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Visit Loch Lomond Spring Newsletter 2012

Loch Lomond Spring and Easter Breaks
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee
It's A Leap Year!
Decadent Dining
Get Active This Springtime
Boating on Loch Lomond
Win a luxury hamper in our Spring Competition
Trossachs Barn Owl Numbers Boosted by 'Vole Feast'
Take A Walk With Wildlife

Loch Lomond Spring and Easter Breaks

On Sunday 25th March, British Summer Time begins - the clocks go forward an hour and the days get longer with lighter nights! 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.

Whatever the reason, be it a romantic or an activity break, or just to escape the city, you’ll have a relaxing time with a spring break on Loch Lomond. And don’t forget the Easter weekend - 6th April  (Good Friday) to 9th April (Easter Monday).

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

The Diamond Jubilee takes place during 2012, marking 60 years of the Queen’s reign. The Queen came to the throne on 6th February 1952 (her Coronation took place in June 1953). To mark 60 years of her reign, the Diamond Jubilee celebrations will centre around an extended weekend in 2012 between 2nd and 5th June.

The late May bank holiday has been moved to Monday 4th June and an additional Jubilee bank holiday will take place on Tuesday 5th June.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will visit Scotland from 2nd to 6th July during their traditional summer stay at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

For centuries, beacons have been lit to celebrate royal jubilees. For this Diamond Jubilee, beacons will be lit throughout the UK, the Commonwealth, and around the world with the four highest mountains in the UK having a beacon at the top!

Queen Victoria who visited Loch Lomond has been the only other British monarch to celebrate a diamond jubilee. Visit Loch Lomond this spring and find out how local communities are celebrating this momentous occasion.

It's A Leap Year!

Ladies, did Valentine’s Day pass without your long time love popping the question?

Don’t despair - take heart! Thanks to St. Bridget nagging St. Patrick in the 5th century about women having to wait so long for a man to propose, you have one day every four years to do the man you love the biggest wedding favour of his life? Yes, indeed! Every February 29th you have the right (nay, the duty) to ask the procrastinator you adore if you can make him the happiest man on earth!

Check the calendar, girls - today’s the day! It only happens once every four years, so pluck up the courage, get down on one knee and ask your man for his hand in marriage in a romantic leap year proposal. Now pin down that man!

Then visit Loch Lomond Weddings for the perfect venue in the perfect location - Loch Lomond!

Decadent Dining

Combine a stunning setting with a fabulous meal! Treat your mum to a special meal on Loch Lomond on Mothers Day, Sunday 18th March. For great chefs, great restaurants and great food, check out our Loch Lomond  Restaurants. Whether you're in the mood for a casual dinner, a fine three-course meal or an evening to remember, Loch Lomond Restaurants offer unique dining experiences for everyone. Find the perfect restaurant for a stylish reception or private dining party at Dining Out Loch Lomond, where talented chefs pride themselves on sourcing the best local and Scottish produce and ingredients.

Get Active This Springtime

Get out and about this springtime and check out our What's On section where we have a great mix of interesting events in and around Loch Lomond. There’s a lot of outdoor pursuits for both the thrillseeker and the less active alike.

For the more active, you can go for some high wire adventure at Go Ape! at the David Marshall Lodge near Aberfoyle.

For the kids, you can visit the Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling.

If you are historically minded and have a head for heights, why not visit the Wallace Monument in Stirling.

In May, we have the Scottish Pipe Band Championship in Dumbarton (Saturday 19th) and the popular Drymen Agricultural Show (Saturday 26th). There are the usual Farmers' Markets throughout the months, so visit our What's On section to find out what's going on when you visit Loch Lomond.

Boating on Loch Lomond

Boating on Loch Lomond has always been a tradition and springtime sees the start of the boating season on the loch. What better way to see the beauty of Loch Lomondside than from the water on a boat. If you’re lucky enough to have one and are looking to moor it at Loch Lomond for the season, you’ll find moorings at Rowardennan on the quieter eastern shore of the Loch as well as at Ardlui at the top end of the loch.

If you do not have your own watercraft, there’s a variety of options available from speedboats to cruisers.

Queen Victoria on having cruised Loch Lomond on 'The Prince Consort' steamer, she wrote in her diary: 'How dearest Albert would have enjoyed it'.

Check out Sweeney's Cruises in Balloch. You can take a one hour experience tour, a 2 ½ hour island discovery tour or a sunset cruise.

New for 2012 is a  Balloch to Luss ferry service (e-mail and a Rowardennan to Inverbeg ferry service (e-mail

Win a luxury hamper in our Spring Competition

We have teamed up with Scottish Hampers to offer you a luxury hamper to be won. For more information and to enter, visit our seasonal competition page.

Trossachs Barn Owl Numbers Boosted by 'Vole Feast'

Following the decline in barn owl numbers in Scotland over the last four years, Mike Steward, a retired Forestry Commission ranger together with the Loch Lomond National Park Rangers have helped increase their numbers by installing 40 owl boxes across the Park. Numbers of the nocturnal birds had started to decline because of changes in agricultural practices and more common use of pesticides. Despite previous cold winters and prolonged snow cover, barn owls have managed to breed producing an average 3.3 owlets per breeding pair and 12 out of 40 boxes were used for breeding with many others used for roosting.

These very cold winters have also seen a massive increase in the number of field voles and this is also helping boost the raptor's population. The voles thrive under snow cover as it protects them from the coldest temperatures and provides cover to prevent them being hunted by birds of prey. However, when the snow finally melts in the spring, the mammals are suddenly very vulnerable to raptors. It is said that some of the owls are now stockpiling voles in nest boxes.

The high number of field voles in the Trossachs area over the past two years have also led to an increase in the number of tawny owls. Over the winter, although many of the boxes became roosting sites for barn owls, some became temporary winter havens for other species including squirrels, pine martens, crows and wood pigeon. Well done to the Loch Rangers and Mike Steward!

For further information, visit the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.

Take A Walk With Wildlife

Visit Loch Lomond this spring when new growth begins and say goodbye to the winter blues. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs area of Scotland are rich in wildlife and nature. The forests, woods, bens and glens of the area offer a wide and diverse range of birds, animals and plant life. Springtime sees new life and early April is a busy time of the year for all bird species that inhabit the lochside and its vicinity. The majestic scenery of Loch Lomond bursts with new blooms leaving the cold drama of winter behind us. Enjoy the daffodils, bluebells, primula, crocus and the new life that spring brings.

Put a spring in your step, take a walk with the wildlife and see all that Loch Lomond has to offer this springtime.

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