I BROOKSIDE Wed 5. 8—10pm and weekly during June. Chatelherault Carlisle Park. Ferniegair. Hamilton. 01698 426213. Free. but booking necessary. Not suitable for children under eight. Join the rangers and get a good look at the badgers from the Chatelherault set as they wander out for their early evening stroll. Chatelherault is also hosting a Wacky Woodland Wildlife Day on Stmday 2 which will be eminently suitable for families with kids of all ages. Besides activites in the forest. Amber the Barn ()wl will be visiting for the afternoon.

I CANAL WEEK Sat l—Sun 9. Various venues along the Forth & Clyde Canal. See photo caption.

I ISLE OF ARRAN FOLK FESTIVAL Mon 3~Sun 9. Various venues around Arran. Tourist Information Centre: 01770 302 140. A top tip among folk festivals according to The List's own folkie. Everything frotn full-on idyllic interludes on the west coast of the island to a headbanging final night in the huge marquee in Brodick. If you check one band. make it Deiseal. (which does not refer to a German engineer. but the Celtic propensity for rotating sunwise). They are improvising geniuses from Ireland in a traditional style.

I THE JACOBITES AND THEIR ADVERSARIES Wed 12. 2.30pm. Christies Showroom. 164 Bath Street. Glasgow. Free. 0141 332 8134. See photo caption. I LANARK LANIMER WEEK Sun 2—Sat 8. Various venues around I-anark. 01555 66325 I. The oldest riding of the marches event to take place around the Borders and south west Scotland over the coming months. where the pageant dates back to

l 140. Although there are such events as the ‘perambulation' around the stones marking the borough's old border on Monday (6pm) followed by a sashing ceremony. the main events take place on I.animcr Day: Thursday 6. A procession makes its way round the streets of the town frotn 10am and when they say a procession. they mean a big one with eleven bands and over 800 children and adults taking part. From noon—5.30pm there is an event in Castlebank Park (£1 entry for adults) with Highland dancing. dog shows. stalls and the usual beer tent. The park will also be the site of a fair on Saturday 8. noon—5pm. This is not so traditional: it has a distinctly country and western theme.

I MODEL AND TOY COLLECTORS FAIR Sun 9. noon—5pm. New I.anark Visitor Centre. New I.anark Mills. I.anark. 60p. 01555 661345. New I.anark adds this specialist


four major canals were built: the Union, from Edinburgh to Falkirk; the Forth and Clyde, joining the two rivers between Falkirk and Glasgow; the Caledonian, which allows small boats to travel from Inverness to Fort William without the dangerous trip round the North West coast; and the Crinan, from Crinan to Ardrishaig, which let them continue the journey to Glasgow without having to go round Kintyre.

They were a vital part of the transport infrastructure and before the building of the Edinburgh/Glasgow railway the canal was the quickest way of getting from one city to the other.

The Caledonian apart, the canals fell into decline after World War I, and were officially closed in the 1960s. While enthusiasts almost immediately started to promote the recreational facility offered by the canals, it was not until the announcement of the Millennium Fund that the idea of re-opening the canal all the way from Glasgow to Edinburgh

became anything more than a pipe dream. Now that dream is on the A list for £100 million of Millennium Fund cash.

The first nine days of June are Canal Week, when British Waterways are promoting over 30 events organised by local groups. These range from a fun day and dance at Ardrishaig on Saturday 1 (01546 603210), to boat trips along the Slateiord viaduct on Wednesday 5 (0131 556 4503) and a come and try event at the Firhill Basin in Glasgow on Sunday 9 (0141 332 9115, ext 19).

Recreational use of the canals has existed since the late 19th century, when Sunday afternoon boat trips were a common entertainment. life has sped up somewhat since then, which is a very good reason to take a leisurely few hours out and enjoy your local canal. (Thom Dibdin)

Canal week runs Sat 1-Sun 9 June at various venues along the Forth & Clyde and Union canals. Full programme from 0141 332 6936 (office hours).

‘swap meet' for collectors of Dinky toys. memorabilia and model railways and other such stuff to its usual attractions. These are open daily. I lam—5pm (£3.45/£2.25) and include the newly opened Robert ()wen's House which gives an impression of how the mill owner lived with his large family.

I WALK FOR LIFE Sun 9. 2pm. Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Kelvingrove. Glasgow. Free. Full details from freephone 050001 1 696. A 10km

I THE JACOBITES AND THEIR ADVERSARIES Wed 12, 2.30pm. Christies Showroom, 164

Bath Street, Glasgow. Free. 0141 332 8134. Christies cash in on the 250th anniversary of the battle of Culloden where Cumberland (above) defeated the Jacobites. The sale includes many items of interest from the time, from medals, seals, rings and powder flasks to Jacobite glasses, literature, letters and paintings. Highlight of the sale is the death mask of Prince Charles.

sponsored meander through the city to benefit AIDS charities in Scotland. Dress up. bring your pals. get loads of sponsors and have a good time.


No Scottish summer is complete without a severe rainstorm. a round of midge bites and a trip to a genuine Highland Games. Those listed here should provide you with the proper ingredients: a dose of Highland dancing. some tossing. putting and throwing of cabers. shot and hammers. various races. at piping competition and. it goes without saying. a beer tent in which to replenish your energy.

I Sat 1:

Shotts 9.30am--5.30pm. Hannah Park. Baton Road. 01501 820280.

Strathmiglo I-~5.30pm. £2 (£1). King George V Playing Field. Strathmiglo. by Cupar. Fife. ()1337 860467.

Eastwood 10am~6pm £3 (£1.50). Parklands Country Club. Ayr Road. Newton Meatns.

Sun 2:

Eastwood 10am—6pm. £3 (£1.50). l’arklands Country Club. Ayr Road. Newton .‘ylearns.

Carrick Lowland Gathering noon—-5pm. Victory Park. Ciit‘vatl. 01465 712667. Markinch I2.30——6pm. £2 (£1). John Dixon Park. .‘vlarkinch. Glenrothes. 01592 759038.

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Kilmore and Kilbride IIam--5pm. £2.50 (£1.50). Balinoe liield. Kilmore. by ()ban. 01631 770241.

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Ardrossan 1|.30ani—5pm. £1 (50p). I.aighdykes Playing Fields. Saltcoats. 01294 465300.

Forfar 12.30—5pm. £2 (£1). l.ochside Park. Forfar. 01307 465605.

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