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Christmas & New Year 2016-17 Your what’s on guide and advertiser for Loch Lomond, The Trossachs & surrounding area


Local Shopping Guide Village Pantos! Festive Dining

Christmas Competitions Keep Fit for 2017! Guide to buying your Christmas Tree & Wreath


copies covering ALL these local areas! 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

Half Price Room Christmas Deal This Christmas purchase an amazing half price room voucher for use from January to March, a great present idea, or maybe a treat for yourself. Visit our website to purchase and for full terms & conditions.

Christmas Menu Choose from our Christmas menu, or normal menu, when you visit the Oak Tree Inn from December 1st to 24th. We’ve got special deals for Christmas Get Together work-out nights, call for more details.

Ceilidh Night On the 3rd January it’s our annual ceilidh night, we have a special offer with half price accommodation, so why not stay over and enjoy the amazing atmosphere with Neil MacMillan and his ceilidh band.

Gift From Loch Lomond Check out our new gift site where you can choose from many Loch Lomond gifts and purchase Oak Tree Inn / St Mocha Coffee Shop gift vouchers.

Tel: 01360 870357 | Email:




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Sailings and events with added sparkle


The Steamship Sir Walter Scott is fully wheelchair friendly

Victorian Christmas & Sail with Santa

Saturdays & Sundays - 10th & 11th, 17th & 18th December 2016 – A great Victorian experience for both children and adults – join our very popular ‘Sail with Santa’ festive hour long cruise on the iconic steamship Sir Walter Scott. Santa and his helpers will spend time with each child and give them a wrapped up present. Adults are not left out as they can warm up with a glass of hot mulled wine included in the price.

New Year Celebration Cruise Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd January 2017

– Come along and enjoy our one hour New Year Celebration Cruise aboard the steamship Sir Walter Scott, and in addition to taking in the magical scenery of Loch Katrine and The Trossachs, we invite you to join us in a complimentary toast to the Auld & New Year with traditional, locally produced shortbread whilst listening to live Scottish folk music from Iain Barrie & Friends.

• Daily sailings on the steamship Sir Walter Scott • Walking & Cycling on the shores of Loch Katrine • The Brenachoile Restaurant • Katrine Gifts • Katrinewheelz • Borg Grech Photography

Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine, by Callander, Stirling FK17 8HZ | 3 • T: 01877 376315/6 •

January Sale starts Sunday 15th Jan at 12 noon

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FURNITURE & INTERIORS The Furniture Shop, Arnprior, near Stirling. FK8 3HA. Tel. 01786 870685. Open Mon- Sat 10.30am – 4.30pm. Sundays 12 noon – 4pm 4


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2017 February / March

Whew! – The Final Edition of 2016!


What a quick and busy year! – We hope you have enjoyed all the local events, features and stories that we have shared with you over the Year-The Drymen Show, Spotlight on Callander, Braw Weekend and of course The park Life /Moon Fashion Show to mention only a few. We are proud to share that the £3830 raised at the Fashion Show event (see pg19) took Park Life Magazine’s total monies raised to over an impressive £50,000 over the last 10 years. Thank you to all who have supported us over the years, we hope you have had as much fun and laughter as we have had at these events.

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Venues, Caterin and Decor



MOTHERS DAY & VALENTINES DAY Shopping Guide and Ideas


Sell How to Buy, ing and Prepar

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

PROPERTY FEATURE Buying/Selling/Renting Prepare your house for selling and shop about for an agent


copies covering ALL these local areas! • Killearn ie • Drymen l ld • Croftam ock Thornhil ne • Blanefie • Kippen • Gargunn • Gartmore covering: Strathbla e • Arnprior ity together rd • Balloch • Fintry • Buchlyvi e • Kinlocha local commun • Gartocharn Turk • Aberfoyl Bringing your • Rowardennan r • Kilmahog • Brig O Balfron • Balmaha • Callande of Menteith Ruskie • Port

Contents Fitness ...............................................14 Events .....................................36 37 42 £3830 Raised for Charity! ................... 19 Tolbooth/Albert Halls Events ................. 40 Christmas Gift Guides ................18 22 24 Benview Article ..............................46 47 Local Pantos ......................................20 The Soup Dragon Review ..................... 52 Loch Lomond Shores Events ................. 27 Useful Numbers ..................................60 Christmas Tree Guide ...........................28 Park Life next ediition...........................61

Life has changed since Park Life was first launched back in 2005 and more and more people are telling us that social media is a welcome extra. We are embracing social media and on pg50 find out more about our facebook page which we are using to promote your events in addition to the magazine.

Christmas Wreaths ..............................31 Index .................................................82 Cinema ..............................................34 Farmers Markets .................................85

Competitions WIN a 6ft Christmas tree ........................................................... 12 WIN a lunch for 2 ..................................................................... 12

May we take this opportunity to Wish You all a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

WIN a Christmas Wreath ........................................................... 30 WIN a family ticket to see Black Beauty....................................... 35

Katrina, Heather & Lisa

WIN a family pass for Victorian Christmas & sail with Santa Cruise ............................................................. 41

Crescent Cabs 07710 800067 24hr Reliable Taxi service

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

Park Life Magazine 2016 INTERIOR DESIGN


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

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

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

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





February / March 2016

April / May 2016





Park Life’s Guide to Weddings Venues, Catering and Accomodation



Ideas & top tips WEEKENDS ONLY 12-4pm for your home AT PANIK GALLERY, 13 MAIN STREET, KILLEARN

Tel: 01360 550830 / 551166



Buying/ Selling/Renting. Prepare your house for selling & shop about for an agent

Get ready for Summer!

Lots of ideas to keep the family busy!

Your local green fingers guide with lots of advice


copies covering ALL these local areas! 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

Macrobert Tickets Beauty Voucher Kirkhouse Inn Meal

STIRLING FEATURE Focusing on Local Business & What’s On

Book Your Christmas Night Out!


Halloween & Guy Fawkes local guide

For Loch Lomond & The Trossachs


FUN! 20,000

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


All within driving distance, so much to do in the Park Life area


Oct / Nov 2016

Aug / Sept 2016

June / July 2016



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



copies covering ALL these local areas!

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


Competitions & Discounts for your local area


copies covering ALL these local areas!

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


Competitions & Discounts for your local area


copies covering ALL these local areas!



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

Providing you with a conservatory for all year round use

• Extensions • Attic Conversions • Fitted Kitchens & Bathrooms • Windows & Doors Replaced • Full Roofing Service • Timber Decking • Hardwood Floors • Design & Drawing Service • All Property Maintenance Undertaken For free advice and quotations call Lorne on: 07763 790838 or 01360 771351



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D E S I G N E D & M A D E I N O R K N E Y, S C O T L A N D




Join Janice and her team at Sheila’s Lomond shop have you finger measured, make a purchase and enter our Christmas competition for a Lunar ring created in 9ct yellow gold with a handset pearl. Wonderful selection of new designs available including Lunar pendants and earrings..

Lucky winner chosen on Christmas Eve! LO C H LO M O N D S H O R E S | BA L LO C H

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A Touch of...


Our Skyran necklet modelled right, in gold with a constellation of diamonds reads ‘Heaven’ in ancient Ogham script Order early for Christmas!

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Park Life | Kids/Activities



Win a 6ft Christmas tree

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

Ferguson Highland Dance Company • Classes for age 3 1/2 and over, all abilities welcome • Opportunities to sit exams, do competitions and performances • Balfron classes Thursday’s at Mclintock Hall Stirling classes Monday’s Holy Trinity Church Hall (near the Albert Hall) • Professional dancers available for all events. No event too big or too small. • Lessons available in Balfron and Stirling City Centre


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e, Aberfoyle tr n e C r o it is V t s re at The Lodge Fo Real Christmas Trees for Sale 3rd-22nd December, 10am-4pm We have Lodgepole pine, Nordman Fir and Norway Spruce ranging in size from 4 to 8ft. Prices vary with species and size.

Christmas Trail and Activities 3rd-22nd December Can you spot all our woolly festive friends as you make your way around our trails? Then take part in arts and crafts in the Wildwatch room.

Visit Santa

3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th and 17th & 18th December, 12-3pm ÂŁ7 per child. No need to book but please contact Cafe Lochan on 01877 382977 for more information.

Lomond Mountain Rescue Team Saturday 10th December

Annual tombola who will be bringing their hard working dogs to The Lodge to help raise money for their worthy cause.

Craft Stalls

Weekends throughout December in The Lodge - please see our Facebook page for details.

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Park Life | Fitness Classes






Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek Body Control Pilates - Jane Meek Zumba - Jane Zumba - Jane

Gartocharn Gartocharn Blanefield Strathblane Strathblane

Monday Thursday Thursday Saturday Tuesday

12.15pm 6pm 9.45am & 8pm 10am 9.30am - 10.30am

07759 182236 07759 182236 07759 182236 07968 968944 07968 968944

Zumba - Jane




07968 968944

Double O Fit with Olivia Cheerobics Body Revive Dance Central

Kippen Village Hall Balfron Balfron

Monday Mon Tue/Thur

7.30pm - 8.30pm 07712 587423 8.30pm 07917 541163 10.30am & 8.30pm 07917 541163

Kore Kickboxing

Balfron High School

Mon & Thur 8pm - 9.30pm

Ladies Netball

Balfron High School


8 -9pm

Balfron Gymnastics Club

Balfron High School



The Yoga Place – Killearn. Tel: 0782 5392334 Mysore/Ashtanga for all Hatha Yoga and Breath Yin Restorative Yoga Pilates Mindful Movement Yoga Dru Yoga Ashtanga level 2 Ashtanga level 3 Mysore/Ashtanga for all Pilates Zumba Yoga early bird Seasonal Flow Ashtanga Level 1 Mindful Movement Yoga Ashtanga level 2 Post-natal mother & baby Yoga Afternoon Flow Pregnancy Yoga Mysore/Ashtanga for all Pilates Hatha Yoga and Breath

Monday Monday Monday Monday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday Wednesday Wednesday Wednesday Thursday Thursday Thursday Thursday Friday Friday Friday Friday Sunday Sunday Sunday

9:30am-11am 1:20pm-2.30pm 6:45pm - 8pm 8:10pm - 9:10pm 10:30am - 11:50am 5pm - 6pm 6:15pm - 7:25pm 7:30pm - 9pm 9:30am - 11am 6:30pm - 7:15pm 7.45pm - 9pm 6:55am - 7.55pm 10.00am 6.15pm-7.15pm 7:30pm-8:50pm 9:30pm - 11am 8.30am - 10am 12.45pm - 1.45pm 2pm - 3pm 8.30am - 10am 10.15am - 11.15am 11.30am - 12.30pm

Siobhan Siobhan Adelaide Kirsty Craig Sandrine Siobhan Siobhan Siobhan Iona Jane John Elaine Siobhan Craig Siobhan Heather Heather Heather Siobhan Kirsty Siobhan Metafit Kfit

Strathblane Village club


7pm - 7.30pm

07766 073675


Strathblane Village club


7.40pm - 8.30pm

07766 073675

Metafit Kfit

Strathblane Village club



07766 073675

Body Conditioning

Strathblane Village club



07766 073675

Jacquie Robertson - Email Pilates for Beginners Gargunnock Community Hall Thursday 9.30-10.25am Pilates one-one Tuition Stirling Call for details

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07813 884202 All Abilities welcome

07711 336075 07711 336075

Sometimes it’s not the silence that’s golden

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Excellence in hearing care

Help with hearing Loss of hearing is something that happens to roughly one in five of us at some point in our life. At Clements Hearing Services we have state of the art testing equipment as well the latest hearing aid techonology to get you the best service available on the market.

The most important thing to us is good customer service and it must remain personal... You get to know us and we get to know you.”

Husband and wife team, Greg and Val Clements have years of experience so give them a call or pop into the shop to see how they can help. Call us now on 0141 954 6030 538 Crow Rd, Jordanhill, Glasgow

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Freelance Personal Trainer, Liz Ewing is based at Buchanan Arms Leisure Club where she works with clients on a one-to-one basis. Liz says “it’s not just about working with a client for that 1 or 2 hours a week in the gym, it’s encouraging and coaching them for the remaining hours of the week and looking at their overall lifestyle, working with them not only on their fitness but nutrition as well and ensuring they achieve their goals”. Liz qualified in Personal Training and Sports Therapy in 2004 and has recently added Kettlebell Instructor to this. Previously, Liz worked in the property business but decided that her passion for fitness was something that she wanted to pursue and share with others. She has worked in various health clubs within Glasgow, before setting up her own business. As well as Personal Training, Liz works as a Sports Massage Therapist and uses various massage techniques to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the muscles and connective tissues. Sports therapists can also treat conditions such as sciatica, tendonitis, back pain, hamstring injuries and many other conditions. Recently, she has been appointed as Sports Therapist for Strathendrick Rugby Club.

Sports Massage Therapist & Personal Trainer

• Sports Massage & Rehabilitation • Personal Training | T: 07779784191

Sports Massage Personal Training Lumsdaine Halls Therapy Rooms 13 Balfron Road Killearn G63 9NN

Buchanan Arms Leisure Club 23 Main Street Drymen G63 0BQ


Friday Night is Steak Nighytday

Snacks, Breakfasts & Lunches served



JOIN NOW! See website for details.

A charity providing sports and recreation facilities in West Stirling. SC001505

Tel: 01360 860205 16 |

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Elin Isaksson



Unique hand blown glass gifts & bespoke service December Sale 1st-19th Dec by app. (Mondays closed)


Studio & Gallery (Open by app) Braehouse | Touch | Stirling | FK8 3AH E: T: 07968871439


Catriona Stewart

Tel: 07917 753882 Email: Facebook: catrionastewartglobal

Online shop:

Interested in becoming a Foster Carer? We are looking for people across Scotland who can offer a stable home environment to children who need care and support. You don’t need formal qualifications as Care Visions provides training and financial support. • Are you over 25? • Do you have a spare room? • Are you able to give a child the support they need? For an information pack, or to talk to one of our team,

01786 477810 or email please call

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Gift Guide

Moon of Drymen

Stirling Gin

Sea Salt collection stationery, in the new

Stirling Gin all wrapped up for Christmas! The perfect gift for any Gin Lover from the heart of Scotland. Infused with Traditional Botanicals including Stirlingshire nettles. Page 25

home fragrance and body as well as Caroline Gardner gifts and beauty accessories all colourful heart print.

Ian Gallacher

Scotia Spice

From a simple solitaire diamond engagement ring to necklaces, earrings and pendants, we have diamond jewellery to suit any budget, we guarantee to have something to suit. Page 25

Authentic Punjabi Curry Kits, by Scotlands very own Curry Queen voted by scottish Curry Awards 2016. These kits are packed with generations of traditional cooking know how. Page 23


Smithy Gallery

A vast range of gifts for all the family as well as stocking fillers & beautiful decorations for your home. Cards, wrapping paper, ribbon & unique tags to finish off the job! Page 21

A large selection of mixed works to view at the gallery alongside inspiring ranges of jewellery and ceramics. Also on show there are prints and cards to suit all tastes. Page 23

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Joanna Blythman


raised for local charities at Park Life Magazine and Moon of Drymen hilarious Fashion Show Lunch!

After what seemed like weeks but was probably only days of rain, the morning of 1 October dawned misty with the sun trying to get through, and the sun won. By late morning the sky was blue, the sun shone, the colours just beginning to change, it was the most wonderful autumnal day. The weather bode well for a great afternoon at the Buchanan Arms Hotel. It was the Park Life and Moon of Drymen sellout charity fashion show lunch. By 12.30 the Clairinch Suite was abuzz, ladies sipping champagne, buying raffle tickets, browsing the stalls with a view to some retail therapy and catching up with old friends. The afternoon was hosted by the very talented Edward Reid of Britain’s Got Talent. Not only a great singer and performer, his ‘patter’ was unequalled. Edward began by introducing Katrina of Park Life Magazine who outlined the afternoon’s programme and announced that ticket sales and raffle had so far raised a resounding £2000 before we even got started! A Goody bag was on the table for each guest with Fizz, Chocolates and vouchers to take home.


Moon of Drymen

mention the costume jewellery.

A short but very personal and moving presentation on the wonderful services that Robin house provides to very sick babies and children and their families was then given by Amanda Reid. Amanda is Chaplain at Robin House in Balloch. Lunch was chicken breast with fresh vegetables and fondant potato, followed by meringue with seasonal berries, then coffee, all served by the Buchanan Arms’ young friendly and competent staff. During lunch, the fabulous models from Moon of Drymen glided round the tables wearing the Autumn Winter collections currently on sale in Moon. This was a great opportunity to talk to the models about the different outfits, the quality, the fit, the price. All lovely and fashionable in great colour combinations. Warm separates, rain jackets, gilets, sweaters, dresses, And of course terrific accessories, hats, scarves, handbags, not to

Yet more money was raised with everybody participating with great hilarity in the ‘parlour games‘ initiated by host Edward and interspersed with him singing some great songs. The Park Life team had a surprise up their sleeve with a dress made out of hundreds of pages from the magazines. This was kindly modelled by Louise MacFarlane, designed and made by Traci of Peaches Bridal wear with the fundraising idea of guess how many pages made the dress to win a star prize! Then it was time for the Auction which proved very competitive with fierce bidding for several items kindly donated to this great cause. £3830 was the final total raised on the day with £3000 going to Robin House and £830 to Think Pink Scotland. A huge thankyou to all who attended and supported this day with a special thankyou to Buchanan Arms Hotel, James D Bilsland Ltd, Johnny North of Joules Clothing, Traci of Peaches Bridal Wear & Nelly (you are a star!) And of course the one and only Edward Reid! Editorial by Janis

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KIPPEN PANTO Kippen Village Hall 15th, 16th, 17th Dec 7.30pm Tickets at door or Joyce on 01786870620


Local Pantos!

Thurs 1st Dec - Sat 3rd Dec 7.30pm Thurs 8th Dec - 10th Dec Adults £7.50 Children £5 Matinees on Sat 2pm JACK and the BEANSTALK is Fintry Amateur Dramatic Society’s hilarious Pantomime for this Christmas. FADS has a superb track record of the best laughs, great sets, fantastic music, brilliant costumes and national award winning actors. This year’s panto is written by one of the best, Alan McHugh, who creates pantomimes for top pros like Elaine C Smith. Featuring Dame Daisy, Moo Moo the friendly cow and Fairy Flora among many…. and all set in the long lost village of Strathcreuch. Tickets from or phone 01360 860078. Discount for party bookings.


23rd Nov - 31st Dec. See pg 36

MUGDOCK COUNTRY PARK JACK AND THE BEANSTALK Fri 2nd -27th Dec Booking Essential 0141 956 6100


29th & 30th Dec See page 40


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For Your Business…

For Your Family…

For Your Wedding…

Promotional Videos, Photography, On-Line Content, Social Media Support and Marketing Ideas.

A photography session held in familiar settings such as your home or a nearby park. Creating a series of beautiful and natural photographs.

Paul will tell the story of your wedding in a series of beautiful photographs. A natural and relaxed style of photography.

Paul Saunders Media & Photography

01360 661029 - Based in Drymen







Tel: 01360 550830

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Gift Guide D E S I G N E D & M A D E I N O R K N E Y, S C O T L A N D


A Touch of...


Town & Country Designs

Bramble & Thyme

A vast range of gifts luxury candles, Silver frames, Everlasting flowers and so many more items to make your home complete for Christmas day. Page 21

Specialising in providing beautiful flowers, ideal gift for those difficult to buy for, natural, elegant, textured arrangements, ideal for Christmas. Page 25

Sheila Fleet





JoinAt Janice andFleet her team at Sheila’s Lomond shop Sheila Jewellery the aim is to provide customers jewellery will cherish have you fingerwith measured, makethey a purchase and forever, and service they can for count on, from enter our Christmas competition a Lunar ring a small and dedicated team. Page 10-11 created in 9ct yellow gold with a handset pearl. Wonderful selection of new designs available including Lunar pendants and earrings..

Our Skyran necklet

The Nick Nairn Cook School has all the in gold ingredientsmodelled for aright, great cooking experience. Buy a foodie a Giftof Card from just £59 with afriend constellation Page 9 diamonds reads ‘Heaven’ in ancient Ogham script Order early for Christmas!

Lucky winner chosen on Christmas Eve! LO C H LO M O N D S H O R E S | BA L LO C H

01389 722 212 |

Boquhan Estates

Caledonia Play

Boquhan Estates has a great variety of products in stock, i.e. Toggi, Dubarry, Pikeur, Target Dry and Hoggs of Fife, plus much much more! Page 39

Caledonia Play design and manufacture standalone wooden play equipment for the garden, this has to be a fabulous gift for the whole family! Page 42

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Park Life | Christmas Gift Guide

TRY SOMETHING NEW TODAY... • 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 • Christmas Gift Vouchers available Email Visit our Facebook page for further information

Tel: 01877 385276 | 07801 699497

Punjabi curry kits and cookery school

True Punjabi Cooking T: 01360 449399



20 Nov - 24 Dec

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

• Paintings • Ceramics • Jewellery • Prints • Cards

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Gift Guide

Buchlyvie Pottery

Hewitt & Aker

Hand painted tiles, commemorative plates, porcelain tableware and giftware & fine ceramic jewellery now available online & from the shop. Page 49

A wide range of hamper baskets & boxes, in varied sizes and prices, suitable to accommodate the full range of products in our shop, from wines to jams, chocolates and cheeses. Page 48


Feeds & Stoves

A lovely range of Christmas decoration accessories and why not treat your home to a gift this Christmas with our stunning range of Home Interiors & Flooring. Page 64

A beautiful selection of the ever popular Christmas Yankee candles and gifts. Stoves, Fireside accessories and pet toys so the animals don’t feel left out! Page 67

Elin Isaksson Glass

Benview Garden Centre

Hand blown glass gifts for him & her and glass blowing gift vouchers for those who rather like a memorable experience. Baubles, T-lights, vases and sculptural pieces. Page 17

A Selection of Gourmet foods, Christmas Gifts for the Home and Garden including something for your pets! Page 46

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T: 01786 473696 E: W: FOLLOW US ON

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

Bramble & Thyme Flowers

Stirling Gin all wrapped up for Christmas!

Each 70cl bottle (43%alc/vol)

comes with its own matching jutco gift bag.

Beautiful, bespoke owers for weddings and events. E: M: 07791292421 Based in Blairdrummond Helena Gore Photography

The perfect Christmas Gift for any Gin Lover. Stirling Gin from Scotland’s Heart. Infused with Traditional Botanicals including Stirlingshire nettles.

Available from our stockists or online at 29 Spittal Street, Stirling, FK8 1DU T: 01786 449 152 | E:

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A nurturing enviroment for our children provided by Heron House With the current seasonal changes, inclement weather has undeterred us from outdoor play and learning. We have picked brambles, made jam, collected leaves, twigs, sticks and conkers, for sensory games & craft projects. We dressed ourselves in our new fleece lined waterproofs and wellies too! Puddle jumping was exciting. In The Glen we threw sticks into the stream and inside our own playrooms we made our very own “Outside In“ areas. Ongoing are our many dialogues about changes, weather and seasons. The maths and language learned through all of this playing has been fun.

(”LETS DO MORE” Charlotte) CHRISTMAS PLAY. Together with the children we are planning our annual Christmas Show, “Whoops A Daisy Angel” which will be held in Killearn Village Hall the week before Christmas. Our children are actively involved in all aspects of our show, from prop design, scenery making to advertising and selecting cast and band members. The Heron House Christmas show is fun and has always been a huge success for the children. This gives them a sense of achievement after their performance which is something they will do already, look back on with pride. Teas/

coffees and mince pies will be on offer as normal and DONATIONS FOR THE BEATSON CANCER CHARITY please. NB - Our baby places are limited as the demand is so high. We have some Partnership Funded Places still available for 3-5 yr olds. OSC Places have a waiting list. HHK attendees have priority for both. Contact Gabi or Fiona to chat about what we do and for enrollment information. We look forward to seeing you and yours. Merry Christmas to our families, friends and future friends. We wish you all a happy and peaceful 2017

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

FO P OS AT R HH LAC C Baby places available TE K ES ND PR New baby garden EE EVI S O OU NL S Daily walks for babies am/pm Y CHIME, Gym and Music Classes

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Out of School Care for HHK attendees only Holiday cover for 5-12 year olds Qualified passionate team

Loch Lomond Shores - Seasonal Events See pg 34 for Cinema Santa’s Enchanted Village 20th Nov - 24th Dec For the most magical Christmas experience, visit Santa and his woodland friends at the Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre. There’s more! Afterwards, head out onto the woodland path to spot reindeers and maybe even a cheeky elf! Visit www. for more details and to book tickets.


Kelpie Driftwood

3rd, 4th, 10th & 11th Dec 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th & 29th Jan Crafted by Scottish artisan, David Belton, Kelpie handmade gifts are created from driftwood, whiskey casks and Scottish storm wood.

Loch Lomond Shores Farmers Market 4th Dec & 15th Jan 10am – 4pm.

PlayTalkRead Bus 6th Dec

The PlayTalkRead double decker bus is great for pre-school children, with activities and games downstairs, and story time upstairs. Free activity. 2-4pm

Lisa Kowalski Live Music

7th & 21st (12-3pm) & 27th (12-4pm) Dec Upcoming Paisley-based singer songwriter, Lisa Kowalski, will be entertaining visitors with live music in the entrance foyer.

Haldane Youth Services carol singing

Lomond & Clyde Community Orchestra 22nd Dec Live orchestra with festive music. Free event in the entrance foyer. 12-4pm

Olaf the Snowman (look-alike)

17th & 18th Dec The exceptionally talented artist, Linda Gemmell, will be exhibiting and selling her work at Loch Lomond Shores.

28th Dec Everyone’s favourite snowman, Olaf, will be wandering Loch Lomond Shores. Come along and say hello or have your photo taken with the loveable character. Free activity. Regular appearances 123pm, with 15 minute breaks each hour.

Loch Lomond Shores Artisan Craft Market

Animal Man’s Mini Zoo

17th & 18th Dec Browse and buy unique and handmade items at our regular Artisan Craft Market. 10am - 5pm.

4th Jan Get up close and personal with all manner of creepy crawlies, cuddly creatures and scaly reptiles. Free activity. 12-4pm.

Gavinburn Primary School Carol Singing

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle (look-alike)

8th & 15th Dec 3.30-5.30pm

Art at Rhu Sale

19th Dec 10.30-11.30am

Bonhill Primary School Carol Singing 19th Dec 1-1.45pm

Jamestown Primary School Carol Singing 20th Dec 10.30-11.30am


7th Jan Come along and say hello or have your photo taken with the colourful character. Free activity. Regular appearances 12-3pm, with 15 minute breaks each hour.

Open daily from 9.30am • Free parking Balloch G83 8QL • 01389 751031

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Park Life’s Tips to buying & looking after your Christmas Tree BUYING YOUR TREE

If possible, buy a freshly-cut tree from a reputable nursery, see below for Duff Christmas Trees, Tartan Timber p68, The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre p13. If you want to keep your Christmas tree potted and in the house after Christmas, a Norfolk Island pine would be the best choice. Check with a local florist or nursery for your area.

Watering is critical. A freshly-cut tree can consume a gallon of water in 24 hours! Fill the tree stand with water and keep it filled. Indoors, keep the tree away from heating ducts or other heat sources. In fact, the lower the temperature, the better the tree will do.


When you bring your tree home, saw a couple inches off the bottom of the trunk before setting in water. When trees are cut, pitch oozes out and seals the pores. By sawing off the base, you will open up the pores, and the tree will be able to absorb water.

Christmas Trees Norway Spruce Lodge Pole Pine Nordman Fir

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

Noble Fir Cut, Rooted or Potted

...Try a “ Duff ” tree this Christmas! S & J Duff Ltd, Wester Auchentroig Farm, Buchlyvie, Stirlingshire FK8 3PB OPEN 9am - 6pm throughout December Tel/Fax: 01360 850404 | Mobile: 07710 579752 | 28 |

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ERHANS BARBERS We look forward to welcoming customers old and new! 64A Buchanan Street, Balfron G63 OTW Opening times Tuesday 10am - 7.30pm Thursday 10am - 7.30pm Appointments on Thursday from 3pm-7.30pm please call 07960 158744 Friday 9am - 5.30pm Saturday 8.30am - 4pm Sunday 10am - 3pm. FREE Parking available right outside shop

106 Main Street, Lennoxtown G66 7DA Open 6 Days Monday - Friday 8.30am - 6pm Saturday 8.30am - 4pm

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To enter visit Park Life Magazine Facebook page for further information or enter online at Christmas Wreath Workshops available but filling fast, for more information visit

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Fish and Game and Unicorn

Traverse Theatre Company and Red Bridge



Thu 16 Feb, 1pm & 3pm Tickets: £8.50 / £30 Wee Group Saver

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Iona Christmas Wreaths page 68

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Co-educational Day & Boarding School

This is their time. At Lomond School , we prepare our pupils for their future by ensuring that they learn the skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century. Our Guiding Principles provide a foundation for our pupils to develop and grow into responsible and active global citizens whilst providing a world class, rounded education in a unique location. Scholarships and Bursaries available. Application Deadline 12 January 2017.


10 Stafford Street, Helensburgh G84 9JX | 32 01436 Tel: 672 476

Lomond’s Senior Cricket Team Win ‘Scottish Team of the Year 2016’ Lomond School’s Senior Cricket Team have been honoured by the receipt of the XL Club’s Scottish Team of the Year Award. The XL—or Forty—Club is an adult Cricket Club which operates all over the UK and plays against schools, colleges and youth teams. Its players have to be over 40 years of age, and the aim is to develop youth cricket with meaningful matches against very experienced cricketers. Lomond’s Captain of Cricket, James Guy, Coach, Paul Davies, and Depute Head/Teacher in Charge of Cricket, Alister Minnis, travelled last week to The Kia Oval cricket ground in London to receive their award from Matthew Fleming, President of the MCC, at an impressive awards dinner. As well as the award, they had a tour of the

famous ground and met many leading figures from the world of cricket. Matthew Fleming was an excellent speaker. A former player for Kent and England, he was also the greatnephew of James Bond author, Ian Fleming, and was hugely entertaining. There was a great reception for James as he collected the award, as many appreciated the effort made to attend the event. The match report of the fixture against Lomond contained the following lines: ‘In summary, Lomond’s Spirit of Cricket was exemplary. In playing ability, the batting was stronger than the bowling; however, it must be noted that they were not frightened to give four very young bowlers 13 overs against a very strong Forty Club

batting lineup. Their fielding was excellent. James Guy captained the side very well, setting good fields and never giving up despite the pressure on both his bowlers and fielders.’ With the same side intact for the 2017 season, the boys will be resuming nets this week and will be looking forward to living up to their award next year and to continuing to play their cricket within the Spirit of the Game.

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Cinema Listings

Gartmore Community Cinema Some Like it Hot (12) 3rd December 2016, 8pm The Jungle Book (PG) 17th December 2016, 4pm Dr. Zhivago (U)* 17th December 2016, 8pm Bridge of Spies (12A) 7th January 2017, 8pm

Saturday Matinee screenings: (doors open 3.30pm) Ticket costs: Children £1.00 (under 16) / Adult £2.00 Saturday Night Screenings: (doors open 7.30pm) Ticket Costs: Adults £4.00 / Children £2.00 (Under 16) Season Ticket: £20.00 and free entry to ALL films. Tickets available on the door. Season tickets also available in the Gartmore Village shop.

Callander Film Society

Bridge of Spies Sat 10th December 2016 7.30pm - 10pm Inspired by true events this dramatic thriller, set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, Bridge of Spies tells the story of James Donovan (Tom Hanks), a lawyer who finds himself thrust into the centre of the Cold War. The Danish Girl Sat 7th January 2017 7.30pm - 9.30pm The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener (Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander). Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. Anomalisa Sat 21st January 2017 7.30pm - 9.30pm Anomalisa is a stunning work of animation, A tender, touching and achingly funny black comedy. Michael Stone, a husband, father and successful motivational speaker, is crippled by the mundanity of his life. Screening location - St Kessogs, Ancaster Square, Callander, Stirlingshire, FK17 8ED.

Strathendrick Film Society

What We Did on Our Holiday Fri 2nd December 2016 Entry for non members £5

Loch Lomond Community Cinema

Trolls Sat 17th Dec 5:30pm Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them Sat 17th Dec 8:30pm

Itison Drive-In Movies

Mon 19th – Sat 24th Dec. The Itison drive-in movies return to get everyone in the Christmas spirits. Tickets will be available via For all the latest updates: 34 |

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Train - Play - Relax - Compete

McLaren Leisure, Mollands Road Callander, Perthshire, FK17 8JP 01877 330000

Win a family WI ticket to see Parwk itLhN! Black Beauty Magazinifee in 2017! One of the best-selling books of all time comes to Macrobert Arts Centre in a re-telling that is not to be missed and here’s your chance to win a family ticket to see the show.

Swimming Pool - Sports Hall - Climbing Wall - Fitness Suite - Parties - 3G Pitch Fitness Classes - Soft Play - SQA Courses

In a stable yard, where the smell of fresh dung is never far away, Patrick and Hamish take the bit firmly between their teeth and tell the classic tale of Black Beauty. Saddle up, jump on and gallop headlong in to a story where loneliness gives way to hope and courage saves the day.

Beautiful Fresh

Christmas Wreaths

made to order

Black Beauty (Traverse Theatre Company & Red Bridge) Sat 18 Feb at 2.30pm or 6pm | 01786 466 666

Large £26 Medium £22

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With shopping until 7pm

Supper with Santa Includes gift from Santa. Booking essential. Thursday 17th, 24th Nov, 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd Dec

4.20pm until 5.30pm


Sausages or Chicken Nuggets or Macaroni Cheese or Pizza All served with French Fries, Peas or Beans. Includes a carton of juice.




NEW YEAR’S DAY Steak Pie served with Chips or Potatoes and Vegetables.

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Park Life - Events Dec-Jan The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre pg 13 Pantos pg 20 Loch Lomond Shores pg 27 Tolbooth/Albert Halls pg 40 Cinema pg 34 Farmers Markets pg 85 Kilmahog Woollen Mill Supper with Santa pg 35 Strathblane Primary & Nursery School Christmas Fayre Fri 2 Dec 6.30-9pm An evening of Festive fun- Craft & Game Stalls, Santa’s Grotto, Waffles & Mulled Wine, Prosecco Bar and Christmas Shopping!! Entry £2 (under3’s go free!)

Killearn Primary & Nursery Christmas Fair Fri 2nd Dec - 6.30-9.30pm Killearn Village Hall Adults £3.50 Inc mulled wine & Mince Pie (Accompanied Children Free)

Fintry Primary School Christmas Fair

Sat 3rd Dec 10-12 Homebaking, Christmas shopping stalls, Games, Breakfast with Tea & Coffee £1 per Adult Kids go Free

Sail with Santa- Loch Katrine New Year Cruise Pg 3 Gartmore Christmas Fayre

Sat 3rd Dec 9am-4pm

Killearn Christmas Market with Strathendrick Singers Sat 3rd Dec 10.00am-1.30pm Killearn Village Hall Strathendrick Singers will be providing Christmas entertainment

Drymen Guides Christmas Fair 7th Dec 6.30-8.30pm £2 Adults £1 Children Get your Christmas shopping under way! Guides/Brownies/Scouts/Cubs in uniform go FREE!

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Strathendrick Singers Christmas Concerts

Fri 9th Dec 7.30pm Kippen Church Fri 16th Dec 7.30pm Killearn Kirk Come and join us for an evening of Christmas music including Carols old and new, Carols for all, ‘On Christmas Night’ by Bob Chilcott and excerpts from The Messiah. Tickets £10 (including Festive refreshments) at the door or from choir members. Reductions for children. Contact Judith Neil at or Colin Cameron at

Aberfoyle Santa Parade & Xmas Market Sat 17th Dec 11am to 4pm

Tir na nOg Events Yule Fayre

10 & 11 Dec Winter Solstice Firewalk Sun 18th Dec

Stirling Decorative and Fine Arts Society

Thurs 15th Dec the lecture, ‘The Christmas Story: paintings of the Nativity’, presented by Richard Box, Lecturer, Author and Artist. The lecture will take place in

the Albert Halls, Stirling, and will start 11:00am prompt. Visitors, £7:00. Thurs 19th Jan the lecture, ‘The Grand Tour: the British in Italy in the Eighteenth Century’, will be given by Professor Brendan Cassidy, art historian. The lecture will take place in the Albert Halls, Stirling, and will start 11:00am prompt. Visitors, £7:00.

Buchlyvie 10km 28th Jan 2017

Kippen Burns Supper

Sat 21st January 2017 6.30 for 7 pm Kippen Village Hall This popular biennial event, organised by The Friends of Kippen Kirk to support the historic village church, will include delicious food from Skinners and excellent entertainment with all the traditional elements. Tickets £22.50 from Naomi, 870283, or Mary, 870202.

Forest Theatre Company Peter Pan A Musical Adventure!

Sun 26th Feb – Sat 5th Mar 2017

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Gartmore After School Club 3.15pm – 5.15pm Monday to Friday

Gartmore Breakfast Club 8.00am - 9.00am Monday to Friday Coming Soon! Gartmore School Partnership have been successful in securing funding from the Heritage Lottery Communities and Families Fund to support a new breakfast club, starting in August 2016.

Gartmore After School Club currently has spaces available. Each afternoon begins with a snack and juice to restore energy after a hard day at school. The club offers a whole range of activities - including arts/crafts, baking and sports in a friendly ‘home from home’ environment.

The cost of regular sessions is £6.00 per child per 2 hour session. Pre-school children aged over 4 years are now welcome to join the club. Taxi service from Port of Mentieth and Aberfoyle Schools. For more information please email:

Each session will cost £3.00 per child and includes breakfast. If you are a interested in finding out a little more about our new service please email: specifying the days your child/children may be interested in attending.

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

Outdoor adventure activities for all ages and abilities



• Experienced Teacher

Groups • Children Corporate Groups Group and Fun Days

• Individual Lessons

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

• ABRSM Grades

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

• Recitals & Other Performances

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CROFTAMIE For more information please contact:

07935 272073 • 07946 221848 or email:

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FOR DEC & JAN half price on clothing!

Pikeur Toggi • Dubarry • Target Dry • •

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

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Ladybird's Childminding Kippen Ladybird's childminding is based in the beautiful surroundings at Angus Stepp - Kippen. I aim to offer a truly home from home experience whilst providing professional childcare, enabling children to develop, learn and have fun. I provide flexible working hours with school and nursery drop offs & pick ups.

Tracey Ross The Coachhouse, Angus Stepp, Kippen, FK8 3EW Home from Home Professional Childcare

Tel : 01786 870695 Mob : 07787516511

We are the ideal place for boys and girls age 4-18 with an interest in performing, to learn Pop Singing, Street Dance, Musical Theatre & Drama!

NOW ENROLLING! For further details contact: Mark Long E:

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Festive Events at the Tolbooth and Albert Halls, Stirling…. Michelle McManus’ Reality - The Musical - Sat 26 Nov The Roy Orbison Story - Fri 9th Dec Phil Cunningham’s Christmas Songbook - Fri 16 Dec FUNBOX presents Christmas Wonderland Thu 29 Dec 3.30pm / Sat 30 Dec 11am & 2pm

Roddy Woomble’s Christmas Hootenanny Thu 15 Dec It’s A Wonderful Life A Radio Play Fri 16 Dec 7.30 / Sat 17 Dec 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Also upcoming! @Tolbooth - Dean Owens & The Whisky Hearts - 2 Dec • Gary Little - 8 Dec Fred Morrison - 9 Dec • Christmas Ceilidhs - 10 Dec • Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra - 18 Dec • Skerryvore - 29 Dec

@The Albert Halls - Stars of Irish Country Show - 24 Nov • Christmas Fair - 10 Dec • Hogmanay Ceilidh - 31 Dec

For full information & more of what’s on visit or call our box office on 01786 27 4000 / 01786 473 544

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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

To enter simply visit Park Life Magazine Facebook page Competition winner will be announced on the 7th December. Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine, by Callander, Stirling FK17 8HZ

Nature’s Corner

Christmas Gift Hampers now available. Orders being taken for Christmas Veg boxes and fresh Fruit Baskets too!

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

2a Cross St, Callander FK17 8EA Tel: 01877 339067 Email:

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Park Life Events Dec-Jan DRYMEN LIBRARY The Square, Drymen,01360 660 751 Bookbug Sessions (0-4 years) Songs, Rhymes and Stories Tuesday 22nd Nov: 2pm-2.30pm Tuesday 13th December: 2pm-2.30pm Chatterbooks Sessions (8-11 years) Reading Group with fun crafts/ activities Thursday 1st December: 3.45pm-4.45pm Thursday 19th January: 3.45pm - 4.45pm Book Group (Adults) Thursday 8th Dec: 7pm Charity Christmas Cards on sale from 1st November til 13th December

Tuesday 13th December for children to send their Christmas Wishes to the North Pole. All letters will receive a reply!

Music In The Library with Killermont String Quartet

Monday 12th December - 7.15pm

Carol Singing by Croftamie Nursery Children

Tuesday 13th December from 2.45pm til 3.15pm - (Teas, Coffees and Mince Pies will be served). The library will be closed on Saturday 24th December and will reopen on Thursday 5th January 2017.

Knit and Natter

Drymen Library Last Monday of the month 10.30 - 12.30 (Next one 28th November, no K/N in December) Santa’s Postbox will be in the library from Thursday 17th November until

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Walk - Canals and Courses

Wednesday 7 December 11.20am Get out and about, enjoy the fresh air and improve your health as you join this Ranger led walk on good paths through the Torrance countryside. This walk is about 1 hour 30 minutes long. Minibus transport is available from Lennoxtown at 11am or meet at the walk start at 11.20am.

Marvellous Meteors, Mugdock No Children Required!

Friday 9 December 7.30pm - 9.30pm Find out all about the Geminid Meteor Shower with the Ranger Service. A short talk followed by a chance to search the December skies for one of the greatest natural firework displays of the year. Slide talk if weather is unsuitable. Booking essential 0141 956 6100. Cost ÂŁ3.

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Home improvements? think...McNairs!

• Massive range of Doors available in wide range of sizes • Laminate, Vinyl & Hardwood Floors • Stairs • Bathrooms • Door handles • Paint & Varnish • Tools • Mouldings & Architraves Visit our Doors & Floors Showroom

Independent Supplier to Trade & DIY for over 30 years NEW Bathroom Displays coming soon!



Engineered flooring ranges From only

£26.50/m² + VAT

• Fast, reliable delivery service • Huge Stocks, great prices • Knowledgeable, friendly staff

Solid Oak Flooring 18x125mm

£24.89/m² + VAT

Building Materials • Timber & Sheets • Doors & Floors Landscaping • Roofing • Drylining • Insulation • & more Old Mill Park, Glasgow Road, Kirkintilloch G66 1SS

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GROUNDWORKS | LANDSCAPING | BUILDING From initial consultation, to completion and beyond, we can do it all. Scotia Contracts are available to carry out all aspects of groundworks, landscaping and building projects for the domestic market, local authorities and commercial projects.

GROUNDWORKS • Excavations • Foundations • Drainage • Kerbing

LANDSCAPING • Paths, Patios & Driveways • Walling • Drainage • Fencing

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

BUILDING • Garage construction • House renovations • Garden building • Extension

Scotia Contracts

T: 01877 381212

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you’ll be surprised at the changes! If you haven’t been to Benview Garden Centre lately, you should definitely go and take a look - the old fashioned values are still there but you’ll be surprised at the changes!

Owner Graham Scott, bought the café premises this year and welcomed David and his Macmillan’s Kitchen team to Benview. They’ve given the café a fresh makeover to enhance the incredible views of the Trossachs. It’s a great pairing – Graham grows delicious fruit, vegetables, salads and herbs in the greenhouses, David picks his ingredients in the morning and they’re on the plate for lunch; fresh, home-grown food, beautifully cooked. The wholesome soups are legendary and there is always a tempting range of delicious home baking. The seasonal menu offers breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea and as the friendly staff are all now

barista-trained you are guaranteed an amazing coffee every time you visit. Next door, Andrew Christie has just opened Country Homes Antiques, selling fine furniture – well worth a visit ( Now, drumroll please... Benview has launched a fantastic new farm shop next to the café. Designed by Benview’s newest member of staff Holly Nairn, the décor reflects its garden nursery surroundings “It’s fun to display our shop stock in hanging baskets and terracotta pots to remind our customers that much of the food has come straight from our own greenhouses, planters and beds.”

Christmas Gifts for the home & garden; something for everyone, including your pets!

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The Benview team has stocked a mouth-watering selection of gourmet goodies and gifts as well as every day essentials. Shop manager, Anna, is passionate about championing local food suppliers, many of whom are relatively new to the foodie scene. “Benview prides itself in being supportive of the local community. We are very lucky to be neighbours with so many innovative entrepreneurs.” She has recently sourced a fantastic range of seafood charcuterie from Campsie Glen Smoke House, a small family-run business in Kirkintilloch. Graham firmly believes that Benview is able to offer customers something different. “Being an independent retailer, we have the freedom to cherry pick our suppliers and we enjoy hearing stories of where the food comes

from and how it’s made. Provenance is important. We have good relationships with producers who make wonderful produce in small numbers. For example, the jars of poached chillies in olive oil come from Foragers, just up the road – we chat to Jo and compare our chilli harvests. We know our customers want to buy quality produce and they want to buy Scottish, so that’s what we sell.” This applies to the garden plants as well as the food: “We grow the majority of our nursery stock ourselves here in Stirlingshire so you know the plants you buy at Benview are suitable for Scottish gardens. We also believe in providing customers with a high level of service and always go the extra mile to help them. Our staff are always on hand with good advice and a smile. We certainly know our onions!”.

Macmillans KITCHEN

We love our cafe at Benview, with its stunning views and fresh produce it fits well with David’s passion for seasonal cooking. The highlight of the menu is fresh seasonal products which are largely grown at the centre along with his popular soups,home baking, breakfast and lunch menus and new addition to the menu is a 3 course lunch along with ciabattas etc Freshly ground coffee and a large selection of herbal teas also available. To book call 07827 321683 Website coming soon!

Macmillans Kitchen

Winter Opening: Mon - Sat 9.30am - 4.30pm; Sun 10am - 4.30pm

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• Wide variety of Cheeses • Takeaway Sandwiches (you can order by phone) & Charcuterie • Unique collection of ceramics • Daily fresh Bread & Bakery (glutenfree breads included) as gifts filled with olives or confectionery & wrapped for you • Wine & Craft Ales • Large variety of Christmas • FIne Chocolates Hampers will be available made • Bespoke cheese & charuterie to order boards for your parties

6 Balfron Road, Killearn G63 9NJ Email: | Tel: 01360 550666

***Festive Feasts *** Bookings being taken now 3rd - 23rd December Lunch: 12noon - 2pm 2 courses £13.50 | 3 courses £16.50 Dinner: 6pm - 8:30pm - 2 courses £18.50 | 3 courses £23.50 Christmas Eve Dinner: 6pm - 8:30pm | 3 courses £25.00 Christmas Day Lunch: 12noon - 3:30pm | 4 courses £55.00 *** Pre Christmas Breaks *** Tuesday 1st to Wednesday 23rd December From £49pp for dinner, bed and breakfast For reservations call 01877 330329 or email

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Don’t forget to enter all our fabulous


Beautiful Porcelain Pottery, Home baking & tasty breakfast & lunches ALL made on the premises. Plus a great atmosphere & the best Coffee around!

The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre WIN 6FT Christmas tree (page 12) The Lodge Café WIN a lunch for 2 (page 12) Macroberts Arts Centre WIN family ticket to Black Beauty (page 30) Bramble & Thyme WIN a Christmas Wreath (page 30) Loch Katrine – WIN a family pass for Victorian Christmas & sail with Santa Cruise (page 37)

Make the most of your visit; Spend over £10 in the Pottery and get 10% off your food and drink and Vice Verse!

Quirky gifts & personalised presents for Christmas Order before 8th Dec. You’ll always find something different in here - not to mention Cake! SALE IN JANUARY 2017! Coffee Kiln is now taking evening bookings for private functions.

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

Ardoch’s private,  tranquil  and  exclusive  atmosphere  in  the  village  of  Gartocharn  makes  us  a  venue  that  is  not  to  be  missed.   Whether  you  are  looking  for  a  space  to  hold  your  team-­‐building  event,  private  party  or  charitable  function,     Ardoch  is  the  perfect  venue  for  every  event.    




Ardoch, Gartocharn,  G83   8ND                  t:     01389  710401                      e:    Info@ardoch-­‐             w:    www.ardoch-­‐

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

The house of

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

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

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Park Life Review The Soup Dragon at Tir na nOg On a crisp October morning after an invigorating walk we decided to visit The Soup Dragon CafĂŠ, as even the name was appealing and we were looking forward to a heart warming bowl of flavoursome soup, but to our great delight there was so much more than the name suggested! On arrival, though quiet, the welcome was very friendly. The menus were on the rustic wooden table and in addition there was a huge colourful chalk board with an amazing array of alternative food and drink options. After ordering

I eventually decided on a Penne pasta Al Forno with tomato sauce and mozzarella and my friend opted for the parsnip and spice soup accompanied with cheese and chutney toasted sandwich served with a side salad. The servings were generous, piping hot and clearly all just freshly prepared by their Italian chef. As we ate the cafĂŠ soon filled up and there was a lovely buzz about the place.

our drinks (Including coffee whish is hand blended in Glasgow) we set about the difficult task of choosing lunch.

Tir na nOg holistic centre

Massage Complementary Therapies

We were so looking forward to sampling the delicious cakes (Especially the Lemon Drizzle Cake) but we were defeated on this occasion. We will definitely return to sample these on another day. Reviewed by Alison and Kay



at Tir na nOg

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

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Fully Seasoned firewood logs & Kindling Delivered in Bags or Bulk Loads Order your regular supplies from Andrew on M: 07793 158 817 or by email:

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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. - Next to the Oak Tree Inn & Village Shop, Balmaha

Nestled between Balloch, Stirling and Glasgow in Croftamie near Drymen. On the doorstep to Loch Lomond. Dining out for that special occasion, or just passing through, we always offer you a warm welcome. Enjoy casual dining at great prices without compromising on quality or standards. Just call in to enjoy our exceptional dishes.

Now taking bookings for our Christmas Party Nights! • Christmas Karaoke on the 16th of December • 3 course diva night on the 17th December • Christmas lunches 1pm & 3pm Croftamie, Near Drymen G63 0EU | t: 01360 660358 |

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

Also joining us is bartender extraordinarie Jamie Alexander!

Open 11am - 12 midnight 1am Sat & Sun Food served all day Now taking bookings. Children welcome Good Beer Guide listed

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Gordon and Elaine Strang are the new owners of The Clachan Inn Drymen. Whilst they have got lots of exciting new ideas to introduce, they are very respectful of the rich history of what is Scotland’s oldest licensed pub. Gordon and Elaine take over from retiring landlady Elizabeth Plank and wish her and her family well. Their children Holly and Lewis, taking time out of university, along with younger two Eva and Tom, join them in the business. Another member of the family, their dog Bonnie is the final addition and can be found enjoying the warm open fire in the bar. A key part of The Clachan’s success has been consistently good food. So Gordon and Elaine are

delighted to welcome back chef Michael Thorpe, who along with Head Chef Douglas Hamilton, Scott Hamilton and Callum Cooper will be working in the newly refurbished kitchen. Gordon is particularly pleased to launch a new whisky list, with tasting notes, including some very special and rare bottles from Glengoyne. There is also an exciting new wine list plus a gin menu, which features craft gins from across Scotland. This is an exciting new chapter in the 300+ year history of this special pub, the character is preserved, with some excellent new ideas to improve the quality, whilst maintaining the friendly welcome and charm that local and visiting customers love so much.

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

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

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Colin Johnson Furnishings

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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



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

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Generosity of Ladies Who Lunch in aid of Cancer Research UK More than £3,000 was raised for Cancer Research UK by Strathendrick Local Committee, their sponsors and the guests who attended this year’s Ladies’ Lunch at Culcreuch Castle Hotel on Sunday 2nd October. Approximately 120 ladies enjoyed a lovely meal followed by a fashion show from Antartex Village of Alexandria featuring colourful autumn wear. The event finished with a superb raffle and draw for the star prize...dinner, bed and breakfast donated by Culcreuch Castle itself. The committee would like to thank everyone who attended and supported the event including Antartex and models, Culcreuch Castle Hotel and other generous sponsors including:- Aberfoyle Golf Club, Glengoyne Distillery, Woodland Light Experience/The Old Mill Killearn/ The Inn at Kippen. Benview Graden Centre, Bakers & More, Claire Crawford, Cotsworld, Dreadnought Hotel, Endrick Blooms, Fintry Sports Club, Georgia Boyd, #Hashtag, Jean Hopes Ironing, Lakeland, Loch Katrine. com, MI Fitness, Neals Yard, Simply Styles, Skinners Butcher, Tir-Na-Nog, WH Smith, Woodlane Dress Shop, Younique, Café Ecossi.

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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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Archibald Billett Funeral Directors 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.

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

• Kiln dried hardwood • Kindling • Coal • Firelighters • Chimney Sweeping • Fireside Accessories • Animal Feeds • Animal Supplements • Pet Toys and Gifts


SELECTION OF CHRISTMAS YANKEE CANDLES AND GIFTS IN STORE NOW Monday -Saturday 9am-5pm T: 01877 330 643 M: 07795 966 514 •

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

Home Heating Fuels • Home Heating Oils • Tank Suppliers & Installers • Domestic Bottled & Bulk Gas • Industrial & Commercial Fuels • Agricultural Fuels • Lubricants • Pink Paraffin Call Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm 24hr answerphone service Fast Efficient Service - same day or next day delivery

01360 660264 Fax: 01360 660001 Parkview, Croftamie, Glasgow G63 0EU

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Premium Christmas Trees and Homemade Wreaths. Open Every Day from 1st - 23rd December.

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SUPPLIERS OF SUSTAINABLE SCOTTISH FIREWOOD AND WOODCHIP We have a real passion and understanding of the importance to produce reliable high quality wood fuel products for our customers. All our products are audited and accredited by WoodSure HETAS Plus and are also BSL approved. We Force or Kiln dry your wood with our exclusive drying systems ensuring all products are consistently at the correct low moisture content. Our specialised production process enables us to cut your logs into various lengths to ensure you are burning the correct size to achieve optimum efficiency.

Our friendly and reliable delivery drivers will always try to deliver your wood when and where you need it.

PRODUCTS AVAILABLE • Force Dried Softwood Logs 7”, 10”, 12”, 14”, 16” & 20” lengths in Large Builder Bag (0.8m3) • Force Dried Softwood Logs Standard 10” - other lengths available on request Large Builder Bag (0.8m3) • Kiln Dried Hardwood Logs Standard 10” - other lengths available on request Large Builder Bag (0.8m3)

• Kindling Supplied in economy sacks • Woodchip Dried & Screened Suitable for Biomass Boilers & CHP Units Available in various sizes and quantities • Wholesale & Commercial Contracts Bulk Bags available: 10” Kiln Dried Hardwood in sealed bags, 10” Softwood in nets, Kindling in nets

For more information please visit or call Anna on 07824 366321 / 01360 449369

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




• Boiler Replacement • Boiler Service/Repair • Bathrooms • Renovations

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• Gas/Oil/LPG • Central Heating • New builds/Extensions • Gas Safety Certificates

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property maintenance and repairs

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

• Kitchens,

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• General joinery • Insurance work

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all work considered

for a free quote, call 01360 550542 or 07870 329349

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Slating • Tiling • Flat Roof Specialists Groundwork • Drainage • Patios • Driveways For a FREE ESTIMATE or ADVICE contact Jason McGregor Tel 0800 4488286 / Mob 07766182195

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Andrew’s Bookkeeping Services

5 Kiltrochan Drive, Balfron G63 0QJ

Support 1 day a Week to 1 day a Month. Sage 50, 50 Payroll, Sage Online & Quickbooks


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

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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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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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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.

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R.G Paving & Hard Landscaping

Quality Workmanship at affordable prices

DRIVEWAYS • PATIOS • PATHS • STEPS • PONDS FENCING • DRAINAGE • TURF • ARTIFICIAL GRASS Contact us today for a free quote! M: 07990 635530 | T: 01786 842343 | E:

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Hire or Buy Locally at... ✔ Extensive Range ✔ Friendly Team ✔ Expert Advice ✔ Training Provided ✔ Service & Support

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Stirling Road, Drymen, Glasgow G63 0AA T: 01360 660 688 E:

to Trossachs Search & Rescue for each Mountfield Lawnmower that they sell in 2016.

Graham Sandals Timber Buildings Scottish Larch Garden Rooms, Studios, Garages & more

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Garden Help weeding • pruning • winter tidy

Scotland Limited

LARGE & DANGEROUS TREE REMOVAL SPECIALISTS Members of Tree Removal High Pruning Tree Survey & Reports Tree Planting Scottish Power Authorised Contractor Fully Insured Suppliers of Firewood & Wood Chippings

East Coast Office 01592 747 596 West Coast Office 0141 573 1739 Head Office 01786 478 126 Mobile Unit 07798 762 510 e:

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Forth & Endrick Oil Boiler Service and Maintenance Aga & Rayburn servicing 10 Years established

Tel: 01360 660371 Mob: 07732 205121

For all your maintenance needs... Over 19 years experience

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• Roughcasting • Gutters • Joiner • Slating • Leadwork • Storm Damage • All aspects of roofing work carried out • Insurance work welcome • Family Business • Public Liability Insured

T: 01389 605352 | M: 07519 267764 CONTRACTORS

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DOMESTIC APPLIANCE REPAIRS (established 27 years)

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

Buchlyvie Electrical

All Electrical Work Undertaken Electric Radiators Supplied and Fitted

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

Fully Insured T: 07826 628320


Established Since 1983

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

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Gareth Hamilton Boiler Servicing, Gas Safety Check and Londlord’s Gas Safety Record

· Oil Heating Engineers · AGAs, Rayburns & Boilers · Central Heating & Hot Water

Mob: 07765 439179 Tel: 01360 550634

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David Mcleod JOINERY

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Kitchens supplied & fitted • Bathrooms supplied & fitted Flooring • Fitted wardrobes made to measure • Conversions All joinery including bespoke items • Dormer windows Velux windows Doors & windows • Ceramic Tiling We have over 20 years experience in the local area.

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Penguin Electrical

Covering Perth and Stirling for all types of electrical work: new installations, lighting, heating/boiler controls, sockets & switches For further information Email:

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The Oak Tree Inn 2 The Soup Dragon 52 The Wayfarers 55 Town & Country Designs Coffee Shop 54 Funeral Services Andrew Anderson & Sons 65 Archibald Billet 66 Galleries & Gift Shops Elin Isaksson Glass 17 Ian Gallacher Jewellers 25 Loch Lomond Shores 27 Sheila Fleet Jewellery 10-11 Smithy Gallery 23 Stirling Gin 25 Town & Country Designs Coffee Shop 21 Wonderland 21 Gardening & Outdoors Allander Aggregates Ltd 74 AW Contracts 74 Benview Garden Centre 46 Boquhan Estates 39 Craig Tree Services 74 Cruachan Landscaping 75 Fraser Robb 77 Garden Help 78 Graham Sandals Timber Buidings 77 Heart Trees Scotland Ltd 78 John Currie Brick and Stonework 74 RG Paving & Hard Landscaping 76 Scotia Contracts Ltd 44-45 T D Trees 75 Tradstocks 76 Hair Erhans Barbour 29 Health & Wellbeing Care Visions 17 Catriona Stewart 17 Clements hearing services 15 Liz Ewing Sports Massage 16 Tir Na Nog 52 Homes & Interiors Apollo Blinds 63 Colin Johnson Traditional Upholstery 63 David Thompson Designs 62 Elspeth Bennie artist blacksmith 63 Household & Ind Floor sanding services 62 J Walker Interiors 65 Sparkle Carpets 6 Steven Burgess Furniture 4 Town & Country Designs 21 The Fabric Gallery 64 Ventrolla Scotland 66 watsinteriors & flooring Ltd 64 Laundry & Domestic Services The Laundry Lady 84

Local Produce Scotia Spice 23 Logs & Fuels Hardwood Logs 68 James D Bilsland Ltd 68 Loch Lomond Fuels 54 Tartan Timber 68 Wood for Fuel 69 Painting & Decorating Endrick Decorators of Killearn 60 Jack Brand Decorating 72 Rebecca Louise Decorating 61 Strathendrick Decorators 72 Photography Paul Saunders Media & Photography 21 Property Corum 88 GS Properties 86-87 Stoves Feeds & Stoves 67 Stirling Stove Centre 65 Trades & Services Aberfoyle Satellite Company 79 Adrian Pirie 83 A Ferguson Plastering 83 A Hopes Roofing 81 Appliance Repairs & Spares 79 Bathroom Transformations 6 Buchlyvie Electrical 79 C-Mix 83 David McLeod Joinery 80 Forth & Endrick Oil Boiler Service & Maintenance 78 Drymen Tiling 79 Dunrite Plumbing 72 GS Roofing 73 Gareth Hamilton 80 G Building Services 73 Homeworx Killearn 71 JTM Plumbing & Heating 70 KM Joiners 71 Lorne Howell Joiners & Builders 7 Man Aboot the Hoose John Ross 83 MBS Roofing 71 McNairs 43 Penguin Electrical 81 RM Contractors 78 SD Garage Doors 60 Simon Head Joinery 61 Steven Skinner Joinery Services 83 Stewart Reid Plumbing Services 83 Stewart Hollington 79 Your Heating Ltd 80 Window Cleaning Night & Day 6

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Farmers Markets


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.


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.



Newly opened! Incredibly well stocked and LoLivefes! loads of Gift ideas. Open: Mon-Sat 9.30am-4.30pm Sun 10.30am-4.30pm. Farm shop stocking veg, cheeses, preserves, biscuits, cakes. 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 Saturday of the month 10am-1.30pm

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IT’S ALL ABOUT PERSONAL SERVICE & ONE TO ONE NEGOTIATIONS With the advent of the internet and the proliferation of online estate agents sellers are finding difficulties in choosing who to instruct in the sale of their property. Many of the online agents make claims of saving thousands of pounds in fees which initially attracts many sellers to these claims. With the choice between online agents or a traditional high street agent the matter is clear. There is no doubt that sellers should instruct a traditional agent in the local area who will not only give a better service from being open usually 7 days a week but will have much more in-depth local

knowledge of the property, the local sales evidence and also in many cases information on the buyers who have often offered for similar properties with the agents knowing their strengths and weaknesses. The local agent will also provide a negotiated sales service to obtain the best price for the house often being able to negotiate face to face with the buyer. Whereas the internet agent for their cut price fee will only list the property on internet portals and could never afford to give the level of service provided by the traditional agent. In the final analysis the selling price comes down to the agent who can not only talk the talk but can walk the walk often being able to add thousands to the asking price through either closing dates or knowing the historic position of the purchaser, how much they need to borrow, the value of their existing property all of which is rarely known by the internet agent.

It all comes down to personal service and one to one negotiation. So where the internet agents claims to save thousand on fees there is no doubt they will lose many more thousands on the sale price and unfortunately after the fact of the sale it is too late to start again the money is lost and the purchaser has often achieved the best deal. There are no free lunches – pay peanuts and you will get monkeys with resultant consequences. Choose the agent with whom you are most comfortable, not the one who tries to destroy his competition or the one who gives you the cheapest fee – the ultimate sale price is the important factor and the one to one negotiation in the final analysis is the greatest critical factor. At G & S we often structure our fees on performance and will charge our fees commensurate on the outcome of a sale price which means our fees are incentivised to perform.

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Do you know the value of your property? Corum understand the market and achieve the best price because we give you the best advice. If you live in the National Park area and are already looking ahead to 2017, contact Corum for a complimentary market appraisal of your home. Corum can help make your next move happen.

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