ScottsLand, Celebrating the Language of the Landscape marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s poem Lady of the Lake, which transformed popular perspectives on landscape and generated the first surge of tourists to the Trossachs and Scotland. From June to October 2010 ScottsLand, a diverse programme of cultural and literary events, promoted by Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, will take place throughout the Trossachs to celebrate the poem, the heritage and the landscapes.
They include: an art and literary trail, The Chase sports event, The Lady of the Lake Concert a traditional Scottish musical event inspired by the poem, a film festival, a literary conference and a host of exhibitions, guided walks and cruises. Visit www.scottsland.co.ukfor more information.
The David Marshall Lodge Visitor Centre (FK8 3SX) is the ideal location for a family adventure. The centre is one of the most popular locations within Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park. The site has the longest zip line in the UK, as part of the Go Ape high wire course. You can enjoy fabulous walks to the waterfall, or enjoy a cycle on the Loch Ard Family Sculpture Trails. We have a wildlife room were you can watch live and recorded footage of Ospreys and Squirrels. The views and food in the Bluebell café are a worth the visit in itself. In addition to the café the site is also ideal to have a picnic. Opening hours vary: Feb &March 10am-4pm, April, May, June 10am-5pm July-August 10am-6pm
Sept-Oct 10am-5pm, Nov-Dec 10am-4pm.The David Marshall Lodge (FK8 3SX) is situated on the A821 just outside Aberfoyle. From Stirling/Callander, follow the A81 to Aberfoyle via DukesPass. For more details look at www.forestry.gov.uk/qefp or Tel 01877 382258.
The Byre Inn is a charming pub with restaurant tucked away in the heart of the Trossachs, in the tiny village of Brig ‘O Turk. The perfect place to enjoy lunch or dinner by the cosy log fire or on the outside decking in the summer. Innovative, gastro-pub style food using the freshest of local ingredients. Ample parking. Open 11am-11pm, 7 days (from 12 noon on Sunday). Brig ‘O Turk, Nr Callander. Tel: 01877 376292. www.byreinn.co.uk
Action Adventure Activities – more fun than you can imagine! Situated just outside Aberfoyle, we offer a whole range of exciting activities for individuals and groups. From 4×4 driving and Quad Bikes to Abseiling, Archery, Paintball and more. Activities range from £16 and packages from £70. Great fun for families, friends and colleagues. Accommodation available close by. Easterhill, Gartmore, by Aberfoyle, Trossachs. FK8 3SA. Tel: 01877 382875. www.aaactivities.com
Trossachs Holiday Park
Rates: Vary – please contact reception to enquire about short breaks, longer stays and information about the lodges, caravan parks and touring pitches.
Tel: 01877 382 614
40 acre landscaped park with glorious oak and bluebell wood ● 45 exclusive touring pitches mostly fully serviced with water, drainage, 16 amp electricity and TV hook up
Sheltered camping area ● Well stocked shop ● Games/TV lounge ● Laundrette ● Spotless toilets – free showers and hair dryers ● Childrens play area ● Woodland walk ● Enclosed dog walk ● Seasonal and Mini Season enquiries welcomed ● Woodland walk. Situated on the A81 at Gartmore, close to Aberfoyle.