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Walk in the Park

Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 10.20am


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.

Doune the Rabbit Hole

18th – 20th August

Doune the Rabbit Hole is an intimate, independent music & arts festival located just outside the National Park, amidst the glorious ancient oak trees of the Cardross Estate, near Lake of Menteith, in Stirlingshire. For the last 7 years the festival has celebrated the very best of Scotland’s independent/DIY arts scene alongside amazing international guests.

Click here for more information

Lonely Planet On Tour

Sunday 20th August

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Location: Moss O’Balloch Park, Balloch
Time: 10am-5pm

This summer Lonely Planet are touring the UK in an all-electric Tesla Model S. Between 19-28 August they will be pitching up at six spectacular national parks across Scotland, England and Wales, including Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

There will be people to chat to and an opportunity to browse a selection of Lonely Planet books, which are being sold at a 30% discount. They will also be giving away 25 goody bags for the first visitors, free samples of the new Lonely Planet book “Epic Drives of the World”, as well as a chance to enter competitions and join one of their exclusive events.

Events: From 2-4pm Experience Scotland’s Wilds and Lonely Planet will be teaming up for a guided walk of the local country park, taking in the wildlife and history, visiting Balloch Castle and Loch Lomond. The event is free but limited to 20 people on a first come, first served basis. Please meet at our stand at 1.45pm (the route is circular and will end back at the visitor centre). The walk will be fairly gentle to cater for all abilities.

Cowal Highland Gathering

24th – 26th 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 26th August


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 2nd & Sunday 3rd September



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


Clanscape Ben Lomond

Sat 9th – Sun 10th 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

15th – 17th 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 16th 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

22nd – 25th 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

6th – 15th 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 21st October

Click here for more information.

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