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Visit Loch Lomond Autumn Newsletter 2012

Autumn Short Breaks at Loch Lomond
Roving Reporter: Brave
Go Ape with our Autumn Competition
Callander Jazz & Blues Festival
Loch Lomond Highland Games
The 'Holy Grail' of Treks

Autumn Short Breaks at Loch Lomond

With the return of X Factor, the adventures of Downton Abbey and even the return of Dallas on our TVs, autumn is surely upon us!  Autumn in Scotland is well known for its glorious colours and dramatic sunsets. The landscape is transformed by a breathtaking explosion of colour - brown, gold, yellow and russet red - every artists’ and photographers’ dream!  Enjoy strolls through the oak woodlands and pine forests as a sense of relaxation takes over the landscape. Autumn also brings its own particular wildlife spectacles. The rutting season and the sight of a majestic red deer stag. Birds from the Arctic migrate south and join us in Scotland while golden eagles, white tailed sea eagles, black grouse, ptarmigan, capercaillie, crossbills and many other species remain. Now is the time to visit Loch Lomond as the landscape transforms. Could there be anything nicer than enjoying Loch Lomond? A piece of wild Scotland all to yourself with only the wildlife and landscape to enjoy. Take advantage of some great autumn offers and enjoy a short break by the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

Brave by our Roving Reporter, Win

Went to see the newly released Disney Pixar movie, Brave, an absolutely fabulous movie for kids and adults alike, the animation of both characters and scenery is stunning and there are plenty of laughs to lighten the sometimes scary moments. The scenic shots were based mostly on the landscapes of the Isle of Lewis (including the Callanish Standing Stones, where Merida finds the magic), the Isle of Skye, Inverness and Argyll with shots of Urquhart, Eilean Donan and Dunnottar Castles and I’m sure I recognised one shot towards the end of the film of Crinan Harbour in Argyll.

The good news for Scottish tourism is that the Highlands and Islands do look lush and inviting, with landscapes authentically Scottish; the lochs, pine forests, glens, streams and burns look fantastic. Special eminence is given to the Callanish Stones on the Isle of Lewis and Princess Merida’s trusty steed, Angus, a handsome Clydesdale horse. Scottish myths abound - although no haggis is ‘hunted’, it does appear on the breakfast table with neeps (turnip), there are bagpipes and kilts aplenty and the clans never back off from a fight!

The plot, if you didn’t already know is basically about a feisty Scottish princess in 8th to 10th century Scotland whose parents, King Fergus and Queen Elinor stage a tournament to find a suitable champion to marry Princess Merida off to. She happens upon a witch who gives her a spell which is supposed to ‘change Elinor’s mind’ about marrying Merida off but in fact changes her (Elinor) into a bear. The resulting storyline is gripping, hilarious and scary as Merida goes on a quest to undo the spell.

The main characters are voiced by Kelly Macdonald (Merida), Emma Thompson (Elinor), Billy Connolly (King Fergus) – who amongst Connolly fans would not recognise that voice, Robbie Coltrane (Lord Dingwall) and Julie Walters (the Witch).

A ‘must-see’ movie for patriotic Scots and the rest of the world alike!

Go Ape with our Autumn Competition

One lush green forest and a healthy dollop of breathtaking scenery; a smattering of tree-top high wires, tricky crossings and wind-in-your-face zip wires. Take to the trees and speed down Britain's two longest zip slides. They're part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set up to 120 feet above the forest floor. Ideal for friends and families... you'll share around 3 hours of fun and adventure going ape up in the trees!  Live more adventurously, have fun with friends and family - get in touch with your inner Tarzan! Have a day out that you will never forget! Go Ape at Aberfoyle this autumn!

To win a Go Ape voucher, visit our Seasonal Competition page.

Callander Jazz & Blues Festival

The Callander Jazz & Blues Festival which will take place from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September is one of the largest rural music festival events in Scotland. Visit the Heart of Scotland and experience a weekend of first class entertainment amongst the early autumn splendour of the Trossachs.

Check out the venue map for locations of each event and to get directions. Tickets will also be on sale during the Festival from the National Park office in Main Street, Callander.

Line Up: King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys headline on Saturday with Jacqui Dankworth and her quartet headlining Sunday. Other acts include The Jiveoholics, The Revolutionaires, The Guy Tortora Band, The Zoey Gilbert Quartet, The Lyndon Anderson Band, Winston's Pennine Jazz, Howlin' Mat, Jazz Maine, The High Society Jazz Band, The Scott Madden Trio, Swing Sensation, The Cosmopolitan Big Band, The Pentatonics, The Jensen Interceptors, Baby Isaac, and Lewis Hamilton & the Boogie Brot.

Tickets: An adult weekend rover ticket is priced at £45. Friday rover tickets is priced at £10, a Saturday rover is priced at £30, and a Sunday rover ticket is priced at £20. Rover tickets admit you to every festival performance in the event programme for the weekend or stipulated day, subject to space being available.

Individual event tickets (£5 per person, headline performances £10) will be available on the door at the venues for non-rover ticket holders.

One of the highlights of the Callander Jazz Festival is The Jazz Cruise on the SS Sir Walter Scott on beautiful Loch Katrine. Two hours cruising the seven miles of Loch Katrine listening to the band with refreshments served on board. Take in the stunning views of Ben Venue and Glen Gyle, once the home of Rob Roy MacGregor.

There is a covered sun lounge area and a viewing deck and lounge should the weather be inclement.

For a great accommodation package, check out the Festival offer at the Poppies Hotel, Callander.

Last chance to catch the Loch Lomond Highland Games

The Loch Lomond Highland Games has now been re-scheduled to take place at Moss o’ Balloch Park on Saturday 22nd September. This annual event was due to take place in July, but due to heavy rainfall, the waterlogged park was unable to support the necessary vehicle movement required to set up the public systems.

The games are now numbered amongst the top three Highland Games events in the country, with approximately 10000-15000 visitors coming to enjoy them each year, and now offer over £15000 in prize money.

Events feature:

  •  Scottish Highland Games Association World Heavyweight Championship (Ball, Hammer and Caber Weights)
  •  The Scottish 80 Metres Running Championship
  •  The Scottish Backhold/Cumberland Style Wrestling British Championship
  •  Highland Dancing (Local and open)
  •  Solo Piping (Local and open)
  •  Pipe Band and Drum Majors competition (under RSPBA)
  •  Track events
  •  Cycling
  •  Tug-o-war (Local and open)

In addition, the Loch Lomond Highland Games is the only Highland Games to host a triathlon which includes swimming, cycling and running.

The 'Holy Grail' of Treks

The West Highland Way has been designated amongst the 'holy grail’ of trails by National Geographic and is recognised as one of the world’s top 20 treks.

The West Highland Way stretches for a feet-numbing 96 miles, starting at Milngavie, north of Glasgow to Fort William in Inverness-shire, passing along the eastern shores of the spectacular Loch Lomond. Snaking its way through breathtaking scenery, including the rocky peaks of Glen Coe, site of the famous massacre, the remote terrestrial landscape of Rannoch Moor, to the highest point – Devil’s Staircase at 1,850 ft on the Aonach Eagach ridge in the spectacular Scottish Highlands. Scottish Comedian, Fred MacAuley recently walked the West Highland Way in aid of the STV Appeal and helped to raise money for Scottish children.


Loch Lomond

  • Overcast
  • Temperature: 15 °C
  • Wind: East-Northeast, 10.4 mph
  • Pressure: 1018 hPa
  • Rel. Humidity: 88 %
  • Visibility: 6.2 mi
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