Vikings At Duncarron Medieval Village, Carron Valley Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th July, 12-4pm

These guys don’t do things by halves. Dressed for the part in authentic gear, and suitably large and bearded (not the ladies, I might add), there are loads of things to keep the family entertained. Expect a plenty of shouting and fighting, axe-throwing and possibly a bit of maurading. Kids will love it. Highly recommended.




Loch Lomond Highland Games, Moss ‘O Balloch Park, Saturday 15th July

Kicking off at 9.30am, until 5pm, this is a traditional Highland Games with balls, cabers and hammers. Highland dancing, the Tug ‘O War and ‘Basque Weightlifting’ is also listed. The mind boggles.

To find out a bit more about the history of our Highland Games, have a wee read about Wappenshaws.

There are also the St Ronan’s (Innerleithen), Inverness, Stonehaven, Lochcarron & Tomintoul Highland Games this weekend if you fancy venturing a bit further afield. Inveraray Highland Games are on the 18th July. Lochearnhead & Strathyre Highland Games are on 22nd July.


Summer Art Course, Art4You, Monday 17th-Friday 21st July 10am-4pm, Ballochruin Farm

Painting and drawing week.

Suitable for any level, this is a fantastic way to spend a week to aquire and develop your art skills. The atmosphere is relaxed and encouraging.







Callander Summmerfest #lochlomond #trossachs #callander 15-29th July (details from their Facebook page)

So many things to see and do……..

CALLANDER MEANDER – Saturday 15th (10-12pm) – A cycle ride of about 10 miles led by Callander Active Travel Hub. An easy going social ride on the former railway line (NCN7) to the Strathyre Forest Lodges by Loch Lubnaig, with a stop for coffee and cake halfway. Free of charge but please book your place at

ART IS THE SQUARE – Saturday 15th-29th July – Art installations and activities in Ancaster Square, daily from 15 July to 29 July 11am to 5pm. Heilan coos made by local young people using recycled materials; Chalk and moss graffiti; Yarn bombing; and the Big Knit. Thanks to Creative in Callander

FEATURED ARTISTS – Saturday 15th-29th July – See an exhibition of work for sale by two artists, daily from 11am to 5pm: Gavin Waugh is an East Lothian farmer who brings new life to old farm machinery by creating unique functional items. Diana Hand is a local artist who has been drawing horses all her life, using a direct ‘straight from the hip’ technique. Her exhibition includes prints, scarves, mugs abd other stylish items. Diana is also taking a drawing class on 20 July – details at


Callander Informal 5K Run Every Saturday 9.30am- for those wishing to gain some fitness and enjoy a relaxed run. ‘All speeds welcome’. Run leaves at 9.30am from the Riverside car park.


Riverside Museum Summer Beach, 13th July – 25th September

An urban beach in front of the Riverside Museum complete with giant deck chairs and beach sports. Kick back and relax, wriggle your toes in the sand, and remember a bucket and spade.

Kinlochard Family Highland Gathering, Sunday 16th July

Commencing at 11.30pm with the pipe band parade from the Forest Hills Hotel, the opening ceremony is at 12pm when the games are officially opened by the Clan Chief. Pipers, bouncy castle, duck race, face painting and yummy Mhor burgers. Importantly, there is a licensed bar with Loch Lomond Ales (yay!). Entry is free, with a shuttlebus operating from Aberfoyle to avoid congestion on that wee road.



AMM Golf Open 12-16th July

Dundonald Links, in Ayrshire, Scotland, will host the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open for the first time in 2017.

Located near the town of Irvine, Dundonald Links will follow on from Castle Stuart Golf Links, the host venue for the 35th edition of Scotland’s national Open from July 12-16, 2017.


Music on the Loch, Steamship Sir Walter Scott, Loch Katrine

A pleasant way to spend a Sunday evening, cruising on the loch listening to a variety of artists, varying from folk and jazz musicians to a Shaky (Stevens tribute). There is a fully licensed bar, and views. Great views. A perfect thing to do it you have family visiting from elsewhere, and you want to give them a ‘Scottish experience’. Advanced booking recommended.

16th July – Alan Brown (Folk, Scottish and some craic)

23rd July – Jock the Box (Accordian Music, Scottish and Folk)

3oth July – Dougie MacQ (Rock,Folk,Pop and much more!)


Build A Bird Box,  The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre
14/07/2017 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Price: £10 per box made

Put together and take home your own family bird box ready for next year’s chicks. Make sure it’s secure and beautifully decorated so they birds are sure to love it!

Please contact the Lodge for more information and to book on 0300 0676615. Booking for this event is essential.


Picnic In The Park, Friday 14th July, 6-8pm, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh EH27 8BB

Wild Pizza Making, Saturday 15th July, 10-4pm, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh EH27 8BB

We normally do not permit picnics in the grounds, but for one evening only we offer a picnic you can enjoy anywhere in the artland when the park is closed. Collect your delicious treat and drink from the silver streak caravan and pick your favourite spot – the top of the Life Mounds, beside Love Bomb or in the cool shade of the Stone House. Just bring a rug! (Includes food, drink & entry).   AND….

Explore the outdoors with experienced forager Lisa Cutcliffe learning about free and nutritious plants, fungi and seaweeds, followed by fun creating pizzas topped with wild ingredients and baked in an outdoor wood-fired oven – a unique way to prepare and enjoy the much-loved Italian classic.


Mardi Gras, Satruday 15th July, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, 1-4pm

The historic heart of Edinburgh becomes a mini New Orleans for the afternoon. A host of bands create non stop entertainment and a party atmosphere on stages across the Grassmarket.
Photo courtesy of Edinburgh Jazz Festival


Perth Races Family Day, Sunday 16th July


Boomerang Bushcraft, Glen Finglas, Wednesday 19th July









Jurassic Gorge

Jurassic GorgeThe Paleontologists have accidentally released Baby Dino’s into the prehistoric Kelburn Glen! They need your help to capture these creatures before they threaten the human race.  Bring your knowledge of the Dinosaur Kingdom and help our Jurassic rangers save the day.

To help you plan your day:

Country Centre & grounds open 10 – 6pm daily

Jurassic Gorge activities 12 – 4pm: (Adult supervision required)

Dino Discovery Trail: Meet the Jurassic Rangers, complete the Dino Discovery Trail and become a young Kelburn Paleontologists if your answers are right!

Dino Dig: Get involved in an excavation session.  These will be running on timed intervals and short queues may develop at busy periods.

Our indoor play area is open from 10.30am with last entry at 5pm. £1.50per child (max age 12yrs)

Castle Tours are only available 24th – 27th during this period. The tours are scheduled at 1.30pm and 2.30pm on these dates. There is an additional charge of £2pp.  Please make payment and reservation for the castle tour on arrival at our main office.

Dress for the occasion and dinosaur enthusiasts  of all ages are welcome!


Open Hill Navigation Course 21st July, Ben Lomond

Learn how to navigate with a map and compass. An essential skill for anyone that enjoys heading off to enjoy our beautiful countryside, whether walking, running or biking. Suitable for complete beginners.


Canal Festival, 22nd July, Glasgow

The Forth & Clyde Canal between Applecross Basin and Speirs Wharf is set to be a lively location for a bit of fun with street theatre, a street food village, canoe taster sessions, guided cycle tours, craft workshop, heritage and wildlife tours, live music and a behind the scenes look inside local landmarks. The highlight of the day will be the Glasgow Canal Festival Dragon Boat race and adventurers are encouraged to sign up and get behind the oars to become the first Glasgow Canal Dragon Boat Race Champion.



Mugstock, 28-31st July, Mugdock Country Park

MugStock is a festival for all ages. It’s a jolly civilised affair, safe for kids and fun for grown ups. There’s a nice selection of food and drink available with a choice of novel street food vendors, a proper indoor restaurant, and 2 cafes serving terrific homemade soup, rolls etc.

MugStock features a diverse range of excellent music in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues, including a cute wee 50 seat theatre

MugStock is the only festival we know of at which you can enjoy a massage whilst watching bands at the main stage. It’s part of what we like to call SmugStock.

MugStock is organised on a not for profit basis by a team motivated by the sheer love of bringing lovely people together to have a great time in a beautiful place. Ticket prices are artificially low due to a year-round fundraising effort. We do hope you will join us.

In this years line up…..































Loch Lomond Shores

Regal Storytellers Storytelling Sessions; Friday 14th | Thursday 20th 12pm-4pm

Meet the Hulk; Monday 17th 12pm-3pm

Meet Elsa from Frozen; Tuesday 18th 12pm-3pm

Meet Chase from Paw Patrol; Tuesday 25th 12pm-3pm

Bricks4Kids; Thursday 27th 12pm-4pm

Meet the Minion; Monday 31st 12pm-3pm


Inflatable Fun


























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