Guests at a Loch Lomond group’s 2023 Christmas Concert had a “wonderful” time as organisers reflect on the event’s success.

The Friends of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs held their annual concert at Gartocharn’s Ross Priory.

Helensburgh Advertiser: Michael and Rosemary WilsonMichael and Rosemary Wilson (Image: Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs)

Local piper Douglas Owler and string group the Rannoch Trio provided entrainment for the attendees and performed both classical and seasonal music which was well received enjoyed by the audience.

Friends chairman, John Urquhart, said: “This has been another very successful Christmas event for the Friends, whose members and guests return to Ross Priory each year knowing that they will enjoy a wonderful afternoon in the delightful 18th century surroundings of Ross Priory.

Helensburgh Advertiser: Woodturner Maggie IrvineWoodturner Maggie Irvine (Image: Friends of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs)

“A sincere thanks to our young piper, the Rannoch Trio and the stallholders who came along on the day and sold their wares to help the Friends and the Maid of the Loch.

“And a huge thank you to the University of Strathclyde and the staff at Ross Priory for all their help and assistance in continuing to make this such a memorable event.”

Those attending were also able to purchase gifts from Rosneath woodturner Maggie Irving, whose work supports the restoration of Loch Lomond’s paddle steamer, the Maid of the Loch.

Helensburgh Advertiser: The concert took place in Ross PrioryThe concert took place in Ross Priory (Image: Paul Saunders)

There was also Maid of the Loch merchandise for sale along with the Friends’ range of books, Christmas cards and other gifts.

Rosemary Wilson, a long-standing member of the Friends, drew the winning tickets at the raffle.

Prizes included vouchers provided by trustees as well as local businesses and charities, notably from The Oak Tree Inn, Steamship Sir Walter Scott Ltd, Ross Priory and The Loch Lomond Steamship Company.