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Visit Loch Lomond Newsletter Spring 2015

Spring Breaks at Loch Lomond
Spring Competition
Wild Park: Non-Native Native Plants
No Wild Camping on the Eastern Shore of Loch Lomond
What's On This Spring
Tom Weir Statue Unveiled
Springfest: The Scottish Food & Drink Festival


Spring Breaks at Loch Lomond

Spring forward this season! On Sunday 29th March, British Summer Time begins and the clocks go forward an hour. As the days get longer and the nights get lighter, it’s the perfect time to take a short break by the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond! Set in the heart of Scotland's first National Park, you can stay in a five-star luxury hotel, a self-catering lodge or a remote hideaway. Take a spring break, enjoy the Easter weekend and visit Loch Lomond Short Breaks.

Spring Competition

Win 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast at the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel in Luss

Amidst the breathtaking scenery, you will find the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel, a 300 year old former coaching inn in the picturesque village of Luss. This four-star establishment is a unique blend of a country lodge with a boutique hotel with 14 individually styled bedrooms, a well stocked bar and a restaurant serving local produce.

Click here to enter our Spring Competition.


Wild Park: Non-Native Invasive Species

They are sneaky, those non-native invasive plants. They act innocent and beautiful when enlisting help from us, the humans. The problem with these plants is that they are good at taking over. They literally invade, spread and settle, leaving no room for other plants.

The native plants that live in our Park are used to co-existing with each other. They live in harmony in an ecosystem that’s all about sharing space - until a fast spreading alien plant turns up and edges out our native plants!

Our worst offenders include Rhododendron Ponticum, Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam and the American Skunk Cabbage.

The National Park is working in partnership with landowners, fishery trusts, government agencies and volunteers to reduce the impact of non-native invasive plants. Wherever possible, we’re seeking to remove these invasive plants completely.


No Wild Camping on the Eastern Shore of Loch Lomond

The Loch Lomond Camping Byelaws have been introduced to help tackle problems of misuse and overuse on the eastern shore. The shores have been suffering for many years and the National Park Authority has introduced byelaws to help get the area back to being a place that both locals and visitors can enjoy.

It is an offence to camp between 1st March and 31st October in the East Loch Lomond Restricted Zone at any time of day or night, except at one of the official designated sites.

If you are walking the West Highland Way this spring, campsite accommodation can be found at Sallochy Bay on the east shores of Loch Lomond, north of Balmaha, alternatively bunkhouse accommodation is available at Rowardennan.

Sallochy Bay is a semi formal campsite, run by Forestry Commission Scotland, with basic facilities offering a 'wilder' camping experience. Toilets and overnight parking is available for those who have booked a pitch.


What's On This Spring

Get out and get active this springtime and check out What's On in and around the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

You will find a great mix of interesting events and activities to suit all ages and abilities. Join the KiltWalk from Glasgow to Loch Lomond or join the Ben Lomond Hill Race. From pipe band championships, live musical entertainment, agriculture shows, farmers markets to food and drink festivals, it's all happening in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.


Tom Weir Statue Unveiled

A bronze statue of Tom Weir was unveiled at the end of December in Balmaha Bay. Since then, over 5,000 visitors have flocked to see the statue and is set to become one of the most photographed statues in Scotland.

The Tom Weir Statue Campaign was launched in February 2012, raising the money for the sculpture of the late Scottish climber and much loved TV personality. His centenary of his birth in December 2014 is celebrated with the installation of the statue near to where Tom lived in the National Park. Tom passed away in July 2006 and is buried in the grounds of Kilmaronock Parish Church, near Drymen.

For those that are too young to remember, Tom was best known for his long-running STV show Weir’s Way, as well as his trademark woolly red hat and Fair Isle jumper.  He was also an active campaigner for the protection of the Scottish environment and the first recipient of the John Muir Award for Lifetime Achievement.

With the initial success of the statue, the Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs and the Tom Weir Memorial Group have plans to raise a further £25,000 for a second phase of upgrading works at the picnic area which involve improving paths, installing story boards and seats as well as producing educational materials to introduce youngsters to the National Park.

The public appeal remains open and donations can be sent to the Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, The Old Station, Balloch Road, Balloch G83 8SS.


Springfest: The Scottish Food & Drink Festival

This year will see the first Springfest Food & Drink Festival being held at Loch Lomond Shores in Balloch on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th April.

To celebrate 2015 as Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink, all of the suppliers who are present at this inaugural Springfest event are linked with Scotland, using Scottish produce, proud Scotsmen and women who dedicate their lives to food and drink, or wonderful worldwide producers who create all over the world but use produce from Scotland.  It is amazing when you start to look around just how much Scotland has to offer.

We also have a range of drinks on offer including real ale from Loch Lomond Brewery through to Scottish cider and wine.

Other activities include live cooking demos and foraging & bushcraft sessions in association with Can You Experience. There will also be some live music from the Scottish tribal band Clann An Drumma.


If you have any comments or contributions for our newsletter, please e-mail us at info@visit-lochlomond.com



 

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