The weather dial is set to scorchio, and it’s a Bank Holiday weekend. With so much on our doorstep, Linked Magazine has put together some ideas to inspire you to get out and about in the sunshine this weekend.

Drymen Show

Drymen Showfield  (G63 0HY)

Saturday 26th May

At over 200 years old, Drymen Show is the grande dame of the local event circuit, and this year looks to be a belter with great weather forecast. Located within Drymen showfield, the gates are open to the public from 8am, with the showing classes kicking off at 9am promptly. As the day progresses, the road can get congested, so an early start is no bad thing.

There are the usual livestock and equestrian showing classes – although due to field improvements there are no jumping classes this year – and this makes for great spectating.

Ladies side-saddle wearing traditional riding habit

Of course there are all the usual livestock showing classes and pens to check out, but there are plenty of other activities to keep everyone in the family amused:

  • Sheep shearing demo (and opportunity to try)
  • Pets competition (guinea pigs, chickens, bunnies, hamsters) entries up until Friday
  • Strathendrick Pipe Band
  • Helicopter Rides
  • KG Hawks Falconry Demo
  • Chainsaw Magic
  • Ore Country Terrier Racing
  • Kids Fancy Dress (mounted)
  • Craft Tents
  • Baking
  • Various stalls
  • Fun Fair
Tickets
Tickets can be purchased at the gate on show day. Children under 5 get in FREE.
Adults £8.00
Junior  (under 16) £5.00
Family Ticket £25.00
(2 adults and 2 Children)
Over 60s £5.00
Car Parking is FREE

 

Go Ape

Aberfoyle (FK8 3SX)

If you are the adventurous sort, why not consider flying 46 metres above the ground, and testing your nerve in the tree canopy of the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park? Named Best Outdoor/Adventure Experience Regional Winner at this year’s Thistle Awards, its certainly a fantastic day out for adults (aka big kids) and kids over 10 years old.

Go Ape has made a lot of changes, so the course is very different – double the size – with both a ‘moderate’ and ‘extreme’ route to follow. That’s 1.17km of nerve-jangling fun. New obstacles and crossing keep things interesting. The zip wire remains one of the longest traverses in the country, so expect to scream like a little kid.

 

Top tips include; fingerless gloves, midge repellent, boots/trainers & sensible clothing

1 adult: 2 x 10-15 year olds (with a height restriction of 1.4m/4’7”)

£33 adult/£25 child

 

Mhor Festival

Monachle Mhor Farm, Balquidder (FK19 8PQ)

Friday 25th May – Sunday 27th May

This gig has it all going on. This is a must for all foodies out there, with renowned chefs cooking up a storm in the kitchen on the Friday night. There is delicious Festival Food being cooked daily 12 noon ’til 10pm, while you relax in the sun and immerse yourself in the party atmosphere. Music and theatre abound, there will dancing and stalls selling lovely products, and frankly you’ll not get a much nicer backdrop for the your bank holiday weekend.

There are options to stay at the hotel, glamping in bell tents and if you fancy pitching up for the weekend (literally), you and your tent are welcome in the bottom meadow in between Lochs Voil and Doine.  £75 adult weekend camping, under 16’s go free. Includes hot showers and day entry.  All is bookable online.

Wee Hills With Big Views

Take a hike. We are surrounded by such beautiful countryside, and some fabulous hills, so flex those couch-tattie limbs, pack a picnic (and a map, a spare warm layer, sunscreen, a mobile phone….etc) and go explore what is literally on your doorstep. There are challenging munros to conquer, but there are also family-friendly smaller hills that make for a superb day out. Even better, choose a little hill that is going to deliver on a top view. Now, I could wax lyrical here, but actually Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park already have, and have a great rundown of the available wee hills within the park.

 

Hills that are closer to Glasgow can get a bit mobbed on bank holiday weekends (e.g. Conic Hill), so my own advice would be to head a little bit further afield to miss the masses.

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the hills you need to go find.

Wear sensible kit, bring lots of water, a big picnic and breathe deeply.

 

 

Strathyre Music Festival

Strathyre FK18 8NA

25th-27th May

A great option if you like things small, local and folky. This is the biggest little music festival, and attracts some great Scottish artists. There is so much going on, you would be better having a wee look at their website, but this community event has loads of bands, workshops, stalls and banter in abundance.

Strathyre Music Festival has two stages, the Free Open Festival Market Place in the Car Park area immediately in front of the village shop. The Festival main Venue will be in the Forestry Car Park. Festival passes are required to access the Music and Bar Tent.

Aside from the beer-swilling and toe-tapping, there is lots going on to keep the family happy

If you fancy staying over so you can swill to your heart’s content, there is camping at Immervoulin Caravan & Camping Park (suggest pre booking). The Family Fit can opt to walk or cycle to the Festival on the National Cycle Network Route 7, which takes you right to the main venue or the Festival Market.
£8 entry each day (under 16s free)

 

Ardlui (next to Ardlui Hotel) G83 7EB
When the temperature rises, get out on the water. Go Wakeboarding offer a range of water-based activities – you can paddle up the river Falloch or round the shallow bays at the north end of Loch Lomond. Charter a boat if there is a crowd of you, and have a fun day of water-based activities.
 There is wake boarding, paddle boarding, speedboat tours, waterskiing and kayak options available. Best to book this one, so go check out what fun can be had on the water this weekend. Prices start at about £10 for a kayak and creep up depending on the activity and tuition required.

 

 

 

Go Wild Camping

Unleash your inner Bear Grylls, and head off into the countryside to do a bit of wild camping. It costs nothing, and is good for body, mind and soul.

Go yourself, with family or go with friends, but aim to just kick back and relish the peace and solitude. Now this is opening a can of worms with recent changes to Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park camping policies, but there are SO many beautiful places out there, if you wild camp responsibly. Borrow a tent or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, take a tarp with you and bivouac in some isolated spot where you can watch the stars as you fall asleep.

With the recent dry spell lighting a fire is unadvisable unless it is somewhere well removed from grass and trees.

Now there is a caveat with wild camping – LEAVE NO TRACE – so anything that you carry in with you, returns home with you. If you think its a good idea to take some alcoholic refreshments with you, you’d better be prepared to haul the empties home. When you poop in the great outdoors, it’s absolutely correct that you dig a wee hole with a trowel and poop where you’ve scooped. It should also be 100metres from any water source. Ladies will need to bring any used sanitary products home as they must not be buried or left – animals dig them up and they can cause serious problems for wildlife.

Get a map out, and drop a pin. There lots of outdoor space to explore.

Kids will remember their adventure forever, and it instils a sense of wonder and respect for the great outdoors. There is a good guide here on what to bring and how to build a temporary shelter.

 

Tales From The Battlefield

26th – 28th May

Wallace Monument, Stirling FK9 5LF

 

Definitely one the kids will savour.

 

 

As you listen to costumed actors performing Tales from the Battlefield, you will be transported back to one of the most dramatic periods in Scottish history, when Stirling was at the centre of all the action!

The Battle of Stirling Bridge is over – and a soldier, abandoned and left for dead, makes his way into the woods. Lost and disoriented, he meets another fighter – but soon discovers he is on the enemy’s side! What will happen, and what do they talk about, before the injured soldier heads off – to make his way home?

Performances at:

11:15am, 12:00pm, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm and 4:00pm

Each performance lasts for approximately 20 minutes.

 

 

 

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