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Free Family Outdoor Showcase at Loch Lomond with SYHA

With just over a week to go to SYHA Hostelling Scotland’s SYHActive - a celebration of Scotland’s great outdoors, being staged at Rowardennan Youth Hostel on the shores of Loch Lomond on Saturday 18th April 2015 - it is shaping up to be a great day out for all the family!

SYHActive includes a sponsored duathlon (starting at 10:00) and a free outdoor activity showcase (11:30-16:30) to encourage as many people as possible to experience first-hand the multitude of opportunities Scotland’s stunning countryside has to offer and to highlight all the benefits of outdoor activities and of modern day hostelling.

The showcase will include activity providers Can You Experience and Boots & Paddles, who work with SYHA youth programmes, and Lomond Kayak Club offering family friendly taster sessions for a variety of adventure and team building activities, from canoeing to raft building and archery.  Furthermore, C-N-Do Scotland will be providing a self-led orienteering route for all ages.

A number of national outdoor, youth, environmental and wildlife organisations will be attending the showcase, including Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Scouts, RSPB and Duke of Edinburgh Awards.  They will bestow the many benefits of Scotland’s great outdoors and the numerous activities, adventures and learning experiences open to those who want to explore it and get the very best out of it all year round.  The outdoor retailer Cotswold Outdoor and Scotland Outdoors Magazine will also be attending, as well as local businesses including The Oak Tree Inn and Loch Lomond Brewery.

Refreshments will be available all day, as well as tasty barbecued food on offer in the afternoon.  There will also be some child-friendly activities including face painting to keep the young entertained.  Live music will be provided by Gary Stewart and the Tin Foil Collective and a solo acoustic set from Ross Clark.

Families will be able to start their outdoor experience with a free return ferry ride across Loch Lomond to Rowardennan Youth Hostel provided by Cruise Loch Lomond for anyone attending SYHActive.  Families can leave the car at Luss or Tarbet, experience the serenity of the ‘bonnie banks’ in comfort before enjoying a great day out of doors in Scotland’s first National Park, globally renowned for its natural beauty, history and tranquillity.  (please see timetable below).

Keith Legge, SYHA Hostelling Scotland Chief Executive, said: ”Please join us for the SYHActive Outdoor Challenge and Showcase on Saturday 18 April.  You will get a real flavour of what Scotland has to offer through modern day hostelling.  Hostelling provides an affordable way to explore Scotland with the option to meet like-minded people, go as a group, with family or enjoy some time on your own; and to try new outdoor and cultural activities.

“Rowardennan is well worth a visit whatever the weather, so please come along and enjoy the day – I can guarantee that you will learn something new, whether it be about youth hostels, the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, or by trying out an activity such as canoeing with one of our local providers.  There will also be a barbeque, two bands playing and even a face painter for the younger kids!”

The new SYHActive outdoor challenge is an open, individual or team duathlon (run or walk and cycle) for all fitness abilities, to raise money for SYHA Youth Programmes. Setting off from Rowardennan Youth Hostel, competitors will run or walk 10 miles round the shoulder of Ben Lomond to Inversnaid. From the transition point the 34-mile cycle ride will pass Lochs Arklet, Chon and Ard on the way to Aberfoyle. The route then heads to Drymen and along the coast of Loch Lomond before finishing back at Rowardennan. 

The SYHActive outdoor showcase is a free event, and open to all.  However SYHA Hostelling Scotland asks that all those planning to attend register by emailing:  

The cost to enter the SYHActive challenge is £20 with the aim to raise a further £50 or more in sponsorship for SYHA youth programmes. 

For further details and to enter go to:

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Media Contact:

For further information, images / SYHActive challenge course map or to arrange interviews please contact:

Paddy Cuthbert | Littlehouse Media | E: / M: 07913 951717.

Jane Mackie | SYHA Hostelling Scotland | E: / T: 01786 891306

Notes to Editors:

SYHA Hostelling Scotland is a self-funding charity operating a network of nearly 70 exceptional youth and affiliate hostels for the benefit of all those wishing to learn and experience what Scotland has to offer. Our unique sites provide affordable, comfortable, safe and quality-assured accommodation with a warm friendly welcome, local knowledge, activities and services for guests travelling around Scotland.

As a not-for-profit organisation, we encourage guests to join SYHA Hostelling Scotland, which is free to everyone under 16 and students in full-time education. Members enjoy a range of exclusive benefits including dual membership of Hostelling International, providing access to more than 4,000 youth hostels in over 90 countries worldwide. Membership and guest overnight income supports our charitable youth programmes and the maintenance of the hostelling network, particularly in rural Scotland.

SYHActive Challenge sponsorship

Participants in the SYHActive Challenge will be required to raise sponsorship to support SYHA's youth activity programmes.  These successful programmes tackle social exclusion by offering groups of vulnerable or disadvantaged young people the opportunity to take part in action-packed activity holidays at youth hostels across Scotland.  The programmes are designed to push the youngsters to realise the true extent of their abilities and to inspire them to think differently about their future pathways within and beyond school.

Cruise Loch Lomond Ferry Timetable -

Return ferry trips are free to anyone who is joining SYHA Hostelling Scotland for SYHActive.  Please note last ferry returns to Tarbet not Luss.






Tarbet 0845

Rowardennan 0930



Luss 1000

Rowardennan 1045



Luss 1445

Rowardennan 1530





Rowardennan 1045

Luss 1130



Rowardennan 1530

Luss 1615



Rowardennan 1645

Tarbet 1730


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