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A nod to Alloa

By Sophie

The Alloa Half Marathon is more than just a running event. For 35 years, it has provided it's runners an outlet to raise money for charities close to their hearts and to achieve personal running goals. Encouraged by the organisers, runners can tell their stories, enriching other racers. Take a look on the Alloa Half Marathon facebook page for some heartwarming and inspiring stories.

As if this wasn't enough reason to visit this picturesque Scottish town, we've compiled a short selection of interesting facts about Alloa throughout history.

Wool Culture at the Dornoch Fibre Fest

By Sophie

For the eighth year running, Dornoch will hold their annual Fibre Festival. A celebration of all things woolly and knitted, Fiber Fest is a chance for knitting lovers and wool fans to come together. From classes in spinning, felting, knitting and tweed handbag-making, the weekend is sure to be a busy one! You can even take part in the cushion competition, where you can used mixed-media to compete with your very own unique cushion design. With Hobbycraft vouchers and a special prize from the Shetland Sheep Society up for grabs, make your cushion ideas a reality now!

The Loch Ness International Knitting Festival

By Sophie

As September draws to an end, the autumn months are well on their way. The air is cooling and it is the perfect time for warm knitted jumpers and cosy cashmere sweaters. It is also the perfect time for Loch Ness to hold it's annual International Knit Festival.