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Love Loch Lomond Community: What's New August I

What’s the latest from the Love Loch Lomond community? Read on to find out..  Henry Bell’s Comet Bicentenary Celebrations, New Clyde Sea Lochs Trail Panel Celebrations took place in Helensburgh on Saturday 4th August to celebrate the Bicentenary of steam navigation pioneer Henry Bell and his steam ship the Comet, the first commercially successful sea going paddle steamer. A reincarnation of the early 19th century pioneer, Mr Henry Bell, returned to the town and unveiled a new panel featuring information about Helensburgh. The panel replaces an earlier version which was one of 10 put in place to encourage visitors to explore ‘The Clyde Sealochs Trail’, a scenic coastal route from Dumbarton via Cardoss, Helensburgh, Rhu, Garelochhead and the Rosneath Peninsula to Arrochar. Henry Bell launches Clyde Sea Lochs Panel BBC2 Antiques Road Trip Return to Loch Lomond Antiques and Art Centre, Loch Lomond Shores The popular BBC2 programme Antiques Road Trip was back at the Loch Lomond Antiques & Art Centre, Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch, last week after a successful visit in May. Jonathan Pratt and his team purchased a large Japanese bronze vase for £90.00.  It is hoped the piece will sell for well over £100.00 when it goes to auction at an auction house in Paisley in the next couple of weeks. The episode featuring Loch Lomond Antiques & Art Centre is scheduled to be aired in early 2013 so stay tuned! New Love Loch Lomond Summer Guide The Summer version of the free Love Loch Lomond guide launched recently – with features on many areas in and around Loch Lomond, an events listing and more, the print guide is widely available in and around Loch Lomond and also in Glasgow  - look out for it or view an electronic version here. Love Loch Lomond Summer Guide Latest Episode (4) of Love Loch Lomond Free Podcasts in iTunes now live Episode 4 of the Love Loch Lomond free podcast series in iTunes is now live. Check out a visit to the Rennie Mackintosh masterpiece The Hill House, Helensburgh, learn about zip-sliding with Go Ape Adventure in Aberfoyle, or how to kayak in Luss with Wild By Nature. Find out more about one of Scotland’s great trails, The 3 Lochs Way, or enjoy a relaxing Reiki healing bamboo treatment! There’s more about Love Loch Lomond and social media too…definitely worth a listen and free to download in iTunes - download here. What’s On in and around Loch Lomond in August There is always plenty to see and do in and around Loch Lomond but here are a few highlights which you might be interested in. For full details on all events listed here check out our What’s On and News pages or search our website. If you’re feeling energetic then try out the Olympics with Streetlinks at Loch Lomond Shores this weekend on Saturday 11th or Sunday 12th,  or how about the fun, family informal Ardlui Highland Games on Saturday 11th August? If running is your thing try the Balloch 5k starting from Balloch Country Park on Saturday morning or go for a real ‘Brave’ challenge at Duncryne Equitation and Trekking Centre which involves 3 one hour sessions of riding, archery and “Robert the Bruce” action! Prefer to be on the water? How about a cruise with Cruise Loch Lomond or Sweeneys Cruises, or if you want more of a splash, try a Views of the Loch Canoe trip with Can You Experience or some kayaking or bush craft with Wild By Nature. The Loch Lomond area is one of most sought-after locations for a dream wedding. With couples from all over the world choosing the Bonnie Banks to tie the knot, a unique wedding fair, The Loch Lomond Wedding Exhibition at Loch Lomond Shores brings together over 100 well-established wedding suppliers from all categories imaginable. The event takes place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August from 10 am to 5pm and features hair and make-up trials, a fashion show area and live music. Not to be missed! Loch Lomond Wedding Exhibition If you love original art, ceramics, jewellery and work by Scottish crafts people and designers, then Artmap Argyll, from Friday 24th to Sunday 27th August is for you. This four-day Open Studio event, featuring over 40 venues is an opportunity to visit artists’ studios without any pressure to buy work – although if you do fall in love with a piece, then you have the benefit of meeting the artist and seeing how the work is made.  Tom Butcher ceramics Saturday 26th August sees people of all ages taking to their bikes for Bike for Bobath. Bike for Bobath is a bicycle fun run to help children with cerebral palsy. It takes place on Saturday 25th August, from Glasgow SECC to Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch. You don’t need to be particularly fit to enjoy the ride - you can go at your own pace.  To end the weekend, on Sunday 26th, the Scotland’s Gardens programme is offering a unique opportunity to visit Parkhead garden, on the Rosneath Peninsula. This early 18th century building attached to an older walled garden has been restored by its current owners and laid out as a fascinating architectural Italianate garden. There are some fantastic outdoors activities and events organised by and within Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, from Chocolate Geology sessions, to Nature Discovery Days and more. At the end of the month, on Friday 31st August, you can join National Park rangers for an evening adventure on Inchcailloch island. The walk across the island will include fun activities and the unique opportunity to learn about celestial navigation, using constellations to tell the time, and the relationship between the sun and the moon to decipher direction. If you plan to enjoy these events and are looking for great places to stay and eat and drink, don't forget you can search for all types of accommodation and check availability as well as where to eat and drink at 



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