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STIRLING’S LOCAL MAGAZINE

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Front Cover: Ian Tully Photography

CONTENTS Love alfresco dining Page 5 Have the perfect picnic Page 7 Knockerberry Glory recipe Page 11

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Childrens tasting panel Page 12 Love local ice-cream Page 14 Banana ice cream recipe Page 15 Local fitness timetable Page 16

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Love Aberfoyle Page 17 The story of Rev.Kirk Page 18 Music on the Loch Page 20 Stirling Heritage Trail Page 25 Love local events page 28 Back to school Page 35

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We love celebrating the beautiful Stirlingshire landscape we live in, and showcasing local talent so we are excited to introduce our newest feature“Stirling Snaps!� Would you like to see your photos printed in our next mag? Post your snaps of Stirlingshire on our FACEBOOK or TWITTER pages and a selection will be chosen for our next issue... If your photo fits our template, it might even be selected for the cover! Facebook/lovelocalmag Twitter @lovelocalmag

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Al fresco Dining at the Birds & Bees When the sun shines in Stirling, Stirling heads for the Birds and Bees. Get a flavour of the Mediterranean and enjoy al fresco drinks and first class meals on the sun-drenched patio while enjoying stunning open views to Bridge of Allan and the Wallace Monument. Alternatively, the rear Courtyard boasts both a sunny decking area and covered shaded area, as well as an authentic floodlit French boules court, permanent barbecue and piped music. Both the Courtyard and Decking areas can seat up to 70 people and can be accessed from the private function suites. All are available free of any hire charge for most private functions. The Courtyard is also licensed for weddings and makes a stunning private setting for couples tying the knot.

Easter Cornton Road, Causewayhead, Stirling FK9 5PB T: 01786 473663 E: rum4@aol.com W: thebirdsandthebees-stirling.com

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Riverside

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classic and contemporary cocktails • old and new world wines local food and real ales • artisan coffee and home baking riverside dining • wood burning stove Stirling Road, Dunblane, FK15 9EP • 01786 823318 • www.theriversidedunblane.co.uk Opening Times: Mon - Thurs 10am - 12am, Fri - Sat 10am - 1am, Sun 11am - 12pm

All About Alfresco Dining Scottish summers can be somewhat unpredictable, but when that sun does shine, there is nothing better than sitting outside with a cold beverage and tasty food. Whether or not you have enjoyed the outdoor café culture of continental Europe, having a chance to experience it locally is increasingly popular – despite the unpredictability of the Scottish weather. We might not be spoilt with sunshine, but we are spoilt for choice with alfresco dining options in and around Stirling. Our top recommendations (listed alphabetically) include: BIRDS AND BEES - Housed in a converted farm steading a short distance from the Wallace Monument, the Birds and Bees spacious award-winning garden terrace is the perfect space to relax and indulge. CAFÉ CIRCA - Café Circa is a licensed bistro style café and offers the perfect solution if you want to combine some shopping with

locally sourced food or a refreshing beverage. POPPIES - How about a trip out to Callander for a good country walk finished off with a deserving refreshment or lunch on the lawn of Poppies Hotel. RIVERSIDE - The Riverside caters for everything, but their stunning riverside terrace offers the perfect location for a cold beer or glass of wine with friends this summer. TOAST - For those working in the city, Toast is an extremely popular destination, serving modern innovative café food and great coffee. Where space allows, many cafés and bars are now permitted to place seating outside their premises and you will find many places throughout the centre of Stirling – just take a jacket with you just in case!

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Café Circa FASHION • FURNITURE • JEWELLERY • VINTAGE BREAKFAST • LUNCH • COFFEE & CAKES DOUNE, Stirlingshire FK16 6HG Antiques & Arts Centre 01786 841 203 Cafe Circa 01786 841683 f

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Have the perfect picnic this summer by LOVE FOOD HATE WASTE, SCOTLAND A picnic with homemade food can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors hopefully with some sunshine and keep kids entertained whilst helping to use up some of the food in the fridge! Enjoy good food outdoors with these top tips...

• Every year millions of apples are thrown away. Why not enjoy them with salad leaves, a wedge of cheese, slices of ham and a spoonful of pickle – the perfect ploughman’s salad?

• A cool box or cool bag with ice packs will keep food fresh and tasty. • Leftover potatoes make a tasty salad when tossed with finely sliced red or spring onion and mayonnaise. • Put frozen, previously cooked, sausages straight into your picnic bag. They’ll have defrosted by the time you reach your picnic spot, but still be nice and chilled. • Why not chop up some spare veg from your salad drawer into little crudités for dunking into hummus or your favourite dip? • Quiches make perfect picnic food and can help use up eggs, veggies and spare cream. Add flaked cooked fish or fry that last rasher of bacon and some onion for classic quiche Lorraine. • Every day we throw away the equivalent of around 24 million slices of bread. Make picnic sandwiches more appealing by using frozen bread which will defrost by lunchtime – that way they won’t have gone dry or soggy! Try chicken, bacon and mayonnaise; mozzarella and sundried tomato; cheese and coleslaw as interesting fillings. • Over-ripe fruit, including bananas, berries, apples and yoghurt, can be blitzed into healthy smoothies or try freezing any extra yoghurts from your multipack to take as a delicious frozen dessert • Spare lemons squeezed, combined with sugar and sparkling water make refreshing lemonade.

Great coffee and fabulous food made to order. All day breakfast, home made soups, delicious salads, filled bagels, wraps and sandwiches plus beautiful home baked cakes. All freshly prepared to sit in or take away. External catering available. Forthside Way, Stirling FK8 1QZ • Tel: 01786 471887

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Buy direct from the farm Cut out the supermarket. Buy direct from the farm for fresher, cheaper and better quality products! Here at Falleninch Farm we pride ourselves on having some of the friendliest butchers in Scotland - and also the most talented! Two of our young butchers have excelled in a national competition aimed at finding the most skilled and creative butchers in the country. In their first time in the contest Erin Conroy and Stuart Rankin both did extremely well. Stuart (20) made the finals (top 4 butchers in Scotland!) in the under 22-year-old category while Erin (22) finished 7th in the over 22 year old category and we couldn't be more proud. It’s great to see their talent and skill being acknowledged, and fantastic that the quality of the products made on the farm are also being recognised. Awarded the Scottish Craft Butchers Diamond Award for Sliced

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Sausage Plus last year (which makes us current reigning Scottish Champions) we’ve also just picked up a Silver Award in the recent Scottish Beefburger Championships for our Extra-Lean Steak Burger! With a fantastic team behind our awardwinning products, we’re over the moon that so many local customers enjoy shopping regularly at Falleninch Farm – either visiting our farm butcher’s shop or ordering online and taking advantage of free delivery. With more than 14,000 fans on Facebook and a 5 Star rating, you can be confident of receiving great quality, service and value. Make sure you don't miss out on our deals and special offers by liking our Facebook page and by visiting our website at www.falleninchfarm.co.uk or call us on 01786 446653 for more information. Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 5am-5pm & Saturday: 9am-1pm


LOVE FOOD & DRINK Brewing and Pouring since `96 Queens Lane, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4NY Tel: 01786 843555 OPEN EVERYDAY FROM 12 NOON SUNDAY - THURSDAY OPEN ‘TIL 11PM FRIDAY & SATURDAY OPEN ‘TIL MIDNIGHT

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Come along and visit our brewhouse located in the leafy former spa town of Bridge of Allan and enjoy traditional Scottish hospitality and some award winning hand crafted real ales and ciders. Relax in front of our wood burning stove with a pint of our beer and soak up the atmosphere. Choose bottled beers from our large unique selection or enjoy some outstanding live music with our popular “Log Fire Sessions.”

VOTED STIRLING BEST TOURISM BUSINESS 2013 FREE ENTRY • FREE TOURS • FREE TASTING

Local Delicatessen specialising in food and drink from around the world. Freshly prepared food and fresh coffee Breakfast Rolls, Paninis, Baguettes, Ciabattas Homemade Soup, Tapas and Home Baking Daily Chef Specials including Stovies, Lasagne, Macaroni, Chilli con Carne and many more. We also have a selection of Scottish and Continental Products, including cheese and meats, wines and fine ales. OPENING HOURS: Open daily 4 pm til 11pm.

Come visit us, sample our delights and get your taste buds tingling!

Order & pay online at www.justeat.co.uk

FRIDAY NIGHT FOOD THEME NIGHTS! 01786 842796 1 The Cross, Doune

Delivery service to Bannockburn, Stirling, Riverside, St. Ninians, Cambusbarron, Raploch, Plean, Cowie, Fallin. Tel: 01786 812215

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FVC The Place...

‘Where the art of fine dining combines with stunning scenery!’ Visit - http://theplace.forthvalley.ac.uk or call - (01786) 406027 Forth Valley College (Stirling Campus) Drip Road, Stirling, FK8 1SE

© Forth Valley College 2015 All information was correct at time of publishing, but may be subject to change. CM098

Taste of Scotland Weeks Stirling Health Food Store are holding their annual Scotland Weeks from 26th July until 15th August. They will be offering 10% discount on everything Scottish, free tastings every Saturday, with a guest visit from Heather Hills Farm on Saturday 15th August. Stirling Health Food Store offer a large range of Scottish made products, from oatcakes to honey and dairy free cheeses to seaweed skincare!

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Remember The Gallery Restaurant is open throughout the summer


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Knockerberry Glory BY JASON HENDERSON, KNOCK CASTLE HOTEL & SPA INGREDIENTS:

METHOD:

200g Strawberries, chopped

1. Make a stock syrup by boiling water and sugar together for 5 minutes. Leave to cool.

200g Raspberries 200g Blueberries 200g Blackberries 200ml Whipped cream Good Quality Vanilla Ice Cream 200g Walnuts 1 tbsp Butter 1 Packet Mint leaves 120ml Water 350g Sugar

2. Add a tablespoon of the syrup to 50g of the four fruits and blend each one together to make a rich sauce of each berry (a hand blender is good for this). 3. Pick the big mint leaves off the sprigs and set aside 4 nice sprigs for garnishing later. Blanch the leaves in boiling water for 3 seconds and then refresh in iced

water. Dry the leaves on kitchen paper and then blitz in a blender with a tablespoon of the stock syrup until you have a vibrant green liquid. 4. Roast the walnuts in the oven in some melted butter until golden and crunchy. Allow to cool, and then crush. To serve Present the fruits, sauces, ice cream and whipped cream in layers as shown, in tall serving glasses. Top with crushed roasted walnuts and a mint sprig. Enjoy.

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Young foodies win a place on Graham’s children’s tasting panel A total of thirteen young Scottish foodies from as far afield as Banff and Brechin to Stirling, Edinburgh and Ayrshire proved they’re the cream of the crop by beating off stiff competition to win a place on Graham’s The Family Dairy’s 2015 Children’s Tasting Panel.

dairy after research showed that nearly one in five primary school children believe fish fingers are made from chicken and nearly a third think that cheese comes from plants.

The application process, which launched in January, originally called for seven places but due to the unprecedented level of applications received this year, Graham’s The Family Dairy created a further six panel positions.

“We’re delighted by the fantastic response to this year’s Children’s Tasting Panel. Family is at the very heart of our business so we enjoy giving children an opportunity to visit the dairy as well as encouraging them to think more about the food and drink they consume, try new varied ingredients, cook simple recipes and have lots of fun in the process.”

Two of the winning children included Bridge of Allan’s Grace Robertson (aged 11) who was picked for the new Ice Cream Inspector post and Isla Flaws (aged 10) from Stirling who has been appointed Delicious Jersey Junior. Along with their parents, the new panel tasters enjoyed a special tour of the working dairy, met lots of farmyard hens, ducks and Papa’s (Robert Graham Snr) Jersey cows. They also took part in the all-important tasting of lots of Graham’s award-winning cheese, butter, cream and milk products as well as the new classic ice cream collection of fresh natural flavours based on traditional family favourites with Traditional Vanilla, Scottish Tablet & Vanilla, Lemon Curd, Salted Caramel, Toffee Caramel and Raspberry Ripple. Scotland’s leading independent family dairy launched Graham’s Children’s Tasting Panel in 2013 in a bid to help educate youngsters on food and life on a working

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Carol Graham, marketing director for Graham’s The Family Dairy commented:

For information on the products, recipes and competitions, visit the website www.grahamsfamilydairy.com.


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CORRIERI’S

Italian Cafe & Pizzeria

Scottish - Tuscan family owned cafe for over 40 years. Family friendly cafe specialising in oven baked pizza, freshly made pasta dishes, ice cream and more. Corrieri’s Cafe, 7 Alloa Road, Causewayhead, Stirling, FK9 5LH Phone Number: 01786 472089

Artisan Scottish- Loch Lomond Tuscan Ice Cream Luxury Ice Cream Peter and Robert at Corrieri's are artisan ice-cream manufacturers who produce award-winning dairy ice cream within their popular café in Causewayhead. Corrieri's opened in 1963 and its success is testament to the high quality, traditional Scottish-Italian fare – including ice-cream, pizza, pasta and fish and chips! The Corrieri brothers craft over 100 flavours from family recipes, using the finest ingredients sourced both locally and from Italy including fruit purees, nut paste and Belgian cocoa. They also offer delicious dairy free fruit sorbets!

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The Oak Tree, Balmaha love Ice Cream and so decided to make their own and serve it in their new St Mocha Coffee Shop and Ice Cream Parlour! This authentic homemade ice cream is produced to the highest standard, with carefully crafted recipes and is completely gluten free. Two ranges have been created: Loch Lomond Luxury Ice Cream, offering traditional and speciality flavours, including Pistachio, Lemon & Mango Sorbet, Banoffee Pie and Bal-moo-ha, which offers fun flavours specifically for children.


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Good For You Banana Ice Cream by CAROLINE MARSON, LOVE FOOD HATE WASTE This is a great recipe for using up bananas past their best. Supermarkets often sell off spotted bananas cheaply so snap them up and make this amazingly simple ice cream. It contains no cream or sugar so is really good for you too. INGREDIENTS: 8 Ripe bananas METHOD: 1 Peel 8 ripe bananas, wrap in cling film and freeze overnight. 2. Allow to soften for 20 minutes then put into a food processor and whiz until thick and creamy. 3. Serve immediately or refreeze.

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Fitness Timetable CLASS

LOCATION

DATE & TIME

CONTACT

Circuit based group fitness class with both strength and aerobic exercises

Allan Centre, Bridge of Allan

Monday 6:30 – 7:30pm

Ian at Base Fitness 07779 214 605

Fitness Pilates dynamic and exciting, with emphasis on strength, flexibility and functional movement.

Studio in Kings Park, Stirling

Monday 10-11am, 11:10am - 12:10pm, 7-8pm Tuesday 10.30 -11.30am, 8.15pm Wednesday 7pm – 8pm Thursday 10.30-11.30am Sunday 10:00 – 11:00am

Elaine at Stirling Fitness 07933 911522

HIIT/Circuits a balance of strength and aerobic training

Studio in Kings Park, Stirling

Thursday 7-8pm

Elaine at Stirling Fitness 07933 911522

BodyPump: Weight based fitness that challenges all your major muscle groups

Dunblane Centre

Monday 6pm; Wednesday 7pm; Thursday 6pm; Saturday 8.45am

Contact 01786 824224 to book

Base Fitness Personal Training Want to get fit or lose some weight but don’t know where to start? Base Fitness Personal Training offers a unique service that comes to you and works around your availability. Not having enough time to exercise is no longer a valid excuse! As a mobile personal trainer I travel to your location bringing with me all equipment needed as well as a specific training plan tailored to meet your needs. Using proven training methods we will work together to achieve your goals!

ian@Base-Fitness.co.uk www.Base-Fitness.co.uk

07779 214 605

Book

your free consultation

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Ian on 07779 214 605

Stop Smoking • Weight Loss • Gastric Band Stress & Anxiety • Phobias • Pain • Trauma Exams • Public Speaking • Driving Test IBS • Workplace • Performance • Sport etc Professional, Friendly, Confidental. Based in Stirling. VICKY MCLEOD

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Love Aberfoyle Aberfoyle is a charming village situated on the banks of the River Forth in the magnificent Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.

Allan McKinnon

Aberfoyle main street has numerous independent shops, cafés and restaurants. Nearby Loch Ard offers activities including water sports, and walking trails such as the Loch Ard Sculpture trail. We recommend visiting Loch Katrine where you can hop on board the SS Sir Walter Scott or hire a bike and explore the loch on 2 wheels. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can spend two to three hours of fun in the trees, taking on zip wires, Tarzan swings, rope ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings at Go Ape. The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre is located next to Go Ape, and their impressive visitor

centre allows you to get up close to a wide range of wildlife with live CCTV viewing and the mixed woodlands provide a beautiful setting for over 60 miles of forest walks, drives, cycle tracks and picnic and play areas. 17th Century Faeries

Forget what you know about modern-day “Tinkerbell-like” characters, these are not the type of faeries to be found in Aberfoyle, they were much rougher, tougher characters. If you kept on the right side of them, they might bring joy and good fortune, but they were much more lightly to be mischievous.

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Strirling Council’s Land Services team have carved and sculpted a series of fairy doors and houses using dead wood from the woodland.

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The Story of Reverend Kirk… The best known legend of Doon Hill dates back to the 17th Century and involved Aberfoyle minister, Robert Kirk. Born in 1644, Reverend Kirk had a love for his parishioners and was always keen to understand and educate them. Such was his concern for his flock, that he translated the psalms into Gaelic and produced a bible in the language, as Gaelic was commonly used in Aberfoyle. However, he also turned his mind and curiosity to one of the daily tribulations of the century life – faeries. Robert decided that the habits of these faeries had to be investigated and recorded for the benefit of the human population. He set out to investigate what types of faeries existed, what they did, how and why they did it, and importantly, how to stop them! Despite causing great dismay amongst the local population Robert proceeded and in 1691 published his book – “The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns and Faeries.” After working in his study all day, Reverend Kirk often enjoyed an evening stroll to unwind before retiring to bed. One evening, he failed to return. The following morning, a search party was dispatched and discovered his body lying on top of Doon Hill. Presumably he suffered a stroke or heart attack, but as such a diagnosis was unknown, the conclusion reached was that the faeries

stole his soul and imprisoned it in the big Scot’s Pine which still stands on Doon Hill. There was also an intriguing final twist to the story. When Reverend Kirk died, he left his pregnant wife. After his disappearance, Robert appeared to his cousin, Graham of Duchray, in a dream. Graham was told that he would appear at the Christening and if he threw a dirk over his head, the faeries bonds would be severed and he could return to the human world. The child was delivered safely and Christening organised. As predicted, the spectre of Robert appeared. However Graham was so astounded by the sight he forgot to throw his dirk and with a reproachful expression, Robert faded slowly from the room and has never been seen since.

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Five Fantastic reasons to visit the Faerie Tree Inn when your visit Aberfoyle..

u Hot Stone Grill: Unique to this part of the world, this is a healthy style of cooking as no

oil or fat used. Meat is cooked to your individual tastes and adds entertainment to your night out.

v Kid's Cinema: Complete with cinema tray with all the goodies (Hot dog, ice Cream,

sweets, popcorn and drink). Adults can enjoy a nice peaceful meal, knowing kids are having a great time too within their sight.

w Gluten Free Menu: The full Faerie Tree menu is available as a gluten free alternative, including pizzas and burgers!

x Accommodation: The Faerie Tree offer a 4* holiday let including a real log fire, king size bedroom, twin bedroom, kitchen and stunning view to Doon Hill.

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The Faerie Tree MAIN STREET, ABERFOYLE, FK8 3UG

We have a great selection of Beers & Real Ales, we pride ourself in the quality of food we provide, using local produce whenever we can and yes, you can stay here!

Visit us on your next trip to Aberfoyle Hot Stone Steakhouse Pizza Grill Burger Menu Gluten Free Menu Pastas & Pizzas Featuring a ‘kids cinema’ Dogs Welcome Free Wifi

01877 382 191

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MUSIC ON THE LOCH

Making Sundays special at Loch Katrine 28th June - 30th August 2015 • Tickets from £22.50 The sounds of summer at beautiful Loch Katrine will be more enchanting than ever this year as the classic steamship Sir Walter Scott sets sail every Sunday during July & August for a special early evening jazz cruise, with wonderful jazz & blues music performed by a host of well-known local Scottish bands. It’s a great way to celebrate a special occasion, or a truly memorable highlight of a perfect day out.

The Sunday Jazz Cruises will depart from Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine at 4pm arriving back at 6pm. 28th June – Jazz Mark Five

5th July – Last Tango in Memphis 12th July – The Jazz Pack 19th July – The Rosy Blue Blues Band 26th July – Hoochie Coo 2nd August – The South River Blues Band 9th August – Moodswing 16th August – Jazz Mark Five 23rd August – The Linda Jaxson Band 30th August – The Jazz Pack

The Loch Katrine Jazz Cruises are popular, so advance reservations are recommended.

Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine, by Callander, Stirling FK17 8HZ Tel: 01877 376315/6 Email: enquiries@lochkatrine.com www.lochkatrine.com

Music on the Loch

Making Sundays special at Loch Katrine The sounds of summer at beautiful Loch Katrine will be more enchanting than ever this year – as the classic steamship Sir Walter Scott sets sail on Sundays during July and August for a special early evening jazz cruise, a great way to celebrate a special occasion, or a truly memorable highlight of a perfect day out. The combination of the beautiful scenery which surrounds Loch Katrine, wonderful jazz and blues music from well-known local and Scottish bands, and the opportunity to enjoy sailing on the ship which has been part and parcel of the landscape of The Trossachs for 115 years is sure to be a special experience for visitors from near and far. As the views across the loch slip gently by, visitors can relax and enjoy the fully accessible facilities on board the steamship,

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which include a fully-licensed bar and servery, and comfortable lounges. Jazz Cruises will depart from Trossachs Pier (where facilities include The Brenachoile Cafe Bar and Restaurant) every Sunday at 4:00pm (from the 28th June until the 30th of August) arriving back at 6:00pm. The Loch Katrine Jazz Cruises are sure to be popular, so advance reservations are recommended, and tickets (from £22.00) can be purchased online at www.lochkatrine.com, or from the Information Office at Loch Katrine (Tel. 01877 376315 or 376316).


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2015 50 mins. from Stirling & 75 min s. from Edinburgh

Steeped in history and legend, Loch Katrine is the perfect place to start your Trossachs adventure.

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A SPECIAL *20% DISCOUNT TO READERS OF LOVE LOCAL There has never been a better time to enjoy a cruise on Loch Katrine - just bring this advert along to receive this special 20% discount offer on a standard cruise.

• Classic Steamship Cruises on Sir Walter Scott • Legends of the Loch Cruise on the Lady of the Lake • Walking and Cycling on the shores of Loch Katrine • Lochside Dining in the Brenachoile Restaurant • Katrine Gifts - Souvenirs & Crafts • Katrinewheelz - Cycle hire • Borg Grech Photography

Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine, By Callander, Stirling FK17 8HZ Tel: 01877 376315/6 • Email: enquiries@lochkatrine.com www.lochkatrine.com *20% Discount offer is not valid in conjunction with any other offer and does not include the Sunday Jazz Cruise. Valid until 03-01-16.

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The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Open daily 10am-6pm

What’s on Alice in Wonderland trail Come and take part in our themed trail, pick up a map at the Lodge and follow the clues down to the waterfall.

Wildlife Watch Visit our wildlife room where we have cameras on various bird nesting sites, as well as the live feed from our red squirrel feeders.

Adventure for all We have craft activities in the Lodge and natural play features along the waterfall trail. Follow the waymarked trails through the forest for a real adventure! The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, Duke’s Pass, Aberfoyle FK8 3SX Call us on 01877 382258 or email thelodge@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Alice in Wonderland at The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre Come and join the team at the Lodge Forest Visitor Centre in celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Visit Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink! Follow Alice on an adventure around our woodland version of Wonderland along our all-abilities trail. Look out for the Blue Caterpillar, a woodland tea party and the Queen of Hearts’ gardeners! Pick up a map from the Lodge - then all you need to bring is your imagination. You can also visit the Lodge Shop where the talented Angela Ballard (of AB Crafts) has made Wonderland themed key rings and magnets, then enjoy an ‘eat me’ cake in the Lodge Café. The Lodge is also proud to welcome our newest residents: Laochan (which means 'little hero' in Gaelic) is a purebred Highland bull and Kinchie (named after the whisky 'Glen Kinchie') is a purebred Whitebred Shorthorn bull. The Whitebred Shorthorn cattle breed is on the critical list as there are fewer than 500 breeding females left so we are hoping Kinchie can help us preserve his kind. The Wildlife Room in the Lodge has cameras on a number of nests including ospreys and peregrine falcons, as well as a live camera feed from our red squirrel feeders. We will also have various craft activities and our nature play features along the waymarked trails. Come and visit the Lodge Forest Visitor Centre today to enjoy the view and plan your adventure in the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park!

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Stirling Heritage Trails by CHRIS KANE

With so much history of national importance in and around Stirling we are spoiled for choice when it comes to heritage activities. With Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument literally overshadowing the area, local and community history often struggles to get our attention. Which is why a number of communities in Stirling have come together to launch the “Stirling Heritage Trails”, a series of walkable routes that weave together stories of royalty and Robert the Bruce with community halls and changing urban landscapes. Led by the local Community Councils and funded by the National Lottery, residents in Stirling City Centre, Braehead and Broomridge, Bannockburn and Hillpark, Borestone, Cambusbarron, Cambuskenneth and Riverside have produced a series of leaflets to help visitors understand the heritage that is important to residents as well as historians. In Bannockburn you’ll learn how modern tartan was invented in the village. In Borestone it is the huge country estates that once covered the area. Cambusbarron tell of Robert the Bruce’s visit to the village on the eve of the Battle of Bannockburn and of the first ever Documentary film,

produced by local lad John Grierson. Braehead and Broomridge tell the story of Millhall Colliery which closed in 1951 while you walk along part of the pit railway which also happens to cross the land the English camped on at the Battle of Bannockburn. In Riverside you’ll learn about Scotland’s first oil refinery and of the businessman who made horse drawn carriages for Spanish royalty. In Cambuskenneth you’ll learn about the village’s connections with the artists “the Glasgow Boys”. Perhaps the most exciting of the trails is through the Gowan Hill, the large public space next to Stirling Castle. Along with leaflets and interpretation boards, the Community Council commissioned an audio guide which you can access on a smartphone – you can hear everybody from archaeologists to soldiers talking about public beheading, Jacobite attacks and more. So if you’re looking for a pleasant stroll through some lesser known history, download the leaflets and find out more at www.stirlingheritagetrails.co.uk Photography by BLACKSQUARE

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Discover the life and legacy o Special events at The Monument for all the family throughout the summer

Tales from the Battlefield

A Walk with Wallace

The Battle of Stirling Bridge is over – and a soldier, abandoned and left for dead, makes his way into the woods. Lost and disoriented, he meets another fighter – then discovers he is on the enemy’s side! What will happen, and what do they talk about, before the injured soldier heads off – to make his way home?

A short (45-minute) guided walk, with costumed actors telling the story of Wallace’s famous encounter with the army of King Edward I at The Battle of Stirling Bridge. The walk commences and finishes at the Monument, and visitors are escorted towards the Stirling Viewpoint, meeting Wallace in the woods, returning to the Monument for the final dramatic scenes.

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Scotland’s National Hero Who was William Wallace? Listen as a costumed actor gives you an insight into the life of Scotland’s National Hero - who he was, where he came from, and how he fought to free the people of Scotland from oppression. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 July 12, 19 and 26 August

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Love Local Events LOVE ART Event: And Yet it Stands Location: Stirling Castle When: 18 July 2015 to 30 September 2015 A showcase of paintings depicting the life and times of Mary of Guise, from Iona Leishman. This exhibition is a part of the 500 years commemoration of the birth of Mary of Guise this summer. Event: Stirling Art Club Annual Exhibition Location: Holy Trinity Church Hall When: 1st-7th August 10am-5pm The annual Stirling Art Club exhibition with over 300 paintings for sale.

LOVE MUSIC Event: Jaleo Flameno: A Compas Location: Macrobert Arts Centre When: Friday 19th June, 7.30pm Tickets £15.50 / £13.50 (Conc) Your unique chance to see authentic flamenco with some of Spain’s top artists! Jaleo Flamenco are back with a scintillating fusion of heartwrenching vocals, explosive footwork and virtuoso guitar playing, Featuring some of Spain’s finest artists and brimming with intoxicating rhythms, palpable energy and joie de vivre, A Compás charts an evocative musical journey through the diverse flamenco regions of Andalusia. Event: Donizetti's Maria Stuarda Location: Stirling Castle

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When: 14th August, doors open 6.45 for 7.30pm start Magnetic Opera, in partnership with Historic Scotland, make their Stirling Castle debut with a contemporary take on Donizetti's Scottish masterpiece. Focusing on the final months of Mary Queen of Scots' life and her relationship with Queen Elizabeth I of England, the opera combines Tudor events, a Romantic score and a modern production. Professional singers from across the world come together in Stirling for the first performance of a Scottish Tour. Event: Summer 2015 Jazz and Blues On The Loch Location: Loch Katrine Pier When: Every Sunday afternoon from 5th July to 30th August at 3pm Cruise lasts 2 hours. Ticket Price £22 per person special rates for children. Event: Callander Summer Fest July 2015 Location: Live Jazz at St Kessogs Mini Theatre, Ancaster Square, Callander When: Saturday 18th July 8pm - The Jazz Pack Saturday 25th July 3pm - Moodswing Admission £5 per person on the door Event: Jazz at The Allan Water Brewhouse Location: Allanwater Brewhouse, Bridge of Allan When: Sunday July 19th and Sunday August 16th from 4pm to 7pm Event: MugStock Location: Mugdock Country Park When: 7th – 9th August

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Tickets from £25 per person MugStock is a new boutique festival of music, performance, food, drink and extraordinary occurrences run by an experienced team of skilled and passionate volunteers. The weekend includes performances from the sublime vocal talents of Siobhan Wilson, laser harp extraordinaire (and XFactor finalist!) Theremin Hero to the contagiously delightful carnival sounds of Orkestra del sol.

LOVE HISTORY Event: Pride and Prejudice Location: Stirling Castle When: 30th July, doors open 6.45pm for 7.30pm start Step back in time and meet Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austen’s most loveable heroine. When Elizabeth meets the rude and abrupt Mr Darcy, she loathes him at first sight. But is there more to him than meets the eye? Bring a picnic to enjoy with your family and friends and lose yourself in this unforgettable love story. Event: Experience Doune Castle following the final Jacobite victory at Falkirk in 1746. Location: Doune Castle When: Sunday 23rd August 12noon- 4pm Experience Doune Castle following the final Jacobite victory at Falkirk in 1746, where some notable redcoat soldiers were kept prisoner. Join the minister John Witherspoon, signatory of the American Declaration of Independence, as he and his comrades take you through the plan for their daring escape.


LOVE THINGS TO DO LOVE OUTDOORS Event: Bard in the Botanics – Love’s Labour’s Lost Location: Macrobert Arts Centre When: Sunday 5th July, 7pm Tickets £10.50, £9 (Conc), £5.50 (Students) Enjoy outdoor theatre with one of William Shakespeare’s wittiest and most sparkling comedies. In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King of Navarre and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years. No sooner have they made their idealistic pledge than the Princess of France and her ladies-inwaiting arrive, presenting the men with a severe test of their high-minded resolve. *This is an unseated outdoor event and you are welcome to bring you own rugs, cushions or small camping chairs, or preorder chairs from Macrobert by 25th June. Event: Moon Cottage Garden Open Day Location: Greenyards, Dunblane, FK15 9NX When: Sunday 12 July 2:00pm - 5:00pm Admission: £4.00 (Children free). Moon Cottage has a fairly young garden, grown over the past 10-15 years on the edge of farm land adjacent to a wood plantation. There are flower beds, a variety of shrubs and trees, a vegetable patch, fruit trees and a pond. Event: Gean House Garden Open Day Location: Tullibody Road, Alloa, FK10 2EL When: Tuesday 28th July 1:30pm - 4:30pm Admission: £4.00 (Children free) Gean House is an early 20th century Arts & Crafts style mansion with a sweeping

driveway, parkland lined with trees and hill top mansion. The gardens surrounding the house were originally 40 acres and included a Japanese garden in the woods. All that remains now are 7 acres on the southern and eastern aspects of the house. Event: The Steading Garden Open Day Location: Yetts O'Muckhart, By Dollar, FK14 7JT When: Sunday 16th August 2pm – 5pm Admission: £4.00 (Children free) Now 20 years old, this southfacing rural garden, situated at the foot of the Ochil Hills, continues to develop and rejuvenate. Curvaceous paths meander through a variety of terraced beds and ponds planted with a wide range of seasonal plants and species trees to give all year colour and interest.

LOVE HIGHLAND GAMES Event: : Alva Highland Games Games Location: Johnstone Park, West Stirling Street, Alva When: 11th July from 12:30 Tickets: Adult £6, Children/ Senior Citizens - £4.00, children under 5 – FREE. Car Park £2.00 Event: 143rd Airth Highland Games Location: The Wilderness, Airth, Falkirk When: 26th July from 9am Tickets: Adults £6, Concession and children 5-16 years £3, under 5 free. Family passes available. Event: Bridge of Allan Highland Games Location: Strathallan Park, Bridge of Allan When: 2nd August from 10:00am Tickets: Adults £8, Concession and under 16’s £3

Event: Stirling Highland Games Location: Stirling Games Field, Royal Stuart Way, Stirling When: 15th August 10:30-5:30pm Tickets: Adult £8, concession and children £5

LOVE SPORT Event: Hosts & Champions: Scotland in the Commonwealth Games Exhibition Location: Macrobert Arts Centre When: 23rd July – 11th September 2015 Drawn from the University of Stirling’s Commonwealth Games Scotland Archive, this exhibition displays a selection of photographs, designs, clothing, papers and artefacts which evoke a rich story of Scotland's involvement in the Games. Event: Loch Lomond Youth Soccer Festival Location: University of Stirling When: Friday 7th – Sunday 9th August. Games starts at 10am Friday and 9am Saturday and Sunday. Loch Lomond Youth Soccer Festival in its 15th year of providing exciting international soccer for young teams from around the world and is recognised as Scotland's finest Youth Soccer Festival.

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Back to School Starting back at school can be exciting and full of new things: new teachers, new friends, perhaps a new school, new clothes and the all-important new stationery! Change can be good, but not necessarily easy. Switching from the laid-back fun in the sun of summer to rules, homework, and routines can be a big jump for parents and children alike, but with a little preparation and the right attitude, it doesn’t have to be hard. STAY POSITIVE - A parent’s attitude has a strong influence on how children view the beginning of school. Tell your kids that feeling nervous is normal, but reassure them everything will be fine. Tell them they have a new friend waiting in the classroom and challenge them to find them, this will encourage them to talk and interact with others. CREATE ROUTINES - Establishing daily routines at home at the start of the

school year (or even before) can also help children adjust. Preparation is key for a stress free mornings – organise uniforms, school bags and prepare lunch boxes the night before. This gives you more time to have a healthy breakfast and talk to your child about their day ahead. ESTABLISH FUN TRADITIONS - Attitude matters, if you’re excited for school to start, your children will follow your lead. Having an annual ritual, such as a nice meal out the day before school starts, can help ring in the new school year and can be a treasured tradition for years to come. ESTABLISH POSITIVE STUDY HABITS EARLY - Create a quiet homework area or environment free of distractions. Agree a time for homework together and make sure you stick to it – marking it on a calendar encourages children to manage their own time too.

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responsibility of owning their own dog but miss the companionship. With more and more dog owners looking to use this service, Barking Mad are always looking for additional host families to join the team.

The service has been specifically designed for dog owners who share the belief that their furry friends are part of the family. You will receive photographs of your dog whilst they are on their holiday and they come home with a postcard too!

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If you would like to find out more about becoming a Host for Barking Mad or you would like to find out more information about how you can treat your dog to a holiday with Barking Mad then please do get in touch!

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Looking for an alternative to family, friends, housesitting or kennels? We arrange for your dog/s to stay with one of our carefully selected, very special host families. We tailor each pet holiday to meet the individual needs of your dog/s, matching them with the most appropriate family who will maintain their home life routine for excercise and fedding. Our service also includes an initial home visit to register your dog, together with door to door transportation - all designed to give you complete peace of mind.

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FELINE FRIENDLY???? Here at Struthers and Scott we are! Our feline friends are very particular in their likes and dislikes and not afraid to let us know! It can be very stressful and upsetting for some cats coming into the vets, never mind having to share their space with canine friends. Struthers and Scott are now offering a feline only clinic every Wednesday from 6pm - 7pm.

Please call the practice for any further information on 01786 841 304 and ask our feline friendly receptionists! Puuurrffecct!! Normal Surgery Times: Mon - Fri: 8.30am - 6.30pm Sat: 8:30am - 12.30pm Our emergency out of hours service ensures that your animals will receive the care they need, when they need it. So you can call us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Farm and Equine clients now have a separate, dedicated service & need to call 0845 177 1956 or email forthvalleyvets@outlook.com www.struthers-scott.co.uk e: info@struthers-scott.co.uk 70, Main Street, Doune

‘Tick’ the season to be jolly by SOPHIA BOWERMAN AT STRUTHERS AND SCOTT The warmer, humid weather means that we are starting to see ticks again. Ticks like to live in long grass and without tick prevention your pet may return from a walk with an unwelcome visitor. Ticks attach themselves to a furry passer by (or our not-so-furry owners) and take a blood meal before dropping off. If your pet does get a tick, most of them will drop off naturally after a meal. However, if they don’t you can try to remove them with a tick hook or tweezers (don’t pull too hard as you may leave the tick head in which can lead to infection). If you are struggling to remove a tick please make an appointment with one of our vets or vet nurses. We recommend tick prevention for three main reasons: 1. Ticks can be uncomfortable and unsightly when attached to your pet.

2. They can spread tick-borne diseases such as Lymes Disease, which can also affect humans. 3. They can spread exotic diseases such as Babesiosis which we do not currently have in the UK. If your pet has been on holiday, it is no longer an essential part of the Pet Travel Scheme to use tick prevention before entry to the UK. However, we would strongly recommend that you still do, to try to reduce the risk of these diseases entering the UK. Most tick prevention will also protect against flea infestation, which can be an all year round problem. Tick prevention comes in three main types: topical spot on formulations, a tablet or a collar. Please contact us to find out more and order your tick and flea control today.

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Biomass Case Study: Sunnylaw Farm by AC GOLD Name and location

Sunnylaw Farm, Bridge of Allan

Building type

Large stone farmhouse

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Previous Fuel Type and cost

Gas £1,639.00 per year

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Wood Pellet £1,523.35

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Local Business Showcase: Tartan Timber Tartan Timber is a family run business established in 1999 and specialises in supplying logs, kindling, beeswax firelighters, sawdust briquettes, peat and coal. Tartan Timber deliver around The Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park areas and beyond, to both trade and domestic customers.

logs burn hotter and for longer than any other wood rival. By thoroughly drying through a kiln the wood now achieves a very low moisture content which in turn produces a higher heat for longer times. The result for you is a wood fuel which gives you great value for money through higher levels of efficiency.

All firewood comes from local forests and is mainly FSC accredited – meaning that the softwood comes from a sustainable source and hardwood comes from wind blow from the storms.

Tartan Timber have also recently registered with the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) and are authorised to supply logs to customers claiming the RHI for their Biomass Boilers. As from 5th October 2015 all biomass fuel used by domestic or non domestic customers claiming the RHI must be bought through registered suppliers.

Wood is felled and left for a year before it is brought to the processing yard, it is then split to around 6 or 9 inches and stored in an air dried shed until a moisture content of around 25-30% is obtained. This year Tartan Timber made a big investment and purchased a purpose built Kiln to dry the firewood further to a moisture content of 15-18%. Kiln dried

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