art works from the world’s six major religions, Dali’s Christ 0f Saint John Of The Cross and the story of religion in Scotland through words and pictures.

Sat 10am-5pm; Fri & Sun 11am-5pm. Closed Sat 25 & Sun 26 Dec, Fri 31 Dec, Sat 1 & Sun 2 Jan. Free. Designed in 1904 by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and

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now home to archive material on education in Scotland from 1872 onwards. Reconstructed classrooms give a flavour of Victorian, Edwardian, World War II and 19605 school days.

The Tall Ship At Glasgow Harbour 100 Stobcross Road, Glasgow, 339 0631. Daily 10am-5pm. Closed Fri 24 Dec-Tue 28 Dec; Fri 31 Dec-Mon 3 Jan. £3.50 (£2.95); family tickets £6.95—£9.95. Find out about Glasgow’s maritime heritage on-board the S.V. Glenlee, the only Clyde-built sailing ship still afloat in the UK. By the shore there is the restored Pumphouse restaurant as well as a permanent exhibition space.

St Mungo Museum of Religious Life And Art

2 Castle Street, Glasgow, 553 2557. Mon—Thu & Sat 10am—5pm; Fri & Sun 11am—5pm. Closed Sat 25 Dec, Sat 1 & Sun 2 Jan. Free. A museum of world faiths, featuring a Zen garden, priceless


Everything you ever wanted to know about

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Christmas brings out the child in all of us, and if you’re looking for festive fun outside a bottle of alcohol this yuletide then grab some kids and head out to Strathclyde Country Park. M&D’s Christmas Wonder/and has a number of selling points, but the biggest one has to be: it’s indoors. The year-round home of Scotland’s Theme Park mercifully goes undercover come the winter months, but still has room to accommodate a circus and funfair plus, of course, a wee home for Santa.

The circus takes you back to the days of clowns, acrobats and aerial performers, plus some tired old magic tricks which are always good for a laugh. Although the highlight of the performance has to be their new pyrotechnic extravaganza Fireman/a. And if you're still not suitably steeped in childhood memories, the grotto should finish you off. The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe is a landmark book for most kiddies and this re-creation of Narnia paves the way to the bearded fellow himself.

If you’re too old to sit on Santa's knee, then you can chat to one of the elves while the little ones have their photie taken and receive a present. Then it’s off to the funfair, which is suitable for all ages though not all stomachs, so go easy on the candyfloss. (Jane Hamilton)

Fun factor 5/5

Child friendly 5/5

Adult friendly 4/5

Value for money 5/5

Added extras Side stalls, bar, food.

Cost £6.95; family ticket £25 - group discount available.

Opening hours Indoor complex opens daily loam—10.30pm; closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Show times Until Fri 24 Dec: 11am, 5pm 8r 7pm Mon-Fri; noon, 2pm, 4pm & 6pm Sat-Sun.

How to get therezTake M74 south from Glasgow, turn off at junction 5 and follow signs for Strathclyde Country Park.

. Christmas Wonder/and at Scotland’s Theme Park, Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwe/l, 01698 333999.

ON YOUR DOORSTEP Everything you ever wanted to know about WHISKY HERITAGE CENTRE

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So you think that your inebriated experiences have taught you all there is to know about our national drink? Let me assure you, there's much more to whisky than you’ll learn from a bottle of Whyte & Mackay's pinched from your parents drinks cupboard at the age of fourteen.

The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre uses a series of Visual displays to take you through the methods and traditions which have made ’the water of life' \‘."<il :t is today. The distilling process, the art of blending and the country's ‘thflOIi‘i whisky-producrng regions all come under the microscope At this pciitt sanrrili-s are passed round, but sadly for 'nosrng’ only although you’re probably better off sober for the next stage: the barrel-ride. Here you clamber' inside an old oak barrel and wind your way through whisky history, rich With the intrigue and subterfuge which took the drink from rllrcrt still to international export. For those used to more interactive attractions, this may all seem a bit tiny, but the centre lacks in thrills and spills, it makes up for in clear'lypresented, genuinely interesting whisky facts.

Finally, for those wishing to partake, there is the opportunity to try out y,i.; new-found knowledge at the centre's well-stocked bar, which holds umhrzlres from every distillery in the country. Drinking two shots of lagavulin on an empty stomach, however, is not recommend (hic). (Abi Bremner)

Fun factor 3/5

Informative 5/5

Value for money 4/5 the entrance price includes a New drain.

Added extras Cafe, bar, well-stocked gift shop. To celebrate the ll‘rillijlllillll'll, the centre has also organised a series of luncheons and tasting sessions, .r:;,liieir g a distillers’ fair on Thu 30 Dec for full details, call the number below

How much it costs £5.50 (£2.75—E3.85); family trclet £13.51-)

When it's open Daily lOam—Spm (last tour 4.15pm); closed Chrrsrrizas Day.

I Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre, 354 Cast/ehr/r’ (Roya/ Mien [dz/ibrrrgh, 2.70 0447.

venues. Make up for all the excesses of the festive season by taking part in this festival of sport. There are lots of competitions for all the family where you can take part or spectate. Highlights include the Millennium Magic Basketball Challenge, '1 1m 30 Dee, 4pm ~ a Scotland v England Women‘s international match (info on 661 5351).


Edinburgh's Millennium Hogmanay Mon 27 Dec—Sun 2 Jan. Box Office 473 2000. Seven days of festivities, from street parties to sled dog racing —- see The List’s special Hogmanay supplement for full day-b -day listings.

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