The 2020 Events are planned on a theme of Visit Scotland’s ‘Year of Coasts and Waters’

Saturday 13th June – Trip on Loch Lomond Water Buses, landing on one of the islands.

Saturday 25 and/or Sunday 26 July – The Highland Pictish Trail and Pictish Museum, Rosemarkie.

Saturday 19 September – the Falkirk Wheel experience, ascending by boat from the Union Canal to the Forth and Clyde Canal.

Saturday 17 October – another chance to see Moat Brae Dumfries and TARS Library, with a talk by journalist Carol Hogarth, whose childhood reading of Ransome’s books turned her into a sailor.

2020 events began with Arthur’s Birthday lunch and our AGM in January in South Queensferry. A Committee was elected.

TARS Scotland Literary Day 2019 was on 12th October in Dumfries. We met in the café at Moat Brae the National Centre for Children’s Literature & Storytelling. Included a talk by a Moat Brae Trustee. Lunch was available in the cafe too. Entry adults £6.50, children £5.00.

We took a Trip on the Bo’ness and Kinniel Steam Railway on April 13th 2019 catching the 12.10pm train. It had a Buffet with hot and cold drinks. At the station there’s a 2nd hand bookshop in a railway carriage.

As has become our habit 2019 started with the AR Birthday Lunch at the Hawes Inn South Queensferry. The AGM was held and a new Committee selected. We nearly ran out of time!

22nd September 2018 was TARS Global Reading Event. People read an AR title while having their photo taken. Late entries can be uploaded on #TARSGlobal2018 & hard copies posted to the TARS Librarian. The photos will be made into a mosaic for the 2019 IAGM & perhaps a slide show. Thank you for participating.

Uncle Jim reading ‘Winter Holiday’ on his autumn break.

29th September was our Literary Day in Perth. The TARS Scotland Secretary Elsie Miller showed us Childrens Books on Postage Stamps. Winifred Wilson the TARS Librarian demonstrated – with statistics & willing victims – Knitting and Arthur Ransome – Yes he did knit. Retired doctor Oliver Eade talked about Myth and Fantasy in his many novels for children & adults.

Tars Scotland covers all parts north of the border. Members can contact the Scotland Committee via the details published in Signals or via Contacts section of this website marking the message as being for Scotland.
Events organised through the year are advertised in Signals, in the Upcoming Events section of this website home page & below.

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The Joint Scotland and Northern Region Camp was from July 28th to August 6th 2017 & a good time was had by all participants.

GAC TARS Northern & Scotland jetty

GAC Northern & Scotland banner at hut.

2018, like 2017 started off with the Arthur Ransome Birthday Meal and AGM at the Hawes Inn South Queensferry where the Committee was elected. On 12th May we visited the National Library of Scotland Kelvin Hall Collections, Glasgow with lunch afterwards in the Museum & Art Gallery opposite. On 30th June we did the Galloway Viaduct Walk in beautiful sunshine after a slow lunch in Gatehouse of Fleet.

1st to 3rd September 2017 the TARS Literary Weekend was at Pollock Halls, Edinburgh with interesting & relevant talks, bookstalls and much networking.

In 2016 we hosted the International AGM in Dumfries, held our second stall at the Scottish Ship Show in Edinburgh, visited Abbotsford House via the Borders Railway and had our Literary Day at Pitlochry in October.