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Walk in the Park

Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 10.20am

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Trust in the Park health walks take place in the beautiful and nurturing surroundings of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

They are one of the best examples of a successful health walk programme in Scotland.  Starting from just seven walkers in Callander, they now support over one hundred walkers!

Join them for a free, fun and easy way to get fit and feel better. Choose from Aberfoyle (Monday), Callander (Tuesday), Killin (Wednesday), or Balloch (Wednesday).

For times and further information visit the Trust in the Park website.

 

Balloch Run ‘n’ Park, Balloch Castle Country Park 

Every Saturday at 9.30am

Run n Park Shortbread Run

How do you fancy a run around our National Park here at Balloch? West Dunbartonshire Athletics Club host a 2k & 5k run every Saturday at 9.30am, starting just inside the main gates of Balloch Park. There is no registration, no fee and no official recording of times, just turn up for a Run in the Park!  The run is suitable for all ages but please note that children under 11 years of age must be accompanied by an adult and all participants run at their own risk.

For further details including the route map and rules visit the website here.

 

Scottish Rally Championship Round 5

Saturday 24 June

Some of the most iconic forest stages in British rallying are returning to the national series : Round 5 of the Scottish Rally Championship makes a sensational comeback on 24th June this year and much of the action will be reasonably close to Dunoon in the forests. Bring the family all day, either in town or in the forests to see the cars close up either in the main service area in Dunoon Stadium or at the ceremonial start in the morning in the town centre.

Click here for more information.

 

Luss Highland Games

Saturday 1 July 10:45am

The first Luss Highland Gathering was held in 1875 and has been held annually since except for a break during the two world wars… With Highland dancing, solo piping, wrestling, light field, heavyweights, cycling and running races, there’s plenty of action at this fantastic spectacle in the beautiful village of Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond. This event is also the focus of the annual gathering of the Clan Colquhoun – this is a fantastic fun day out for everyone, don’t miss out!

For more information and a full day schedule please click here.

 

Farmers’ Market

Sunday 2 July 10am-4pm

On the first and third Sunday of every month, Loch Lomond Shores welcomes the Loch Lomond Farmers’ Market to the beautiful area. The producers vary dependant on the seasonal availability of their products, but at most Markets you will find fresh cheese, home- baked breads and cakes, seasonal vegetables, chutneys and oils, freshly baked pies, fresh meats and fabulous smoked fish.

With fresh and local produce piled high on every stall, you really must come along!

You can visit the Loch Lomond Shores Farmers Market Facebook page here.

 

Loch Lomond Highland Games

Saturday 15 July 9:30am- 5pm

Go along and join in the fun at the traditional Scottish Highland Games situated in Moss o Balloch Park, Balloch. On the day there will be lots of track and field events including running, jumping, cycling, the heavyweight events of ball, hammer, weight and caber, plus the highland dancing and the pipe band competitions. There will also be a wide variety of trade stalls selling a range of modern and traditional good’s with delicious food and drink. This is a great day out for everyone and will finish with a mass pipe band march through the main street in Balloch!

Please click here for prices and more information.

 

Callander Summerfest

15 – 30 July

Celebrate summer in Callander with art, music, poetry, sport, walks, workshops, films, craft fair and drama!

Details of this event to follow nearer the time.

 

Kinlochard Family Highland Gathering

Sunday 16 July

Kinlochard Gathering features Lomond Flyball Club as the main Arena Event. After the success of last year’s under 18s solo piping competition, this being run again this year.

As ever, there will be pipe bands, Highland dancers, heavy event demos and audience participation, Trossachs Search & Rescue Demos AND watery fun on the loch, side shows, stalls and kids events. And note that it’s a Queen’s Birthday theme this year with a Clan Teddy Bear’s picnic, so dress your wee ones’ Teddy in Royal Dress and bring it along. A Crown Making Workshop will also keep the kids busy. Brilliant food and drink will be in the form of local burgers, home baking with teas and coffee and a licensed bar.

Entry is free. Games open midday. Nearby parking is off B829, for a donation. Mini bus will be running from Aberfoyle TIC. All proceeds will go to Kinlochard Village Hall.

 

Cowal Highland Gathering

24 – 26 August

With its mix of highland dancing, pipe bands, wrestling, heavy athletics, solo piping, drum majors, ceilidh, children’s entertainment, fun run and local food, there’s something for everyone at the Cowal Highland Gathering.

Click here for more information.

 

The Great Scottish Swim

Saturday 26 August

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Scotland’s biggest open water swimming event returns to Loch Lomond in 2017 with a half mile, 1 mile, 2 mile, 5km and 10km to choose from.

Visit The Great Scottish Swimming for more information and to register.

 

Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 September

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The Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival returns for its 12th year! Amazing food, stunning scenery, a superb selection of Scottish drinks and entertainment with fun and live music. Get this in your diary as a must visit event – fantastic and free fun for all the family.

Check back for further details nearer the time, or visit the Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival website at www.lochlomondfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk

 

Clanscape Ben Lomond

Sat 9 – Sun 10 September  10am – 5pm

Try your hand at a variety of different skills and learn about life in days gone by. This a great event and a brilliant opportunity to take part in lots of different activities to see how much life has changed! Help the wool spinners spin their yarns, try stone carving and lend a hand to mow the meadow by scythe. You can also make artists’ willow charcoal to take home, all to the delightful sounds of live traditional music in the open air. There are many more exciting activities you can join in on – all for free but donations are welcome.

Please visit the National Trust for Scotland Website for more information.

 

Dunoon Book and Literary Festival

15 – 17 September

This September will see the 2017 Dunon Book and Literary Festival take place in the beautiful surroundings of the newly refurbished Dunoon Burgh Hall and the iconic Victorian Dunoon Pier building.

Click here for more information.

 

Ben Lomond Torch Light Challenge

Saturday 16 September 4:15pm

Do you fancy experiencing the thrill of being on top of a mountain in the dark while helping raise funds for Path Repair and Mountain Rescue at the same time? The walk up Ben Lomond will be during sunset, and a torchlight beacon will be sent out from the summit, before descending by torch and hopefully a bit of moonlight.

Please visit the National Trust for Scotland Website for more details and prices.

 

Artists Open Studio Weekend

22 – 25 September

A must be weekend for art lovers. The many professional artists – painters, potters, sculptors, furniture makers, jewellers, textile artists and photographers, who work on the Cowal peninsula in the midst of the beautiful Argyll countryside, open their doors to visitors on these four days (and on other times by appointment). From Cairndow to Dunoon and Toward, from Strachur to Tighnabruaich and many beautiful places in between, come and see what lies behind the closed doors and beyond the garden gates.

Click here for more details.

 

CowalFest – two week walking & outdoor festival around Cowal

6 – 15 October

CowalFest offers a 10 day festival during October. This annual Walking and Outdoors Festival is one of the largest and most varied walking festivals in Scotland, with more than 60 walks led by expert and knowledgeable walk leaders.

Click here for more information.

 

Cowal Way Chase

Saturday 21 October

Click here for more information.

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