THE natural beauty of Alva Glen was lit up in a spectacular range of colours and effects on Saturday night.

Families, young and old, were treated to a kaleidoscope of colours shining through the dramatic waterfall and the flowing stream of the burn at the Alva Glen Illuminations.

Music from the Stirling Riverside Ceilidh Band had people tapping their toes and added further magic to the evening.

Presented by the trust, the event is the work of volunteers who spend the year planning the event and then come together over the weekend to install the lighting, set up stalls and act as marshals.

Sandra Cashmore, secretary of Alva Glen Heritage Trust, said: “A huge thank you to everyone for their time and hard work, all weekend or just for a couple of hours, your contribution and support is so valuable, we could not do this event without you.”

The total raised for the trust through donations and the proceeds of the stalls is approaching a record £5,000.

The associated costs of the illuminations were covered by funding from the Co-op Community Fund and a grant from the EDF Burnfoot Hill Community Fund, meaning the full amount raised will be used on improving and restoring Alva Glen for the benefit of the community.

Claire Templeton, the chair of Alva Glen Heritage Trust, said: “Receiving grants from these funds has been a huge boost for the trust, supporting Alva Glen Illuminations which in turn strengthens our position to sustain the work that we do in the glen and the community in the future.

“We were able to use some of the money to provide light installation training for volunteers provided by Scotaudio before and during the event which was invaluable.”

Many visitors to the event have expressed their enjoyment of the evening, describing the glen as having a “special magic” to it.