1n the licensed restaurant.

I A FIELD OF RED DEER Fri 29, 4-6pm. An Tairbea 01880 820190. £3 (£1.50). An opportunity to rub noses with our largest land mammal. No, not Geoff Capes, but a field of red deer. Ecologist and farmer, Neil Duncan, will explain the deer’s year, from early summer calving through to the autumn rutt. An Tairbeart is open daily until the end of October, loam—sunset. Within the 35 hectares of wood and farmland, it provides a fascinating living history of the way man has used the natural resources or Knapdale and Kintyre to develop taming, forestry and fishing. local produce is often available for tree tastings and always available to buy

rt Heritage Centre, Tarbert, Argyll.

This section gives details of selected events taking place in and around the central belt of Scotland this fortnight. Events are listed by area and then alphabetically. All submissions should be accompanied by a contact phone number for our information. Days out compiled by Thom olbdin.


I GALASHIELS COUNTRY & WESTERN MUSIC FESTIVAL Sat 23/Sun 24. lpm—late. Volunteer Hall. Galashiels. £8 (£6). Details from 01750 23139. This is a must for all you good 01‘ guys and gals who fancy a day of top country and western stars and line dances. Besides the bands Brendan Quinn. Circuit Judge. Key West. Des Walters. Les Close and Charlie and the Moonshines there‘ll be plenty of trade stands to stock up on the six-guns and stetsons. a riot of colourful costumes and catering stalls. Presumably the latter will feature some earth-quaking bean dishes.

I KELSO HORSE SALES Sat 23. 9.30am—2.30pm. Springwood Park. Kelso. Details and catalogue from Oliver and Sons on 0131 443 4444. Free (car park £2). lfyou fancy looking a few bargain horses in the mouth. trot on down to Kelso for the annual sale of horses. ponies. saddlery and horse boxes.


I OBSERVATORY OPEN NIGHT Fri 29 Sept. 7—10pm. Mills Observatory. Balgay Park. Dundee. 01382 667138. Free. The observatory re-opens for evening viewing in October. As a taster for the winter events. the open night features planetarium shows at 7.15pm. 8pm and 8.45pm. with views of the Moon and Saturn through the telescopes. if weather permits.

I VIKING SHIPS daily until Sun 1 Get. Tue—Sat 10.30am—5pm. Sun: 2—5pm. Smith Art Gallery and Museum. Free. 01786 471917. The Vikings are coming in the form of this touring exhibition from the Viking Ship Museum of Denmark.

The exhibition describes the historical and cultural background. building and navigation techniques of the Vikings.


I CLASSIC CAR SHOW Sat 30/Sun 1. 10am—5pm. Royal Highland Centre. lngleston. £4.50 (accompanied kids under fourteen free). Free car park. The biggest under-cover show for classic cars in Scotland boasts bookings from over 60 owner‘s clubs and hundreds of individuals. The top draw is likely to be the Jaguar Drivers Club Ecosse which is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a display ofJaguars from the S and E types to the XK 150s. If you fancy showing off your own piece ofclassic [ire-1974 road- wear. there's free entry to anyone who wishes to exhibit their vehicle. There will also be plenty of autojumble and accessory stands. A classic vehicle auction takes place on Sunday at 3pm (viewing from 11am).

I DAWN GOOSE WATCH Sat 30 Sept. and weekly throughout Oct. 6—9am. Vane Farm RSPB Nature Reserve. South shore of Loch Levan (on the B9097. one mile east ofjunction five of the M90). £4 including breakfast. Advance booking essential on 01577 862355. Up to 20.000 pink-footed and greylag geese over-winter on Loch Levan. On a fine winter morning. the site of them taking off at sunrise is breath-taking. Although they start arriving at the same time each year. they won‘t all have returned from their breeding grounds yet. so phone to confirm for this early morning adventure.

I DIESEL ENTHUSIASTS WEEKEND Sat 23/Sun 24. l 1am—5pm. Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway. Bo‘ness Station. Union Street. 01506 822298. A chance to eyeball the Scottish Railway Preservation Society's extensive collection of mainline and industrial diesel locomotives in action. Anoraks not included.

I DUNFERMLINE ARTS FESTIVAL daily until Fri 6 Oct. Various venues around Dunfermline. Festival brochure free from 01383 731885. The first week of this three-week Festival is already underway

with Barbara Dickson returning to her home town on Saturday 23. A Kitefest (Sun 24. noon-4.30pm) and Craft Fair (Sun 24. 10am—5pm) at Pittencrieff Park and Olen Pavilion launch the week of Young Arts events. The final week is taken up with book events. including readings and a poetry ceilidh. See Theatre for theatre listings.

I FIFE WEDDING EXHIBITION AND BRIDAL FASHION SHOW Sun 24. l 1am—5pm. Rothes Halls. Glenrothes. £1. Some 45 exhibitors from the cream of Scotland’s wedding shops protnise you everything you know you need for the Big Day. And a few more things you didn't even know existed.

I ALFORO AUCTION AND AUTOJUMBLE SALE Stilt 24. 1 1am—5pm. Grampian Transport Museum. Alford. Aberdeenshire. ()19755 62180. Free. Viewing starts at l 1am. with the first of over 50 vintage and classic motorbikes and cars going under the hammer at lptn. This is the last of Alford‘s big events before it closes for the winter at the end of October. It is a fun day out. pitched towards the hobby collector who fancies a project to restore over the winter; but don‘t overdo it at the bar. or you might end up with more than you bargained for.


I AUTUMN SCOTTISH BRIDAL FAIR Sat 30/Sun l. lOam—Spm. SECC. Finnieston Quay. Giasgow. Tickets from ()141 248 9999. All you need is love the rest of the marriage kit can be bought here. apart from the priest. the lawyer and. ofcourse. the partner.


1 lam—4pm. Hamilton Town Centre. Hamilton. A host of family-orientated events to brighten up the town centre during batik holiday Monday.

I CIRCUS SKILLS WORKSHOP Sun 24. 2—4pm. David Livingston Centre. 156 Station Road. Blantyre. 01698 823140. £1. The only elephants and tigers will be face-painted ones on the kids. so arrive early to get yours done before learning the tricks of the diablo. the devil stick and the unicycle.

I CULZEAN HORSE TRIALS Sun 24. 10am—5pm. Culzean Castle. Maybole. Ayrshire. 01655 6274. £3 (£1.50) Novice and pre-novice Trials organised jointly with the British Horse Society.

I FALLS OF CLYDE OPEN DAY Sun 24 Sept. 2pm. Scottish Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre. New Lanark. 01555 665262. Free. A guided wildlife walk which includes a rare chance to the see the falls going at full volume.

I A FIELD OF RED DEER Fri 29. 4—6ptn. An Tairbeart Heritage Centre. Tarbert. Argyll. 01880 820190. £3 (£1.50). See photo caption.

I FESTIVAL OF MODEL RAILWAYS Sat 30 Sept/Sun 1 Oct. 11am—5pm. St Mary's Hall. Ladyacre Road. Lanark. £1.50 (£1). ‘Sha la la la. Chuff. Chuff!’ The little toys for big boys steam around the tracks and through the tunnels.

I HISTORY MYSTERY Sat 23—Mon 25 Sept. 2—4pm. Kelburn Castle and Country

Centre. Fairlie. near Largs. 01475 568685. £3.50 (£2). Free minibus from Largs Station at l 1.45am and 1.45pm on weekends. Scottish history doesn’t begin and end with Hollywood stars portraying our national heros with dodgy accents up on the silver screen. To prove it. Kelburn is augmenting all the usual attractions with a ‘history mystery' competition. Five actors playing five famous Scots will be hiding around the grounds and the kids have to find them and work out who they are from a sheet of fifteen questions. Kelburn is open daily. 10am—6pm.

I ILLUMINATIONS AND FIREWORKS DISPLAY Sat 23 Sept. 8pm. Millport. Isle of Cumbrae. Free.


As the autumnal equinox passes. the micologists begin to get busy in the fields and woods where they are collecting porcini. chanterees and other delicacies for the pot. If you‘re not sure of the difference between a Penny Bun. a Jew‘s liar and a Dead Man's Finger and you don't want to end tip as an unwitting extra in The I’uivmwr'x Hum/lmnk check out one of these organised walks. Places are often limited. so telephone the number given to confirm and book a place before going. Dogs are not normally welcome and all children must be accompanied. Happy hunting!


Fungi: Edible and Non Edible Harestanes Visitor Centre. Ancrum. Jedburgh. Sun 1 ()ct. 2—4.30pm. £1 (50p). 01835 830281. I LOTHIANS AND FIFE

Fungal Foray Lochore Meadows Country Park. Lochgelly. Fife. Sun 24. 2—5ptn. 01592 860086.

The World or Mushrooms and roadstools Westfield Community Hall. Fskbank. Wed 27. 7.30pm. Free. 01968 675175. An illustrated talk by Neville Crowther. Fungal Foray Vogrie Country Park. Midlolhian. Sun 1. 2pm. Free. Neville Crowther follows up Wednesday's talk. I STRATHCLYDE

Beginner‘s Fungal Foray Chatelherault. Ferniegair. Hamilton. Sun 24. 2pm. Free. All ages. 01698 426213.

Mushrooms Myth and Magic Gleniffer Braes Country Park. Sun 24. 2pm. (1141 884 3794.

A Walk For Fruit And llut Cases Countryside Ranger's Visitor Centre. Pollok Park. Sun 24. 2pm. Free. 0141 632 9299.

Fungus Foray Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. Cornalees Bridge Centre. Sat 30. 2—4pm. Ages eight—fourteen. 01505 842882.

The Fruits of Finlaystone Finlaystone. off the A8. by Langbank. eighteen miles west of Glasgow. Sun 1 Oct. 2pm. ‘Fun. fungi and fruit for free'. £1.50 (£1). ()1475 540505.

Fungal Foray Popinjay Inn. Rosebank. Nr Carluke. Sun 1 Oct. 2pm. Free. 01555 665244.

Fungi Made Easy Drumpellier Country Park. Townhead Road. Coatbridge. Sun 1 Oct. 2.30—4.30pm. Free. 01236 422257.

TO The List 22 Sept-5 Oct 1995