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Visit Loch Lomond Summer Newsletter 2012

Summer Breaks at Loch Lomond
10th Anniversary of the National Park
New Cultural Centre in Luss
Scotland in the 2012 Olympics
Major Films Featuring Scotland's Landscapes
Balmaha Visitor Centre Now Open
New Nature Reserve for Loch Lomond
Win a Wakeboarding Break our Summer Competition
What's On
Farewell to Inchmurrin Island's Tom Scott

Summer Breaks at Loch Lomond

Enjoy the lazy hazy days of summer by the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. The month of May already saw record temperatures and with the longer, lighter nights, this is the perfect time for watersports, beaches and barbecues.

Enjoy stunning sunset sands and Visit Loch Lomond this June, July and August for a perfect short break in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park in the heart of Scotland.

10th Anniversary of the National Park

Scotland’s first National Park, the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, which was opened in 2002 by the Princess Royal, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

The celebrations includes the launch of a national photography competition “A Shot in the Park” showcasing the best of what the National Park has to offer. The competition is open to budding photographers of all ages and abilities.

Categories include landscapes, people, flora & fauna, The National Park at Work and under 16’s. All photographs should be original.

To win a trip to London and a cash prize, enter your spectacular photographs of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park by visiting this website.

The judging panel, includes top class photographer, Colin Prior, and Scottish broadcaster and journalist, Sally Magnusson, who will decide the winners in late September. Catch up with our Autumn Newsletter when details of the winners will be shown.

New Cultural Centre in Luss

The Clan Colquhoun Museum & Heritage Centre is now is open at Shore Cottage and the public are welcome to come in for a preview. The Centre is ‘a project in progress' but nonetheless is open for business for few hours over the weekends.

The visitor centre was able to open following funds being received from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Argyll and the Islands Leader programme and Luss Estates.

This project, which was led by volunteers from the local community, will bring to life the story of the Clan Colquhoun, protecting the heritage for the local community in addition to helping to provide an additional attraction for tourists.

Situated on the banks of Loch Lomond within the conservation village of Luss, the Heritage and Visitor Centre will offer locals and visitors alike an opportunity to understand how clans have influenced Scottish life, including understanding the Clan’s origins, its relationship with Luss and how the Clan interacted with other neighbouring clans.

Clan Colquhoun boasts significant interest from descendants at home and abroad and regularly attracts visitors from nations including the USA, Canada, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand.

Scotland in the 2012 Olympics

The Olympic Flame will be in Scotland between 8th and 14th June and will visit 120 Scottish communities. Not only does the Scotland route include villages, town and cities, the Olympic Torch Relay will also take in landmarks along the way and the Olympic Flame will be carried for sections of the route by different modes of transport. On Saturday 9th June the flame will travel from Glasgow through Bearsden, Clydebank, Dumbarton, Luss, Tarbet and on up to Inverness.

Football will be the only Olympic event to take place in Scotland for the 2012 Games, with Glasgow's Hampden Park  welcoming London 2012 participants over five match days, two of which are before the opening ceremony. Sixteen men’s teams and twelve women’s teams will compete in the event at the Olympics, with Hampden being used on July 25th, 26th and 28th, as well as on August 1st and 3rd.

Major Films Featuring Scotland's Landscapes

June sees the release of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi blockbuster Promethius, the prequel to Alien, with Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, which is partly shot on Isle of Skye.

In July comes The Dark Knight Rises, the latest Batman movie starring Christian Bale, filmed at Inverness Airport and the Cairngorms.

In August, Disney Pixar's Brave will be shown in 70 countries across the world. This animated Disney film is set in the Highlands and features the voices of Billy Connolly, Robbie Coltrane, Emma Thompson and Kelly McDonald (of Boardwalk Empire fame) among others. A Disney spokesperson, said  "Brave takes its inspiration from the majesty and mystery of Scotland, and brings to life the iconic Scottish landscape and folklore that inspired the film. During our research, we learned that everything in Scotland tells a story – every stone, tree and mountain – which is why we are so proud this beautiful country is the backdrop of our film."
The film will showcase Scotland’s scenery, humour and culture on an unprecedented scale and is designed to position Scotland on the world's stage in a way not seen since Braveheart.
Loch Lomonds Brave Experience - To celebrate the launch of the new Disney Pixar movie Brave, Duncryne Equitation & Trekking Centre in Gartocharn have created Loch Lomonds very own Brave Experience - ride into the wilderness on horseback, perfect your aim with archery and become a legend with Robert the Bruce.

October sees a double bill – the latest Bond film, Skyfall, starring Daniel Craig featuring scenes from Glencoe in Argyll and Cloud Atlas starring Halle Berry on location in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Also due this year, Under the Skin starring Scarlett Johansson as an alien predator, partly filmed in Glasgow and Arbroath.

Early next year will see the release of World War Z starring Brad Pitt, filmed on location in Glasgow, doubling as Philadelphia.

Balmaha Visitor Centre Now Open

The newly refurbished Balmaha Visitor Centre is now open. Operated by the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, it continues to be the most popular stopping off point along the West Highland Way for walkers. Visitors will also now be able to arrive from the west side of Loch Lomond using the water bus service from Luss. Places included in the water bus service are Inversnaid, Luss, Tarbet, Balmaha, Inchcailloch and Rowardennan.

The Rangers onsite can assist all path users with advice and guidance to help them enjoy their adventure. This year, it reopened on Good Friday until late October. The facility has been given a face lift and has updated information and interpretation panels. Staff on duty will continue to provide support and information to West Highland Way walkers and will be the main telephone contact point for walkers. They will give you the best advice and information on places to visit and what to do when you get there.

They will also have ranger-led events every Wednesday and Thursday throughout July and August.

Open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm between 6th April and 30th September. Please also note that the visitor centre provides the only public toilets as the local authority facility has been demolished.

New Nature Reserve for Loch Lomond

RSPB Scotland has paid £1.1m for land at the Wards Estate, near Gartocharn on the south-east shore of Loch Lomond. The area is home to a rich variety of wildlife that inhabit the woodlands, mires, fens, grasslands and floodplain of the River Endrick.

The RSPB now hopes to secure the future of the 563 acre nature reserve through a partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage and Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority. The partnership will ensure the site will be managed as a haven for wildlife on Loch Lomond, supporting breeding and wintering waders and waterfowl including the Greenland white-fronted geese, greylag geese, pink-footed geese, as well as ospreys during the summer and a small number of whooper swans.

Win a Wakeboarding Break in our Summer Competition

We have teamed up with Loch Lomond Wakeboard to offer you wakeboarding tuition and accommodation to be won. For more information and to enter, visit our seasonal competition page.

What's On

Summer is time for fun in the sun. Enjoy traditional Highland Games around the loch with games at Helensburgh, Balloch, and Luss to name but a few.  Take to the water by sailboat, ferry or cruiser or even better, join the Dragon Boat Challenge.

Walk for Whales or plod the Trossachs. Music Lovers can enjoy the Loch Lomond Folk Festival while shoppers can visit the local farmers' markets. Within easy reach of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling, have a great day out and check out What's On at Loch Lomond.

Farewell to Inchmurrin Island's Tom Scott

Tom Scott, the inspirational man who helped develop Inchmurrin Island on Loch Lomond into a tourist destination, passed away peacefully on April 16, aged 86.

The beloved grandfather left an impressive legacy behind. Born in 1925 Tom’s family bought Inchmurrin and moved to the Loch Lomond island when he was 7 years old and his younger brother, Jay, aged 5.  When Tom was 16, his father died of pneumonia after saving someone from the loch and Tom then had to run the island to support the family and keep Jay at school.

In 1947, Tom competed for the first time at Luss Highland Games, with Jay joining him the following year, both competing successfully at games all over Scotland, breaking many records and winning many prizes. Tom broke the national triple jump record at the Festival of Britain Clan Gathering at Murrayfield in 1951 with a jump of 47ft 3in.

Jay became a reluctant sex symbol after being immortalised as the brawny figure on packs of Scott’s Porage Oats, he married actress and singer Fay Lenore in the 1950s.

Tom and his wife, Ann, had two sons,  David born in 1958 and Dugald in 1961. Both are now married and have children of their own.  Tom and Ann also adopted Douglas Campbell in 1959 after his parents tragically died in a caravan while holidaying on the island.

Tom came to the rescue of many boaters in trouble. In 2011, he was mentioned in the Scottish Parliament for saving over 60 people from the loch.

The Rev Ian Miller of Bonhill Parish Church paid tribute to Tom Scott during his funeral service. He said, "He was a man apart. I would just like to say, on a personal note, I had the most enormous respect for him and maybe just a little awe.  A very special man has been taken from us. We will not see his like again".


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