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Up and around the Campsies, Kilpatricks and Trossachs

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Welcome to the second ‘Great Outdoors Festival’, with events across East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire and Stirling. This is your chance to get out and about in some of Central Scotland’s best settings: the Campsie Fells; the Kilpatrick Hills and the Trossachs and all the bits in between. Walking, paddling or riding, as part of a group is fun and a great way to explore the countryside. Experienced leaders guide all of the Festival’s events so there is no need to worry about getting lost. Our leaders are knowledgeable in local history and wildlife and will be glad to highlight the many points of interest along the routes. Whether you want a strenuous climb to the tops of the hills or a scenic wander along level paths, an archaeological dig or a mountain bike ride, the Festival offers something for all abilities. We look forward to seeing you. For more information visit any of the websites: www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/outdoorsfestival www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/outdoorsfestival www.stirling.gov.uk/outdoorsfestival


How to Book All of our events must be booked in advance as there are a limited number of spaces available on each. Please call the number or send an email to the address next to the event to book your place. Some of the events require the payment of a booking fee. For cycling events you will need to provide your own bike as well as the necessary safety gear.

Walk Grades Suitable for most abilities please phone to discuss. Grade 3 - Shorter events on mainly level, surfaced paths. Grade 2 - Longer events, mainly on paths, with hilly sections. Grade 1 - Good level of fitness required, longer events usually over some hilly and rough terrain. May involve steep ascents and descents.

Health and Safety On Our Events Be Prepared - Suitable clothing should be worn and footwear with good grip and ankle support. You may also want to bring a drink and a snack depending on the length of the activity. Even in bad weather the leader will be at the start of the event, although they may decide to cancel. Dogs - Dogs are welcome at the Cani-Sports activities but are not allowed on any of our other events. Safety - Those participating in each event do so at their own risk and are responsible for their own personal safety. It is expected that participants observe the Highway Code and Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Families are welcome, unless otherwise stated, and parents must be responsible for their children at all times. Parking - Is not always available. If required, drivers should park legally and walk to the meeting point. Please Note: All participants agree to allow any photos taken to be used in future publicity.

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Friday 31st August 1 Canienteering 7pm - 9pm Six legs are better than two! Orienteering with a difference. All competitors must take part with a dog. Leader/Organisation: Cani-Sports Scotland Distance: 2-5km Contact for Booking: Karen Connal 07779041322 or karen.connal@ntlworld.com Meeting Point: Mugdock Country Park Visitor Centre, E62 8EL

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min age 7 years Dogs 1 year

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Saturday 1st September 2

Middle Kelvin Paddle, An Urban Adventure

9.30am - 1pm

Explore the secrets of the River Kelvin on a half day guided open canoe journey along the middle stretch of this river. See the East Dunbartonshire countryside from a rather different perspective, learn new skills and spot wildlife.

£25.50 adults £12.75 16yrs & under

Leader/Organisation: Wild By Nature Grade: Easy Distance: 5.5km Contact for Booking: 0141 777 6211 or info@wildbynature.eu Meeting Point: The Old Bath House, Eastside, Kirkintilloch G66 1HP

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Mountain Bike Skills

min age 6

£8

9.30am - 12.30pm

A fun and exciting mountain bike ride learning new skills and ways to ride. Staying on the wider paths and learning new skills along the way. You must bring your own bike for this activity.

min age 8

Leader/Organisation: West Highland Wheels Grade: Beginners Contact for Booking: East Dunbartonshire & Mugdock Country Park Ranger Service 0141 956 6586 or rangers@mugdock.org Meeting Point: Mugdock Country Park Visitor Centre, G62 8EL

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Mountain Bike Skills

min age 11

1pm - 4pm

Grade: Improvers

For full information see above.

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Canicross Racing, Bikejor and Scooter Race

Registration from 8.30am, 10am - 12pm

£8 adult min age £5 child 7 years

Run, bike and scoot with dogs on our cross country route. All competitors must take part with a dog.

Dogs 1 year

Leader/Organisation: Cani-Sports Scotland Distance: 2km for 7-17yrs and 5km for 18+ Contact for Booking: Karen Connal 07779041322 or karen.connal@ntlworld.com Please book by Friday 31st August. Meeting Point: Mugdock Country Park Visitor Centre, G62 8EL 5


Saturday 1st September 6

The Campsie Fells - Up Fin Glen, Down Ballagan Glen

Free

10am - 4pm

min age 18

A circular walk heading up above the scenic Fin Glen then traverse across the hills to Dumbreck (508m) and down to see the amazing geology of Ballagan Glen.

Leader/Organisation: East Dunbartonshire & Mugdock Country Park Ranger Service Grade: 1 Distance: 13km Contact for Booking: 0141 956 6586 or rangers@mugdock.org Meeting Point: Clachan of Campsie, G66 7AB Travel Arrangements: Public bus from Buchanan bus station.

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A Step Back in Time

Free

1pm - 3pm

Come along and join in on a walk around the park to take a look at the landscape features of the former, working country estate, and the industrial and recreational changes that have led to the creation of the Country Park it is today. It is advised to wear sturdy footwear. Leader/Organisation: Jennifer Davidson, Stirling Council Ranger Service Grade: 3 Distance: 3km Contact for Booking: 08452 777 000 or countryside@stirling.gov.uk Meeting Point: Plean Country Park

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Canicross Fun Run

1.30pm - 2pm

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min age Have a go at running with your dog on a short cross country rs route, you’ll both love it! All competitors must take part with a dog. 7 yea Leader/Organisation: Cani-Sports Scotland Distance: 2km Contact for Booking: Karen Connal 07779041322 or karen.connal@ntlworld.com Meeting Point: Mugdock Country Park Visitor Centre, G62 8EL 6

Dogs 1 year


Saturday 1st September 9

Three Walks in One!

Free

2pm - 5pm

Take 3 short walks at 3 very different local beauty spots. See the unexpected views from Blairskaith Muir, touch the bizarre carvings at the Auld Wives Lifts and feel the serenity of Loch Ardinning. Transport by minibus.

min age 8

Leader/Organisation: East Dunbartonshire & Mugdock Country Park Ranger Service Grade: 2-3 Distance: 6km in total Contact for Booking: 0141 956 6586 or rangers@mugdock.org Meeting Point: Mugdock Country Park Visitor Centre, G62 8EL

10 Trees of 2pm - 4pm

the World

Free

Join horticuralist Ian Sinclair on a tree trail around Balloch Castle Country Park taking in a fascinating collection of tree species from around the world. Leader/Organisation: Gillian Neil, West Dunbartonshire Council Ranger Service Grade: 2 Distance: 3km Contact for Booking: East Dunbartonshire & Mugdock Country Park Ranger Service 0141 956 6586 or rangers@mugdock.org Meeting Point: Main visitor car park, Balloch Castle Country Park Travel Arrangements: Free car parking available, buses to Balloch Bus station (opposite main gates to park) from Glasgow, Luss and Balmaha, trains to Balloch Train station. www.travelinescotland.com.

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Saturday 1st September 11 Rediscovering

the Place of Killearn: A Lost 17th Century Landscape

Free

2pm - 4pm

Come with Murray Cook, Stirling Council’s Archaeologist on a guided walk through Killearn Glen and uncover its historic secrets from 400 year old oaks to the Ladies Linn; from medieval hollow ways to aristocratic landgrabs and the results of the recent dig! Leader/Organisation: Murray Cook, Stirling Council Grade: 2 Distance: 2km Contact for Booking: 07929848145 or cookm@stirling.gov.uk Meeting Point: The entrance to the Glen at Beech Drive

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Views from the Loch 2-Hour Canoe Trip 2.30pm - 4.30pm

After a full safety briefing and introduction to canoeing and paddling, you will set out on the trip along the west shore of the Loch in an open, stable, professionally guided Canadian canoe - a truly unforgettable experience!

£30 adults

£40) rd price

(standa

Leader/Organisation: Can You Experience Grade: Suitable for beginners and up Contact for Booking: 01389756251 or info@canyouexperience.com Meeting Point: The Beach, Loch Lomond Shores Travel Arrangements: Free car parking available, buses to Balloch Bus station (opposite main gates to park) from Glasgow, trains to Balloch Train station. www.travelinescotland.com

£26.25 childrerdn (standa 5) price £3

13 The Fly-By-Nights 8pm - 10pm Come and join us on a nice leisurely stroll and experience the bats and moths of the Back Walk and Kings Knot in the company of local experts. Leader/Organisation: Douglas Flynn, Stirling Council Ranger Service Grade: 2 Distance: 2km Contact for Booking: 08452 777 000 or countryside@stirling.gov.uk Meeting Point: King’s Knot, Stirling 8

min age 5

Free


Sunday 2nd September 14 Mountain Bike Skills 9am - 12.30pm and 1pm - 4.30pm

£25

A fully certified course aimed at the beginner to moderate level min mountain biker or those wishing to refresh on their skills. 4 disciplines age 12 included in the course are riding skills, first aid, being independent and self supporting and finally sharing the outdoors. You must bring your own bike for this activity. Leader/Organisation: West Highland Wheels Grade: Beginner to moderate Contact for Booking: East Dunbartonshire & Mugdock Country Park Ranger Service, 0141 956 6586 or rangers@mugdock.org Meeting Point: Glazert Country House Hotel, Lennoxtown G66 7DJ

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Campsie Fells - Earl’s Seat and the Corrie of Balglass 10am - 5pm

Cross the Campsie Fells from Dumgoyne along the Ballagan Tops to Fintry on this demanding walk with spectacular views.

Free min age 18

Leader/Organisation: East Dunbartonshire & Mugdock Country Park Ranger Service Grade: 1 Distance: 13km Contact for Booking: 0141 956 6586 or rangers@mugdock.org Meeting Point: Mugdock Country Park Visitor Centre, G62 8EL

16 Canicross Racing, Bikejor and Scooter 10pm, registration from 8.30pm - 12pm

Race

For full information on this race see event number 5 on page 5.

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Sunday 2nd September 17 Mountain Bike Skills 10.30am - 12.30pm Mountain biking sessions concentrate on bike-handling skills. The children will be introduced to some adrenalin pumping technical challenges, like track stands, front wheel lifts and mountain biking position. All of which takes part in a beautiful country park with stunning views of Loch Lomond.

£30 adults

£40) rd price

(standa

£26.25 childrerdn (standa 5) price £3

min age 8

Leader/Organisation: Can You Experience Grade: From novice, must be able to ride a bike Distance: 5km Contact for Booking: 01389756251 or info@canyouexperience.com Meeting Point: The Beach, Loch Lomond Shores Travel Arrangements: Free car parking available, buses to Balloch Bus station (opposite main gates to park) from Glasgow, trains to Balloch Train station. www.travelinescotland.com

18 Walk Through 1pm - 3pm

Coilhallan Wood

A walk through Coilhallan Wood, along Invertrossachs to Dunmore Fort, Samson’s Stone and back to Callander along NCR7. Incorporating elements of natural navigation as we’ll be walking all points of the compass. Leader/Organisation: Tim Messer, National Park Ranger Service Grade: 2 Distance: 7km Contact for Booking: 01389 727810 or events@lochlomond-trossachs.org Meeting Point: Ancaster Square, Callander

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Free min age 10


Sunday 2nd September 19

Dumbarton Foreshore -Geology, Birds and Battles! 1pm - 4pm

Free h a w lk witl a n o opti e entr y fe e tl s a c to

A stroll along the Clyde estuary taking in beautiful views and exploring the geological features of this fascinating coastline finishing at the volcanic plug - Dumbarton Rock. Followed by bird watching and shore scanning with the Historic Scotland and West Dunbartonshire Rangers with optional entry to the castle. Leader/Organisation: Gillian Neil, West Dunbartonshire Council Ranger Service Grade: 2 Distance: 4km Contact for Booking: 0141 956 6586 or rangers@mugdock.org Meeting Point: Havoc football pitches, Dumbarton G82 4JW Travel Arrangements: Meet at Havoc football pitches, Havoc Road, Dumbarton G82 4JW. Bus no 205/206 or train to Dalreoch station with 10 minute walk. Free parking available. Return via minibus to car park.

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Canicross Fun Run 10am - 10.30am

For full information on this fun run see event number 8 on page 6.

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Waterways, the Canal and the Kelvin 2pm - 4pm

See how the land of our industrial past has changed to become a haven for wildlife. A really lovely circular walk on level paths by the Forth and Clyde Canal and the River Kelvin.

min age 10

Leader/Organisation: Catriona Stewart MSc.MNIMH Grade: 3 wheelchair accessible Distance: 7km Contact for Booking: East Dunbartonshire & Mugdock Country Park Ranger Service, 0141 956 6586 or rangers@mugdock.org Meeting Point: Twechar Healthy Living and Enterprise Centre, Twechar G65 9TA

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Sunday 2nd September 22

Healing Herbs 2pm - 4pm

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Discover the healing power of plants on this gentle walk. Medicinal herbalist Catriona Stewart will reveal the relevance of traditional healing plants today and discuss the medical use and folklore of the plants you find. Leader/Organisation: Catriona Stewart MSc. MNIMH Grade: 3 Distance: 1km Contact for Booking: East Dunbartonshire & Mugdock Country Park Ranger Service 0141 956 6586 or rangers@mugdock.org Meeting Point: Mugdock Country Park Visitor Centre, G62 8EL

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Monday 3rd September 23

Paddle Loch Ard

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10pm - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm See the National Park from a different perspective. Join Active Stirling for a guided canoe on the waters of Loch Ard. Leader/Organisation: Active Stirling Distance: Up to 5km Contact for Booking: 0300 028 0101 Meeting Point: Kinloch Ard Community Centre

24 Fungi Foray 2pm - 4pm

min age 10

#1

Free

Join the amazing mycologist Liz Holden and the Rangers for a fantastic foray to hunt for these autumnal fruits. If you have ID books and carrying containers it could be useful to bring them along. Leader/Organisation: Claire Bird, Stirling Council Ranger Service Grade: 3 Distance: 2km Contact for Booking: 08452 777 000 or countryside@stirling.gov.uk Meeting Point: Plean Country Park

25 Fungi Foray 6pm - 8pm

#2

For full information on this walk see event number 24 above. Grade: 2 Meeting Point: Doune Ponds

26 The Pinnacle 7.30pm - 8.30pm

- Film Night

Free

In one legendary week on Ben Nevis in 1960 Jimmy Marshall and Robin Smith climbed six first winter ascents on consecutive days, including the mini Alpine-route, Orion Face Direct. They also made the first one-day winter ascent of Point Five Gully, went for a long walk and got arrested over an incident with some dominoes! Exactly 50 years later Dave MacLeod and Andy Turner pay tribute to Smith and Marshall by setting out to repeat all the routes that were climbed in that famous week. Leader/Organisation: East Dunbartonshire & Mugdock Country Park Ranger Service Contact for Booking: 0141 956 6586 or rangers@mugdock.org Meeting Point: Mugdock Country Park Visitor Centre, G62 8EL

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Tuesday 4th September 27

Gavinburn and Loch Humphrey Hike 9.30am - 1.30pm

Free

Join your local Community Ranger for a walk in Kilpatrick Hills. A chance min to explore the open hill, take in the sights and sounds of Gavinburn, age 10 Loch Humphrey and The Slacks. Please bring food and drink. Leader/Organisation: Derek Shannan Forestry Commission Scotland Grade: 1 Distance: 10km Contact for Booking: 01555 660190 or scottishlowlands@forestry.gsi.gov.uk Meeting Point: Kilpatrick Train Station Travel Arrangements: Start and finish point will be Kilpatrick Train Station.

28 Trees a Crowd 2pm - 4.30pm

Free

Join the Ranger on an afternoon walk through Gillies Hill. Find out about our native trees and some not-so-native giants. Some fairly steep gradients that can be slippy in wet weather. Leader/Organisation: Kate Williamson, Stirling Council Ranger Service Grade: 2 Distance: 2.5km Contact for Booking: 08452 777 000 or countryside@stirling.gov.uk Meeting Point: Hillview Community Centre, Cultenhove

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Wednesday 5th September 29 Tintock Trek, Kirkintilloch 11.15am - 12.15pm

Free

A lovely level walk along a quiet stretch of the Forth and Clyde canal. Minibus transport back to the start. Leader/Organisation: East Dunbartonshire & Mugdock Country Park Ranger Service Grade: 3 Distance: 3km Contact for Booking: 0141 956 6586 or rangers@mugdock.org Meeting Point: Lennoxtown or Kirkintilloch, details on booking

30 Why, Where, 12pm - 4pm

What’s The Whangie?

Free

Come along and join in a 4-mile hill walk of moderate difficulty on clear and well-defined paths. The walk provides excellent views of the surrounding area and the main focus will be the phenomenon called the “The Whangie”. Leader/Organisation: Douglas Flynn, Stirling Council Ranger Service Grade: 1 Distance: 6km Contact for Booking: 08452 777 000 or countryside@stirling.gov.uk Meeting Point: Auchineden Hill, Strathblane

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Middle Kelvin Paddle, An Urban Adventure 1.30pm - 5.30pm

Explore the secrets of the River Kelvin on a half day guided open canoe journey along the middle stretch of this river. See the East Dunbartonshire countryside from a rather different perspective, learn new skills and spot wildlife. Leader/Organisation: Wild By Nature Grade: Easy Distance: 5.5km Contact for Booking: 0141 777 6211 or info@wildbynature.eu Meeting Point: The Old Bath House, Eastside, Kirkintilloch G66 1HP

£25.50 adults £12.75 16yrs & under

min age 6

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Wednesday 5th September 32 Ardess Hidden 2pm - 4.30pm

History Trail

£5 adult £2.50

Join the National Trust for Scotland Ben Lomond Ranger on a walk child round the Ardess Hidden History Trail  looking at the History and Archaeology of the Rowardennan area. Suitable for the whole family the trail passes through a pleasant mix of old and young natural woodland, with great views over Loch Lomond and the surrounding hills. The trail covers 1.5km of woodland path, rough and steep in places but all at low level. Leader/Organisation: NTS ranger Grade: 2 Distance: 1.5km Meeting Point: Ardess Ranger Base, 5 mins walk north of Rowardennan car park along the West Highland Way. £3 car park charge.

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Thursday 6th September 33

Path Volunteer Day on Ben Lomond 10am - 5pm

Free

min Come and lend a hand healing the path erosion scars on the main age 16 footpath up Ben Lomond. The path used to be 25metres wide in places and was an unsightly scar on the landscape. 30,000 people climb the Ben every year and the path requires continual maintenance. Stout footwear and a good level of fitness required. Leader/Organisation: NTS ranger Contact for Booking: Ben Lomond NTS Ranger Service 01360 870224 or benlomond@nts.org.uk Meeting Point: Rowardennan

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Dropstones and Gravestones 11am - 2pm

Free min age 12

Celebrate all things living (and deceased) on this lovely level walk in the lee of the Campsie Fells. Pass through 3 rural graveyards where many stories will be unearthed!

Leader/Organisation: East Dunbartonshire & Mugdock Country Park Ranger Service Grade: 2 Distance: 10km Contact for Booking: 0141 956 6586 or rangers@mugdock.org Meeting Point: Campsie Memorial Hall car park, Lennoxtown G66 7HA

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Guided Evening Canoe Trip 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Enjoy the fabulous Loch Lomond atmosphere in the evening with our 2-hour canoe trip - after a full safety briefing and introduction to canoeing and paddling, you will set out and enjoy this wonderful area on the water in open, stable, professionally guided Canadian canoes - a wonderful get-away-from-it-all experience.

£30 adults

£40) rd price

(standa

£26.25 childrerdn (standa 5) price £3

min age 5

Leader/Organisation: Can You Experience Grade: Suitable for beginners and up Contact for Booking: Can You info@canyouexperience.com Meeting Point: The Beach, Loch Lomond Shores Travel Arrangements: Free car parking available, buses to Balloch Bus station (opposite main gates to park) from Glasgow, trains to Balloch Train station. www.travelinescotland.com

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Friday 7th September 36 Dig This! 10am - 4pm

Free

Do you fancy being an Archaeologist? Why not come out with the Ranger Service and try your hand at a bit of Archaeology you never know what you might find! This is a 4-day event but feel free to come along 1, 2, 3 or 4 days. Leader/Organisation: Murray Cook, Stirling Council Grade: 2 Contact for Booking: 07929848145 or cookm@stirling.gov.uk Meeting Point: Abbey Craig, Stirling

37 Bats about Lenzie 7.45pm - 9.15pm

Free

Bats are brilliant! Find out all about these fascinating and beautiful creatures on a walk around Lenzie Moss. Leader/Organisation: East Dunbartonshire Ranger Service Grade: 3 Distance: 2km Contact for Booking: East Dunbartonshire & Mugdock Country Park Ranger Service 0141 956 6586 or rangers@mugdock.org Meeting Point: Far end of Lenzie Railway Station car park, G66 4UA

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Batty in Balloch 8pm - 10pm

Free

A gentle stroll in the park along the River Leven and Lomond Shores to detect bats and learn about these fascinating creatures. Bat detectors provided but bring a torch. Leader/Organisation: Gillian Neil Grade: 3 Distance: 3km Contact for Booking: East Dunbartonshire & Mugdock Country Park Ranger Service 0141 956 6586 or rangers@mugdock.org Meeting Point: Moss O’Balloch car park at Balloch Castle Country Park, Drymen Road Travel Arrangements: Free car parking available, buses to Balloch Bus station (opposite main gates to park) from Glasgow, Luss and Balmaha, trains to Balloch Train station. www.travelinescotland.com 18


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Saturday 8th September 39 Mountain Biking 9am - 3pm

for Experienced Riders

A challenging full day’s ride for experienced riders taking in some of the best routes from the area and beyond. You must bring your own bike for this activity.

min age 16 must be nt confide

£15

Leader/Organisation: West Highland Wheels Grade: Experienced Contact for Booking: East Dunbartonshire & Mugdock Country Park Ranger Service 0141 956 6586 or rangers@mugdock.org Meeting Point: Mugdock Country Park Visitor Centre, G62 8EL

40 Lang Craigs Circular 9.30am - 12.30pm

Path Walk

Free

Join our local Community Ranger for a walk in Kilpatrick Hills. Explore the Craigs Circular Path. Please bring food and drink, and wear appropriate outdoor clothing.

min age 10

Leader/Organisation: Derek Shannan Forestry Commission Scotland Grade: 1 Distance: 8km Contact for Booking: Booking essential 01555 660190 or scottishlowlands@forestry.gsi.gov.uk Meeting Point: West Dunbartonshire Council offices car park, Garshake Road, Dumbarton G823PU Travel Arrangements: Start and finish point will be Garshake Road car park.

41 Dig This! 10am - 4pm For full information on this event see event number 36 on page 18.

42 Doors Open Day 10am - 5pm  

at Ardess Ranger Base 

Free

Come and meet the Ben Lomond Rangers. Check the progress on our Oak Cruck-Framed building and try your hand at some rural skills including charcoal and rush rope making, friction fire lighting and scything in the meadow. Leader/Organisation: NTS ranger Contact for Booking: Check out NTS website www.nts.org.uk Meeting Point: Ardess Ranger Base, 5 mins walk north of Rowardennan car park along the West Highland Way. £3 car park charge. 20


Saturday 8th September 43 Kirkintilloch’s 10am - 2pm

Collieries’ Walk

Free

Explore a local nature reserve, countryside corridors, the canal and min even go up a bing! Find out about the geology of the Kirkintilloch area age 12 and the industry that rose from it then all but disappeared again. Leader/Organisation: East Dunbartonshire & Mugdock Country Park Ranger Service Grade: 2 Distance: 10km Contact for Booking: 0141 956 6586 or rangers@mugdock.org Meeting Point: Merkland Local Nature Reserve car park, Kirkintilloch, G66 3SF

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Lang Craigs Community Tree Planting Festival

Free

10.30am - 3.30pm

Help the Woodland Trust Scotland plant the first trees in the new Lang Craigs woodland. Try rural arts and crafts, plus free refreshments and live music. Lang Craigs Wood launch ceremony at 1100. Leader/Organisation: Roy Barlow, Woodland Trust Scotland Grade: 2 Distance: Walk from shuttle to event area 450m. Guided walks from event area 2km. Contact for Booking: 01738 635829 or scotland@woodlandtrust.org.uk Meeting Point: Event area is near to Overtoun House, Milton Brae, Dumbarton, G82 2SH. Travel Arrangements: By car, park at the West Dunbartonshire Council Offices on Garshake Road, Dumbarton, G82 3PU. A minibus shuttle will operate to the event area from (1015 - 1530).

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Saturday 8th September 45

Antonine Wall Wander 1pm - 4pm

Join local historians on this fascinating walk following the trail of the Antonine Wall and learn all about the Roman occupation here. A lovely meander taking in some lovely views.

Free min age 12

Leader/Organisation: Dave Carson, Lennox Heritage Society. lennoxheritage.terapad.com Grade: 2 Distance: 7km Contact for Booking: East Dunbartonshire & Mugdock Country Park Ranger Service 0141 956 6586 or rangers@mugdock.org Meeting Point: Old bus garage in Old Kilpatrick near ladies workout express. Dumbarton Road G60 5ND Travel Arrangements: Train to Kilpatrick station, meeting point signposted from here 5 min walk or bus to Dumbarton Road 205/206. Minibus return.

46 Carrick Ranger 1pm - 3.30pm

Ramble

Free

This ramble through the Carrick’s nature reserve takes in a number of different habitats including woodlands, wetlands, grasslands and the two large lagoons. On route we will be looking at the rich flora of the area, finding out which animals make their home here and keeping a keen eye on the river for our resident kingfishers. Leader/Organisation: James Elliott - Cameron House Grade: 2 Distance: 4km Contact for Booking: James Elliott 07827 852973 or james.elliott@cameronhouse.co.uk Meeting Point: Clubhouse main entrance, The Carrick Golf Club, Loch Lomond, Dumbartonshire G83 8QZ

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Saturday 8th September 47 Stronend - Atop 10.30am - 3pm

the Fintry Hills

Free

A looped walk climbing up through a boulder strewn landscape min to reach the highest point in the Fintry Hills (511m), take in the age 18 huge spectacular views before heading along the hill tops and back down to Fintry. Leader/Organisation: East Dunbartonshire & Mugdock Country Park Ranger Service Grade: 1 Distance: 9km Contact for Booking: 0141 956 6586 or rangers@mugdock.org Meeting Point: Fintry village centre G63 0XA

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Sunday 9th September 48 Dig This! 10am - 4pm For full information on this walk see event number 36 on page 18.

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Doors Open Day at Ardess Ranger Base    10am - 5pm

For full information on this event see event number 42 on page 19.

50 The Campsie Skyline 10.30am - 4.30pm The steep climb at the start is well worth it! Wander along the top of the Campsie Fells with views of Tinto and Pentlands on a clear day. Head down off the hills by the Corrie Burn to Queenzieburn. Minibus back to the start.

Free min age 18

Leader/Organisation: East Dunbartonshire & Mugdock Country Park Ranger Service Grade: 1 Distance: 11.5km Contact for Booking: 0141 956 6586 or rangers@mugdock.org Meeting Point: Campsie Memorial Hall car park, Lennoxtown G66 7HA

51 Whinny Hill 2pm - 5pm

Woodland Walk

Free

A walk from Balloch Castle Country Park up to the Woodland Trust’s Whinny Hill Wood. The circular walk takes you to Knockour Hill with a view over Loch Lomond. The route is primarily through woodland and the site manager will give you some detail about the creation of new native woodland on this site. Leader/Organisation: WTS Grade: 1 Distance: 5 km Contact for Booking: Alan Mitchell 0845 293 5838 or alanmitchell@woodlandtrust.org.uk Meeting Point: Balloch Castle Country park car park, G83 8LX

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Sunday 9th September 52 Have a go 2pm - 4pm

Longbow

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No need to book. Turn up anytime and take a shot at medieval archery and find out if you can hit the target.

for 3 arrows

Leader/Organisation: Green Hollow Bowmen Meeting Point: Georgian Walled Garden Mugdock Castle, Mugdock Country Park G62 8EL

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Get Active Festival in Balloch Please see full advert on pages 26 and 27.

Monday 10th September 54 Dig This! 10am - 4pm For full information on this event see event number 36 on page 18.

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Get Active Festival Sunday 9th September Try your hand at many fun-filled activities running from Loch Lomond Shores and Balloch Castle Country Park. From canoeing and kayaking, pony rides and demonstrations to archery and lots more. Events run throughout the day from 10am – 4pm. Visit www.getactivelochlomond.co.uk for more information.

Activities in Balloch Park from include: • Pony rides and demonstrations with the Duncryne Equitation and Trekking centre Free • Archery with the Lomond Archers

Free

• Traditional Robert the Bruce costume dress and demonstrations

Free

• Canoeing and kayaking with the Clydebank and Drumchapel Kayak Club Free • Keep Active demonstrations with Anniesland College • Wellie Boot Wanging Championships with the RSPB.

Free

50p

Activities at Loch Lomond Shores include: • • • •

Water skiing with Loch Lomond Water Ski Club £10 Dancing exhibition of kids and adults Free Aquaspheres £5 Get active & try new activities – football, basketball, tennis and more Free • Try out rowing as a sport Free • Rowing without the water Free For general information contact: Gillian Neil on gillian.neil@west-dunbarton.gov.uk Travel arrangements: Free car parking available, buses to Balloch Bus Station (opposite the main gates to the park) from Glasgow, Luss and Balmaha. Trains to Balloch train station. www.travelinescotland.com 26


Get Active

Sunday 9th September £30 adulticse £40)

Mountain Bike Skills

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10.30am - 12.30pm

£26.25 ren chilndda rd

Mountain biking sessions concentrate on bike-handling skills. The children will be introduced to some technical challenges, like track stands, front wheel lifts and mountain biking position.

(sta 5) price £3

Guided Evening Canoe Trip 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Enjoy the fabulous Loch Lomond atmosphere in the evening with our 2-hour canoe trip - after a full safety briefing and introduction to canoeing and paddling, you will set out and enjoy this wonderful area on the water in open, stable, professionally guided Canadian canoes - a wonderful get-away-fromit-all experience.

£30 adulticse £40) rd pr

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1-Hour Canoe Taster Session

£26.25 childrerdn (standa 5) price £3

£15

2.30pm - 3.30pm

Be introduced to the fabulous sport, learn the basic paddling skills and put them to use while enjoying some fun games on the water!

1-Hour Loch Lomond Segway Safari

£26

Hourly from 10am - 3pm

Forget 4-wheel drive, try these 2x2 off road machines and experience the pure joy of a Loch Lomond Segway Safari.

1-Hour Archery Session Hourly from 10am - 3pm

£18.75 adults

3-Face Climbing Wall - Full on family fun All day

£15 child

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For all the activities on this page: Leader/Organisation: Can You Experience    Meeting Point: Loch Lomond Shores Contact for Booking: 01389 602576 or info@canyouexperience.com 27


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