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Food Festivals, Breaking Ground and a Whole Lot of Crime

It’s a time of year we all know well – the nights are drawing in, the mornings take just a little longer to brighten the horizon and jackets are being dusted off and reluctantly re-donned. Few could complain about this year’s summer season so there is a sense of loss in these early days of Autumn. Especially as we see the close of the country-wide Highland Games for another year.

We farewelled the season with two games that were particularly close to home. On Sunday August 5th we set up our gazebo in the neighbouring town of Bridge of Allan where we were kept a close eye on by the striking Wallace Monument. Bridge of Allan has long attracted famous visitors, including a young Robert Louis Stevenson who loved to explore the slopes of Dumyat Hill, an inspiration for his famous novel Treasure Island. We may not carry quite the same weight as Stevenson but as a local gin we do tend to gather our fair share of admirers. The Stirling Highland Games on Saturday August 18th was another chance for us to celebrate our home town and it is fitting that this will be our last for the year. While the Stirling Games are a relatively late addition to the roster – the first one only popped up in 1870 – they are immensely popular with over 4000 spectators turning up in its very first year. We are honoured to call such a beautiful area home.