The Lochside Blog

Scotland to host ‘Worlds’ again

Glasgow has won the right to host the World Pipe Band Championships until 2021 continuing a relationship which has stretched back almost seven decades. The championships, which are affectionately known as The Worlds, attract more than 200 bands and thousands of spectators each year to Glasgow Green.  This year the event is on 14th and… Read more »

Summer of Highland Games

Taking place across Scotland every summer weekend, Highland games are friendly events drawing local communities, international athletes and visitors alike. Come to experience the awesome heavy events, graceful Highland dancing and thrilling track and field competitions, not to mention the incredible sounds of the marching pipes and drums.  Download the free guide at

‘Full Steam Ahead”

The steamship ‘Sir Walter Scott’ is now sailing daily from Trossachs Pier to Stronachlachar.  The ‘Lady of the Lake’ has now also commenced her summer timetable departing from Stronachlachar at 2.30pm and 5.15pm.  Book your tickets at The Loch Katrine Experience. Why not combine a sailing with a walk along the shore of Loch Katrine or cycle ride and experience… Read more »

The Great Tartan Skidaddle

To celebrate the opening of their new Visitor Gateways and The Great Trossachs Path, The Great Trossachs Forest are planning a fantastic week of events. There is something for everyone to enjoy. From 11 April to 18 April 2015 a host of activities will be held at various locations within the forest. There are two… Read more »

Loch Katrine – A brief history

Loch Katrine is one of the largest lochs in the Trossachs at almost 9 miles long and is owned by Scottish Water as the primary water supply to Glasgow. It’s name is thought to come from the “caterans” or cattle rustlers that once inhabited the Trossachs, the most notorious of whom was Rob Roy MacGregor…. Read more »