Conference Centre. £3 (£2). Advice Centre. Beechgrove Gardeners Clinic and free creche for 2-5-year-olds.

I YTHAN RAFT RACE Sat 28. 10am—6pm. Ellon. Grarnpian. Free entry (but minimum sponsorship of £20). car parking £1. Details from Bill Smith. 0358 720163. The largest raft race in the UK is now in its fifteenth year and is expected to attract a record 150 rafts with total crews of 1500. The race starts from the New Inn Car Park. Ellon just after 2pm and finishes at the Logie Buchan Bridge. Rafts of all shapes and sizes take part. from monsters created using CAD by the design teams of off-shore oil companies to schoolkids‘ rafts made from a couple of rubber tyres lashed together with binder twine. Stalls open from 10am. with live music and entertainments at the Ellon start area from 1 lam.


I ALL FORMATS COMPUTER FAIR Sun 29. 10am—4pm. Woodside Hall. St George‘s Cross. Glasgow. £4 (£2). All formats and all needs are catered for at this fair which offers discount access to the Information Highway. Second-hand equipment. business applications. games of all description. educational tools and hobby machines as well as the latest advances in com utin .

I ARGYLL ANO BUTE GARDENS FESTIVAL Sat 21—Sat 28. Argyll and Bute. Details and programtne from 0546 86614. With the rhododendrons reaching their best. now is the time to get over to Argyll and Bute to have a look at them. The week starts at the Crarae gardens near lnveraray on Loch Fyne with a special weekend of events. not all of them garden-related.

I CITY OF GLASGOW WOMEN’S 10K Sun 29. 10am. Kelvin Way. Kelvingrove. Glasgow. Free. It‘s too late to enter this race. which incorporates a Five Nations International. but you can still cheer the competitors on. The race leaves Kelvin Way at 10am. goes up to the Great Western Road. down Crow Road. round Broomhill Drive. along Dumbarton Road and back to the start via Argyle Street.

I FINE JEWELLERY AUCTIOH Wed 25. 2pm (Viewing: Mon 22fTue 24. 10am—5pm; Wed 25. 9am—1pm). Christies. 164 Bath Street. Glasgow. 041 332 8134. Ifyou‘ve a few thousand quid

to spare and fancy a flashy watch or necklace then this auction could help you on your way. Reserve prices start at £100 for a ‘cultured pearl necklace' and end up in the tens of thousands for ‘an important Victorian sapphire and diamond cluster brooch'.

I FLIGHT OAY Sun 22. 1.30pm—6pm. David Livingston Centre. Station Road. Blantyre. £2 (£1). 0698 823140. A hot air balloon and lots of windy things to make and do. The David Livingstone Centre is open daily (10am-6pm; Sun: 1—6pm) and not only celebrates the discoveries of one of Scotland‘s most famous explorers at his birthplace. but also provides plenty of things for kids to do and a spacious tea-

I SEA FOOO FAIR Sun 29. l lam-7pm. Loch Fyne Oysters. Clachan Farm. Ardkinglas. Cairndow. Argyle (at the Head of Loch Fyne on the A83) 04996 264. Free admission. A chance to walk with the Walrus and the Carpenter at this feast of West Coast sea food with specially selected wines and beers and barbecue and bouncy castle. Live music all day.

Summer may officially be here. but there‘s still record amounts of snow on sotne of the slopes which is likely to hold unless the weather turns wet. If you do decide to have a go. you are likely to have the piste pretty much to yourself. so don‘t wax those skis and get out the golfing trousersjust yet! Don't forget to add a T- shirt to your skiing wardrobe!

I Ski Clubs If you fancy getting up to the slopes with a few like-minded folk try contacting your local ski club:

Glasgow Ski Club meet every Thursday at

_9pm in The Scaratnouche. Flderslie

Street. Details front 041 424 1893 or 041 883 6665. They are now operating their summer programme of hill walks. Edinburgh Ski Club meet every Tuesday from 9.30pm at the West 1-an Hotel. Palmerston Place. For an information pack phone 031 220 3121.

I GLENCOE Chairlift company: 08556 226. Summer skiing on Sundays and Mondays from May 22. With record amounts of snow. which just doesn't seem to be going away. all the runs from 800 feet to the top of the mountain are complete.

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I ATllOll. HICllLAllDEBS PARADE Sat 28, 3-6pm. Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry. Castle open daily: 10am—6pm. £4.50 (£3.50). The Duke of Atholl is the only British sublect allowed to maintain a private army, which parades once a year in front at the castle. The white turreted baronlal plle is a good day out tor castle and antiques lovers with its collections at tumlture, portraits, lace, china, arms, armour, Jacobite relics and masonic regalla. licensed restaurant, gift shop and picnic areas as well as deer park, pony-trekking and nature trails in the castle grounds. While in the

area, you could drop into Bell's Blair Atholl distillery (Mon—Sat 9.30

; Sun

noon-4pm). For a mere £2 you get a guided tour of the distillery lasting about an hour with detailed explanation of the art of malt whisky distilling, a tree dram oi the Blair Atholl 12-year-old Single Malt and a £3 discount voucher on a bottle of the

I PARACHUTE CHAMPIONSHIPS Fri 27—Mon 30, 9am—9pm. Stra

~ ~‘":~ n1“; ILsRS. CESE thallan Airfield, near

Auchterarder, Perthshire. Free. 0764 662572. Spectators are more than welcome to this Scottish Championships. Friday is the practise day, with the actual championships taking place over the next three days. Don’t forget your camera. See

Great Outdoors Section.

I NEVIS RANGE Chairlift company: 0397 705825. With the highest pistes in Scotland on Aonach Mor (4006 feet). the

Nevis Range gondola system is still taking skiers to the top slopes where the good cover is expected to last and last.

I CAIRNGORM Chairlift company: 0479


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861 261. Good cover. even if it is only on the higher slopes. Two chairlifts and three tows open every day (‘we're an every day kind of ski area' ) subject to wind conditions. They are even making tentative plans for midsummer skiing.

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