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Visit Loch Lomond Autumn Newsletter 2013

Loch Lomond Short Breaks
Win a Short Break at Ardlui Hotel
Wildlife and Nature
What's On This Autumn?
Did You Know?
New Cycling Path Around the Bonnie Banks
2014: What's To Come

Loch Lomond Short Breaks

The appeal of holidaying in Scotland lies in the diversity of the seasons. Autumn in Scotland is one of the most beautiful times of the year, punctuated with beautiful  autumn colours, purple hued heathers, green and gold, ochre and orange, bronze and burgundy.  As the days get colder and shorter, enjoy glorious seasonal colours and magnificent sunsets - autumn has the lot! It’s a photographer’s and artist’s dream!

With the September weekend and October Holiday along with some great deals, this is a perfect time to take a short break at Loch Lomond.

Win a Short Break at Ardlui Hotel

Win two nights bed & breakfast in a superior double room at the small, intimate, three star Ardlui Country House Hotel and relax on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. To enter this competition, click here.

Wildlife and Nature

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.

Loch Lomond in Autumn  - a loch for all seasons

The hills wear a purple cloak of heather
Early morning mist phantoms dance together
Spires of red, yellow, copper and golden brown
Are mirrored in the gunmetal water, deep down
A skein of pinkfeet geese, in V-formation
Has flown non-stop to this balmier location
Whooper swans skim in low over the birch trees,
Trumpeting their entrance to the autumn breeze
In still waters, trout and salmon are spawning
In dark grey corries, red deer stags are roaring

By Mary Young

What's On This Autumn

Day trippers, holiday makers and locals alike can find a wide array of things to do throughout the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.  Popular events in autumn includes the 8th Annual Callander Jazz & Blues Festival  which is once again fast approaching and as always will offer a long weekend of superb music. Lomond Shores will again host the Loch Lomond Food and Drink Festival during  Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight!

The month of October also brings us Halloween events and autumn wildlife activities, while in November we can celebrate Guy Fawkes and the start of Christmas Fairs. From food festivals and farmers’ markets to live musical entertainment, why not check-out What’s On this autumn.

Did You Know?

Inversnaid and its lochside waterfall is where the local ferryman's daughter was the inspiration for William Wordsworth's poem To A Highland Girl.

The Royal Cottage just outside Stronachlachar, perched alone on the edge of Loch Katrine, was built for Queen Victoria, but she never got to use it because a welcoming 21-gun salute shattered every window in the property.

Loch Lomond is the brand name of the Scotch whisky drunk by Captain Haddock in Hergé's famous comic book series The Adventures of Tintin.

In the Three Stooges episode, 'Pardon My Scotch', a gentleman asks "Are you laddies by any chance from Loch Lomond?" whereupon Curly replies "No, we're from Lock Jaw".

Spike Millgan created an episode of The Goons Show entitled 'The Treasure of Loch Lomond'. The main charcter of the show, Neddie Seagoon, discovers he has Scottish heritage and travels to Scotland to claim a fortune owned by his uncle, who discovered a galleon full of treasure at the bottom of the loch.

New Cycling Path Around the Bonnie Banks

Enjoy the great outdoors this autumn and take to a stunning new cycle trail through rugged hills at Loch Lomond. Running for 15 miles from Inversnaid to Aberfoyle, you can arrive by boat from Tarbet (30 minute trip to Inversnaid). Here you join an old military road built in the 18th century on the orders of Field Marshal George Wade for better access to his garrisons.

Enjoy the views on the stunning route which leaves Inversnaid and its lochside waterfall, the trail leaves the main road and snakes up a hillside giving perfect views over Loch Arklet and Loch Lomond. The cycle route heads to Stronachlachar and its pier café then onto Aberfoyle.

The route is quite tough in parts, up and down, sometimes steep and often bumpy.

In 2002, the Strathard Community Trust and the Forestry Commission began to improve the surface for cyclists, walkers and horse riders. The trail is now almost complete and will be opened officially next spring.

Looking to the future, there is a grander plan for a 90-mile east-west path from the start of the Cowal Way in Portavadie to Callander. As yet to be named, it should be finished in 2015 and will make a new alternative to the well-worn West Highland Way, which runs north-south.

2014: What's To Come

With the advent of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Second Homecoming and the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn in 2014, we hope that visitors to Scotland will take the opportunity to visit Loch Lomond during their stay!

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