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See the story of the water supply going to Glasgow from Loch Katrine and find out where you can see this Victorian feat of engineering. Displays from the recent Mitchell Library exhibition and the Stewart Memorial Fountain Heritage Trail project will be on show. Also the Thomas Annan photographs of Strathard taken during and after construction of the water system and a spectacular woodcarving of the Lady of the Lake by Dr Alexander Robertson of Newfoundland, who was born at Bruach near Loch Katrine.

Exhibition in VisitScotland, Trossachs Discovery Centre, Main Street, Aberfoyle from 10 July to 29 August 2010, open 10am till 5pm every day. Admission free. Download a PDF programme for the exhibition and talks here.


Come along to any of our seven interesting talks in July & August on the theme of Loch Katrine, past and present.
The exhibition in VisitScotland will be open late on those evenings prior to the talks. Tea, coffee etc. provided afterwards. Admission free apart from 27th August, when space is limited.

Woodland History around Loch Katrine
Friday 16 July at 7.30pm Aberfoyle Memorial Hall

Peter Quelch explains how present day research into evidence of the historic woodlands, wood pastures and settlements at Loch Katrine can give a fascinating insight into past ways of life.

'A Cronie frae Stronie' (poster)

Friday 23 July at 7.30pm Aberfoyle Memorial Hall
Dr Duncan Ferguson shares his personal memories of living in, and returning to, his home village of Stronachlachar at Loch Katrine.

'Nae smell, nae taste'
150 Years of Water from Strathard to Glasgow
Friday 30 July at 7.30pm Aberfoyle Memorial Hall

Bill Black tells the fascinating story of the search for a hygienic water supply for Glasgow and the construction of the Loch Katrine scheme.

Memories of a Shepherd (poster)
Friday 6 August at 7.30pm Aberfoyle Memorial Hall

Local historian, storyteller and award-winning author Sion Barrington talks about his many years working as a shepherd with the largest sheep flock in Britain and living in Rob Roy's house on the banks of Loch Katrine.

Working in the Great Trossachs Forest (poster)
Thursday 12 August at 7.30pm David Marshall Lodge, Aberfoyle

Liz Shortall and Donald Hendry of Forestry Commission Scotland, which now manages the land around Loch Katrine, will talk about how the Great Trossachs Forest project is creating new native woodlands and also re-introducing Highland cattle into the Loch Katrine area.

Loch Katrine Water Supply Scheme - Victorian legacy enhanced by 21st century engineering (poster)
Friday 20 August at 7.30pm Aberfoyle Memorial Hall

Gordon Duguid, who was closely involved with this project, explains how the Victorian water supply system running from Loch Katrine to Glasgow was improved to allow it to meet the standards needed for the future.

The Work of The Steamship Sir Walter Scott Trust (poster)
Friday 27 August at 7.30pm SS Sir Walter Scott, Trossachs Pier

A special venue for the last talk of this series. Operations director Gordon Allan will tell us about the present day - living, working and sailing on Loch Katrine.

Exhibition and talks organised by Strathard Community Council. The Scottsland Grants Programme is part-financed by the Scottish Government, European Community Forth Valley & Lomond Leader 2007-2013 programme and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority.

We also gratefully acknowledge the support and contributions from all our speakers and from the following organisations:

Land & Environment Services

The Steamship
Sir Walter Scott Trust

Printing by Footprint-Copy
Community Central Hall, Maryhill

Mounting by David McLaughlin

Catering by cookroom

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