Welcome to Linked Magazine’s smörgåsbord of What’s On events in, and around, west Stirlingshire, Loch Lomond & Trossachs (Get in touch if there is an event you feel needs inclusion!)
KILLEARN 10K Saturday 3rd June, 11am (G63 9RN)
The actual race event is full (apply early for next year), but still offers a rather nice hour or two of spectating if the weather is pleasant. The trail race itself is within a stunning setting, and if you fancy coming along, it’s a good idea to walk up the water track (behind High Lettre Farm) to gain elevation and enjoy the views as the sweaty runners pass by.
Starting from the top of the village by the Buchanan Monument at 11am, the 10k route heads down Main Street towards the South end of Killearn, past the end of Branziert Road. South of the village the routes turn left off Main Street and up to High Lettre Farm to join the Pipe Track heading South towards Strathblane. The water station is located after approximately 3.8km. At 4.8km the 10k route turns – there will be a Piper and Marshal at this point. Return is back along the Pipe Track passing the water station again (5.8km) and continues on the farm track to 8km. The route then crosses north over grassland (east of Branziert Road) into Ibert Wood, joining lbert Road to return downhill into the village. The route finally turns right up Main Street for 200m, and then sharp left before the bank to finish in Killearn Park.
KILLEARN BEER FESTIVAL Saturday 3rd June, 3pm Old Mill Inn, Killearn (Old Mill Inn will be open from Midday)
Possibly one reason the Killearn 10K entry fills so fast is the promise of the rather fantastic local Killearn Beer Festival that follows after the event. The rustic Old Mill Inn is open from midday for a delicious range of lunches (the homemade burger with chunky handcut chips, and the the lamb belly dish, get a major thumbs-up from me after my most recent foray to the pub) and beverages, with the main event kicking off at 3pm.
What to expect? Well, it’s got it all really. As well as the huge range of fabulous craft beers, there is cider, and Tennents lager on tap for those who prefer to stick with what they know. There is also a Gins of the World tent (find me there) and a Prosecco Bar (or perhaps find me here), and a food stall to keep you well fuelled while you wear your best drinking boots. While we hope for fabulous weather, there are tents, gazebos and a large stretch tent in case of inclement weather.
A few crafty beers for inclusion are from the Fintry Brewing Company, Cross Borders Brewing Company, Campervan Brewery, Up Front Brewing, Loch Lomond Brewery, Fallen Brewing Co, plus Thistly Cross and Waulkmill ciders.
GARGUNNOCK SHOW Saturday 3rd June, The Showfield, Gargunnock (FK8 3BD)
Gargunnock Show has been around for a long time. Since 1794 to be exact. This is what I like to call a ‘proper local show’, with entrants confined to those living in the area, so it’s a small and friendly affair with no fancy bells and whistles. A welcoming small show, it has all the usual agricultural and equine offerings;
Classes for Dairy Cattle, Native and Continental Cattle, Native and Continental Sheep, Horses, Ponies, Clydesdales, Highland Ponies, Baking, Floral Art, Children’s Painting and Vintage Vehicles
On field entertainments include the Gargunnock Show Obstacle Race, Musical Wheelbarrows, Pet’s Parade, Childrens’ Races and Dog Races
There will be a variety of stands and usually a bouncy castle and kids entertainment, a tasty burger van and a beer tent. What’s not to like?
JUMBLE SALE, Sunday 4th June at 10am, McLaren Leisure Centre, Callander.
We are holding a massive jumble sale this Sunday to support everyone affected by the recent fires at Victoria Court AND Mhor 84 staff quarters. All monies raised will support those affected and their families.
The public have been incredibly generous and have given donations since our appeal last Friday. We have a separate Facebook auction page and just giving account, as well as donation boxes throughout Callander.
We will also be holding a grand tombola on the day!
We are continuing to ask for any donations (big or small) of sundries/clothes/linen/
Please come along this Sunday to support our sale and SHARE amongst others!
DRAGON BOAT RACE, 3rd June Balloch Castle Country Park (G83 8SY)
In aid of Bobath Cerebral Palsy Centre, this Dragon Boat Race will make for some great entertainment for spectators, and a hoot for those involved. Entries still look to be open, at £500 for 1 team of up to 17 participants (boats and training given on the day). Contact 0141 352 5000, or email email@example.com ‘The ultimate team challenge, Dragon boating is a fun-filled and exhilarating experience, ideal for experienced crews and beginners alike. All you need to do is gather 15 of your most competitive friends, family and colleagues (from age 12 upwards) to complete your winning team. Boats and full training will be provided on the day, and then it will be time to don your best fancy dress and have fun, all for a great cause! Each team is guaranteed to race three times throughout the day in our qualifying rounds, where there will be leader board updates, music and live commentary upping the ante as we see who will make it through to our grand final.’
Balloch Castle Country Park itself is worth a visit with 200 acres of park, walled gardens, nature trails and guided walks.
RSPB NATURE & WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP, 3rd June Beginners, 4th June Intermediate, Loch Lomond
Join photographer David Palmar for a day of wildlife and nature photography at RSPB Scotland Loch Lomond. He will be focusing on key skills to help you develop and improve your photography, and ready to answer all your questions. Bring your camera, wellies, waterproofs and a packed lunch for a day out on the reserve. Contact RSPB for more detailed information.
FYNEFEST 2017, 2-4th June, Cairndow, Argyll, PA26 8BJ
Another great weekend event for all the family. While the dads can sup on a vast selection of craft beers, there are other drinking options for those not into beers, as well as food, music, salsa dancing and a varied program of activities over the entire weekend. Fear not about fretting kids as ‘FyneFest is a family-friendly weekend of fun, so we’ll be running a kids entertainment program all weekend to keep everyone amused. With their own tent (The Wee Tent) to take over, kids will be catered for with activities which in previous years has included mini-sports days, face painting, movie nights and dedicated entertainers.’ Tickets are £60 for the entire weekend.
HELENSBURGH & LOMOND HIGHLAND GAMES, 3rd June, Helensburgh Rugby Club Grounds (G84 8JZ)
The Games in Helensburgh first took place at Larchfield Park (behind where this years Games will be held) in 1898, the Games continued until 1905 and didn’t take place again until 1924 , the next Games were not held until 1949 this time at Camis Eskan Farm with 15,000 attending on the day, we are not sure if Games were held in 1950 or 1951, the 1952 Games at Camis Eskan attracted 14,000, this was the last real Highland Games to be held in Helensburgh until 2008, when the present Games committee brought the Games back to the town for the first time in 56 years with over 3,500 attending on the day, The aim of our Games Committee is to provide a Highland Games worthy of attracting crowds as big as they were at the 1949 and 1952 Games, with the help of visitors from home and abroad this can and will be achieved.
Championship heavy and athletic events, over 40 stalls, a beer tent and garden with plenty to keep you entertained.
TROSSACHS MOBILITY outdoor access for all Callander
Not an event per se, but it might be a game changer for an adult or kid with mobility issues. Can you imagine how wonderful if might be to take someone with mobility issues deep into the countryside to enjoy all the scenery, wildlife, sights, sounds and smells that we take for granted? So, it might be that you make this (or any other) weekend very special for someone. This charity is a wonderful local resource, so please spread the word. Whether it’s an elderly granny, or a child limited by a wheelchair, this has the potential to change lives. All terrain chairs can be hired, but there are vehicles and guided tours, so do visit the website.
Social inclusion is our aim, happiness is our goal !
Trossachs Mobility provide the use of All-terrain chairs for anyone with limited mobility
It may be a couple of hours with a friend or a full days guided tour with a group? either way we can help!
Offerings from further afield…..
TASTE OF GRAMPIAN, 3rd June, Thainstone Centre, Inverurie
This is a big foodie event resplendent with stalls galore and local producers inviting you to taste-test their finest.
The festival programme also includes live music, street performers, the Press and Journal motor show, children’s entertainment, arts & crafts, cookery competitions and demonstrations. This, coupled with our celebrity chefs and guests, will ensure a fun packed day for all.
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