I llllPEl’llllll COUNTRY FAIR Sun 14, 1lam-5pm. llopetoun House, South llueensrerry. 0131 331 2451. £3.50 (50p). A bit cheaper than T In The Park, this teatures the magnilicently named ‘Cutted Slipper Pipers Ceilidh Band’ (which would seem to cover most eventualities) and the Edinburgh Samba Band. But as ever, the really important note is that there will be beer and good food available.

This section gives details oi selected events taking place in and around the Central Belt this lortnight. Events are listed by area and then alphabetically. All submissions should reach our Edinburgh ottice ten days belore publication and be accompanied by a contact phone number tor our information. Days Out compiled by Thom llibdin.


I EYEMOUTH HERRING OUEEN FESTIVAL Sat l3—Sun 2|. Various venues arouttd Eyemouth. ()l8‘)()7 50678. ()rtce tlte town‘s annual picnic attd day out. tltis ltas evolved irtto a full-blown festival. The big day is tlte crowning of the Herring Queen on Sat l3. The Queen itt waiting (cltosen by ballot from the local school) arrives at the harbour frortt St Abbs at l.3()pm attd her coronation is at 2pm.


l3/Sun l4. Sat 20/Surt 2 l. l()am-4pnt. Scottislt College of Textiles. Galashiels. £35 (£28) per day. (“896 752 I96. Not strictly. a Day Out. but with the option of heddlittg your sltaft. pegging your lag and filling your sltuttle with a pirtt it seems too good to miss. Attd with prices like that. who knows what you'll end up with on your wall.


I KIRRIEMUIR AGRICULTURAL SNOW Sat l3. 7am—5pm. Kilrthill Farm. signposted frortt Kir'riemuir. ()l575 572423. £3 (£2). Standard agricultural show with cattle. sheep. poultry artd rabbit sections as well as vintage agricultural equipment. Also an assortment of stands. rttaitt rittg events attd refreshments including thirst~ quenching beer tent.

I SCOTTISH TRANSPORT EXTRAVAGANZA Sat l3/Sun l4. 9am—6pm. Glarnis Castle. on the A94. 5 miles SW of Forfar. £5 (£3). The extravaganza is on Sunday with over 600 vintage vehicles booked in.

Among the entertainments are a triple- wlteeled wall of death. a gladiator thrill ride and. gasp. Mackortg: the largest inflatable gorilla itt the UK.



I lam-4pm. The Harbour. Girvatt. ()l465 7 l 2667. Free. This day of(tnostly) water- based events is enhanced with a car boot sale. stalls artd refreshments. There's a hill race itt the morning. bttt the real action starts at noon with a raft race. followed by the usual round of displays by the Sea King helicopter team. model boat club. canoeists and lifeboats. Customs And Excise bods will be doing art exercise with their sniffer dogs' at l.45pm. attd the day finishes up with a parachute display.


I ARTWORKS FLYING HIGH Suit l4 artd Sun 28. 2—4pttt. Prestongrange lrtdustrial Heritage Museum. Morisotts Haven. Prestonpans. ()I3l 653 2904. Free. Paul Carline of the Edinburgh Shop Wind Things is irt charge of this workshop. to which kids of all ages are positively encouraged. All materials are provided attd at the end of the afternoon you should (with a bit of help frortt the kids) have a decent kite to fly around the museum. The four acres of Prestongrange are open every day. I lam—4pm and there are a decent number of things to take up your time. Cafe serving tea artd coffee.


I lam—5pm. Hopetoutt House. South Queensferry. See photo caption.

I MARY KING’S CLOSE TOUR From Sat 20. every hour. 2—6pm. Meet at City Chambers. High Street. Edinburgh. Ticket booking (Mon-Fri. 9atn-5.30pm) ()l3l 624 7624. £3.50. Not strictly a Day Out. but these 45-minute tours of the notorious Mary King's Close are definitely worth a shot for anyone with a remote interest irt things X-Files -related. The close is the

one which was bricked up by the City Fathers durittg the outbreak of the plague itt l645. leaving its inhabitants to die attd rot. What pleasant people.


I ABERDEEN INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL FESTIVAL Mon l5-Sat 20. l.3()—8pnt. Seatott Park and Duthie Park. Aberdeen. ()l224 522582. Free. Teams of boys attd girls from around the world compete at under- l4 artd under- l6 football.

I ALFORO CAVALCADE Sun 2|. l0.30attt-4pttt. Grampian Transport Museum. Alford. Aberdeenshire. ()l‘)755 62292. £3 (£1 ). Steve Street. stuntman to the stars (film credits include Brave/tour! attd Cult/('m't'r') starts off this year's event with a specially devised series of motor stunts. The big event though. is the 380 vehicle cavalcade of veteran. vintage artd classic cars which. to mark the centenary ofthe Red Flag Act. will be preceded by a dude carrying a red flag.

I DON ACCORO CARNIVAL PARADE Sun l4. 3—5pnt. Union Street. Aberdeen. Free. Decorated floats. folk in fancy dress artd all tttattner of noisy entertainers parade dowrt Union Street from 3pm to arrive at Castlegate for the presentation of the prizes. This year's theme is ‘Sport Past Present attd Future'.


I CANAL FESTIVAL Sat l3—Sun 28. Various venues along the Forth & Clyde Canal. Full details front OH] 332 9| l5 ext l9. A variety ofevertts frotn a fatnin day at Firltill Basin (Sat l3) to kite making at \Vesterconttttott Community Woodland (Tue l6) artd art industrial tour by barge (Tue 23).

I CARLUKE BIKE HIKE Srrrt 2|. 2—4pttt. Leave Carluke Station car park. ()l555 665244. Free. A leisurely Sunday afternoon’s cycle along quiet country lanes attd through native woodlands. orchards and farmland. The route passes Jock‘s Gill. with a visit to the birthplace of General Roy. attd past St Oswald’s Chapel attd Lee Castle. Cltildrett urtder sixteen must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

I GLASGOW BUDDHIST CENTRE OPEN WEEK Sat 20—Fri 26. Glasgow Budltist Centre. 329 Saucltiehall Street. ()l4l 333 0524. Free. A spot ofcaltn itt the hectic whirl of life. There will be art lrttroductiort to Meditation at l0.30atn. lpm and 3pm ever day.

I ISLE OF DUTE FOLK FESTIVAL Tlturs l8—Sutt 22. Various venues around Bute. Details on 0l700 50572 I. Accommodation attd free camping details on ()|7()() 502l5l. It‘s the Big One irt any self-respecting ceilidh-raver‘s diary. Hardened dancers will probably tttake for the World Ceilidh Band Championships. although the bartt dances. blues workshops and numerous sessions will be equally attractive to those with less leather on the heels.

I VIKINGS ON THE RAMPAGE Sat l3/Sun l4. l0am-9pm. Art Tairbeart Heritage Centre. Tarbert. Loch Fyne. 0l880 820l90.£3 l .50). This weekend is a celebration of one Magnus Barelegs (we kid you not) who was King of the Vikings back itt l098. The wily King Barelegs had

been offered any bits of Scotland he could sail round. but rather than going for the easy option of Sky. he liked the look of Kintyre‘s rich verdant pastures and got his lads to haul him pIUs boat over the ‘tarbert‘ and tints claimed the land for Norway. So why rtot get out the drinking horn and get over to Art Tairbeart where Skull Splitter Ale awaits. as well as a ‘livirtg history village' set up by some modern day Glaswegian Vikings. The Centre. noted for its ‘woodlands. tnoorlands. heatltery crags and lrott Age Pigs‘. is opert daily.


No Scottish sutttttter is complete without a severe rainstorm. a round of ntidge bites attd a trip to a genuitte Highland Games. Those listed here should provide you with the proper ingredients: a dose of Highland dancing. sonte tossing. puttittg and throwing ofcabers. shots attd hammers. various races. a piping competition artd. it goes without sayirtg. a beer tent irt which to replenish your energy.

I Sat 13

Dingtvall Higltlattd. Noon—5pm. Jubilee Park. £2 (£l).

Clengarry Highland. l—5ptn. Sltittty Field. £2 (£l). lttcludes ltill race.

lnverness Highland. l lam—5pm. Bught Stadium. Bught Park. £3 (£2).

Morvern Highland. Knock Park. Lochalitte. Argyll.

I Sun 14

Arbroath Tayside. l—5pttt. Victoria Park. £2 l ).

llosneath and Clynder Stratltclyde. l2.3()—5.30pm. Howie Merttorial Park. Rosneatlt. Helettsburgh. £2.50 (50p). Stirling Central. Noon—6pm. Kings Park. £ l .50 (50p).

I Mon 15

Burntisland Fife. Noon—6pm. The Links. Free. 0l592 4|2 34!.

I Wed 17

Edinburgh Lothian. 5-9.30pnt. Stewart's Melville playittg fields. Ferry Road. £4 (£2). Sltuttle bus from Waverley Bridge every halfhour frottt 4pm. Beer tent from Greertrnarttle. Yurtt Yum!

South (list Outer Hebrides. l0arn—6pm. Akerttish Machair. Lochboisdale.

I Thurs 18

llorth llist Outer Hebrides. l0am-5pnt. Hosta. Tharyy.

I Sat 20

Balquhidder, lochearnhead & Strathyre Central. l—5ptn. Games Park. Lochearttltead. £3 l .50).

letvis Outer Hebrides. l—6pm. Tottg Playing Field. Stomoway. £2 (50p). Lochcarron Highland. l—Spm. Attadale Estate. Strathcarron.

Southend Durnfries And Galloway. 6pm. Hotel Park. Southend. nine miles south of Carnpbeltown. £l (50p).

Taynuilt Highland. Noon—5.30pm. Sports Field. Taynuilt. Oban. £3 (£l.50).

I Sun 21

Stonehaven Grampian. l lam-5.30pm. Mineralwell Park. Stonehaven. £2 (£1). Tomintoul Grampian. I lam-5.30pm. Public Park. Tornintoul. £3 l .50).

I Wed 24

Edinburgh Lothian. 5-9.30pm. Stewart's Melville playing fields. Ferry Road. £4

(£2). See Wed 17.

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