Tom Weir’s Loch Lomond Wonderland to be showcased in upcoming second Weirfest – the Red Toorie Hat Festival

The stage is set for the second Weirfest at Loch Lomond on Saturday 18th June, with an exhibition and launch of a new Loch Lomond Wonderland booklet featuring the work of local schoolchildren and the story of Scotland’s most-loved mountain man, Tom Weir – the latest addition to the day’s festivities.

The Tom Weir Memorial Group and Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs are putting the finishing touches to the programme for Scotland’s Red Toorie Hat Festival, taking place beside the much loved broadcaster’s statue at scenic Balmaha Bay on Loch Lomondside. The event runs from 11am to 4pm and admission is free.

There will also be some steamboats present in Balmaha Bay including the impressive 21 foot steam launch, Bunnahabhain [top]; and there will be an opportunity to try your hand at traditional woodcraft whittling sticks with the Green Aspirations demonstration team.

Other attractions include wildlife and toorie hat competitions, treasure trails and much more. The National Trust for Scotland and RSPB will also have stands and catering is being provided by the team from the award winning Oak Tree Inn.

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As already announced, more than 50 musicians are preparing to play at the statue site as part of a family fun day, which has been moved to a midsummer date having first been held at the end of May in 2015.

The latest addition to the line-up is talented and ground breaking acoustic guitarist, David Allison. Other performers include locally based Scottish alternative blues singer and songwriter, Dave Arcari; veteran folk singer and broadcaster, Jimmie MacGregor; the popular Scottish minstrel, Alistair MacDonald; and the colourful Loch Lomond Ukulele Orchestra.

James Fraser, Chairman of Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs, says: ‘The hard work ahead of the festival is nearly over and we are looking forward to what should be a fantastic day out for all the family during what has so far been a great start to the summer on the weather front.’

Susan Taylor of the Tom Weir Memorial Group, says: ‘The Tom Weir’s Loch Lomond Wonderland exhibition and booklet launch is one of several additions to what is already a packed programme, and we hope that visitors and residents will turn out in large numbers to enjoy a great day out on Loch Lomondside and to honour a great Scottish countryside legend.’

Further details of the festival programme are online here at the Tom Weir Statue Campaign’s Facebook page.

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