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Love Local flies high on its 1st anniversary Ways to spend your days locally this summer Discover Doune and Deanston 6 sizzling summer competitions

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Summer edition

This is an extra special edition for us as it marks 1 year since our very first magazine – and what a year it has been! The feedback and success of Love Local has been overwhelming and we cannot thank the amazing local, independent businesses in and around Stirling who support us enough. In this edition we have suggested lots of ways to spend your days locally this summer, including plenty of athome ideas for those rainy days we are bound to have! You can discover the historic villages of Doune and Deanston, and our regular Love Local expert, Tim Meadows advises on effective training techniques. Please support the businesses that promote themselves in Love Local Magazine by mentioning us when you contact them. Don’t forget to bookmark our website ( in your browser and like us on Facebook and twitter so you can find out about latest events and competitions. Love Local Editor

Stirling welcomes 5* luxury

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BBQ tips

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Green Tea Brûlée

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Writer’s block

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Music matters

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Tim Meadows

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Feature on Doune and Deanston

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Ways to spend your days

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Love Local flies high

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Guardian soft furnishings interview Page 40 Summer gardening tips

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Does your business have Universal Appeal?

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Liz Melville’s social media tips

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5-Star luxury opens in Stirling by LOVE LOCAL

Hotel Colessio, Stirling’s most luxurious new 5-star hotel, is opening its doors this summer. The neo-classical Georgian building, located on Spittal Street, was originally the city’s Commercial Bank before becoming the Royal Infirmary of Stirling and latterly the local NHS headquarters.

The focal point of this stunning new venue is The Grill Room and it is one of the few venues in the UK to feature a Josper Grill, the latest oven to take the culinary world by storm and acclaimed by world renowned chefs including Heston Blumenthal and Jamie Oliver.

The restoration and refurbishment of the building by the luxury Aurora Hotel Collection, which committed £10m to the project, was a massive undertaking and Founder & Chief Executive, Steven McLeod, who is from Stirling, has overseen every stage of the project.

With dishes inspired by the grand Grill rooms of London, the restaurant offers an inspired menu of timeless classics with a modern twist and infused with ingenious touches. This is perfectly complemented by a chic cocktail bar that is perfect for pondering menus or continuing post-prandial conversation.

Commenting on the new hotel, Steven McLeod said “My philosophy with Colessio, as with my other hotels, is to offer a high quality venue that offers 5-star quality and service without a prohibitive price tag. The building is a landmark in Stirling and we’ve been sympathetic in the restoration of its exterior, but when people walk through the door they’re going to see a daring re-invention of this grand Victorian property, with a dramatic palette of black and white providing a striking backdrop for objets d’art and designer touches. There will be nothing else like it in the area.”


This gorgeous new hotel also features 40 stunning bedrooms and suites, plus a spacious and sophisticated ballroom that is sure to become one of the most sought after venues for weddings, celebrations and gala events in the area. Hotel Colessio really is the place to see and be seen!



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Delicious BBQ Cuts of Meat that will not burn a hole in your pocket by SKINNERS OF KIPPEN Good quality meat rather than expensive cuts is the key to a good BBQ. Here are helpful tips to enjoy delicious summer barbecuing.

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Cooking Steak on a BBQ For fabulous BBQ’d steak ask your butcher to cut a thick piece of popeseye (rump steak). Sprinkle the joint with good quality oil (ideally rapeseed) and leave to sit for a couple of hours. Draw off the excess oil by pinching it with your fingers and running them down the meat. Once your BBQ is hot (and flames have died down), place the meat onto your BBQ and let it colour. Once coloured on one side, turn and repeat until the meat is cooked to your taste. Remove the meat from the heat and leave to sit for approximately 5-10mins, season it with salt and pepper, carve against the grain and serve with salad, ciabatta bread and salsa verde. Cooking Lamb on a BBQ Instead of buying cutlets of lamb, ask your butcher to butterfly a leg of lamb. Pierce and insert sliced garlic and rosemary into the skin of the lamb and cook on BBQ fat side down. When cooking, turn regularly as the fat drips onto the coals and can cause the flames to rear up. Once the lamb is cooked to your satisfaction leave it to rest for 10 – 15mins, slice it into strips and serve with pitta, tzatziki and mixed leaves. Top piece of BBQ equipment A temperature probe will be an invaluable tool when cooking a BBQ, ensuring the meat is not only safe to eat, but cooked to your preference. Note that high risk foods such as chicken and minced products should be at a core temperature of minimum 75°c.

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Green Tea Brûlée with Poppy Seed Shortbread by JASON HENDERSON, KNOCK CASTLE HOTEL & SPA Ingredients


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For the Brûlée

350ml double cream 1. Place cream and milk in 125ml semi-skimmed milk saucepan with green tea 75g caster sugar bags. Bring to boil, remove 6 egg yolks tea bags and set aside. 4 green tea bags 2. Whisk eggs and sugar until light and fluffy For the Shortbread 3. Place the crème brûlée dishes into a deep 5oz plain flour baking tray and pour 2oz semolina hot water into the tray, 2oz caster sugar until the water reaches 4oz butter halfway up the sides 35g poppy seeds of the dishes (this is Crème Brûlée dishes/ called a bain-marie). ramekins 4. Slowly start adding the cream and milk into the egg and sugar mixture, gently whisk to ensure plenty of air gets into the mixture, continue whisking until you finish the cream and milk.

5. Place mix into the dishes and leave to set in the fridge

For the Shortbread 1. Mix all the ingredients together, then roll into a sausage. 2. Slice 1 cm thick and place each “biscuit” onto a baking tray 3. Bake for 15-20mins 180°C

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Insignificant by CARYS MAINPRIZE My feet are already wet. The view is worth it; it is a brilliance of sparkling sea and sheer cliffs and a clear, clear sky. The blue is beautiful. Poets could talk about it forever. It’s so pure and deep that it’s difficult to look away. I wrap my hands around the cold, cold fence that protects me from the drop. There is a clink as my bracelet rests against the metal. The newly settled raindrops dampen my hands.

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Below, the sea sways. By the base of the cliff the beach begins. People stroll across the sand, walking dogs, sunbathing – enjoying themselves. They’re animated dolls, going about their insignificant business. They have come across that elusive secret that I am still searching for – the key to enjoying life. Whenever I steal a glimpse of it, it disappears again. I am left only with the faintest impression of what it is I am supposed to be feeling. I watch the people below me. We are all so insignificant; the world moves on regardless. She doesn’t care about your mortgage or your sick pet or your exams. The tranquil scene in front of me brings me to this conclusion every time. Nothing matters when you see this intricately beautiful painting; the fine masterpiece of the cliff, the tiny paint strokes of the people on the beach, the detailed clouds above – you look and you must think to yourself: why am I so caught up in my own fantasies and dreams and fears? Why am I so obsessed with my own tiny world when this – this beauty is what matters? We are insignificant when we keep ourselves to our tiny world. When we realise that the worries troubling our minds are unimportant in the bigger picture, the only thing left is peace.


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Music Matters Have you ever been reduce to tears by a sad song? Have you ever turned on your favourite song to cheer you up after a bad day or relied on a new playlist to get you through a long journey? Music has a special power to move us and stir our emotions. According to 2011 figures from the mental health charity Mind, nearly a third of people plugged into their music players to give them a mood boost about work, and almost one in four said that they find listening to music on the way to the workplace helps them de-stress. A study at Brunel University in West London showed music can even help you run faster by increasing endurance by as much as 15 per cent, helping to lower the perception of effort during exercise, as well as increasing energy efficiency by between one and three per cent.

playing your own musical instrument, so why not pop down to Music Spot on Friar’s Street, Stirling and share your love of music. Their team of knowledgeable musicians welcome music lovers of all ages and experience, can help you repair instruments that haven’t been played in years or teach you how to play a new instrument. Music Spot: 9 Friar’s Street, 01786 448630. (Source: “Health benefits of music,” Adam Ramsay.

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Stirling Music Centre is based at STEP and aims to provide fun and professional musical tuition and learning for all ages and levels with individual private tuition, workshops and group sessions. Whether you are 6 or 60 years old we can tailor our music lessons to suit you. You are never too old or young to learn an instrument or singing. Whether you are complete beginner, auditioning or sitting an exam we can help. Our tutors are all highly musically qualified, experienced, positive, energetic and helpful people as well as enhanced disclosure checked. Get in touch! Tutor Gareth Perrie graduated from the University of the West of Scotland with a BA Hons degree in Commercial Music in 2010. Since then, he has worked with various organisations in co-ordinating educational music programmes and workshops for people of all ages and backgrounds. Gareth is a well-respected performer having contributed to various critically and commercially successful albums. He has toured internationally, appearing at some of Europe’s largest festivals such as T in the Park and Primavera Sound, and has performed alongside members from some of Scotland’s biggest bands including Deacon Blue, Belle & Sebastian and Teenage Fanclub. For more information, please visit



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Professional Tuition at Kip McGrath in Stirling Parents today often feel anxious about their children’s progress at school and, for many Stirling parents, the Kip McGrath Education Centre has been a trusted source of support for over 10 years. The tuition centre is run by former teacher and Headteacher, Fiona Macdiarmid who, with her team of tutors – all fully qualified teachers - provides professional tuition in maths and English. Their aim is to help children become more confident about their learning in order to maximise their potential. “There can be many reasons why children need a bit of extra help outside school” says Fiona, “but we find that some extra tuition at Kip, focused on the needs of each individual child, really helps boost confidence and attainment”. Kip tutoring is tailored to individual student’s learning needs. Based at the Stirling University Innovation Park, the Kip Centre is an ideal location for tutoring. Tutoring sessions run after school and on Saturday mornings and an assessment can be arranged free of charge and without obligation.

Child Internet Safety by GAIL AT GEMINI SOLUTIONZ Everyone wants their child to be safe when using the internet, but half the time we don’t actually know what they’re doing on there. Kids are becoming better at using Smartphones and iPads than we are! With apps like Instagram and Snapchat, photo based social networking sites, our kids are taking photos and videos and sharing them on the internet, this can be a fun way for kids to connect with each other. However, there are many pitfalls to be aware of on the internet such as inappropriate content being accessed, sexually explicit photos being shared on social media, online grooming, cyberbullying etc.

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Is your Training Effective? by TIM MEADOWS, PERSONAL TRAINER OPERATING FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING Due to modern day hectic lifestyles, we may have as little as 2-3 hours per week to train and workout. Therefore choosing the best or rather optimum exercises and gym programmes is important to ensure you get the best results. In my experience there are 2 exercises that are regularly performed that rank high on the ineffective scale in assisting the gym user to reach their desired outcome. I want to emphasise that this is not a deliberate decision to be ineffective, but simply due to a lack of guidance or knowledge of training. The 1st exercise is the “side bend”, done with a notion that it targets the obliques and will help burn away bodyfat of the abdomen. It may seem a logical exercise to perform, however two main reasons why this is not an effective abdominal exercise are; 1. You cannot spot reduce bodyfat, therefore any ab exercise will not reveal your “six pack”. If you want to develop a “six pack” a lower total bodyfat is required. 2. The obliques are the muscles involved in rotation of the torso, so any twisting of the shoulders in relation to your hips is needed to lengthen then contract the oblique muscles. Not lateral flexion of the spine, bending to the side. Try swapping “side bends” with either or both of the following abdominal exercises.


• The plank or hover. A fantastic exercise that targets your Transversus Abdominis (TVA) muscles. Think of them as an inner belt wrapped around your spine. • The woodchop. These can be done on various angles but all are involved in twisting your shoulders in relation to hips which is the plane of motion required to effectively target and develop the obliques.

The 2nd exercise is the overuse of the abductor/adductor leg machines. I’ll add a quick disclaimer here that physique competitors and some athletes may use these, however most of the gym members that use these machines want to “tone” and have firmer legs and hips, and essentially reduce bodyfat. If that is the desired goal

HEALTH & WELLBEING then your time could be more effectively used by incorporating compound exercises like the squat, deadlift, lunge & leg press. Two main reasons for opting for a squat over the aforementioned machines: 1. Compound v isolation exercises: More muscle exercised, more kcals burnt, lean muscle develops, bodyfat reduces, improved body composition and a leaner more toned body is the result. Adductor/abductor machines target small muscles of the leg/hip involved in stabilisation. 2. As before, you cannot spot reduce bodyfat. Developing lean muscle is key in raising your metabolic rate and reducing your overall bodyfat, i.e being more toned.

body, therefore the biggest kcal burners of the body. Squatting with a weight WILL NOT make you muscly. • Deadlifts. Using glutes, hip flexors, quads, hamstrings, upper back, lower back and core muscles it’s clear why adopting deadlifts will be effective in burning away bodyfat and developing a leaner physique. When time is scarce it’s vital we select more effective exercises to help us reach our goals. So think quality training. Get in, hit it hard, pick up a weight, break a sweat and watch the waistline drop. Contact Tim on for any nutritional or training support.

Try swapping the adductor/abductor machines for: • Squats. Ask your Personal Trainer or gym instructor to show you a number of variants of the squat. All of which will exercise the biggest muscles of the

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Taste of Scotland awarded cafe boasting a varied menu of freshly prepared, local produce... Join us for breakfast & lunch, homebakes and freshly ground Italian coffee. Fantastic gluten free choices. Dine alfresco in our suntrap courtyard or come inside to our comfy and cosy log fire restaurant. JULY PROMOTION Dine with Wine for £29 2 x two courses & half carafe for £29 Reserve your table by phoning 01786 841 683

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Discover Doune by LOVE LOCAL Situated on the north and south banks of the Teith River Valley, Doune and Deanston are filled with a rich and diverse heritage. Although the villages are only separated by the Woods of Doune, the villages are very different both physically and historically. 7 miles north-west of Stirling, Doune has a long history dating back to Roman times and has grown up in the shadow of the 14th century Doune Castle. In more recent times the castle has been used as a film location. Monty Python and the Holy Grail was shot here, and it also featured in the television film of Ivanhoe. Doune was also famous for its manufacture of pistols, but this eventually ceased due to the competition of manufacturers in, for example, Birmingham where production was cheaper. Today, these pistols are collected and can be found in major museums, including the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Allegedly a Doune pistol fired the first shot of the American War of Independence! Doune boasts many fantastic attractions and places of interest, including Doune Castle, the Mercat Cross, Old Kilmadock Church, Argaty Red Kites, The Scottish Antiques Centre, The River Teith and the Teith Bridge. A stroll around Doune ponds is a must.


The ponds were developed on the site of an old sand and gravel quarry and since 1982 have been developed as a nature area by Moray Estates and Stirling Council. The reserve is dominated by 3 large ponds and extensive regeneration of Silver Birch and Willow, it contains nature trails, viewing hides, picnic tables and pleasant walks. “Kates Corner” is a section, named after a local Stirling Conservation Volunteer, Kate Jessup who died in 1993. Kate with other volunteers did practical conservation work within the reserve for many years. Two notable places to stop for refreshments are Café Circa, awarded Visit Scotland’s “Taste our Best” award and Doune’s Deli, who specialise in fine food and drink from around the world. Fancy some more adventure? Does tackling cargo nets, swinging across ropes, crawling through mud and wading through a river sound like fun? These will all form part of the Lanrick Challenge - Scotland’s newest one day obstacle event in aid of local charities The Sandpiper Trust and Help Our Wounded Royal Marines and Supporting Arms. The exhilarating event is being held on Saturday 19th July within the scenic grounds of Lanrick Estate, Doune and promises to be a fantastic day for all.


Doune Castle and River Teith walk (1¾ miles/2.8km. 1 hour walking) A scenic route passing Doune Castle, following the riverbank and returning through the village. Some narrow and muddy sections with short slopes. Starting at the Information Centre in Doune, turn left and left again into Castlehill Court, left again in to Castlehill then right onto a local sports field. Here the path skirts the edge of the playing field following the edge of an old Roman Fort before crossing into a small wood.

The route now passes to the left of the castle then left past the water treatment works through a wonderful Blackthorn tunnel to ‘The Mouth of Ardoch’.

There is evidence of Roman occupation throughout the area from Callander to Braco and Roman fortifications have been discovered in the area close to the castle. Newer discoveries have shown that the Romans had a medical ward underneath the present Primary School dating back 2,000 years.

Head uphill, turning first right into Muir Crescent, then right into George Street to the Cross. Returning to the Information Centre right along Main Street.

From here follow the river upstream for around ½ mile, crossing over the bridge and through the kissing gate, before passing ‘Gamekeeper’s Cottage’ and exiting onto Dan Doo’s Brae on the A84. Dan Doo’s Brae is named after Duncan Dow who was one of the gamekeepers that lived in the cottage.

Walk courtesy of Stirling Council Countryside Service, Kilmadock Development Trust and Scottish Natural Heritage

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Discover Deanston by LOVE LOCAL Deanston is one of the finest examples of an early industrial mill village and its history dates back to the late eighteenth century when it was known for excellence in industrial and mechanical engineering. Originally named Deans Town after Walter Drummond, who was the Dean of Dunblane in 1500, the village grew up around the Deanston Cotton Mill which was built by the Buchanan brothers in 1785. The mill closed in 1965 and became the Deanston Distillery which opened in 1966 and has been handcrafting quality whisky using traditional techniques ever since. The visitor centre, which opened in June 2012, is the perfect place to showcase not only the fascinating history of the distillery but to offer a unique insight into traditional whisky production and Scotland’s industrial past. Visitors have the

opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the distillery, and experienced tour guides and whisky experts are on hand to bring every aspect of it to life. With a range of tours available, budding whisky connoisseurs can enjoy a dram while they learn about everything from the heritage to the distilling techniques. Any visit is perfectly rounded off by a trip to the distillery café, The Coffee Bothy. It’s a fantastic setting to enjoy a selection of wholesome and freshly made food. Each of the distillery’s expressions, Deanston 12 Year Old, Virgin Oak, and our Distillery Exclusive Editions, have been made onsite using Scottish-grown barley and are known and celebrated for their sweet, fruity tastes with hints of honeyed spiciness.

Serving light luncheS, filling SoupS and ScrumptiouS home baking, teaS and coffeeS We’re sure you’ll enjoy our selection of wholesome, healthy food. Famed for our selection of daily specials, light lunches and filling soups, each dish is created from our Farm Shop’s fresh produce. Choose from a list of speciality coffees, teas and cold drinks, and satisfy that sweet tooth with a scrumptious Bothy cake. We’re proud of our recent accolade from the “Scottish Homebaking Award”.

Coffee Bothy, Deanston (near Doune) FK16 6AG Tel: 01786 843013 The Coffee Bothy also at: Blairmains, Blairlogie, Stirling FK9 5QA Tel: 01259 763638



Loch Katrine Classic steamship sailings in spectacular surroundings by LOVE LOCAL The opportunity to travel on a famous 19th Century steamship - whilst sailing through the magnificent landscapes of The Trossachs, makes Loch Katrine, just an hour’s drive from the historic city of Stirling, a favourite choice for everyone. When the ‘Sir Walter Scott’ was launched in 1899, it enabled intrepid Victorian adventurers to discover and explore the charms of Loch Katrine, and to follow in the footsteps of famous visitors, including Queen Victoria herself. Now completely refurbished and sailing into its second century of service, the Sir Walter Scott still welcomes travellers who appreciate the newly upgraded accommodation, including a panoramic lounge (with fully accessible toilet facilities), and a servery for on-board snacks and refreshments. During the 2014 season Loch Katrine’s famous steamship will be sailing in company with the modern cruiser ‘Lady of the Lake’ (named after the epic poem by Sir Walter Scott, whose writings put The Trossachs on the map), and both vessels will operate daily return sailings to

Stronachlachar, cradled in the western part of the loch, doing the new Two Lochs tour in conjunction with Cruise Loch Lomond as well as shorter one-hour cruises. A live commentary makes every cruise a really memorable experience, with tea, coffee and bar on both the Sir Walter Scott and Lady of the Lake with all sailings departing from Trossachs Pier, where facilities include a souvenir and gift shop. Take a walk along the loch side or hire a bike from Katrine Wheelz and enjoy the beautiful scenery, then enjoy the all-day dining in The Brenachoile Café, the ideal place to relax and complete a memorable day.

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Experience From walking to running, sailing to cycling, why not visit us during this Commonwealth Games Year to explore, eat, relax and enjoy?

Just as special as the magnificent scenery is the famous steamship “Sir Walter Scott” which has been a landmark here for over a hundred years. Your visit to The Trossachs is not complete without a cruise on this wonderful ship, or on “Lady of the Lake”, the perfect way to experience the beauty of Loch Katrine. Enjoy a coffee or a meal in the relaxing atmopshere of the Brenachoile café, restaurant, bar. Shop at Katrine Gifts for that special souvenir. Hire a bike of your choice from Katrinewheelz and enjoy a family cycle trip. Have your memorable day at Loch Katrine captured with a professional photograph from Borg Grech Photography.

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Ways To Spend Your Days This Summer Once a royal hunting forest King’s Park offers a great place to allow kids of all ages to run off some steam. Equipped with swings, slides, and climbing frame, trampolines, tyre swings and tennis courts. The park also features a putting green, crazy golf, giant draughts, chess and a skate park. There is a wealth of activities for families of all ages. Have a ‘Holiday Book’ where each day (or at the end of the week) your children can write what they have been doing, draw a picture or attach some memorabilia from the day. Diary writing is a great thing to encourage young children to be able to do so they can learn to reflect on their day with gratitude, express their emotions and have something fun to look back on in years to come whilst still practising their writing skills.


Brucefields Family Golf Centre in Bannockburn is a great day out for all the family. Experienced players can test their golfing skills on the 9/18 hole flagship course, while junior players will enjoy the smaller 9-hole Par 3 course and the challenges it presents. The Centre also offers a floodlit 30-bay driving range where you can perfect your skills in the main bay area or in the privacy of the secluded teaching bays. If you need a little extra tuition, why not book in for a lesson with the resident golf professional Gregor Monks. For the perfect end to the day, finish off with a warm welcome to Brucefields Bistro. It features a wide variety of quality meals from the daily menu, chef’s specials and children’s “Wee Golfers” menu.


Have a Last Day of Summer Awards Dinner. Set challenges and rewards for children during the holidays. Take advantage of the local libraries and reward your child with a new book for the child who reads the most, a bathtub toy for the best swimmer, new craft supplies for the best artist. This is something you can do annually, and your kids will really get into it. Absorb our local history. Your little knights can try on some armour at the renovated Bannockburn Heritage Centre, step into a world of plots, passion and intrigue with the people of the palace at Stirling Castle or take a short walk to Cambuskenneth Abbey. Be a braveheart and climb to the top of the National Wallace Monument. A short trip in the car down the A815 takes you to Inchmahome Priory, which is set on an island in the Lake of Menteith (this is a great day out, but pack a picnic and midge repellent). Alternatively, why not visit Castle Campbell in Dollar, explore the medieval castle in Doune or explore the towers, nooks and crannies of Linlithgow Palace. Have an a-maze-ing time reading. Stirling Libraries are taking part in the Tesco Bank Summer Reading Challenge Scotland again this year. The challenge will run from Saturday 21/06/14 - Saturday 30/08/14. The theme for 2014 is Mythical Maze, illustrated by the award winning Sarah MacIntyre. Mythical Maze challenges children to find their way around a labyrinth filled with

fantastical creatures from the world of legend and mythology. Collect stickers, win prizes and take part in activities along the way. Children can read whatever they like - fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books - just pop along to your local library for a wide and varied choice. Need to escape the (inevitable) rainy days? Be entertained with a wealth of films, performances and theatre at The MacRobert Arts Centre, Albert Halls and Tollbooth. View all their latest listings on their websites:,,



Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park by LOVE LOCAL Situated approximately 4 miles from Stirling on the A84 heading towards Doune the Safari Park is set in 120 acres of beautiful woodland. This is a “day out” that you don’t want to miss, with almost all attractions included in the ticket price. There is the drive through animal reserves, boat trip around Chimp Island, sea lion shows, bird of prey centre & daily demonstrations, Pets Farm, Lemur Land, Bug Land, elephant habitat with public viewing gallery, keeper talks, adventure playground with pirate ship & buried treasure, pedal boats, flying fox & giant astraglide there is something here to suit all ages. Extra charge for the fun fair &

amusements, face painting, sand art & feeding for Pets Farm. You can eat in the Restaurant or smaller food outlets, have a BBQ or bring a picnic. Round off your day with a visit to one of the gift shops. If you have enjoyed your experience then why not try a Seasonal Membership, valid for 1 year from date of purchase – gives unlimited visits to the Safari Park during the open season.

Drive through Wild Animal Reserves, Boat Trips around Chimp Island, Sea Lion Shows, Bird of Prey Centre & Displays, Lemur Land, Pets Farm, Bug Land Elephant Habitat with Public Viewing Gallery, Adventure Playground with Pirate Ship, Giant Astraglide, Pedal Boats, Flying Fox, Fun Fair & Amusements, Restaurant, BBQ & Picnic areas. Free Parking. Open daily: 22nd March – 2nd November 2014 10am – 5.30pm, last admission 4.30pm



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Experience a fascinating journey from the coastline to the depths of the ocean at the Sealife Centre, Loch Lomond. Dive into a magical underwater world where every turn reveals something new, from a face to face encounter with sharks to a hands-on experience at the rock pools. For your chance to win a FAMILY PASS TO THE SEALIFE CENTRE, LOCH LOMOND, visit T&Cs online

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Cooking with the kids Getting your children to cook dinner has the dual benefit of empowering them with fun and responsibility and it gives you a little treat! The food may not be as perfect as you would make it, but kids generally love it and the pride on their faces will melt your heart. Depending on your child’s age, you could also extend the learning experience by letting them write a shopping list for ingredients, add up the cost and then prepare the meal.

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Method 1. Place the chocolate, cream, butter and milk in a saucepan and gently heat. Stir occasionally until everything has melted and is smooth 2. Set aside until the chocolate is cool 3. Supervise children to dip fruit or marshmallows into chocolate using a fork or skewer 4. Dab chocolate covered fruit or marshmallow into the sprinkles or nuts 5. Eat immediately and enjoy!

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Let The Games Begin… With spectacular views over to the Wallace Monument, Cambuskenneth Abbey and Stirling Castle, Stirling Sports Village will be an outstanding location for Stirling Highland Games on the 16th August. The programme of events will not disappoint visitors either, with a great range of traditional Highland games competitions on offer including Running, Youth Running, Cycling, Highland Dancing, Heavyweights, Light Field, and Tug o’ War. There will also be Piping Performances throughout the day. In addition, you will be able to indulge in local food and drink, trade stalls and much more within the Traders Village. An onsite bar ensures you can enjoy refreshments throughout the day and some live music in the evening will round off what will be a fantastic event.

With our luxury balloons to carry you, a highly experienced pilot to guide you and With the beauty of the stirlingshire landscape to amaze you, an eagle balloon flight is a magical experience.

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Onwards and Upwards Love Local Mag is flying high on its first anniversary, courtesy of Eagle Balloons.

It’s a year since the launch of Love Local Mag and this Summer 2014 edition marks the first in our second year of operation. To celebrate, Eagle Balloons invited us to get a different perspective of our local community and we loved it!

Our journey was exhilarating yet tranquil as we flew over some of Scotland’s most breathtaking countryside and over some of its most historic landmarks including Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument and Cambuskenneth Abbey.

Balloon flying involves an early start to get the best conditions of the day. We met Alan and his crew, Maureen and Scott at 6.30am next to The Riverhouse. The launch of a test balloon confirmed the forecasted wind direction – we would be heading east, right over Stirling Castle.

After an hour it’s time to land – this bit is a little more challenging! The pilot picked out a recently cut field with plenty of soft mown grass to ease our landing. A couple of gently bumps, a slight tip forward and then back to the upright position and we had landed. Piece of cake!

We watched, fascinated, by the process of offloading the kit and laying it all out. Cold air is initially blown into the balloon to inflate, followed by blasts of hot air to raise it off the ground. Fortunately at this stage the balloon is still tethered to Alan’s pickup, giving us time to clamber into the basket after a safety briefing.

Finally it’s all hands to help wrap the balloon back up and load onto the pickup which had negotiated it way into the field, and a drive back to our starting point. All in all well worth the 5 am start to the day!!

The take off is gentle and the flight serene, giving us time to admire a distant cloud inversion over the Forth as it widens after Grangemouth, after snaking its way through Stirling and Clackmannanshire.

Flight courtesy of Eagle Balloons, Unit 7, 10 Munro Road, Springkerse Industrial Estate, Stirling, FK7 7UU 01786 473006 Pictures by: Ian Tully Photography



TELLING THE STORY OF A NATIONAL HERO… …at Scotland’s National Wallace Monument Summer at The National Wallace Monument is the perfect time to enjoy Stirling’s much-loved landmark, with walks in the Abbey Craig woodlands, and regular performances by costumed actors, telling the tale of a Scottish warrior whose victory meant that his name would be remembered for hundreds of years.

Monument itself, and of course at its heart is the legendary Wallace sword, a tribute to the courage and skill of “Scotland’s Braveheart”.

The story of how the events of 1297 led to the Battle of Stirling Bridge, and of how William Wallace masterminded Scotland’s victory - is told through the fascinating displays and exhibitions within the

Information on visiting the National Wallace Monument is available at www.nationalwallace, and you can also keep in touch at: NationalWallaceMonument

Of course battles can be exhausting affairs – so after exploring the Monument and the Abbey Craig Legends Coffee House provides the ideal spot to relax, and enjoy a well-earned break.

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