Monday, January 11, 2010


The following press release has been distributed by the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

"The rising temperatures across Scotland have led to concerns about people enjoying the Lake of Menteith ahead of the Winter Festival planned for Tuesday 12 January.

Fiona Logan, Chief Executive, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs said:

"We've spoken to representatives from twelve local curling clubs today (Monday 11 January) who have assessed the condition of the ice on the Lake of Menteith. The rising temperature and melted snow has created significant surface water making it impossible to play. Conditions are so poor now that professional players and local residents have stopped venturing on to the Lake.

Although the bonspiel would have been an amazing event to see, for people's safety we would strongly advise anyone visiting the Lake not to make any unnecessary journeys."

Ian Fleming, owner of the Lake of Menteith Hotel expressed serious concern: "If conditions remain as poor tomorrow, I'm afraid it's game over. It's far too wet for walking let alone playing."

End release.