What's on in and around Loch Lomond, Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh in the heart of Scotland
Every Saturday throughout summer
Loch Lomond Flea Market at Lomond Galleries
• Every Saturday - 10 am until 3 pm
• Up to 200 Stalls
• FREE to public
• Toilets on site
• Café on site
Traders, Antique & Vintage Sellers, and Car Booters are most welcome!
Saturday 3rd September
Open Water Swimming Event
Loch Ard Swim Festival
Loch Ard is one of the smallest fresh water lochs in Scotland. It is situated in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park near Aberfoyle. The loch is approximately 4 kilometres long and 2 kilometres wide. Its sheltered location means it is ideal for Open Water Swimming. This event will include a 1k, 2k, 3k, 5k, 10k and 12.5k swim.
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September
Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival
Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch 10am – 6pm
The event brings over 20,000 people to the area to enjoy great food, drink & entertainment. Our Festival brings together tastes from all around the local area of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, the length and breadth of the UK, and specialities from across the world. Our event is free, parking is free and all you need to bring along is your appetite!
Saturday 3rd September
Walk About at Balloch Castle Country Park
Everyone is invited to join the Ramblers for a free celebration of Scottish walking at Balloch Castle Country Park. It is all part of Walk About - the Ramblers’ biggest ever free nationwide walking festival, offering a walk to suit everyone.
There will be group led walks, self-guided routes for people to follow at their own leisure and walking advice from experts. Scottish mountaineer James Ogilvie will give a short talk about his journey towards completing the highest peaks on each of world’s seven continents.
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September
Ben Lomond Clanscape
Try your hand at a variety of traditional skills, and learn about life in days gone by!
Visit our recently thatched cruck-framed building at Ardess, Rowardennan, to get a chance to try your hand at a variety of traditional skills.
Try the Green Woodworking techniques used in the building construction; help the wool spinners spin their yarns; try stone carving, and lend a hand to mow the meadow by scythe. Learn rope making techniques and have tea and bannocks around the fire. Make artists willow charcoal to take home, and all to the comforting sounds of live traditional music in the open air.
Open 09:30 - 16:30. No booking required, just drop by and join in at any time throughout the day. This is a free event, but donations are welcome!
To get there, from Rowardennan car park walk north for 300m to the entrance to the youth hostel, then follow the brown signs for Ben Lomond ranger service for another 300m.
For further information please call 01360 870224
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September
The Battle of Stirling Bridge
Wallace National Monument, Stirling
It’s 1297, and Wallace’s greatest victory has just taken place – join in the celebrations in Stirling!
A special weekend for all the family. A mix of fun games, entertainment and the chance to discover more about Scotland’s National Hero.
Sat 17 September
Ben Lomond Torchlight Challenge
Experience the thrill of being on top of a mountain in the dark, and help raise funds for path repair and mountain rescue!
The Ben Lomond Torchlight Challenge will give you the opportunity to enjoy being on the mountain top, in the dark, in the safe company of experienced Lomond Mountain Rescue Team members and the NTS ranger service. The walk up will be during sunset, and we'll send out a torchlight beacon to the world from the summit, before descending by torch, and hopefully a bit of moonlight.
To participate, you will need to pay a registration fee and raise a minimum sponsorship sum in aid of two good causes - Ben Lomond footpath repair and Lomond Mountain Rescue Team. All funds raised by the event will be split 60:40 between these two worthwhile mountain causes.
This is an arduous walk, which will take several hours and require a good degree of fitness. Please contact us to discuss the event if you are at all unsure of the suitability of this event for yourself.
For further information and registration pack, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wallace Monument Stirling
From April to September the Wallace Monument by Stirling holds live performances by costumed actors – bringing Sir William Wallace and the characters of his time to life. Listen to the story of The Battle of Stirling Bridge, or even have your photograph taken with a Scottish warrior from the 14th Century! Presentations take place between 11.15am and 3.30pm each day on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays (and at weekends only from October until December, and during February and March).
For events at the Wallace National Monument, click here
Loch Lomond Farmers Markets
Popular farmers' markets at Loch Lomond Scotland - Farmers' markets and farm shops are becoming increasingly popular places to buy and try local produce. Farmers' markets are helping locals and visitors to the National Park to meet local farmers and producers. For better fresher Scottish produce, support local farmers and producers and visit Loch Lomond Farmers' Markets.
Loch Lomond Car Boot Sales
If you are looking for a bargain and a good day out, why not visit a car boot sale at Loch Lomond and surrounding area. Car boot sales are a popular way of disposing of those unwanted items and a great way of bargain hunting.
Live Music Loch Lomond
Lomond Park Hotel - Glenroy Bar - Balloch - Live Bands every Saturday Evening 9.30pm - 1am. plus, Balloch's premier late Night Venue - opened every Friday & Saturday Night - 11.30pm - 3am + Bank Holiday Sundays.... Call 01389 752 494 for more details
Inn at Inverbeg - Every Friday and Saturday night March to November in Mr C's bar which is renowned for its West Coast Fish & Chips and 250 Whisky Bar! Call 01436 860678 for more information.
Regular Live Music at the Drovers Inn, Ardlui
Scottish Castles : Historic Scotland
There are many famous Scottish Castles in central Scotland. Check out what special events they are hosting this season.
Mugdock Castle and Country Park
Local Tourist Information Centres
Open all year unless stated
Aberfoyle Information Centre, Main Street, Aberfoyle FK8 3UQ 01877 382352
Balloch Information Centre, The Old Station Building, Balloch G83 8LQ 01389 753533
Callander Information Centre, 52-54 Main Street, Callander FK17 8BD 01877 330342
Dunoon Information Centre, 7 Alexandra Parade, Dunoon PA23 8AB 01369 703785
Falkirk Information Centre, The Falkirk Wheel, Lime Road, Tamfourhill, Falkirk FK1 4RS 01324 620244
Glasgow Airport Information Centre, Domestic Arrivals, Glasgow International Airport PA23 2ST 0141 848 4440
Glasgow Information Centre, 220 Buchanan Street, Glasgow G1 2FF 0845 859 1006
Inveraray Information Centre, Front Street, Inveraray PA32 8UY 01499 302063
Stirling Pirnhall Information Centre, M9 Motorway Services Area, Pirnhall Roundabout, Stirling FK7 8ET 01786 814111
Stirling Information Centre, Old Town Jail, St John Street, Stirling FK8 1EA 01786 475019
Tyndrum Information Centre (open Apr-Oct), Main Street, Tyndrum FK20 8RY 01838 400246