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Visit Loch Lomond Winter Newsletter 2011-12

Winter and Festive Breaks in the Park
Festive Dining at Loch Lomond Restaurants
Christmas Shopping at Loch Lomond
What’s On This Winter
Win a Bottle of Glengoyne 17 Year Old Malt and Distillery Tour Tickets
New Art Studio Opened in Balfron
Highland Goldrush at Tyndrum

Winter and Festive Breaks in the Park

The clocks have changed and the evenings are long. Why not fill them up with some great winter breaks and enjoy some stunning scenery - a photograper's dream! Enjoy great Scottish food and warm hospitality. Sit back and relax next to a roaring open fire and sip a glass of wine. All you have to do is visit Loch Lomond this winter! New this season, why not check out the Lion and Unicorn Hotel in Thornhill.

Festive Dining at Loch Lomond Restaurants

How many weeks until Christmas? Don't panic! It's not too late to plan that family Christmas dinner or office lunch. Check out our Loch Lomond Restaurants guide for great festive menus. Whether you are looking for a rural Christmas retreat in Arrochar, or a great night out in Balloch, you are sure to have a fantastic festive celebration at Loch Lomond!

Christmas Shopping at Loch Lomond

Visit Santa's Grotto at Loch Lomond Shores with late night shopping on Thursdays, when all shops are open until 8pm with great offers and promotions available.

Loch Lomond Jewellers for fantastic his & hers jewellery or Buchlyvie Pottery Shop for bespoke ceramics. Go Shopping at Loch Lomond this Christmas!

What’s On this Winter

Throughout the winter months, enjoy live music in a loch-side pub, dance the night away at a Scottish ceilidh, enjoy a Christmas panto or check out the local produce at a farmers' market. There's always plenty to do and see throughout Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Check out What's on at Loch Lomond this Christmas.

Win a Bottle of Glengoyne 17 Year Old Malt and Distillery Tour Tickets

The end of summer saw changes at Glengoyne Distillery which include a complete overhaul of the shop as well as updates to the visitor centre. The distillery is located on the A81 near Killearn (on the West Highland Way) and within easy reach of Loch Lomond. A total of £300,000 has been invested in the visitor facilities upgrade in 2011, with further renovations planned for 2012. The shop renovations have allowed for the creation of a new bothy area where groups can relax before and after tours. Cosmetic upgrades have also been made to the visitor centre enabling the distillery to continue offering first class conference and events facilities to corporate and private clients. Glengoyne Distillery also offers an excellent and unusal wedding venue. New features inside the shop include a new tasting area and the ‘Pour Your Own Dram’ facility, where guests are given the chance to fill and label their own bottle direct from an exclusive single cask, before logging it in the customs book. During tours and events, a new series of Glengoyne films are now available to present a fun and informative look into life at Glengoyne. A visit to Glengoyne makes for a great day out!

To win a bottle of Glengoyne 17 year old malt and 4 distillery tour tickets enter our seasonal competition

New art studio opened in Balfron

A brand new art studio opened its doors in the creative Stirlingshire village of Balfron, near Loch Lomond National Park. Established by Glasgow School of Art graduate Ewen Duncan, art4you Scotland will offer day, evening and weekend art classes and art holidays from brand new premises in a spacious converted byre at Ballochruin Farm. Ewen, a former television set designer who now lectures in art, said: “Our new studio is in a fantastic setting, allowing us to use the Campsie Fells and the River Endrick as the backdrop for our art classes. There will be a warm and friendly welcome to anyone who wants to join one of our art classes or workshops. We have special offers on gift vouchers at the moment”

art4you Scotland’s classes are aimed at beginners to experienced artists and families.

“A family art class can be a lot of fun because everyone gets something different from it. Members of the older generation often find art classes help them rediscover a long lost talent, while younger members of a group can refine the techniques they’ve been learning at school or college. Above all, though a family art class should be fun!”

Ewen started art4you Scotland last year, running a very successful first season of classes at Balfron High School. Now, he and his wife Claudia have opened their doors at Ballochruin Farm and offer a truly rural artistic experience to both local people and holidaymakers. Ewen adds: “Coming along to one of our art classes is not just about learning to paint. It can really help boost your confidence as well. It’s a really rewarding experience.”

Ewen’s students agree. Jim Cameron from nearby Killearn says: “Ewen’s attitude is, let’s have fun. He’s good at creating an encouraging atmosphere.”

While Rhona McColl adds: “Ewen directs rather than tells you. He’s someone with a professional mind who can encourage you. I am doing things now that I never thought I could.”

Visit Loch Lomond Activities this winter and check out art4you Scotland.

Highland Goldrush at Tyndrum

It's more than 500 years since gold was successfully mined in Scotland. This autumn, the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Authority gave the go-ahead to reopen the Cononish Gold Mine, located between Ben Lui and Tyndrum. It is believed that 210,000 ounces of gold and 830,000 ounces of silver will be extracted over 10 years, after which the 96 acre site will be fully restored, including wild landscapes and habitiats. Cononish, the only gold mine in Scotland was dug in the 1990s but never opened for business when the price of gold halved in the space of two years. Now the soaring price of gold has made the project viable.


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