The conservation and heritage charity for the
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park


The Friends organise an annual programme of enjoyable social events and also some volunteer ‘Make a Difference Days’ to tackle a range of conservation tasks as part of the OUR Park scheme. During the past year events have included a pre-Christmas function at Ross Priory with music, mulled wine and mince pies; a mid summer visit to Inchcailloch National Nature Reserve for a guided walk and Make a Difference Days at Loch Lomond, Loch Lubnaig and Loch Earn.
Forthcoming events for your diary include the following:

Spring Fling at Ardoch, Loch Lomondside

Sunday 28th April, 2013

The first in a series of Celebrating Park People & Stories events, with local singer and songwriter Ken Campbell and Linsey Aitken on cello and vocals.  Spend a pleasant afternoon in the sunning surroundings of Artoch at Gartocharn overlooking Loch Lomond.  From 2.30pm - 5.00pm.  Ticket price £10 - includes cream tea.

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 21st May 2013

The annual members event with a buffet meal and guest speaker.  To be held at the recently refurbished Loch Lomond Arms Hotel, Luss with a buffet meal at 6.00pm followed by a short AGM at 7.30pm and guest speaker Professor Tom Furniss from Strathclyde University on the  literary giants who contributed to the popularisation of the Loch Lomond of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs area.  Please book buffet meal in advance (£10).


Caledonian Challenge Volunteering Day

Saturday and Sunday 15th-16th June 2013.

An opportunity to help as a marshall at this Scottish Communities Foundation event with a fee paid to the Friends for every volunteer we muster.  A good fun way to help boost the Friends funds with plenty of fresh air at either Glencoe or Inverarnan.  Sign up now!


Golf Charity Event

Tuesday 25th June.

Enter a team to enjoy a great day out with lunch, a round of golf and dinner and help us too make a difference in this special part of Scotland.  This is the Friends third golf charity event, generously supported and organised by David Moulsdale and his Optical Express team.  Funds raised from the event are invested in a number of practical conservation, access and heritage projects to enhance the National Park.  For further details of entry fees and event arrangements please contact us at the details below.


A Celebration of the Loch Katrine Story

Wednesday 26th June

Spend a pleasant evening at Loch Katrine on board the SS Walter Scott with a local storyteller giving unusual insights to the stories associated with Loch Katrine and the building of the Victorian engineering wonders that secured fresh water supplies for Glasgow. Price £11


Whisky Galore

Thursday 1st August 14:30 - 16:00 hours.

Join Loch Lomond Shores in conjunction with the Friends of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs as they present Whisky Galorious.

Play in the Park Presents Whisky Galorious: Have you heard the word on the water? There are smugglers on Loch Lomond and the 'Revenue' men are on their way to stamp out illegal stills and stop those sneaky Highlanders from making their infernal home brew 'uisge beatha', whisky, without duty paid on it is against the law! 

Step back in time and join The Walking Theatre on a merry romp through the life of the Loch in days gone by and discover the way of highland life.  

itison members can also receive discounted entry to the Loch Lomond Sea Life Centre, which can be redeemed on the day anytime from 10am on production on your itison ticket.

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  • Please exchange your ticket at the RSPB store in the Loch Lomond Shores Shopping Mall.
  • Family ticket permits 2 adults and 2 children.
  • Child ticket is suitable for those under 16 years old. Under 2s are free of charge.
  • Please bring suitable clothing for Scottish weather - cagoule and suncream!
  • The performance will take place outside and will involve a short walking distance.
  • itison members can also receive discounted entry to the Loch Lomond Sea Life Centre, which can be redeemed on the day anytime from 10am on production on your itison ticket.

Tickets can be purchased by following the link below.


A Celebration of Loch Lomond Islands Cruise

Wednesday 21st August

A joint event with Lennox Literary Society with a cruise around Loch Lomond's Islands with music featuring Loch Lomond songs and ballads by local band, Hell for Leather, and some new island poetry by Ann MacKinnon.  Leave from Sweeney's Boatyard, Balloch at 7pm and return 9pm.  Tickets £11 and advance booking essential.


A Celebration of The West Highland Railway Story

Wednesday 11th September

Join us on a railway journey with a difference on the spectacular West Highland Railway as it winds its way through the National Park from Helensburgh to Tyndrum and Loch Awe.  Hear about some of the stories associated with this historic and scenic railway and enjoy lunch and spectacular views.  Leaving Helensburgh Upper Station at 9.06am and returning at 15.03pm.  Tickets £25 inclusive (train/meal) and £10 for Argyll & Bute residents who purchase heavily discounted rail tickets direct.  Booking in advance essential.




Celebrating Park People & Stories Conference - CANCELLED

If you’re interested in local history and telling stories, our joint conference with the National Park Community Partnership on 26th October is for you! An interesting and informative day, it aims to inspire us all to capture and tell the story of the people of the National Park.

Find out how to use a local history archive, storytelling, music, video, archaeology and more from inspiring speakers and practical workshops.

Find out about the power of stories and how to use video, photographs, archaeology, storytelling and more from inspiring speakers and practical workshops.

The conference features sessions from:

·         Kenny Taylor, broadcaster and writer, author of trail leaflets for the Aber path and Callander and Killin heritage trails.

·         Paul Saunders, photographer and producer of videos for the Friends’ Celebrating Park People project.

·         Paraig MacNeil, storyteller.

·         Fiona Jackson, amateur archaeologist from Arrochar’s Hidden Heritage project.


The conference is free of charge.

Saturday 26th October 10am-4.30pm at Kilmaronock Millennium Hall, Gartocharn G83 8NF.

Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund All Our Stories, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority and National Park Community Partnership.

Full details and booking form here, or register interest with Sandra Dyson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01389 298008.


Christmas at Ross Priory

Sunday, 1st December 2013

An informal and enjoyable pre-Christmas event at historic Ross Priory from from 2.30pm to 5.30pm with music, local craft stalls, mulled wine and mince pies.
Tickets £8.00. Book now to avoid disappointment.
For further details and booking any of the above events please contact Sandra Dyson, Friends Support Officer on 01389 298008 or by email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.