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Visit Loch Lomond Newsletter Winter 2017-18

Winter Deals & Festive Breaks in the Park
Nature of Scotland Award
What's On at Loch Lomond
Winter Competition
UK's Best Park 2017
Arise Sir Billy!
Lomond Mountain Rescue Celebrates 50 Years
Finnich Glen Safety Warning
Festive Tidings from the National Park


Winter Deals & Festive Breaks in the Park

Enjoy the majestic backdrop of rugged, snowcapped mountains, clear sparkling lochs and wonderful woodland walks. Wake up to cold crisp mornings, breathe in the fresh mountain air then relax by warm roaring log fires. Escape the winter blues with some cracking winter deals or join us for Christmas and Hogmanay at Loch Lomond.

Nature of Scotland Award

Now in its sixth year, the Nature of Scotland Awards are organised by the RSPB to find and celebrate the most dedicated and passionate people working to protect Scotland’s internationally renowned wildlife and habitats. A project to reintroduce water voles to the Trossachs after they became extinct in that area in the 1980s was shortlisted as a finalist. Over the past year we’ve seen the continued expansion of re-introduced water voles in the Trossachs, where historically the water vole population had been exterminated by non-native American mink. This is a partnership project led by Forest Enterprise Scotland with the Forth Fisheries Trust, the National Park Authority, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Derek Gow Consultancy.

The Trossachs water vole re-introduction, restoring Ratty to the Trossachs was highly commended in the RSPB Species Champion Award.


What's On at Loch Lomond

Following St Andrew's Night in November, no-one celebrates Hogmanay like we do in Scotland. In January, join us to celebrate the Bard, Rabbie Burns by the bonnie banks.

It’s then on to St Valentine’s Day for a romantic break in February! Throughout the winter months, enjoy live music in a lochside pub, dance the night away at a Scottish ceilidh, enjoy a Christmas panto or check out the local produce at a farmers' market.


Winter Competition

Take time to enter our seasonal competition and win 2 nights bed and breakfast  at the Tarbet hotel situated on the west shores of Loch Lomond.

The hotel stands in an enviable position beside the loch and offers a great base from which to explore the beauty of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs national park

Click here to enter our competition.


UK's Best Park 2017

Balloch Country Park which celebrated its centenary last year, was recently nominated within the Scottish category to find the UK's Best Park 2017. This UK-wide competition is organised by national park charity, the Fields in Trust. Balloch Castle Country Park is one of 35 parks in Scotland to be put forward.

The park itself comprises 200 acres of semi-natural and ornamental woodland, open parkland, formal gardens, meadow, play parks and shoreline.

Balloch Castle Country Park is quite stunning with its paths, castle, trees and spectacular views over Loch Lomond. It is visited on a daily basis by appreciative tourists from all over the world. This park is truly a wonderful, magical place. The park sets the scene for a number of community and sporting events throughout the year.
 



Photo © Lairich Rig (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Arise Sir Billy!

On 31st October, Glasgow-born comedian and actor, Billy Connolly was knighted by Prince William in recognition of his entertainment and charity work. Billy who will be 75 years old in November, also lived in the village of Drymen in the National Park and is passionate about Loch Lomond.

Congratulations to the "Big Yin!" Arise Sir Billy! We haste ye back!

 


Lomond Mountain Rescue Celebrates 50 Years

This year, the Lomond Mountain Rescue team celebrate 50 years. Founded in 1967, Lomond is one of the busiest mountain rescue teams in Scotland. Assisting walkers, climbers and tourists over an area over 1000 square miles in one of the most popular mountain areas of Scotland, the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park sees two million visitors a year, with 60,000 walkers annually attempting the West Highland Way and over 30,000 climbing Ben Lomond.

As a charity, Lomond Mountain Rescue depends entirely on fundraising to maintain its first class service. While the team receives a contribution towards its running costs from the Scottish Government, it predominantly relies on the generosity of companies and individuals at numerous fundraising events to help maintain its vital equipment, high training standards and annual running costs. If you would like to discuss making a donation, or consider sponsoring, please visit our website.
 


Finnich Glen Safety Warning

Made famous as a location for hit TV series Outlander, Finnich Glen and the Devil’s Pulpit has seen a steep increase in visitor numbers and consequently a rise in emergancy call outs. Lomond Mountain Rescue say visitors can easily be trapped by the vertical sides of the gorge, which drop 70 feet into the river - at the narrowest point, it is possible to touch both walls.

Visiting this spectacular natural feature in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park will be a memorable experience but also full of hazards. Rescue teams have recently warned the public against the risks. Travelling the full length of the gorge requires commitment, it requires swimming and canyoning ability, with the appropriate equipment, to negotiate the river safely. There are very few points where it is safe, or indeed possible, to climb out.
 


Festive Tidings from the National Park

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. We say goodbye to 2017 and look forward to 2018 when Visit Loch Lomond celebrates 19 years online!  We hope to welcome you to this stunning part of Scotland next year.

If you have any comments or contributions for our newsletter, please e-mail us at info@visit-lochlomond.com



 

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