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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

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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

 

RSPB Sunset Goose Walk

Saturday 4 March 5.15pm – 7.30pm

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Thousands of geese spend the winter months feeding and roosting around the Loch Lomond area. Join the team at the RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond reserve for an evening woodland walk along to one of their favourite roosting spots. As the sun goes down, watch the geese fly in over the loch and look out for other winter wildlife this beautiful area has to offer.

Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear and bring torches and binoculars if you have them. Some of this event will involve standing for periods of time so remember to wrap up well.

Meeting place will be confirmed when booking.

Adult: £6, Child £3 (member’s discount: 20%)

Visit the RSPB website for more information.

 

Farmers’ Market

Sunday 5 March

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On the first and third Sunday of every month, Loch Lomond Shores welcome the Loch Lomond Farmers’ Market to the beautiful area. With fresh and local produce piled high on every stall, you really must visit!

For more information visit the Loch Lomond Shores website  or check out their Facebook page.

 

Glen Finglas Tree Planting

Saturday 11 March – anytime between 10am & 2pm

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Would you like to take part in one of the most ambitious nature restoration projects taking place in Scotland, here in the heart of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park?

Glen Finglas is part of the Great Trossachs Forest NNR, the largest and newest NNR (National Nature Reserve) in the UK, and The Woodland Trust are inviting you to join them there to take part in a tree planting event.

To sign up or receive more information please contact Gwen Raes on 01877 376340 or email gwenraes@woodlandtrust.org.uk

 

Ben Gullipen Hill Race

Saturday 11 March

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This stunning out and back route covers approximately 10km on forest tracks, with a shorter route for juniors. Children from the age of 12 can take part but must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information and registration details please visit the Skidaddle website.

 

Farmers’ Market

Sunday 19 March

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On the first and third Sunday of every month, Loch Lomond Shores welcome the Loch Lomond Farmers’ Market to the beautiful area. With fresh and local produce piled high on every stall, you really must vist!

For more information visit the Loch Lomond Shores website  or check out their Facebook page.

 

Growing West Dunbartonshire 2nd Spring Event

Saturday 25 March 10am – 1pm

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Growing West Dunbartonshire is hosting a free event alongside the Leamy Foundation at The Concord Centre in Dumbarton for people interested in gardening and growing their own produce.

Come along and meet other Community Garden and Allotment groups in West Dunbartonshire to learn and share knowledge. There will be community group stalls and practical demonstrations at the event providing information and advice on a range of things including funding, growing and setting up your own project.

Noted speaker Angela Smith will be delivering a presentation which will give a key insight into some topics. in addition to this the Royal Horticultural Society will be running themed workshops in bee keeping, tree planting, and sowing & growing.

If you would like to get involved or know more contact Eileen (07805 809883) or Kevin (07583 285016).

 

Springfest 2017

Saturday & Sunday 1 & 2 April

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Springfest returns for a third year, celebrating Scottish food and drink. With this being one of the largest food and drink festivals in the country, there will be many food and drink suppliers, offering tastings and brilliant demonstrations on cooking up spring dishes. This is a day out for everyone and kids can follow the spring treasure trail!

For more information visit the Springfest website.

 

Farmers’ Market

Sunday 2 April

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On the first and third Sunday of every month, Loch Lomond Shores welcome the Loch Lomond Farmers’ Market to the beautiful area. With fresh and local produce piled high on every stall, you really must visit!

For more information visit the Loch Lomond Shores website  or check out their Facebook page.

 

Dawn Black Grouse Safari – Glen Finglas

Saturday 8 April (5:30am-8:00am)   Saturday 15 April (5:00am-7:30am)

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Behold the flamboyant mating display of black grouse followed by an auditory bird song walk and breakfast.

Glen Finglas is a great expanse of ancient woodland, lochs and open heathland, and home to one of the best examples of upland wood pasture in Scotland, sitting at the heart of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and part of The Great Trossachs Forest NNR.

Please note that this event could be cancelled due to weather / seasonal factors.

For more information and bookings please visit the Woodland Trust website or contact centralevents@woodlandtrust.org.uk.

 

The Great Tartan Skidaddle

Saturday 15 April

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Whether tweed trousers or tartan hair ribbon, join the spirit of the event and don some tartan!

This 31 mile marathon covers the Great Trossachs Path and takes runners from Inversnaid on Loch Lomond through the heart of the Trossachs to Callander.

For more information please visit the Skidaddle website.

 

RSPB Easter Fun Weekend

Saturday 15 April and Sunday 16 April – between 11am and 3pm

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Take the whole family along for springtime adventures, nature crafts and a treasure hunt at the RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond Reserve. Explore the brand new path, go in search of mini-beasts and take part in a chocolate egg hunt in the woods.

Please email loch.lomond@rspb.org.uk  or call 01389 830670 for more information.

 

Farmers’ Market

Sunday 16 April

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On the first and third Sunday of every month, Loch Lomond Shores welcome the Loch Lomond Farmers’ Market to the beautiful area. With fresh and local produce piled high on every stall, you really must come along!

For more information visit the Loch Lomond Shores website  or check out their Facebook page.

 

RSPB Family Fun Day

Monday 1 May – Drop-in between 11am – 3pm

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Bring the whole family along for nature adventures and wildlife crafts. Go on a mini-beast safari, try out frog hunting and even make a bug B&B to take home! Please call 01389 830670 or email loch.lomond@rspb.org.uk for more information.

 

Breathing Space Callander 10k

Saturday 6 May

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Fancy taking part in one of the most stunning 10k races in the UK?

This dynamic tour of Callander and its amazing surroundings are one of Britain’s most spectacular races with a circular tour of Callander including the historic town centre, rivers, hills and forest trails and it is the perfect family day out.

For more information and registration details please visit the Skidaddle website.

 

Farmers’ Market

Sunday 7 May

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On the first and third Sunday of every month, Loch Lomond Shores welcome the Loch Lomond Farmers’ Market to the beautiful area. With fresh and local produce piled high on every stall, you really must come along!

For more information visit the Loch Lomond Shores website  or check out their Facebook page.

 

RSPB Dawn Chorus

Saturday 13 May 4:30am – 6:30am

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The experience of dawn bird song in the woodland at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond Reserve is definitely worth the early start! In May, the summer visitors that arrive after their long journey sing to attract females and defend their territories and being in the woodland to hear the beginning of this is very special. After the walk, return to the Visitor Hub for a bite to eat and a hot drink while watching the sun rise over the stunning views. Please wrap up and wear suitable clothing and wellies as you are likely to walk ‘off path’ and over muddy ground. Torches are also recommended.

PLEASE NOTE EVENT DATE MAY CHANGE TO SUNDAY 14 MAY DEPENDING ON WEATHER

For more information visit the RSPB website.

 

Farmers’ Market

Sunday 21 May

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On the first and third Sunday of every month, Loch Lomond Shores welcome the Loch Lomond Farmers’ Market to the beautiful area. With fresh and local produce piled high on every stall, you really must come along!

For more information visit the Loch Lomond Shores website  or check out their Facebook page.

 

Loop O’ The Loch

Saturday 10 June

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The Loopy Cycle, The Loopy Run or The Loopy Duathlon!

This “Loopy” event starts and finishes in the Callander Meadows and takes in a 16 mile loop around Loch Venacher in a clockwise direction. With stunning views and challenging trails – this is not an event to miss!

Please visit the Skidaddle website 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 5k and 10k 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

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