at Maid of the Loch Balloch Pier August 18th

7.30-Midnight An evening of live folk and traditional music with @ FolkyMacFolkFace on Maid of the Loch. There will be a licensed bar and tickets cost £8. To book your space, please call 01389-711865 or email Amanda at PROCEEDS GO TO "MAID TO SAIL" APPEAL TO HELP HAVE HER SAILING ON LOCH LOMOND AGAIN.

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Family Nature Club

Come and explore nature at the Forest Lodge this summer! The Forest Lodge is surrounded by incredible wildlife. We would like to welcome families to join the RSPB and Forestry Commission for some exciting sessions all about the wonderful wildlife we find here, from the tiniest beastie to the tallest tree. Time: 10am - 12pm Cost: £4 non-member. £3 RSPB member. *Adults and under 3’s are free

3rd / 4th August - Moths and Butterflies Come and empty the moth trap full of creatures that fly at night, then hunt for butterflies and help us carry out the Big Butterfly Count!

10th / 11th August - Wildlife Watchers

Come and learn about the different species found in the woodland. Learn some bird species and look for animal tracks.

17th / 18th August - Tremendous Trees

Come and learn about the trees that make up the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and what lives in them. Booking is essential so please contact the Lodge to book and get more info.

5th August - Trossachs Search Rescue Day

Come and join the Trossachs Search Rescue for a day of fun including face painting, tombola and CPR demonstrations. Time: 12pm

7th September - Batty about Bats

Join our RSPB officer to learn all about bats booking essential. Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm Keep a look out on our facebook page for our future events including Light up the Forest in October and Christmas Trees in December. Call the Lodge on 0300 0676615 Email Follow us on


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EventsAugust-September Kippen Flower Show

Admission £1.50 (children 50p) – includes afternoon teas.

Village Hall, Fore Road, Kippen Admission: Adults £1 Children 50p This Flower Show enjoys participation from locals and visitors alike! Why not enter and have fun?!


Sun 19th Aug

Great Scottish Swim 25 Aug

Set in the majestic surroundings of the Trossachs National Park, and picturesque waters of Loch Lomond, the Great Scottish Swim offers the chance to swim in Britain’s largest stretch of inland water.

Buchanan Flower Show Sat 25th Aug 2-5pm

72nd Annual Flower Show…fruit, flowers, vegetables and rural industries.

Show entries are confined to residents of Buchanan Parish and pupils of Buchanan Primary School except for open classes which are open to all.

Gartmore Horticultural Society 102nd Gartmore Flower show

Sat 25th Aug Village Hall and all exhibits will be very welcome. (Doors 1.45pm / Admission £3 / Children free)

Balfron Scottish Women's Institute From September till May

meets on the second Monday of

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

Train - Play Relax - Competehour sessions).

Other activities include orienteering, Shetland driving and Nordic walking.

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Drymen Library

The Knit and Natter last Monday of the month 10.30 – 12.3

Gartmore Village Hall Callander Jazz & Blues Festival 28th-30th Sept

The Callander Jazz and Blues Festival is the largest rural Jazz & Blues festival in Scotland and is firmly established on the UK festival map. First held back in 2006, the festival has grown every year, with last years event featuring over 50 gigs at 15 venues, performing live jazz, blues,


McLaren Leisure

Swimming pool Sports hall Climbing wall Fitness suite Classes Birthday parties 3G pitch Soft play Events Memberships Holiday activities

every month. All visitors welcome in the McLintock Hall, Balfron, at 7.30 p.m

01877 330 000

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

Tel: 01877 385276 | 07801 699497

EventsAugust-September soul and boogie over 3 days. From solo artists to 21 piece big bands, over three hundred musicians ensured a long weekend of great music in the autumn splendour of the Trossachs.

Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival

Bloody Scotland Stirling 21st-23rd Sept

Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival

Light from the Beacon Hill Join us by registering as a walker for the Ben Lomond Torchlight Challenge! We will be walking up Ben Lomond on the night of Saturday 15th September, to raise funds to support the conservation work of the National Trust for Scotland at Ben Lomond, and for Lomond Mountain Rescue Team. You can get in touch with us at, or keep an eye out for updates on our facebook page @BenLomondRangerService.

Ben Lomond Torchlight Challenge

You can also support the fundraising

Sat 15th Sept

70070, to donate the sum of £5, or

Keep a look out for the 9pm Beacon

another sum of your choice.

by texting “BLMD50 £5” to number

Stirling Festival of Volunteering pg37

19-25 Sept Family Day at Kings Park Sat 22 Sept 2-4pm

Loch Lomond Live Drymen Show Field

Sat 22 - Sun 23 Sept FORMER Runrig frontman Donnie Munro and Highland pop band Tide Lines have been announced as headliners for a brand-new festival taking place near Drymen. 50 live acts from across the country, plus local food and drink, as well as a host of family fun. Have Mercy Las Vegas and Dave Arcari and many more…

Lomond School Open Morning pg 47 Sat 29 Sept

Wooden play equipment for the garden

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

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Stylish women’s clothing, accessories and much more

Moon of Drymen

Gift Vouchers Available


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

School of Dance Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern Stage

Taught to children from 2½ years Enrolment for Strathblane classes is on Tuesday 21st August 3pm - 5pm in the Edmonstone Hall Blanefield. Enrolment for Killearn classes is on Wednesday 22nd August 3pm - 5pm in Killearn Village Hall

Lynda Turner School of Dance

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Mugdock Country Park EventsAugust Mugdock Country Park 0141 956 6100 Mugdock Superdog 2018

Sunday 5th August, 2pm – 4pm Can you control your canine companion in the countryside or is your best friend just barking mad? Try out our crafty agility course and fun contests. All dogs welcome, but beginners only, please. Meet in the overflow car park near the Visitor Centre. Cost £2, with proceeds going to Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue Centre.

Kirkintilloch Collieries Walk

Saturday 18th August, 10am – 2pm Find out about the geology of the Kirkintilloch area and the industry that arose from it then all but vanished again. Join the Ranger Service on this 6 mile circular walk visiting a nature reserve, wandering countryside corridors and the canal, and even go up a bing! Booking essential 0141 956 6100. Cost £5.

Spinning Workshop with Sealy MacWheely

Saturday 18th August, 11am1pm or 2pm-4pm at Mugdock Learn to Spin on Drop Spindle and Spinning Wheel. 2 hr workshop for £30pp. No experience required, all materials and equipment provided. Bookable either via my website: or via email:

Creepy Crawlies and Conservation, Milngavie Sunday 19th August, 10:30am – 12pm

Come and try Conservation Volunteering, Mugdock


Saturday 25th August, 10am – 12.30pm

Forest School, Mugdock – Whittle Away!

Ranger led hands-on task to benefit Mugdock’s green places. 16yrs +, no experience necessary. Booking essential 0141 956 6100. Free.

Sunday 19th August, 2pm – 4pm

Join the Forest School Ranger and have a go at developing your skills in the ancient art of whittling. Outdoor activities for 8-12 year olds. Booking essential 0141 956 6100. Cost £7.

Walk – Milngavie Loop, Insect by your Ear Tuesday 21st August, 2pm – 4pm

A Ranger led walk in and around milngavie, looking at the insect world as we go along. Booking essential 0141 956 6100. Cost £5.

Go Batty in Bearsden Friday 24th August, 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Come along and learn about the real stars of the night! Search for perky pipistrelles and delightful Daubenton’s on this bat-tastic Ranger led evening walk. Booking essential 0141 956 6100. Cost £3.

Campsie Glen – A Hike into the Past Sunday 26th August, 1pm – 3:30pm

Not suitable for young children. Booking essential 0141 956 6100. Cost £5.


Mugdock, Sunday 26th August, 9am-1.30pm Ultm8 Warrior is the UK’s first “Junior only” OCR event series! We’ll be offering heats for the following age groups 4-6yrs (1Km), 7-9yrs (2Km) and 10-13yrs (3Km). Each heat will involve 1, 2 or 3 laps of our unique Ultm8 Warrior Obstacle Course. Visit http:// www. for more details and how to enter.

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Mugdock Theatre - Cinema Club

Gravity Mon 20th Aug

Cat on a Hot tin Roof Mon 3rd Sept

Come and join our Cinema Club and enjoy a mixture of classic and contemporary films in Mugdock Theatre for 2018. The Club shows approximately 20 films per year on a Monday night here at the Park. Membership for 2018 is £45 for the whole year but if you would still like to join now, we would charge you a pro

Hacksaw Ridge Mon 17th Sept

rata rate, Alternatively you can pay as you go at £4 per film. Below is the film listing for the rest of the year and booking is essential for all showings. Call 0141 956 6100 to book, join or any other queries regarding the Club.

Park Life’s Fit for Life BLOG By Liz Ewing Personal Trainer

How to progress in the gym. I’m always promoting how important it is to lift weights when it comes to losing body fat and getting stronger and the many other health related benefits of doing so. In this edition I’ve detailed some simple ways on how to progress in the gym. One of the ways is to start lifting heavier. It is probably the most common way to progressively overload the muscle but there are lots of other ways to add volume to your session without going heavier. Some of the other ways are: 1. Increase the number of reps on a certain weight 2. Increase the number of sets on each exercise

3. Reducing the Rest Period between sets is a very simple way of progressing yet very overlooked. 4. Execution is another variable. If you fail to complete the set with perfect form but do so the following week, that’s progression! 5. Increase Time under Tension (TUT) of each set by slowing the eccentric portion of the lift, this is also progression. As you can see there are various ways to progress and obviously depending on what your goal is, generally, you want to be increasing the volume overall. Liz can be contacted on 07779 784191 or email | 59

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Slimming World BALFRON Wednesday 5.30pm and 7.30pm Masonic Hall, Dunmore Street Tel: Fiona 07771 918363 % nt d 10 ou a sc is di h th it w

Self-service Dog Wash Dog Walking/Running/Cycling – exercise programmes tailored to your dog’s needs Pet Care Services Pet Taxi Equine Visits ING COM ON doggy daycare • pet laundry and other services SO (please contact us for more details)

Muddy Paws Outdoors Unit 9b, Back O’Hill Industrial Estate, Stirling FK8 1SH t. 01786 475232 e.

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Experience Freedom with Kinetic Chain Release (KCR) A simple yet effective sequence of medically approved, non-invasive mobilisations and stretches that allow your body to return to balance, naturally.

Can offer • Relief from Chronic Pain • Increased Energy Levels • Improved Sports Performance

Appointments Available at: Lumsdaine Halls Therapy Rooms, Killearn Tranquility Holistic Centre, Helensburgh E: T: 07753 934 767

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Experts in Kitchen Makeovers Why replace perfectly good cupboards when you can transform your existing kitchen into your dream kitchen?






Made to Measure

Laminate, Wood, Quartz

Handles, Sinks, Taps

Change as much or as little as you like!

Call Malcolm for a FREE, no obligation quote on 01786 625 627



FREE ESTIMATES & QUOTATIONS Strathblane & Surrounding Areas

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built on trust

solicitors & estate agents

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

Suzie Falconer Your Local Solicitor

0141 847 4946







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

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

Giving your home the interior it deserves

• f ree design service • c omplete project management • f ull installation service • b espoke kitchen furniture • family run business

01360 661456 | In The Scottish Stove Centre | 63, Main Street, Croftamie, G63 0EU

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Feeds & Stoves

latest news and what's new for 2018


awn Haldane and her husband, Davie, have now been running their shop in Callander for over 2 years now and are going from strength to strength. They have a wide range of animal feeds in stock, from hedgehogs to horses, pigs to poultry. Anything you don’t see in the shop they can order in quickly and can also provide a delivery service. They also have a selection of stoves, accessories and firewood products within the shop and they recently launched their dog grooming salon which is building a up a steady clientele. We have certainly diversified over the past 5 years to provide an all year-round service for our customers. The purpose-built biomass kiln now dries all our timber and is proving to be very popular within the domestic and trade customers. We are in the process of becoming Wood sure and Ready to Burn accredited. This gives our customers the confidence to know they are buying “ready to burn” firewood which has reached a low

moisture content. We also provide a wide range of “add on” products from kindling, firelighters, smokeless coal, peat and various forms of briquettes. 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 HETAS registered as well as being 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. Dawn is fully qualified at City & Guilds level in Dog Grooming so can keep your pampered pouches looking good! With the expansion of services, we now provide employment to 5 full time members of staff and 2 part time. New for 2018 - This year we invested in a new mini sawmill, called a Woodmizer. This machine can take 6-meter lengths of logs and make them into beams, mantle, planks, fencing. We can cut and produce our own mantels for customers, who can come to our yard and pick which piece of wood they would like to hang above their stoves making it a more personal and bespoke service. We can also cut and plane wood for customers who have their own wood.


True Beauty, Effortless Style & Flawless Finish


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cost-effective *creative solutions

• Corporate identities

• Business cards & stationery


• Advertising

• Brochures, posters, leaflets & flyers • Exhibition stands & banners

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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To discuss your creative requirements, please call or email. M: 07817 312062 E:


• Promotional & marketing material

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ROWAN HOUSE, 4 CASTLE GARDENS B A L L I K I N R A I N , B A L F R O N , G 6 3 0 LT TEL 01360 441 075 MOB 07866 426 746 EMAIL

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




Please call Murray tel: 07799 778086 email:

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Don’t forget our fabulous COMPETITIONS & OFFERS!

Tir na nOg Offers pg 23 Buchanan Membership pg 32 Macrobert Art Centre Tickets pg 51 Slimming World Free enrolment pg 61 Apollo Blinds 50% OFF pg 69 The Lenzie Blacksmith 15% OFF pg 71 TD Trees 5% OFF pg 73

To enter our competitions visit QUALITY KITCHEN FACELIFTS

CURTAIN MAKING SERVICE Now Available! Fantastic range of co-ordinating Wall Coverings & Fabrics from Voyage & Iliv.

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

Transform your kitchen this summer EST.



• From a door swap to a complete kitchen • Large choice of doors, worktops & accessories • Installed by local, skilled craftsmen ®


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

Beautiful Blinds for your home...

50 % OFF*





FK postcodes covered by Stirling Branch 01786 472335 G postcodes covered by Clydebank Branch 0141 941 1852

*available on selected fabrics, while stocks last.







Colin Johnson Furnishings

Traditional Upholstery Service

Commercial & Domestic Work Undertaken Furniture Repair & Restoration


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


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

Time Served Uupholsterer & Furniture Restorer Enquiries Welcome

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FUN FACTS Plants really do respond to sound!


alking to plants to help them grow is a wellknown old wives' tale, but studies have shown vibration (like music, or perhaps even the sweet sound of your voice) can affect plant growth. Plus, Scientists (in an admittedly not-so-scientific study), compared a silent greenhouse to one where they piped in a voice soundtrack, and found that plants in the latter grew more!

" I thought she'd never stop talking!"

" Maybe you're telling them more than they can assimilate"

" Like I told you yesterday, I think this is a bunch of nonsense"

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Craig Tree Care

Professional Tree Surgeons

full range of work with trees including: • Pruning & reduction • Tree removal & replacement • Consultancy & advice • Conservation & preservation Sorbus-Biz-Side1.pdf




t: 01360 449 275 | m: 07725 834 846


Stonework and PavingSkills Specialist Tr aditional


078 8069 6877 www.

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

E: Patios & Slabbing Fireplaces

General Building & Property Maintenance

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Natural Stone

Architectural ~ Walling ~ Paving ~ Ornamental All Enquiries Welcome

Thornhill: 01786 850400 | Livingston: 01506 873081 |

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

...Hire or buy locally at Stirling Road, Drymen, Glasgow G63 0AA T: 01360 660 688 72 |

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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 Malcolm Roy for a free, no obligation quote.

1 Keep container plants well watered. 2 Dead head Lilies for a better display next year. 3 Trim your Lavender. 4 Prune Climbing Roses. 5 Feed Tomato plants with a tomato fertiliser and pinch out the tops.

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

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Graham Sandals

Cabins, bothies & huts in home grown Scottish larch Unit 5 Craigarnhall, Bridge of Allan, Stirling FK9 4NG Tel: 01786 841788 • Mobile: 07773 809345

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

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GARDENING TIPS With the summer we’ve had, it’s a good idea to raise the blades on your lawn mower and keep the sward a little higher and greener. Any scorched patches can simply be raked and re-sown but make sure you water well while the new growth establishes. August is a great month to sow direct in the garden leafy greens such as spinach, chard, rocket and lettuce as well as late sowings of parsley, chervil and coriander which should provide some autumn pickings and then plenty next spring. Cut bunches of herbs and dry them for winter use or peppermint tea

and trim lavender. Prune wisteria and rambling roses Trim back hard geraniums, nepeta, alchemilla mollis in August to encourage a second flush of leaves and flowers. Collect seeds from your perennials and annuals to sow in the spring or immediately (with some winter cover later). Get ahead of the game and sow sweet peas now. Support heavily laden fruit branches with cleft sticks to take the weight of the fruit. Remember to harvest before the wasps and birds!

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

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

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‘passionate about plants’

• Garden Design • Planting & Aftercare • Garden coaching & advice • Border makeovers • Personalised maintenance schedules t: 07773 590516 e: Holly Nairn gift voucher.indd 6

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Don’t forget our fabulous COMPETITIONS & OFFERS!

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To enter our competitions visit

For all your equestrian, agricultural & garden fencing needs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Huge range of Wild Bird food & Pet Supplies

CafÊ by Macmillan’s

Garden Sundries - Bulbs - Plants - Pet Care Gifts & Food - Tool Sharpening - Composts

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Andrew Anderson & Sons Funeral Directors Est.1969

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

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

A wide range of memorial stones are available. We can also clean and add further inscriptions to existing family memorials. CALLANDER, Funeral Home, Glenartney Road, Callander, FK17 8EB, Tel: 01877 330398 BALFRON, 64B Buchanan Street, Balfron, Glasgow, G63 0TW, Tel: 01360 441023 STIRLING, 90 Drip Road, Stirling FK8 1RW, Tel: 01786 237480

Email: •


Plumbing Services

Bathroom Suites Supplied & Fitted from £1495 Kitches & Central Heating fitted Boiler Exchanges

Outdoor Taps Fitted from £59

Central Heating Systems Power Flush from £399

Gutters repaired Fitted & cleared

No call out fees

All plumbing enquiries contact Stewart: 07938 473604 / 07938 473571



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imon Head Joinery Services

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

Extensions New Builds Glazing Bathroom renovations

• • • •

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

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

All types of painting& decorating work undertaken 07876 025219 / 01360 850441 43 Main Street, Buchlyvie FK8 3LR

Strathendrick Decorating Plastering & Joinery

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

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DRYMEN TILING Professional Tiling Services


DOMESTIC APPLIANCE REPAIRS (established 27 years)

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

Tel: 07810 194226

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

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John Coubrough & SON FUNERAL DIRECTORS Est. 1961

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

Golden Charter Funeral Plans are also available

• 24 Hour Service


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

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

for a free quote, call 01360 550542 or 07870 329349

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Proprietor Gavin McGregor

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

01389 605352

Mob: 07519 267764

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

Plastering Service Now Available Call Timmy Kearney for a free, no obligation quote. 51 Charles Crescent, Drymen G63 0BU Email:

Tel: 01360 660407 Mobile: 07591 586596 call us today:

01360 770708 07968 831313

Time served quality tradesmen

We are a family business providing a range of services throughout Glasgow and the surrounding areas in Stirlingshire. All our quotations are free of charge and carry no obligation.


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

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

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

MILNGAVIE FARMERS MARKET 1st Wednesday of the month; 10am2pm Douglas Street. A weekday market, which is extremely well supported locally. A wide variety of producers from all over Scotland in a splendid central position give this market a tremendous traditional atmosphere.

LOCH LOMOND SHORES FARMERS MARKET Every 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Electrician Scotland

Call for a FREE quote Friendly and Reliable Service Interior and Exterior Work

General Electrical Contractors Design • Installation • Certification Contact Jack for enquiries

07799 223856

Tel: 07766692379



Archibald Billett

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

Established Since 1955

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

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Accounting & Legal Baxter Accounting JMC Chartered Accountants Mckendry Dunion Financial Walker Laird

66 63 17 63

Activities,Kids/Events Buchanan Arms Leisure Club 45 Buchanan Castle Golf club 46 Caledonia Play 55 Callander Jazz Festival  58 Castle Rednock Trekking Centre 54 Doune The Rabbit Hole 32 Go Country 51 Heron House Early Years 45 Kip McGrath/Cellfield  48 Lomond Shores  49 Lomond School  47 Lynda Turner School Of Dance 56 Loch Katrine Cruises 3 MacRoberts Centre 51 McLaren Leisure Centre 54 Tolbooth48 The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre 53 Wallace Monument 8 woodland experiences 7

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

67 67 67 67

Caravans Stirlingshire Caravans


Bus, Car & Taxi Hire E Mac Bus


Electricians Buchlyvie Electrical Stewart Hollington Electrician Scotland

87 87 85

Food, Drink & Accomodation Ardoch Management Co Ltd 21 Buchanan Castle Estates 34 Buchlyvie Pottery Shop & Coffee Kiln37 Cameron House Hotel 27 Doune B & B 33 Natures corner 34 Puddingstone Place 37 Rob Roy Hotel 33 Sugar Boat 35 86 |

Tir Na Nog 22-23 Town & Country Coffee Shop 33 The Aizle 38-39 The Clachan Inn 31 The Fintry Inn 23 The Oak Tree Inn 2 The old Bank 26 The Soup Dragon 23 West Mossside 24-25

Town & Country Designs Trend Transformatiions Watsinteriors & flooring Ltd

Funeral Directors

Painters & Decorators

Andrew Anderson & Sons 79 Archibald Billet 85 John Coubrough Funeral Directors82

Gift Shops, Galleries & Clothing Loch Lomond Shores 49 The Aizle 38-39 Moon of Drymen  56 Wonderland52

Gardening & Outdoors Benview Garden Centre 78 Craig Tree Services 71 Cruachan Landscaping 70 Fraser Robb 72 Glasgow Stump Removal 14 Graham Sandals Timber Buidings 75 Harper Garden Services 78 Holly Nairn 77 John Currie Brick and Stonework 71 Lenzie Blacksmith 71 Macintosh Fencing 77 Paterson Garden Buildings Ltd 75 Scotia Contracts Ltd 74 Sorbus Tree Service 71 T D Trees 73 Tradstocks72

Health & Wellbeing Buchanan Arms Leisure Club 45 Mana Therapies 61 Slimming World 61 Tir Na Nog 42-43

Homes & Interiors Apollo Blinds 69 Colin Johnson Traditional Upholstery 69 Dream Doors 68 Dream Kitchen Makeover 62 Elspeth Bennie artist blacksmith 73 J Walker Interiors 69 Kitchen & Bathroom Interiors 64

63 5 68

Laundry Services The Laundry Lady


Stoves & Fuels Calido12 Feeds & Stoves 65 Wood for Fuel 15 Blain Painters Endrick Decorators of Killearn Jack Brand Decorating Rebecca Louise Decorating Strathendrick Decorators

80 83 87 85 80

Pet Services Feeds & Stoves Muddy Paws

65 61

Photography & Media Paul Saunders Media & Photography  35

Plumbers Dunrite Plumbing 87 Stewart Reid Plumbing Services 79

Property Corum88

Trades & Services Aberfoyle Satellite Company Adrian Pirie Appliance Repairs & Spares Bathroom Transformations C-Mix Drymen Tiling Dugie Clark Clachan Mhor Fowler & Son GS Roofing Ltd Homeworx Killearn Household & Industrial Floor sanding services

81 81 81 11 87 81 76 87 83 82

K M Joiners RM Contractors RTA & Doune Woodyard Ltd SD Garage Doors Simon Head Joinery Your Heating Ltd

17 82 10 13 80 11


Wedding Venues House for an Art Lover


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J Brand Decorating

Buchlyvie Electrical

All aspects of interior and exterior decorating and plasterwork undertaken.

All Electrical Work Undertaken Electric Radiators Supplied and Fitted

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

5 Kiltrochan Drive, Balfron G63 0QJ

T: 01360 440 945 M: 07867672495

Fully Insured T: 07826 628320



• Only pay for what you use

• No Waste

• Deliveries from 1m3

• No Part load charges

• Barrow Service

• No waiting charges

Need it Done Right?

DUNRITE PLUMBING Pride in Workmanship

Minor repairs to complete installation

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

T: 01360 550799 M: 07772944521 E:


Established Since 1983

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

Cowls supplied & fitted

t: 01877 385231 m: 07885 841735

T: 01436 670124 M: 07875 068510

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Park Life June/July 2018  

What’s on guide and advertiser for West Stirlingshire, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs

Park Life June/July 2018  

What’s on guide and advertiser for West Stirlingshire, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs