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Annual Events in 2018

 

Date Event Details Venue & Contact
  Outdoor Activity Events  
Tuesday 1st May (10:00). Bob MacGregor Memorial Road Run - 139 miles of Highland Perthshire roads.  Pre-1975 motorcycles preferred.  Contact Peter Remington (01539-5 60695 /  078-91076320). McLaren Hall, Killin
Saturday 5th May (13:00). 30th Stuc a’ Chroin 5000: Category A Long Hill Race (distance 22 km; climb 1500 m). Strathyre: Secretary (079-7701-4474)
Saturday 2nd (10:30) - Sunday 3rd June (15:00).  Bob MacGregor Memorial 2-Day Motorcycle Trial. Kinnell Estate, Killin
Sunday 10th June (09:00). 7th Strathearn Marathon. Cultybraggan Camp, Comrie
Saturday 23rd June (Commences  08:00 - 11:00). Martin Currie Rob Roy Challenge - a 14-mile circular walk from Kenmore and / or one of two cycle challenges of 35 and 36 miles commencing and finishing in Kenmore.  Rob Roy Festival in Taymouth Castle grounds. Kenmore
Saturday 7th July. 2018 Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon: Swim Loch Tay (1.3 km) - Walk / run seven Munros (24 km) - Kayak back to Ardtalnaig (11 km) - Cycle around Loch Tay (54 km).  Ardtalnaig, Loch Tay
Saturday 25th August  (12:00). Tay Fitness Killin 10K - open to all (walk, jog or run) charity event.  www.killin10k.co.uk Dochart Bridge, Killin
Saturday 1st September. Highland Perthshire Marathon and Half-Marathon – run or cycle.  www.highlandperthshiremarathon.co.uk Wade's Park, Aberfeldy
Saturday 9th September (09:15). Open Water Swim: Loch Earn end-to-end St Fillans to Lochearnhead (10.8 km).  
Saturday 6th October (13:00). National Trust for Scotland Hill Race - Meall nan Tarmachan (distance 9.5 km; climb 700 m). Dan Watson (01567-820404)
Saturday 6th to Sunday 14th October. Drovers' Tryst Walking Festival: over 30 walks.  Bag some local Munros, walk old drove roads or ramble through the glens.  Fun mountain bike racing, photographic walks & evening entertainment. Crieff and environs
     
  Highland Games and Agricultural Shows  
Saturday 30th June (08:00). Lochearnhead Shears International Sheep-shearing Competition. Games Park, Lochearnhead.
Wednesday 4th July (17:30 - 21:30). Kenmore Highland Games. Sports Field, Kenmore
Tuesday 17th July (10:45). Inveraray Highland Games & World Caber Championships. Castle Grounds, Inveraray
Saturday 21st July (12:30 - 18:30). Balquhidder, Lochearnhead & Strathyre Highland Games. Games Park, Lochearnhead
Wednesday 1st August (13:00). Killin Highland Games. Breadalbane Park, Killin
Saturday 11th August (09:30 - 16:30). Atholl & Breadalbane Agricultural Show & Highland Gathering. Wade's Park, Aberfeldy 
Sunday 12th August  (10:00 - 17:00). Perth Highland Games. Scone Palace Park
Saturday 18th August (10:30). Stirling Highland Games. Stirling Sports Village, Royal Stuart Way, Stirling
Saturday 18th August (TBC). Killin Agricultural Show. Breadalbane Park, Killin
Sunday 19th August (10:30). Crieff Highland Gathering. Market Park, Crieff
Thursday 23rd August (10:30 - 16:30). Argyllshire Gathering (Oban). Mossfield Park, Oban 
     
  Activities for Children  
Tuesdays 3rd, 10th & 31st July and 14th & 28th August (10:30 - 12:30). A kids-eye view of Ben Lawers - hands-on exploration - become a nature know-it-all (adults must be accompanied by a child and vice versa). Ben Lawers NNR car park
     
  Live Traditional Music  
Every Thursday (19:00 - 22:30). Celtic Acoustic Music Sessions led by Doug & Hilary Law. Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy
Friday 25th (19:00) to Sunday 27th May. 6th Strathyre Music Festival: www.balvaig.co.uk Strathyre
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June. Killin Music Festival '18. McLaren Hall, Killin
Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September. 13th Callander Jazz & Blues Festival. Callander and area
     
  Food & Drink Events  
Friday 25th - Sunday 27th May. Mhor Festival: food and drink, music, theatre, arts and dance. Monachyle Mhor Farm, Balquhidder
     
  Arts & Cultural Events  
Saturday 9th to Sunday 17th June. Forth Valley Art Beat - a celebration of talent and individual inspiration.  Over 140 artists at 80 different locations.  
Friday 8th & Saturday 9th June. Perthshire and Angus Provincial Mod (Mòd Ionadail Shiorrachd Pheairt agus Aonghais). Breadalbane Community Campus, Aberfeldy
Saturday 1st to Sunday 9th September. Perthshire Open Studios - artists and makers throughout Perthshire welcome you to their workshops & studios.  
     
  National Trust for Scotland Walks & Talks  
  Walks commence at the Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve car park unless otherwise stated.  For further information telephone 01567-820988 or email "benlawers" @ nts.org.uk  
Thursday 14th and / or Friday 15th June. Moth night and / or morning.  See rangers set harmless moth traps and check the catch in the morning. Ben Lawers NNR car park
Friday 22nd June  (09:00). Ben Lawers Ridge Walk.  Walk the 7 peaks of the Lawers range with a qualified mountain guide and wildlife expert.  8 - 10 hours duration.  Booking essential. Ben Lawers NNR car park
Friday 29th June  (10:00). Meall nan Tarmachan Ridge Walk.  Walk the Tarmachan ridge with a qualified mountain guide and wildlife expert.  5 - 6 hours duration.  Booking essential. Ben Lawers NNR car park
Saturday 30th June - Sunday 1st July Upland plant identification course for upland habitat surveys, in partnership with Parnassus Ecology.  Booking essential  @ 077-1640-6900 or email "Lindsay" @ parnassusecology.com  
Tuesday 3rd July  (10:30 - 12:30). A kids-eye view of Ben Lawers: hands-on exploration - become a nature know-it-all (adults must be accompanied by a child and vice versa). Ben Lawers NNR car park
Tuesday 10th July (10:30 - 12:30). A kids-eye view of Ben Lawers: hands-on exploration - become a nature know-it-all (adults must be accompanied by a child and vice versa). Ben Lawers NNR car park
Wednesday 11th July  (13:30 - 16:30). Butterflies and moths of the mountain.  Booking advisable. Ben Lawers NNR car park
Friday 13th July  (09:00 - 17:00). Mountain flowers - an 8-hour high-level guided walk.  Booking essential. Ben Lawers NNR car park
Friday 20th July  (09:00 - 17:00). Mountain flowers - an 8-hour high-level guided walk.  Booking essential. Ben Lawers NNR car park
Wednesday 25th July  (13:30 - 16:00). Flora and fauna of the hillside.  Booking advisable. Ben Lawers NNR car park
Tuesday 31st July (10:30 - 12:30). A kids-eye view of Ben Lawers: hands-on exploration - become a nature know-it-all (adults must be accompanied by a child and vice versa). Ben Lawers NNR car park
Wednesday 8th August  (13.30 - 16:00). Hillside safari - a 2½ hour walk.  Experience the rich flora and varied wildlife of the lower slopes of the Nature Reserve.  Booking advisable. Ben Lawers NNR car park
Friday 10th August  (10.30 - 16:30). An introduction to real navigation: map and compass navigation in the hills - a 6-hour course.  Booking essential. Ben Lawers NNR car park
Tuesday 14th August  (10:30 - 12:30). A kids-eye view of Ben Lawers: hands-on exploration - become a nature know-it-all (adults must be accompanied by a child and vice versa). Ben Lawers NNR car park
Wednesday 22nd August  (13:30 - 16:00). Flora and fauna of the hillside.  Booking advisable. Ben Lawers NNR car park
Tuesday 28th August  (10:30 - 12:30). A kids-eye view of Ben Lawers: hands-on exploration - become a nature know-it-all (adults must be accompanied by a child and vice versa). Ben Lawers NNR car park
     
  Talks take place during July and August at the National Trust for Scotland Ranger Base, Lynedoch, Main Street, Killin FK21 8UW, at 8pm.  
     
  Heritage Events @ Scottish Crannog Centre, Loch Tay  
  Booking is essential for large groups - telephone 01887-830583.  
Easter Sunday 1st April (10:30 - 16:30). A Celtic Spring: the Crannog comes to life.  Opening event of the 2018 season.  
Sunday 27th May (10:30 - 16:30). Iron Age Ingenuity: water and metals, incuding metal-working demonstrations.  
Thursday 21st June (evening event). Midsummer Music Evening, plus prehistoric musical instrument-making workshop.  Booking essential.  
Thursday 19th July (10:30 – 16:30). A Celtic Summer: enjoy fabulous down-to-earth nutritious food, as prepared by our Iron Age ancestors.  
Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th August (10:30 - 16:30). The Celts are Coming - Living History Fair: hog roast; iron forging; hide tanning; sword making; iron age cooking; log boats; archery; pot firing; textiles.  
Wednesday 15th August (10:30 - 16:30). Ancient Foods and Crafts: Barley, Beer & Bread!  
Sunday 14th October (10:30 - 16:30). A Celtic Autumn: Wood & Smoke.  Woodworking, turning and whittling demonstrations.  Smoked and cured foods, berries, apples and mushrooms, together with rich meaty stews.  
Wednesday 31st October (evening event). Celtic Samhain Festival Night: Fire, Metals & Magic.  Shadow puppets; Samhain fun and games; storytelling around the log fire in the Crannog; incense; warming soup and bread; spectacular wicker ram burn finale!  
     
  Christmas / New Year  
Monday 31st December (23:45). Killin New Year Firework Display. Falls of Dochart, Killin
Monday 31st December (23:45). Comrie Hogmanay Flambeaux: unique midnight torchlight procession; pipe band. Melville Square, Comrie