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Park Life Magazine Extending into Bearsden and Milngavie



copies printed. Delivered by Royal Mail

Park Life local guide to Halloween & Guy Fawkes Christmas events for the diary

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

Christmas at The Oak Tree Make the Oak Tree part of your Christmas plans. This year we will have our very own Santa’s Grotto in the run up to Christmas. See full details on our website and Facebook page. Our Christmas menu starts on December 1st.

New Balmaha Pontoon Daily cruises and water bus transfers from our new pontoon are running until November 4th. Take a cruise around Loch Lomond’s beautiful islands and see the stunning autumn colours. Tickets available from our Village Shop, timetables are listed on our website.

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

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

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Short breaks available in 8 new Eco Lodges Leave the hustle and bustle behind this autumn and 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 a cruise & cycle hire discount when you stay.

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Competitions & Offers Sail with Santa����������������������������������������������������������� 18 MacRoberts��������������������������������������������������������������� 31 Crafts for Christmas������������������������������������������������ 41 Country Living Christmas Fair������������������������������� 54 £5 OFF Gartmore House��������������������������������������� 60 Tourism figures up for 2018


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In This Edition...


t’s traditional to view the departure of the Summer sun with regret- but I’m not going to do that! Here we are in Autumn in one of the most spectacular locations in the world, and we have our busiest edition of Park Life ever.

This Summer has been one of the best, and the tourist numbers are up in a big way. But where do they all stay? We take a look at the rapidly expanding sector of small scale holiday letting and how to go about it (see pg 28 & 29).

As usual at this time of year we have a comprehensive guide to all things Halloween and Guy Fawkes, with events, destinations and offers around Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. And (whisper it) preparations for the tinselly season begin. Christmas events start at the end of November with Christmas light switch-ons and Christmas fairs, so check out our festive listings. You’ll also find restaurants and other venues promoting Christmas and New Year so book early to avoid missing out.

For us at Park Life, the changes keep coming. We want our readers and advertisers to enjoy the best possible opportunities to find each other, and so we have expanded our reach into Bearsden and Milngavie. Our next edition (Christmas and New Year Dec-Jan) of Park Life will now be delivered to households and businesses from west Stirling, the Trossachs, Loch Lomond to north Glasgow. So if you can remember where your central heating switch is (has the summer really been that good?),

cosy up and plan your Autumn activities with us. Katrina, Lisa, Heather & Ashleigh (school work placement)


Katrina - Director

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Balfron Curling Club

Balfron Curling Club is a mixed club that plays on Monday Evenings. Curling has been Balfron’s favourite winter sport since 1860 when it was played on an outdoor pond on the moor. Today we play at Stirling’s Peak ice rink where we enjoy excellent, comfortable modern facilities. Our members come from a wide area and are a sociable , friendly group who welcome all new members. • If you are bored on winter evenings why not join us for a friendly game? Initial training is not essential. • All you need is a clean pair of trainers, warm jumper or a fleece. • Equipment is supplied free. • Transport is arranged from Balfron. • Coaching is provided free and further training is also available. If you would like to try curling or know more about Balfron Curling Club

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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.

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

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Drymen Library Events CHARITY CHRISTMAS CARDS 1st November to 18th December

Supporting CHAS, Save The Children, Guide Dogs, Marie Curie and many more.

BOOKBUGS – SONGS, RHYMES AND STORIES FOR 0-4 YEARS. FROM 10AM TIL 10.30AM. FREE. Tuesday 9th October Tuesday 6th November Tuesday 11th December


Booking required. Call on 01360 660 751 to reserve a place. Only 8 places available.

Thursday 11th October Thursday 8th November Thursday 6th December

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CinemaListings Loch Lomond Sealife Aquarium Cinema Tel: 01389 721500. Adults £6, Child £5, Under 3 Free

Mugdock Cinema Mrs Miniver Mon Oct 1 - 7.30pm Allied Mon Oct 22 - 7.30pm Hocus Pocus (PG) Sun Oct 28 - 11am Bonnie and Clyde Mon Nov 5 - 7.30pm Memphis Belle Mon Nov 19 - 7.30pm Arthur Christmas (U) Sun Nov 25 - 11am Booking Essential 0141 956 6100 £3 Children’s Cinema £4 Adults

Gartmore Community Cinema Evening Screenings: (Door & Bar opens 7.30pm) Ticket Costs: Adults £4.00 Children £2.00 (Under 16) Season Ticket: £20.00 and free entry to ALL films.

Nosferatu (with Mike Nolan) Oct 26 Baby Driver Nov 23 Tickets available on the door Season tickets also available in the Gartmore Village shop.

Callander Film Society All films start 7pm The Clanranald Theatre, St Kessogs, Ancaster Square, Callander, Stirlingshire, FK17 8ED.

Strathendrick Film Society Darkest Hour 5 Oct Local Hero 18 Oct Mississippi Burning 9 Nov West Side Story 30 Nov All films start 7.30pm Entry for non members £5

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aving spent 10 years photographing landscapes, people and businesses in Loch Lomond local photographer Paul Saunders has just launched a new website – See Loch Lomond.

As well as photography, there are videos produced by his marketing business and a series of guides to the many excellent places and attractions in the National Park. Despite already having a large photography and video library Paul has had to work hard over recent months to fill some gaps, although this as he explains was an enjoyable process.

‘The excellent weather at the start of the summer provided the incentive to get out with my camera to gather additional content, including aerial films and photographs. I also wanted to research and compile a comprehensive list of 101 things to see and do in Loch Lomond’.

A new on-line guide to the best of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs Video, photography and articles at

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The look and content of See Loch Lomond, including logos, will change with the seasons, showcasing the area as a year round destination. Paul is offering free listings on the website to all local accommodation providers, large and small, so if you would like your property to be featured look for details on the website.

So why launch the website? Paul explains ‘I often get asked for specific photographs of Loch Lomond and thought that it would be a good idea to catalogue them on-line somehow. I soon decided though to do something that was far more interesting and useful, so the See Loch Lomond brand was created and has been received well since its launch in August. The golden rule is that only places and activities that we have experienced are featured. See Loch Lomond has been a lot of work, but very enjoyable. The work though continues, with new articles being added regularly'.

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“Cellfield is life changing for many of our clients”

the brain networks that process the visual and auditory aspects of reading. This leads to improved reading and language processing and average gains of up to 2 years in reading age can be achieved. Families who suspect their child may be dyslexic can struggle to find help and the first thing is always to consult the child’s school. There are many resources – coupled with good teaching practice – which help. However, in the Stirling area families are fortunate to also have convenient access to the Cellfield programme.

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Park Life EventsOct-Nov Drymen Library 18 Cinema 19 Mugdock Events 32 Cashel Events 34 Craft for Xmas 41 Tolbooth 43 Wee Tea & Blether 45 Halloween/Guy Fawkes 46-47 Festive Events 48-49 Country Living Xmas Fair 54

Walk in the Park

Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 10.20am, multiple locations.

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.

Balloch Run ‘n’ Park

Every Saturday, 9:30am Balloch Castle Country Park

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.

RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond Fri 19th - Sun 21st Oct Gartocharn

This October bring your wild things

on an adventure at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond. Search the pond for weird and wonderful creatures of the deep, hunt for beasts that creep and crawl in the meadows and go exploring in the woods. Don’t forget your wellies for the welly wanging competition and for concocting some magical mud recipes in our very own mud kitchen! Saving Scottish Red Squirrels will be here too, with squirrel trails, games and the chance to become a red squirrel detective. So, wrap up, pack your wellies and join in the fun. For bookings visit and search RSPB Loch Lomond. Cost: £6.50 per child, £5 for Wildlife explorer members, adults go free!

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Stirling Gin Festival

29 Spittal Street, Stirling 2nd Nov – 3rd Nov

Tickets = £27.50 Session 1 ~ 2nd @ 6pm - 9.30pm Session 2 ~ 3rd @ 12.45pm – 4.15pm Session 3 ~ 3rd @ 5pm – 8.30pm Small selection of food throughout each session

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From 7.30pm Killearn Village Hall

Gartmore Village Hall Basket Whist Drive

Fri 2nd Nov 6pm for a 6.15pm

Tables of 4, £4.00 per person (hostesses free). This will be held in Gartmore Village Hall and anyone interested in playing should contact Eleanor Hamilton 07766 901799 or sign up in the Village Shop giving their name and a contact email address and telephone number. Gartmore Village Hall Duncan McCrone and Friends Sat10th Nov Doors open 7.30pm, performance at 8.00pm. Tickets can be bought from Gartmore Village Shop 01877 382214, on or on the door.

Killearn Kirk JUMBLE SALE Sat 10th Nov 10am-noon Kirk Halls Entry is £1

Lots of treasure so well worth putting the date in your diary and coming along.! Look out for posters in the villages nearer the time .

If you have "treasures " to donate please bring them to the Kirk Halls on Friday, 9th November from 6pm until 8pm ,where we will be delighted to accept them. The items we will appreciate are --Christmas Stocking Fillers, Household items, general toys, Clothes, Handbags, Jewellery, Books, DVDs/CDs, Garden and Sport Equipment, Bric-a Brac and Miscellaneous items. No electrics or large furniture ,please. For more information, please contact Anne (550605), Katy(449358), Lynne(440507), Doreen (550834)

Duncan McCrone & Friends Sat 10th Nov Doors open 7.30pm for 8.00pm Gartmore Village Hall

£12.50 for adults, £30 for a family ticket. Tickets from Gartmore Village Shop 01877 382214 www. or on the door

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Quart into a pint pot- where do all the new tourists stay? Peer-to-peer letting platforms like Airbnb thrive in Scotland


isit Scotland’s Insight Department reports that Scottish tourism numbers are up significantly this year, despite the best efforts of the ‘Beast from the East’. International visits in particular are up by an astonishing 48% in the first quarter of 2018 (latest available figures), with those visitors spending 71% more than the same period last year! With a finite number of hotel rooms available, where do they all stay?

Well, one of the places they might stay is your home! Most people have heard of Airbnb by now, and you may well already have stayed in an Airbnb property yourself even if you don’t let a property (yet!). Airbnb has been very successful in Scotland, with guest bookings reaching over a million last year. Other peer-topeer platforms such as TripAdvisor are gaining traction too, and although this article looks more at Airbnb specifically, many of the points apply equally to other providers. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is the ideal tourist draw for Airbnb guests, and if you have a property here with some spare space, you have probably thought about putting it to use to earn you money. You can do this if you have time to spare, and even if you don’t! So if you think you might want to earn rental income from a room, an apartment, a pod, a tree house, or your entire property, here are a few pointers to consider.

Talk to Me Personalised communication is a big part of the peer-topeer sharing experience, and the Airbnb online platform provides a sophisticated messaging service which guests and hosts use. There are facilities available to enhance this further if you let your property on several platforms, and letting management companies utilise these on your behalf.

Sell it Traditionally your B&B offering would require advertising, perhaps in print or on the internet with advertising fees and a website to pay for and maintain. Forget all that. Airbnb is the go-to portal for a huge market, and all you need to do to attract customers is provide appealing accommodation at the right price. And one of the most appealing factors is the review. Make five star reviews your aim, and you will be rewarded with more exposure and more guests.

Join the Community The most distinguishing feature of Airbnb, and peer-topeer letting in general, compared to traditional hotel and B&B accommodation is that guests and hosts review each other, and those reviews are publicly available. This creates a shared community feel, and this sharing allows guests and hosts to be satisfied that they are making the right choice when the booking is made. In short, if you provide a nice environment to your guests, they will treat it as they would treat their own. Great reviews make great hosts and great guests. 28 |

Room or apartment What sounds like the simplest option, a room in your house, could turn out to be time-consuming. This is effectively the model that a traditional B&B is built around, and may require that you are available in the house at all times. Of course, you can secure all the non-guest rooms and allow your guests a front-door key. Ideally, though, your guest room will have it’s own entrance, turning it into an apartment, and provided there is an en-suite or similar, that will allow you to keep your living space separate and private.

Separate building Perhaps you have a garden room, or residential pod/ outhouse? This will need to be fully equipped with the services that you would expect to have in your house, like power, heating, water, shower, WC, TV, internet. There are plenty of advertisers in Park Life ho can offer installation of these services. You should plan to provide all of those, since they will figure in the guests’ search for a property. Guests may come and go without you having to be around.

Prepare the listing

Once your listing has popped up in front of your potential guest, your photographs are what will draw them in to look at the detail. Photographs should be of professional quality (no blurry or dark shots, good wide angles to show the whole place etc.) If you’re not so sure with a camera, find someone who is. Offer as much on the listing as you can, since everything on offer is a potential sales aid. A bit of research on the local restaurants, pubs, cycle trails, kids’ playparks, car hire, boat hire, fashion shopping, hairdressing, anything that a guest might want to use, it is worth mentioning. And personal recommendations are particularly welcomed.

Prepare the services

Whole property

All of the tasks required to cater for guests are straightforward, but require time. If you are not intending to do them yourself, you will need to contract for services to provide cleaning, laundry (uplift and drop-off), and perhaps maintenance call-out. Depending on whether guests will have independent access to your, you may also need to welcome them at appointed times, or provide a key safe or combination lock.

If you’re going away for an extended period, you may want to earn some income from your house, while ensuring that it remains secure. The obvious problem with this is that you may not be able to look after it yourself. However, a letting management company can take care of everything on your behalf, and ensure that guest communication, turnover, cleaning, laundry and maintenance carry on while you are away. If you’re just moving within an easy distance, then obviously you can do as much or as little as you want yourself.

Allocate time

House Rules

You may have the accommodation, but have you got the time? The work involved to let a property, even on Airbnb, is not insignificant. You should decide which of the tasks you want to do yourself, and which you want to outsource. Letting management companies, such as Aerovista Holiday Letting Management (see advertisement on page #), can provide services from simply managing the listing and guest communications and bookings to full end-to-end accommodation management (property preparation, cleaning, laundry, maintenance etc.). Bear in mind that the five star review is your target, and satisfying the guest requires time, whether it is yours or your letting management company’s.

Fairly self-explanatory, house rules should cover things such as smoking, pets, parties, additional guests and any other requirements. These should be included on the listing so that guests are not surprised by them when they arrive. But it’s also worthwhile having them available in the guest accommodation to avoid misunderstandings. Don’t be daunted by this list- as you can see, it’s not complicated, but there is a lot to consider, and there is professional help available when you need it. There isn’t the room here to cover everything and there is certainly more detail to all of the above once you dive into it. Mike from Aerovista will be happy to have a friendly chat about your property, how much you could earn from it and what would be required to prepare it for letting.

Prepare the accommodation You will probably need some preparation to get your accommodation ready to let. Make sure you have any necessary smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguisher, locks, key safe, etc., and remove all your personal items (or lock them away). A letting management company can help with this too, whether it’s just sourcing a particular tradesperson, or taking it from start to finish.

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Light Up the Forest: Saturday 13th October 6.30pm-9pm Follow the torch lit path around the Waterfall Trail and help us celebrate 200 years of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. Enjoy a bbq on the terrace, crafts in the Lodge and tales by the campfire. Cost £7.50 per adult, £5 per child, children under 4 go free. Booking is essential. Please come dressed for the weather with warm and waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear. Please also remember to bring a torch! Check our website and facebook page for details of Christmas tree sales and events from 1st-23rd December. Call: The Lodge on 0300 067 6615 or Email: Follow us on @LodgeAberfoyle

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Mugdock Country Park EventsOct-Nov Mugdock Country Park 0141 956 6100 Fungi on the Hill, Twechar Sun 7th Oct 2pm – 3:30pm

Discover the multitude of woodland and grassland fungi species to be found on and around the historic site of Barhill in Twechar. Booking essential 0141 956 6100. Cost £5 each.

Forest School, Mugdock – Mud, Leaves and Friendly Trees Sun 14th Oct 2pm – 4pm

Enjoy getting mucky and using your imagination with some Forest School activities in the Country Park’s beautiful woodlands. Outdoor activities for 8-12 year olds. Booking essential 0141 956 6100. Cost £7 each.

Have a go Longbow

Sun 14th Oct at 2pm in the Walled Garden at Mugdock

Take a shot at medieval archery with the Green Hollow Bowmen in the Walled Garden. Watch the demonstration at 2pm or turn up and join in at any time. Cost £1 each.

Mugdock Sensational Safari: Autumnal Antics! & Woodlands, Water & Wellies!

Tues 16th & 18th Oct 1pm - 4pm Calling all active 8-12 year olds! Join the Ranger Service and look for the signs of autumn and how plants and animals prepare for winter on this 3 hour fun afternoon both indoors and out. Booking essential 0141 956 6100. Cost £10 each.

Stargazing at Mugdock: Full Moon

Wed 24th Oct 7pm - 8:30pm

Learn about all things lunar from caters to moon landings, then go outside to look at the full moon. Indoor presentation if weather is bad. Minimum age 7yrs. Booking essential 0141 956 6100. Cost £5 each. 32 |

FIZZGIG FRIGHT NIGHT at Mugdock Fri 26th & Wed 31st Oct

FEAR, a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger. Sometimes Evil. Sometimes Pain. Sometimes Real. Sometimes Imagined. We will take you to a secret location...You will step out of the bus....And the games will begin....Feeling the FEAR yet? Mmmmmmm.! See you there ..... if you dare! Booking essential, 0141 956 6100. Cost £14 adults and £8 for children (must be 7 or over).

Junior Halloween Fun at Mugdock

Sat 27th & Sun 28th Oct, 10.30 -11.45am & 12.30 -1.45pm & 2.30 -3.45pm.

Following on from the success of last year's event, Fizzgig are back with their mix of outdoor and indoor Halloween fun! Join us for a bit of storytelling, a spooky dook for apples, throw some shapes to scary monster music, and for the very brave, a hunt in the woods for old Fossilnose the Witch! Suitable for Ages 3-7 years. Booking essential 0141 956 6100. £5 for everyone (limited places).

Mugdock Makkers Christmas Shopping Day Fri 2nd Nov, 11am – 7.30pm

You are invited to join the Makkers for our Christmas shopping day, we will have extended opening hours until 7.30pm and you can save 10% off all purchases as well as picking up some special gifts for customers too. (Discount excludes Gift Vouchers, and special gifts while stocks last)

Forest School, Mugdock – Whittling for Wee Folk Sun 4th Nov 2pm – 4pm

What will you make? A kazoo, a whistle or a chicken. Try your hand at the ancient art of whittling on this Forest School session. Outdoor activities for 8-12 year olds. Booking essential 0141 956 6100. Cost £7 each.

Mugdock through the Ages Sun 11th Nov 2pm - 3.30pm

Discover Mugdock’s fascinating cultural and natural history on this slide show in the comfort of Mugdock’s wonderful wee cinema. Booking essential. 0141 956 6100. Cost £5 each.

Pedal Along With Nature

Forest School, Mugdock Crafty Goings On!

Sun 28th Oct 1pm – 3pm

Sun 18th Nov 2pm – 4pm

Pedal through the district on this family friendly Ranger led bike ride, discovering our fantastic wildlife along the way. Booking essential 0141 956 6100. £5.

Try your hand at getting crafty with what natural things you find in the woods. Outdoor activities for 8-12 year olds. Booking essential 0141 956 6100. Cost £7 each.

Stargazing at Mugdock

Christmas at Mugdock

Fri 2nd Nov 7pm – 8:30pm

Learn some fascinating facts about space then search the November skies for winter constellations and planets. Indoor presentation if weather is bad. Minimum age 7yrs. Booking essential 0141 956 6100. Cost £5 each.

Sat 24th Nov, Light Switch On at 5pm (start time tbc, check our website and facebook page) Come and get into the Christmas spirit and pick up some presents, enjoy some refreshments, children’s activities and more.

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Mugdock has welcomed a host of visitors to the Park this summer and it’s been great for everyone to enjoy such fantastic weather. The Sensational Safari and Forest School events have kept the kids busy and the new Treasure Hunt and Bug Hunt have proved really popular, with a prize at the end being an added bonus. The sun might not be shining quite so much now but there’s still loads to do at the Park with the October holidays and Halloween coming up. Here’s a taster of some of the events over the next couple of months and we have a free ‘what’s on’ booklet, starting from September, available in the Visitor Centre detailing all the events and activities for the next 6 months. You can also check out our website at www. or check out our facebook page and posters around the Park.

Fungi on the Hill, Twechar Forest School, Mugdock - Mud, Leaves and Friendly Trees - No Parents Required! Mugdock Sensational Safari: Autumnal Antics! - No Parents Required! Mugdock Sensational Safari: Woodlands, Water & Wellies! - No Parents Required! Build a Harry Potter Birch Broom at Lenzie Moss

Stargazing at Mugdock: Full Moon FIZZGIG FRIGHT NIGHT at Mugdock Junior Halloween Fun at Mugdock Children’s Cinema: Hocus Pocus (PG)

Stargazing at Mugdock Mugdock Makkers Christmas Shopping Day Forest School, Mugdock – Whittling for Wee Folk - No Parents Required! Mugdock through the Ages Forest School, Mugdock Crafty Goings On! - No Parents Required! Children’s Cinema: Arthur Christmas (U) Walk - Lennoxtown, History all Around

As well as enjoying all that Mugdock has to offer outdoors, there’s also plenty to enjoy indoors from shopping to stopping off for some refreshments and treats. Check out what we have the next time you visit.

Saturday 24th November - Mugdock Christmas afternoon and light switch on. Look out for more info being announced in our Visitor Centre, on our website and facebook page. Friday 1st December to Sunday 30th December - Mugdock Panto – ALADDIN – various dates and times available.

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CASHEL AUTUMN Guided Walks & Workshops 2018 Cashel Native Forest Rowardennan Road G63 0AW Email:

Concert “The Life, Times & Songs of Lady Nairne”

Performed by Perthshire Duo PlaidSong Saturday 29 September. 7.309.00pm Door collection. All Donations will go to the Cashel Native Forest Project.

Meet in the carpark near the visitor centre. Booking/Enquiries: Free

“Looking for Autumn” Saturday 13 October. 1.00pm-3pm Vibrant Colours, glowing berries, tiny nut-clusters – a walk at Cashel will bring a Scottish Autumn to life. Ecologist led nature walk Meet in the carpark near the visitor centre. Booking/ Enquiries: Free

Deer Day Wildflower Meadow Workshop

Sunday 30 September. 2-4pm Ground preparation, seed selection, sowing and cultivation, as well as the importance of wild flowers to vital bee populations. Hands-on bring gardening gloves!

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Sunday 14 October. 2-5pm Red, Roe and Fallow roam the woods at Cashel. Expert led walk Bring binoculars/wet weather clothing Meet in the carpark near the visitor centre. Booking/ Enquiries: cashelwarden@ Free

In Search of Bryophytes!

Saturday 20 October. 1-2pm Meet in the carpark near the visitor centre. Booking/ Enquiries: cashelwarden@ Free

Apple Day

Sunday 21 October. 11am-3pm A warm welcome to our orchard of Scottish apple trees. Apple tasting and “Grow your own” apple talks and workshop. Enquiries: cashelwarden@gmail. com Free RSFS Forest Trust Company Registered Charity Number SCO 24112

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Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs Thurs 29th & Fri 30th Nov - 7:30pm Sat 1st Dec - 2pm & 7:30pm Thurs 6th & Fri 7th Dec - 7:30pm Sat 8th Dec - 2pm & 7:30pm Menzies Hall, Fintry Times are tough in the Kingdom of Fintry. Everyone in the village seems to be in hock to the wolfish local moneylender, the forest fairy’s lost her magic powers and the outlandish village barmaid’s numpty grandson has a constant stream of sketchy toilets to clean. But there’s good news: Prince John is about to turn 21 and, to raise the spirits of his subjects, he’s holding a big party and a singing contest with a huge cash prize, which will go to the villager that has... the X Factor. The competition brings all kinds of characters out of the woods, including rapping pigs, a lovely red- caped young lady who doesn’t realise what a star she is and a porky, down-on-his-luck music agent desperate to sign The Next Big Thing. Oh, and a mysterious entrant with very big ears, eyes and teeth. Join us as the party begins.

Sleepin’ Cutie Macroberts Arts Centre 23rd Nov 2018 - 31st Dec 2018 University of Stirling , Stirling FK9 4LA Prices Vary Written by Johnny McKnight, this is another not-to-be-missed panto extravaganza! Beauty is in trouble. It’s her birthday and everyone in the palace is acting crazy. Her best friend Jester is refusing to let anyone into her party and keeps muttering no-one loves her like him. Prince Charming is scary – declaring it is his destiny to marry her (though they only met 5 minute ago). If that isn’t bad enough Friary Contrary is refusing to get out of bed until the party’s over.


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


Mugdock Panto 1st Dec - Sun 30th Dec

A Ladder to the Stars

Macroberts Art Centre 27th Nov - 24th Dec 2018 £9.50/£34 wee group saver 01786 466 666 Way up in the deep blue night sky, a twinkling star hears a little girl’s birthday wish... she wishes she could dance with the stars. Wanting to make this wish come true, the star tells the moon, the moon tells the sun, the sun tells the wind and the rain, and together they dream up a wonderful plan. Told through a magical mix of music, light and imagination, this is a heartfelt and humorous story of what can happen when the universe hears your dreams.

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Companionship Service As we get older, the opportunity to socialise becomes that much more important for senior citizens who live or spend significant amounts of time alone. Two’s Company provides warm companionship through scheduled visits to our clients.

Our Services Include:

• Providing companionship to senior citizens, allowing for family respite. • Conversation, laughter and a cup of tea in your own home (don’t forget the cakes!) • Accompanying you on visits to friends, shopping trips, walks and appointments. • Co-ordinating your travel plans and getting you to your flight or train on time.

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Hand blown glass in simple Scandinavian forms Vases, Oil lamps, Whisky glasses & Gift vouchers - glass blowing classes

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Win tickets! to The Creative Craft Show and Crafts for Christmas Fancy getting creative this Christmas? Then a trip to The Creative Craft Show and Crafts for Christmas is a must.


he co-hosted shows are back at the SEC Glasgow from October 25 – 28 with over 200 exhibitors and experts showcasing artisan, handcrafted gifts, supplies and inspiration for crafters. Visitors will enjoy a festive day packed with live music, food and drink, inspirational features, workshops, demonstrations and Make and Take sessions. We have teamed up with the organisers to offer 10 lucky readers a chance to win a pair of tickets to both events. Crafts for Christmas is the perfect place to pick up beautiful, finished craft and gifts for friends, family and the home. It will bring together independent suppliers offering hundreds of exclusive handmade gifts and treats from jewellery to candles, handcrafted toys to handmade decorations, art, ceramics, as well as delicious treats and gifts including farmhouse cheeses, specialist wines, handmade cakes and luxury chocolates. The Creative Craft Show is the go-to event for knitting, cross stitch, paper crafting, jewellery & dressmaking and stitching enthusiasts and showcases all the very latest supplies, ideas and innovations in the hobby world. Visitors will find endless supplies, innovations new product launches and everything from kits, charts and patterns to fabrics, yarns, threads and buttons and the opportunity to get free advice from experts.

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A scary recipe....

Ghost & Spider Pan Pizza!

Begin by slicing the mozzarella into 1/4-inch rounds, using a ghost-shaped cookie cutter to get the shapes you see in the photos. That's the lazy route, but it wouldn't be much trouble to hand-cut the mozzarella into ghoulish figures with a sharp paring knife if you're so inclined. As for those creepy crawly spiders, simply poke both sides of the olives with a four-tine fork and stick a single rosemary leaf into each hole.

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Once everything is prepped, bake the crust with a layer of tomato sauce and the olive spiders, until the dough is cooked through and the rosemary had darkened and curled into little legs - about 12-15 minutes if you're making a pan pizza in a 550°F oven. Then, load on the ghost-shaped mozzarella

and stick the pie back into the oven until the mozzarella begins to melt, approximately one minute. The finishing touch is plunking chopped slivers of olives onto each ghost for eyes.

Very easy and very spooky!

Winter Warmers at the Tolbooth & Albert Halls…

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Lightnin’ Willie & The Poorboys Thu 25 October

Swan Lake Thu 18 October

Daniel Sloss: X + Kai Humphries Thu 8 November

Blue Rose Code Fri 2 November

Steve Peat, Bikes & Beers Wed 14 November

Alvin Youngblood Hart Tue 13 November

Phil Cunningham’s Christmas Songbook Sat 15 December

Shooglenifty Fri 30 November

Funbox, Once Upon A Christmas Fri 28 December

Christmas Ceilidhs Sat 8 December

Fara Fri 14 December

Skerryvore & Manran Sat 29 December

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he Mobile Library coming to Gartmore is not just about books, but over the years has proven to be something of a social gathering for readers and non readers alike in providing an opportunity every fortnight for a chat and a news service that would rival Reuters. The Hall Management Group is keen to facilitate this and encourage more use of the library service as well as address one of the priorities identified in our new Community Action Plan, an afternoon tea every fortnight, when the library rolls into the village. For a trial period in the run-up to Christmas, from September to December, we hope to encourage villagers to come to the hall between 3pm and 4pm for a wee tea and a blether either before or after visiting the mobile library. If this proves to be popular, we will then see how we can make our “WEE TEA, BOOKS AND A BLETHER” a more permanent feature of village life.

The dates for your diary when the library comes to Gartmore:

September 14th, 28th • October 12th, 26th November 9th, 23th • December 7th, 21st

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

Having trained a lot of females now for over 14 years, I’ve found that most woman want to achieve the following: • Look good • Feel good/more energy • Improve health • Be stronger • Be more confident However, many women still struggle to achieve the above goals. Here is what I think more women need to be doing in the gym. 1. Stop Avoiding Strength Training When woman start exercising they often gravitate towards cardio type activities. While there is nothing wrong with doing cardio (especially if you enjoy it), there are numerous benefits to strength training. 2. Follow a Well-Designed Programme It should include a dynamic warm up and include variations of the following movement patterns, squat, hinge, push, pull and loaded carries. 3. Perform a Thorough Warm-Up Include a series of hip and thoracic mobility drills along with some glute activation drills. Not only does a good warm up increase blood flow to muscles, it’s also fantastic for improving body awareness and increasing your mind to muscle connection. 4. Don't Get Comfortable Make sure you’re always challenging yourself so that your body has to constantly adapt to keep up with the increasing demands you’re placing on it.

If you would like more information about Personal Training, please contact Liz on 07779 784191 or email

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Halloween at The Tall Ship Fri 26 Oct 6.30pm – 12am

A Halloween fundraiser in support of Strathcarron Hospice. The event will be ticketed, and all profits will be given to Strathcarron Hospice. Tickets to the event include a welcome drink, 2 course meal, access to the Tall Ship, Halloween themed games and prizes and music from one of Scotland's top function bands, Groove Culture. This is a family event with plenty for children to do. They can hang out in the soft play area, watch a spooky film (probably Monsters Inc) in the cargo hold, explore the ship, search for pirate treasure and join in the dancing too. Fancy dress is mandatory (a witch's hat counts) and prizes will be awarded for best male, female, child and couple/group costumes. Tickets are priced at £38 for adults and £15 for children 3-14 years old

Milngavie Halloween Parade 27th Oct. Free Event

Start the dancing at Tesco Milngavie and parade your way through the town centre for some spooky fun and pumpkin carving...

Arnprior Pumpkins

12 - 21st Oct 10am - 4pm 27th/28th Oct 10am - 4pm No Entrance Fee Pumpkins start at £5

• Kale Maze • Bale Mountain • Face Painting • Chainsaw Carving • Pop Up Craft Events • Food and Drink Trucks • Fantastic Photo opportunities

Mugdock Country Park FIZZGIG FRIGHT NIGHT Fri 26th & Wed 31st Oct

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Imagined. We will take you to a secret location...You will step out of the bus....And the games will begin....Feeling the FEAR yet? Mmmmmmm.! See you there ..... if you dare! Booking essential, 0141 956 6100. Cost £14 adults and £8 for children (must be 7 or over).

Halloween Cinema at Mugdock Hocus Pocus (PG) Sun 28th Oct, 11am

Junior Halloween Fun at Mugdock

Sat 27th & Sun 28th Oct 10.30 -11.45am & 12.30 -1.45pm & 2.30 -3.45pm

Following on from the success of last year's event, Fizzgig are back with their mix of outdoor and indoor Halloween fun! Join us for a bit of storytelling, a spooky dook for apples, throw some shapes to scary monster music, and for the very brave, a hunt in the woods for old Fossilnose the Witch! Suitable for Ages 3-7 years. Booking essential 0141 956 6100. £5 for everyone (limited places).

Loch Lomond Shores Hallowe'en-themed slime workshops Tues 9 & 16 Oct

Keep the kids entertained with popular slime-making workshops with a spooky theme. Various times.

Hallowe'en weekend Sat 28 & Sun 29 Oct

Family friendly hallowe'en fun, including face painting.

Hallowild at Blair Drummond Safari Park

13th - 28th Oct 2 10am-5.30pm Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park By Stirling, Stirling FK9 4UR Call: 01786841456 • Alice in our Wonderland inspired Halloween fright rooms • Safari Spook Tent • Trick or Treat Trail • Pumpkin Patch • Make-a-bear

Halloween Spooktacular at Dobbies Stirling 27th Oct 3.30pm – 5pm 28th Oct 2.30pm – 4pm

Child - £7.95 (afternoon tea + crafts and activities) Adult - £8.50 (afternoon tea) • £4.95 (cake + hot drink) Dobbies Stirling, Drip Road Craigforth, Stirling FK9 4UF

The Stoats Creepy Crawl at The Battle of Bannockburn

27th - 28th Oct 2018 From 10am The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre Bannockburn Heritage Centre Glasgow Road, Stirling FK7 0LJ £5 per child 3+ • Spooky trials • Solve Puzzles • Apple Dooking • Grave Grabbing • Enormous Neep Heap

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Stirling & Bridge of Allan Bonfire and Fireworks Display 5th Nov 5.45pm – 8pm

Adult - £5 Concession - £4 Child - £2 Live music acts Strathallan Games Park , Airthrey Avenue, Bridge of Allan, Stirling, FK9 4RB

Helensburgh Bonfire & Fireworks Night 3rd Nov 6.30pm

Fireworks start @ 7.30pm Event is Free. Stalls with food Helensburgh Pier

Guy Fawkes Night at Dobbies Milngavie 2nd Nov fireworks 7.30pm

5.30pm onwards. £6 or £12 01360 620721 Street Food + Fireworks = £6.95 & £9.95 Fireworks Only £3 & £5 Booking Essential At Dobbies Milngavie, Boclair Road, Bearsden, Dumbartonshire, G62 6EP

Dumbarton Firework Display Sat 5th Nov

7pm. Free event At Levengrove Park, Clydeshore Road, Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire, G82 4AF NO on-site parking

Briarlands Farm Bonfire Night Sat 3rd Nov

Bonfire lit at 5pm. Price TBC Soup and warming goodies for sale 01786 841309

Glasgow Green Fireworks

5th Nov Starts 5pm(Fireworks 7.30pm) FREE

Loch Katrine Steam, Music & Fireworks Fri 3rd Nov

The Glebe Killearn Fri 3rd Nov

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Festive Events Dunblane Christmas Fayre Sun 4th Nov 11am-4pm

Christmas Fayre fundraising for the Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity. Free Entry & Cafe. There will be a fantastic range of stalls on the day, to get your Xmas Gift buying off to a flying start.. Join us in the Cafe for a Sunday Brunch or just a relaxing cuppa and cake. Victoria Hall, Dunblane in aid of the Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity

Killearn Pharmacy Shopping Night

Christmas Shopping event Wed 7 Nov 7-9pm Special offers on the night Princes Square Christmas Lights Switch On 2018 15 Nov 2018 6 - 9pmThurs

Benview Garden Centre see pg 77 8th Nov 5-7.30pm

Christmas gifts, decorations & food A special only one night event 10% off all gifts & foods on the night, complimentary bubbly, mulled wine, canopies and mince pies

Kippen Christmas Market see pg 27 Sat 24th Nov

1pm – 4pm Kippen Village Hall, Fore Road, Kippen

Breakfast or Tea with Father Christmas & Santas Grotto Dobbies Stirling 18th Nov – 24th Dec

Our popular family event includes a hot or cold meal, fun activities and a gift from Santa himself. This event is suited to families with children aged 12 and under. To relax and fully enjoy the experience families will be seated and served at their own table Santa's Grotto is one of our most exciting festive experiences at Dobbies. Bring your little ones along to explore the magical setting, be welcomed by Santa himself and receive a toy of your choice.

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crazy. Her best friend Jester is refusing to let anyone into her party and keeps muttering no-one loves her like him. Prince Charming is scary – declaring it is his destiny to marry her (though they only met 5 minute ago). If that isn’t bad enough Friary Contrary is refusing to get out of bed until the party’s over.

A Ladder to the Stars Macroberts Art Centre 27th Nov – 24th Dec

Way up in the deep blue night sky, a twinkling star hears a little girl’s birthday wish... she wishes she could dance with the stars. Wanting to make this wish come true, the star tells the moon, the moon tells the sun, the sun tells the wind and the rain, and together they dream up a wonderful plan. Told through a magical mix of music, light and imagination, this is a heartfelt and humorous story of what can happen when the universe hears your dreams. £9.50/£34 wee group saver

Wonderland Shopping Event

Sleepin’ Cutie

Balfron Sun 18th Nov noon - 8pm

Macroberts Arts Centre 23rd Nov – 31st Dec

Dunblane’s Christmas Extravagansa

10% off all stock Christmas Cocktails, Coffees & festive nibbles while you peruse the opening of winter wonderland.

Written by Johnny McKnight, this is another not-to-be-missed panto extravaganza! Beauty is in trouble. It’s her birthday and everyone in the palace is acting

Come along and enjoy the activities across the centre of Dunblane including Santa and his grotto, the wonderful reindeer, musical street entertainment and much, much more.

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Thurs 29th Nov 5-9pm

 Dunblane Town Center 5pm - 5.30pm Santa’s procession from the Gold Postbox to Stirling Road Opening ceremony on Stirling Road bridge with our VIP guest 5.30pm Santa’s grotto opens 5.30pm - 8.30pm Late night shopping across the centre of town. Visit the reindeer at the Gold Postbox. Street performers including stilt walkers, tumbling elves and fire breathers! Face painting and balloon modelling. Popup community village showcasing the voluntary groups in Dunblane. Local choirs and musical performers. Cathedral bells and handbell ringers. Boys Brigade brass band. 8.30pm The fantastic Discover Dunblane Christmas Extravaganza fireworks display!

Christmas Shopping Fayre Stirling Castle 4th Dec 6pm – 9pm

We're delighted to be bringing back our fantastically festive and incredibly popular Christmas Shopping Fayre back to the castle. We'll be showcasing the very best of local Scottish brands, crafts and fine foods and drink. £6, Children under 16 Free

Festive Events Stirling Winter Festival 18 November 2018 02 January 2019

Join us for the winter festivities for all the family at Stirling's Winter Festival. Lots of Events to celebrate Christmas and the New Year ahead.

Christmas Lights Switch On in Milngavie with Smooth and Heart Radio Town Centre, Milngavie Sat 1st Dec 2018 4pm

Go along and enjoy festive fun in Milngavie town centre and meet some real reindeers, enjoy Santa’s grotto and boogie along with Robin and Adele from Heart Radio!

Gartmore News Christmas Fayre Sat 8th Dec

Sail With Santa see pg 3

Drymen Christmas Fair

The festive lights will be switched on at Loch Lomond Shores, with live entertainment, a radio roadshow and festive markets. The A great day out for all the family and a free day out. Santa will be there!

Mugdock Makkers

Fri 2nd Nov 11am-7.30pm Christmas Shopping Day Mugdock Country Park

Christmas at The Oak Tree Inn

Make the Oak Tree part of your Christmas plans. This year we will have our very own Santa’s Grotto in the run up to Christmas. See full details on our website and Facebook page. Our Christmas menu starts on December 1st.

Adult Craft Sessions – Open to beginners and seasoned pro’s alike. All welcome. FREE. Drymen Library Monday 17th December – Small

Sat 1st Dec 10am-1pm

Christmas makes – quick easy and festive. Materials provided.

Drymen Village Hall Santa, Stalls, Teas & Coffees, Festive Fun

Country Living Glasgow Christmas Fayre

Christmas Lights Switch-on and Fireworks at Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch TBA

SEC. 15th - 18th Nov

Local Pantos & Plays see pg 37

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For the foodies, the temptations and treats are endless. An exclusive collection of artisan food and drink producers will give visitors the chance to sample authentic regional delicacies such as gourmet sausages and hams, local cheeses and pâté, Christmas cakes, puddings, chocolates and tempting festive drinks.

This is also the ideal place to find that unique Christmas outfit with a stunning collection of evening and designer daywear available, as well as beautiful accessories including bags, purses and jewellery. There will be gifts galore for the kids including handmade traditional wooden toys, beautifully-made soft toys, chunky knitwear, cosy pyjamas, pretty party dresses, bright wellies and hundreds of other items ready to be wrapped and placed under the tree this Christmas. The perfect day out wouldn’t be complete without a relaxing glass of fizz. The Viking Cruise Champagne Bar is a great place to review purchases, plan the rest of the day’s

shopping or just relax with a glass of Champagne.

• The Country Living Kitchen will bring together some of the country’s finest food and drink producers. Visitors can watch demonstrations and pick up tips from top chefs and cooking professionals as they prepare tempting seasonal festive dishes, using delicious, fresh ingredients. • The Country Living Crafting Workshops will give visitors the chance to create something special to take home. There will be a varied daily hands-on programme from sewing and needle felting to screen printing - workshop tutors will guide visitors as they create original items. Advance Booking Available. Tickets for The Country Living Crafting Workshops can be booked in advance, priced at £4 each.

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assist you in selecting your preferred flooring to compliment existing or new decor schemes. We can liaise with designers and coordinate other trades as required.

The Flooring Studio is an independent specialist flooring business established in 2010.

We offer specialist in-house flooring advice for new builds and extensions and operate a home sampling service covering Central Scotland and a complimentary estimating service.

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Two Christmas Experiences Something different for your friends or work colleagues

Three course lunch

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A morning in the hayloft with Kate creating traditional Christmas decorations followed by a festive buffet and Christmas treats. All dietary preferences catered for. Transport arranged if requested. For more information or to discuss your group’s needs please contact Kate (, 07870 156502) or Andrew (, 07738 785770). 56 |

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12 Main Street, Callander FK17 8BB Tel: 01877 330853

• Get a taste of Scotland at Campbell’s Taste of the Trossachs • Quality meats sourced locally from award-winning Falleninch Farm Butchers • World-championship winning pies from Trossachs Pie & Pastry Company

• Healthy options, lighter bites and many vegetarian, vegan and gluten-friendly options are available • Freshly-ground Lavazza coffees, teas and soft drinks

• Breakfasts served until 12 noon

• A quick and extensive takeaway service

• Traditional Scottish lunches, pies, burgers, omelettes, fresh-made soups, toasties, paninis, jacket potatoes, sandwiches and delicious home baking

• Dogs very welcome!

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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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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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The Coffee Kiln is open 7 days a week selling a range of food throughout the day from delicious day-starting breakfasts to light lunches and coffees and cakes. We are located within the Buchlyvie Pottery Shop, giving you a unique insight into how pottery is made and the chance to try the pottery before you buy in our quaint cafe.

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Join us at Gartmore House on the 31st December and bring in the new year with excellent food, great entertainment and good company.


Arrive at 7pm for a glass of fizz, followed by a delicious 3-course dinner from 7.30pm. Scotland’s leading rock Ceilidh band Bahookie will entertain you throughout the evening, followed by a disco into the wee hours.

Tomato & Bell Pepper Soup Spiced Poached Pear Salad Haggis & Black Pudding Samosa Smoked Chicken Caesar Salad Main Courses

£45.00 per adult and £22.50 per child.

Braised Featherblade of Beef, Vegetable Mash & Roast Potatoes

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Harissa Salmon Fillet with Mediterranean Couscous Vegetable Pie with Potatoes Desserts

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• Free range turkeys and all the trimmings from our multi-award winning butchers • Christmas event on Saturday 8th December, all day, with tastings from local suppliers • Made to order cheese gift boxes, cured meats and cheeses from our deli counter • Delicious home baking, breakfasts and lunches freshly made in our café • Beautiful range of gifts, food, wines and spirits • Christmas trees and locally made wreaths

Blair Drummond Smiddy, Blair Drummond, Stirling FK9 4UY Tel: 01786 235024 Email: Open Daily: Monday – Sunday 9am – 5pm

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Soups, Tasty Lunches and Homemade Cakes Fresh Fruit & Vegetables Christmas Hampers Extensive range of Wines, Beers & Ciders Main Street, Kippen FK8 3DN

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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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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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Your Local Solicitor Asset Protection and Care Costs

I am increasingly being asked by clients for help in safeguarding assets from being used to pay for long term care, so they can be passed on to family after their deaths. I am finding that reviewing and rewriting Wills is providing a solution for some clients. If you are a couple, I have a type of Will which allows each of you to leave your assets (such as your share of the house and any savings or investments) in trust to be used by your spouse, but they would not actually own the assets. Therefore, if one of you dies and the survivor enters long term care, the deceased’s assets could not be taken into account for long term care costs. In addition, the Local Authority cannot accuse you of deliberately depriving yourself of assets, as you can leave your estate to whomever you choose and are not obliged to leave it to your spouse. Unfortunately, this option is not available to single people, however, in some cases it may be appropriate to consider transferring assets into a lifetime trust and I can discuss this and other options with you. Suzie Falconer of Walker Laird is a solicitor living in your area who is able to help with the above and many more legal matters. She is available for out-of-hours or home appointments, first consultations are free and there is no charge if you decide not to proceed.

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Natural Stone

Architectural ~ Walling ~ Paving ~ Ornamental All Enquiries Welcome

Thornhill: 01786 850400 | Livingston: 01506 873081 |

Like us on Facebook Pet foods, supplements, toys and now dog bathing and grooming. Plus complete stove solutions from sale, installation and maintenance to fuel and accessories.

Get your chimney swept now for Winter



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

Mon-Sat 9am-5pm | 21 Main Street, Callander FK17 8DU | 01877 330 643 • 07795 966 514 |

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

To have an informal no obligation chat to see if they can help you contact Carolyn on 07957252223 or

Are you starting, growing or just want to improve your business? Approachable, practical and pro-active accounting, tax and business service. Contact Stuart McDonagh FCA for a free initial consultation SYKAM & Co, Chartered Accountants, Balfron

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Andrew’s Bookkeeping Services

1 day a Week to 1 day a Month. Experienced on Sage 50, Sage Online & Quickbooks Fintry G63 0LW T: 07785 710224 E:


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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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1. Clear up fallen leaves - especially from lawns, ponds and beds 2. Raise containers onto pot feet to prevent waterlogging 3. Plant tulip bulbs for a spring display next year 4. Prune roses to prevent wind-rock 5. Plant out winter bedding 6. Insulate outdoor containers from frost - bubblewrap works well 7. Put out bird food to encourage winter birds into the garden 8. Cut back perennials 9. Prune Climbing Roses 10. Last chance to mow lawns and trim hedges

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Stone Your Walling &Home Traditional For & Brickwork Garden Natural Indian & York Stone Paving Specialist Barn & Property Renovation • Bespoke Features Stone Walling & 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

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For all your

call today for free MACINTOSH equestrian,

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CONTRACTING Mobile 07966 fencing 864811 needs

Emailand As farmers 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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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!

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

Craig Tree Care

Professional Tree Surgeons

full range of work with trees including: • Pruning & reduction • Tree removal & replacement • Consultancy & advice • Conservation & preservation

t: 01360 449 275 | m: 07725 834 846

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

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

01786 870328






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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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

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

Tel 01786 841788 07773 809345

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Glasgow, Edinburgh & Stirling

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

Arborist Services

Garden Design Planting & Aftercare Garden Coaching & Advice Garden Renovation & Management “Now is the perfect time to start planning and preparing next year’s garden; let’s chat!”

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

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

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Benview Garden Centre Christmas gifts, decorations & foods

A special one night only event 8th November 5:00-7:30pm Complimentary bubbly, mulled wine, canapes & mince pies. 10% Off all gifts & foods on the night. Get ready for the Christmas meal (Turkeys and other meats available to order)

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

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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Archibald Billett

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

Established Since 1955

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

call us today:

01360 770708 07968 831313

Time served quality tradesmen

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


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

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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 All electrical work undertaken, including landlord safety certification.

All aspects of plumbing and heating work covered.

With every Free no obligation quotation, we will supply you with proof of our… • IET registered 18th Edition qualifications. • City & Guilds, Electrical Testing & Inspection qualifications. • Full public liability and professional indemnity insurance.

Intercoms, access control systems and gate automation Electrician Scotland Part of West Electrical Group Ltd .


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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

Andrew Anderson & Sons Funeral Directors Est.1969

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

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

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

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copies printed. Delivered by Royal Mail

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

imon Head Joinery Services

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

Extensions New Builds Glazing Bathroom renovations

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

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


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Established Since 1983

t: 01877 385231 m: 07885 841735

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

5 Kiltrochan Drive, Balfron G63 0QJ

T: 01360 440 945 M: 07867672495 E:

Need it Done Right?

DUNRITE PLUMBING Pride in Workmanship

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

Minor repairs to complete installation

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• No Waste

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• No Part load charges

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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.

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

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

A family business based in Thornhill Stirlingshire, covering Stirling, Perthshire, Fife, Kinross, Clacks, Lothian, Lanark, Dumbarton and more...

tel: 01786 599771 / 07398 510771

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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.



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. Benview Farmshop 8th Nov 5-7.30pm see p77 Christmas gifts, decorations & food A special only one night event 10% off all gifts & foods on the night, complimentary bubble, mulled wine, canopies and mince pies

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

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Accounting & Legal Baxter Accounting 68 Business Gateway Forth Valley 7 Sykam & Co Chartered Accountants  68 Mckendry Dunion Financial  68 Walker Laird  66


Balfron Curling Club 8 Castle Rednock Trekking Centre  27 Cellfield  23 Country Living  54 Events DĂŠcor  36 Loch Katrine Cruises 3 MacRoberts Centre 24 McLaren Leisure Centre 27 Mugdock Country Park 33 Toolbooth 43 The Hoolie 31 The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre 30


Andrew Haslam Bookkeeping


Malcolm Parry Architects MH Planning Morris Architects

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Stirlingshire Caravans


E Mac Bus Trossachs Cabs

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Duff Christmas Trees


Buchlyvie Electrical Stewart Hollington Electrician Scotland

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Architects & Consultants


Bus,Car & Taxi Hire Christmas Trees Electricians

Food, Drink & Accomodation

Aero Vista 15 Ardoch Management Co Ltd 59 Blair drummond smiddy Farm shop  61 Buchlyvie Pottery Shop & Coffee Kiln  59 Cameron House Hotel  63 Gartmore House  60 Light Up Events  13 RhubarbLime  62 Sugar Boat  58 86 |

Town & Country Coffee Shop  64 Taste of the Trossachs  57 The Clachan Inn  65 The Lade Inn  58 The Oak Tree Inn  2 West Mossside  56

Kitchen & Bathroom Interiors The Flooring Studio Town & Country Designs Trend Transformatiions Ventrolla Scotland watsinteriors & flooring Ltd

51 55 51 17 52 51

Andrew Anderson & Sons 81 Archibald Billet  79 John Coubrough Funeral Directors  16

Winter Storage


The Laundry Lady 


Elin Isaksson Glass  Loch Lomond Shores  Moon  Sheila Fleet Jewellery  Wonderland 

Calido  Feeds & Stoves  Hardwood Logs  Wood for Fuel 

9 67 74 12

Blain Painters Endrick Decorators of Killearn Jack Brand Decorating Strathendrick Decorators

84 81 83 84

Scotia Pet Supplies Ltd


Funeral Directors

Gift shops, Galleries & Clothing

Gardening & Outdoors

40 30 25 38-39 26

Benview Garden Centre  77 Craig Tree Services  73 Cruachan Landscaping  72 Fraser Robb  73 Glasgow Stump Removal  76 Graham Sandals Timber Buidings  75 Harper Garden Services  71 Holly Nairn  76 John Currie Brick and Stonework  72 Lenzie Blacksmith  73 Macintosh Fencing  72 Paterson Garden Buildings Ltd  75 Scotia Contracts Ltd  70 Sorbus Tree Service 74 T D Trees 75 Tradstocks 67

Health & Wellbeing Slimming World Tir Na Nog two's company

Homes & Interiors

22 45 40

Apollo Blinds 53 Colin Johnson Traditional Upholstery 53 Dream Doors 50 Edge of the wood 53 Elspeth Bennie artist blacksmith 50 Household & Industrial Floor sanding services 82 J Walker Interiors 50


Laundry Services Stoves & Fuel

Painters & Decorators

Pet Services

Photography & Media

Paul Saunders Media & Photography  57



Trades & Services


Aberfoyle Satellite Company  83 Adrian Pirie  87 Appliance Repairs & Spares  87 Bathroom Transformations  7 C-Mix  83 Drymen Tiling  87 Dugie Clark Clachan Mhor  77 Dunrite Plumbing  83 GS Roofing Ltd  79 KM Joiners  16 Homeworx Killearn  87 KG Gas Services  78 RM Contractors  82 RTA & Doune Woodyard Ltd  14 SD Garage Doors  52 Simon Head Joinery  82 Your Heating Ltd  84

Wedding Venues

House for an Art Lover  4

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DOMESTIC APPLIANCE REPAIRS (established 27 years)

Buchlyvie Electrical

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

Fully Insured T: 07826 628320

DRYMEN TILING Professional Tiling Services

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


Electric Radiators Supplied and Fitted

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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Park Life Magazine Oct/Nov 2018 Issue  

A free A5 what's on guide and advertiser to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs area.

Park Life Magazine Oct/Nov 2018 Issue  

A free A5 what's on guide and advertiser to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs area.