Things To Do - Activities and Events - Lochearnhead
Visit the BLiSS trail of art installations mapped at www.robroycountry.com/blisstrail. Follow the trail around four neighbouring villages: Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Strathyre and St Fillans. You can preview a slide show of the award winning sculpture and outdoor art installation trail. Our local tourism group (LETi) won a regional Scottish Thistle Award for this trail
Whats On Monthly event information for Lochearnhead, Stirlingshire, The Trossachs and The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park See Foot of this page
There are many things to do and see around Lochearnhead including sports and outdoor activities, tourist attractions and unique annual events in the village.
Food lovers are spoilt for choice with area restaurants.
Lochearnhead is so central within Scotland that you can experience wonderful scenic day trips by car.
Events, Attractions & Tourist Information
Hillwalking: We are situated amongst majestic mountains and Munro's. On the south side of Loch Earn are Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin. Achraw Hill is behind Briar Cottages offering a stunning view of Loch Earn in its 6.5 mile entirety. Follow the Glen Ogle trail then access the hill from the edge of the forest. Ben Sheann and Ben Ledi are near Strathyre and Callander and Ben More & Stobinian are about 11 miles by road. For the Lawers range drive 7 miles to Killin, then follow Loch Tay for about 5 miles. There are many more Munros, lesser hills and walks within half an hours drive.
Walking: Locals will happily point out walks in this area e.g. The Glen Ogle Trail and the Rob Roy Way along the disused railway line, part of Scotland's National Trail. Or stroll to the south side of Loch Earn and up Glen Ample. See Walk Highlands for excellent information including timed walking guides for Strathyre, Balquhidder and Lochearnhead and The Rings of Breadalbane walks. Also check out the circular walks in St Fillans, Queen Elizabeth 11 forest park walks from Strathyre, walk to The Bracklin Falls in Callander.
Cycling: The Callander to Killin cycleway passes through Lochearnhead just half a mile from Briar Cottages. Sustrans National cycle route 7 follows the old railway line. This means that the route is almost level or with very gentle inclines for most of its length. The route is also part of The Rob Roy Way and Scotland's National Trail. From Briar Cottages, turn left at the A84/A85 crossroads, follow the road to the end of the village and look for the number 7 sign and St Angus church turning on the right. These pretty, off road paths are excellent for walking, cycling and dog walking. Look out for wildlife, wild orchids and other flora and fauna. Follow the path and turn right for Glen Ogle and Killin or left for MHOR84, Balquhidder and Strathyre.
Water Sports:The waters of Loch Earn have long been famous for water sport activities and events. Launch your own canoe, small boat or kayak from our slipway and open water swim from the garden or contact Charlie Leckie at Lochearn Water Sports St Fillans about water skiing, wakeboarding and kneeboarding behind a Mastercraft boat plus ringos, banana boat, surfing sofa, tornado! boat ride and paddle boarding. Take lessons or book fun rides with work colleagues, friends or family To book 07377 447741 - previous guests thoroughly recommend the service (open except Tuesday and Thursday see website for timings. Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Lochearnwatersports/
To Hire Bikes: Contact Jack Black from Strathyre Outdoors, an outdoor activities family business on the A84 near cycle route 7, Telephone 07794 535188. Bikes can also be hired in neighbouring villages Killin Outdoor Centre and Comrie Croft.
EVENTS: Lochearnhead and Local Villages
Wildlife: Briar Cottages guests have seen many wildlife species in the garden and local area. You may witness pheasants in the garden, deer drinking from our stream autumn to winter (and eating our spring plants!), mallards hatching ducklings in Spring and pairs of ospreys fishing in Loch Earn all summer as well as, red squirrels, otters, dippers, bats, red kites, golden eagles, sea eagles, owls, sawfly, grey lag geese, oyster catchers, butterflies and an assortment of bumble bees amongst other creatures.
Other opportunities to watch wildlife and discover wild plants
Golf: There are 8 excellent golf courses all within half an hours drive, the nearest being just 6 miles away at St Fillans Golf Club or Killin Golf Club. More on Golf in Perthshire
Horse Riding: is available at Castle Rednock Farm 17 miles, where they also offer Segway and at The Equestrian Centre, Milton Morenish, on the north shore of Loch Tay near Killin as well as via Crieff Hydro.
Fishing: UK's largest trout caught on Loch Earn 2016! It weighed in at 35lbs.
Loch Earn holds a good stock of native brown trout and rainbow trout which found their way here from a private stocked lochan many years ago. Some wild salmon, arctic char and eels have been landed here too though eels are protected and must be returned safely to the water.
Loch Earn is also home to one of the UK's rarest fish the Vendace, traced back to the ice age 13 000 years ago. This fish is protected of course. See a photo of one at Drummond Estates.
Permits are required for most waters in Scotland, however, guests of Briar Steading and Little Briar cottage may fish from our loch-side garden and jetty without a permit during the trout season which is March 15th to October 6th.
The Lochearnhead Village store sells bait, floats and value priced fishing rods. You can also hire fishing rods in the St Fillans Store east Loch Earn. Fishing boats and equipment can be hired from Drummond estates (2 miles) and at the St Fillans village shop (6 miles). If you prefer to arrange a bespoke fishing service, contact Ghillie Stuart Mathieson who will pick you up and take you fishing then drop you off again. He can even supply all the equipment on request. Email Stuart at email@example.com or Fish On Scotland
Sporting Estate Glenample is one of the finest for shooting and stalking enthusiasts. A varied range of wildgame from woodcock to grouse as well as red and roe deer and stags. Estate manager Mike Holiday was credited for his expertise during the filming of Channel 5's series A Year In The Wild narrated by Gordon Buchanan. Book with Glenample Estates and arrange to be picked up from Briar Cottages on the first day.
Aquila Ecology Nature Walks
Explore the regions flora and fauna accompanied by our local experts. An abundance of creatures and wild plants to spot including bat detection, dippers, eagles, red squirrels, badgers, wild orchids and so much more. Find out about organised walking events or talk to the team about your family or parties preferences. Contact Andrea Hudspeth 07960 391297 based in St Fillans at Aquila Ecology
Local Activities For All The Family:
Contact Kenny and Barbara Higgins from Strathyre Outdoor Activities based in the village of Strathyre on the A84 (approx 7 miles from Lochearnhead) for a range of outdoor activity options for all age groups. For example;
Holistic Therapy Treatments at Briar Cottages
Contact Alison Inglis to discuss your choice of treatment Tel: 07796 327765 and book a session in the comfort of luxury Briar Steading or pet friendly Little Briar Cottage on Loch Earn.
Energy balancing organic facials, Indian Champissage (head massage), Indian Ayurvedic (foot massage), Swedish style deep tissue massage and more. From £25 for 30 minutes. Visit Rejuvenating and re-balancing massage treatments for full details.
Learn the art of Indian Head Massage on weekend Diploma Certificate courses. Visit the enchanted cottage pop up shop in Balquhidder for magical gifts and organic beauty and health products and therapies.
Look out for information and activities celebrating Year of History Heritage and Architecture 2017
Visit other towns and attractions in Scotland from Lochearnhead: Lochearnhead is so central within Scotland that you can easily explore other places and attractions, e.g. Killin and The Falls of Dochart, Strathyre Outdoor Centre (tennis, frisby golf, bike hire) Horse Riding and segway at Rednock Farm (17 miles), Auchingarrich wildlife park in Comrie, Sea World at Loch Lomond, Doune Castle and Stirling Castle, The Scottish Antique centre Doune, Grouse Distillery Glenturret, Crieff, The Peak Leisure Centre Stirling (swimming, indoor wall climbing, ice skating). Go Ape Forest Tree Tops rope walk, Aberfoyle, Crieff Hydro, Loch Katrine steam ship cruises and cycle hire, The Falkirk Wheel, The Kelpies and The Helix Park plus Callander Park House, Falkirk, Oban on the west coast with ferries to Mull and Kerera, Glencoe with a chair lift into the mountains for walks in summer or skiing in winter, Rob Roy MacGregor's Burial Place in the kirk (church) at Balquhidder, Hidden Glen Safaris Balquhidder (a Land Rover picks you up to see deer and eagles off road in the Braes of Balquhidder), Gold Panning and the old Cinema at Aberfeldy, The Crannog (Iron Age Thatched House in Water) at Kenmore, oldest Yew tree in Europe at Fortingall, Sustrans cycle track 7 on The Rob Roy Way passes Lochearnhead with lovely off road walks on the old disbanded railway line including The Glen Ogle Trail, Inverary Castle and jail. Stirling (30 miles) Perth city (40 miles). Glasgow and Edinburgh cities (less than 60 miles by road or park at Stirling Railway Station for £3.50 all day and take the train or get on at Dunblane. Day trip to Inverness via Fortwilliam. Day trip from Crianlarich train station via Fortwilliam to Mallaig.
Whats On October 2017 in
The Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
Find out whats on in Lochearnhead and Stirling
Please visit www.visitscotland.com/events for national information
Regional Scottish Thistle Award winning
Sculpture and art installation trail
Linking Strathyre, Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and St.Fillans villages.
Pet friendly wine safari!
Food and wine in the great outdoors
Starts from MHOR84 Balquhidder
Sunday 29th October - from 10am
£45 per person (01877 384 622)
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Callander 10K, 5K, 1K.
Saturday 7th October 2017
For info and entries
Scottish Wildlife Trust
Scotland’s Small Mammals
Tuesday 10th October 7.30pm
Callander Kirk Hall, South Church St.
FK17 8BN : Members £2
Non members £2.50
Includes tea/coffee & biscuits.
Light up the Forest
The Lodge Visitor Centre
Aberfoyle, FK8 3SX
Saturday 14th October 6.30pm-9pm
Torch-lit path, tales by the campfire,
BBQ on the terrace.
Come dressed for the weather and
Remember to bring a torch.
£7.50 adult, £5 children 4-16
Tickets from 0300 067 6600
Light up your Lantern, ranger led walk
Sturdy footwear and torch required.
Woodland Trust, Glenfinglas
Saturday 28th October
Info & bookings 0330 333 3300
The Lade Inn, Kilmahog
By Callander, FK17 8HN
Scots Folk Music
7/10 Pure Malt
14/10 Pure Malt
28/10 Pure Malt
Start the evening with a meal
The Vue Multiplex
Forthside, Stirling, FK8 1QZ
The Crown Hotel,Callander
13 Main Street, FK17 8DU
Scots/Irish folk music.
Meals served all day until 9pm.
The Riverside Inn
Leny Road, Callander
FK17 8BA, 01877 331762
Entertainments Fridays &
Meals served all day until 9pm
The Old Rectory
Leny Road, Callander, FK17 8AL
Scots Folk Music
Wednesdays 8.30pm &
Sundays in the garden 4pm
Meals served all day Sunday.
The Tolbooth Theatre : Stirling
Jail Wynd, off Broad Street, FK8 1DE
James Yorkston/Kris Drever/
Thursday 5th 8pm £15
Influential singer songwriters
On the Scottish Folk scene.
John Common + Narcisstic cookbook
Friday 6th 7.30pm £8 adv £10 on door
Electronic glitch pop.
Red Pine Timber Co.
Saturday 7th 8pm £12
Americana,country,soul & blues
Don’t Dribble on the Dragon
Wednesday 11th 2.30pm
Childrens entertainment over 2s
Friday 13th 8pm £13/£11
Unbelievable drummer & arranger.
Friday 20th 8pm £17.50
80s New Wave band
Showcase their new album
Saturday 21st 8pm £15/£13
Sunday 22nd 8pm £12
Stand up comedy, adult themes
Stirling DIY Press Collective with
Tuesday 24th Free event
Social media,PR, Blogging +
Friday 27th 8pm £20
Creative electric folk.
Monday 30th & Tuesday 31st 7.30pm
£8/£5 conc/disabled carers go free.
+ 6% booking fee
Musical drama for ages 5+
Crieff & Strathearn : Drovers Tryst
Walking Festival in Beautiful Perthshire
7th –14th October 2017
Walks, Talks, Film Shows, Ceilidh,
Scottish Wildlife Trust
Scotland’s Small Mammals
A talk by Graeme Wilson, manager of
Wildlife Information Centre, Midlothian
Tuesday 10th October 7.30pm
Kirk Hall, South Church St. Callander
Donation £2.50 includes tea & biscuits.
Callander Film Society
Shows within StKessogs
Ancaster Square FK17 8ED
Sci-Fi thriller, alien spaceships
Trigger threats of global war.
Saturday 7th October 7.30pm
A couple raise their 6 children
In the wilderness of Washington
State, when his wife dies, Ben
Must take his children into the outside
World for the first time
Saturday 21st October 7.30pm
Killearn Country Market
1stSunday of the month
Killearn Village Hall Balfron Road
Handmade goods, local crafts
& farm foods. G63 9NL
Stirling Farmers Market
2nd Saturday of the month
Located in pedestrian precinct
Outside M&S. FK8 2EN
A wide variety of produce from throughout Central Scotland.
Loch Lomond Shores,Balloch
Farmers Market G83 8QL
1st & 3rd Sunday of the month.
Panoramic location, with a magnificent range of produce
Milngavie Farmers Market
1st Wednesday of the month
& 3d Saturday : G62 6PE
10am—2pm Douglas Street. Fresh produce from all over Scotland
Boquhan Farmers Market
Wednesdays & Thursdays
Each week, 7am—2pm
Boquhan Estate off A811
Wednesdays ,fruit,veg & dairy
Thursdays add fresh fish, jams cakes
France Farm Fridays
Fridays 9am—5pm G83 8NP
Beside Millennium Hall Gartocharn
Family run market featuring a large selection of fresh & cooked meats
Cheese, fruit and veg, eggs.
Benview Farm Shop
Monday to Saturday 9.30-4.30pm
Ward Toll, Balfron Station G63 0QZ
Vegetables, cheeses, preserves biscuits and cakes.
Edenmill Farm Shop
Stockiemuir Road Blanefield G63 9AX
Live Bothy Music Sessions
White Stag Inn,FK18 8NL
First Sunday of month 2.30—5.30
Featuring local band Balvaig
Free entry. Details on website
Dalgair House Hotel
Friday & Saturday evenings
Macrobert Art Theatre
University of Stirling
Gordon Buchanan :
Animal families & me
Sunday 1st October 7.30pm
Wildlife presenter and cameraman
Shares his experiences
Tickets £16.50/ £14.50
All or Nothing
The Ultimate Mod Musical
Based on the music of The Small Faces
Monday 2nd—Wednesday 4th October 7.30pm tickets £23.50/£21.50
Event Cinema : Filmhouse
Royal Opera House
Tuesday 3d & Wednesday 4th
7.15pm tickets £15/£12.50
Mhairi Campbell : Pulse
Viola, Voice, Movement &
Friday 6th 7.30pm
Exhibition : Arthouse
Cameron Morgan & Project Ability
TV Classics : Part 1
Tuesday 10th October –Thursday 2nd November, Free entry
Laurie Motherwell : Comes Around
Friends in their 70s discuss life in the
3d age,and a humourous reflection
On sex and the older citizen.
Tuesday 10th October 3pm
Conversation event free entry
National Theatre of Scotland
1934 Western Isles experiment
In rocket mail goes wrong.
Saturday 14th, 11.30am & 2.15pm
Tickets £8.50/ £30 wee group saver.
Tamed : with Professor Alice Roberts
The domestication of wild species
And the effect on the animals and us.
The Sunshine Ghost
A new musical, tells the comic story of
A love struck billionaire, and his acquisition of a Scottish Castle
Wednesday 18th October
The Coolidge Effect
Using storytelling, poetry and science
To examine how pornography
Affects our mental health and
Friday 20th October 7.30pm age 14+
Snigel & Friends
Join Snigel the inquisitive snail
And his insect friends as they dance play and sing.Family event.
Saturday 21st October 11.30am & 2.30pm
Tickets £8.50/£30 wee group saver
Mad About the Musicals with
A whistle stop tour of London’s
Theatre land to the glitz of Broadway
With a selection of your favourite songs
Sunday 22nd October 7.30pm
Welcome My Son
A unique interpretation of
Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’
Told through the eyes of the
Tuesday 24th October 7.30pm
Event Cinema: Royal Opera House Live
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Chistopher Wheeldon’s production of
This classic. An explosion of colour
Stage magic and sophisticated
And inventive choreography.
Thursday 26th October 7.15pm
Love Song to Lavender Menace
1987 shop workers prepare to celebrate the 5th anniversary of their
LGBT Edinburgh bookshop. Can it survive Thatcher’s changing Britain ?
Thursday 26th October 7.30pm
W-hat About ?
A new show celebrating grandparents
And the differences between Scots and Italian cultures.
Tickets £8.50/£30 wee group saver
Macrobert Art Theatre
University of Stirling
Walk in the Park
Weekly health walks 20 mins-1 hour
Meeting Tuesdays 10.20am
Ancaster Square, Callander FK17 8ED
03/10 NCR7 at Strathyre ,car share 10/10 Keltie Bridge
17/10 Black Park Forest walk,car share 24/10 Gartmore House, car share
31/10 Meadows & Cycle Track or
Autumn Wildlife walk with Steve.
No need to book, just turn up.
Vintage Market / WRI Café
Kippen Village Hall
Sunday 22nd October 12—4pm
Entry by donation
Teas / Coffees & Home Baking £3
Whisky Tasting followed by food and traditional music
Strathyre Village Hall - 24th November
£50 per ticket
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