Calendar

Oct
18
Sat
Scottish Literary Day @ Linlithgow Union Canal Centre (LUCS)
Oct 18 @ 10:15 am – 4:30 pm

We’re delighted to welcome Sophie Neville (‘Titty’ in the 1974 Swallows and Amazons film) to our Literary Day!

Sophie Neville

Sophie Neville

  • 10:15am to 10:30am – Registration and Coffee in the LUCS Team Room
  • Talk: – ‘The Making of the Swallows and Amazons film’ – Sophie Neville
  • Boat Trip on the canal
  • Lunch
  • Talk: – ‘Gaelic Language and Community in Great Northern?‘ – Prof. K MacKinnon
  • Talk: – Sophie Neville

Cost: £22 including the Boat Trip, all food, coffee and tea.

Booking (by 4 October please), and further information from Jim Lonie – jimlonie@gmail.com

St Magdalene

Jan
17
Sat
Birthday Lunch & AGM @ Hawes Inn
Jan 17 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Celebrate Arthur Ransome’s birthday at the Hawes Inn in South Queensferry – AGM afterwards in the Meeting Room.

The Firth of Forth narrows at this point … Right in the midst of the narrows lies an islet with some ruins; on the south shore they have built a pier, for the service of the ferry; and at the end of the pier, on the other side of the road and backed against a pretty garden of holly-trees and hawthorns, I could see the building they call the Hawes Inn. *

We look forward to celebrating Ransome’s Birthday with a great lunch!

MENU

Soup of the day
Potted oak smoked chicken liver pate
Prawn cocktail

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Salt beef hash
Fish pie
Savoury Eccles cake

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Raspberry creme brûlée
Rhubarb, plum & cherry oaty crumble
Cheese board

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Tea or Coffee

3 courses £25, 2 Courses £20 (including service charge). Time: – 12.30pm for 1 o’clock

Booking is essential for this occasion! We must let the Hawes Inn know the number of people coming. Lunch bookings must be made by 3rd January 2015.

… presently [David Balfour and Ransome] were set down at a table in the front room of the inn, and both eating and drinking with a good appetite. *

* Both quotations from Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Jul
25
Sat
Visit TARS Library and Stall in Dumfries @ Georgetown Community Centre
Jul 25 @ 10:30 am

Visit TARS Library and Stall in Dumfries

Follow the town trail and help plan part of the 2016 IAGM

Discover the beauties of the tidal Nith, the story of the last years of Robert Burns, and many other Dumfries characters from the past. Bring your own knapsack full of bunloaf and marmalade, grog and chocolate, or sample the delights of Hullabaloo or one of the many other delightful eating-places in the town.

Meet at Georgetown Community Centre from 10:30am and we’ll take it from there.

Booking is not essential, but it would be useful to know if you are coming, so please email Winifred Wilson at winwilson2003@yahoo.co.uk.

Oct
24
Sat
Scottish Literary Day – Flights of Fancy: Natural History in “the Twelve” @ The Tryst, Pitlochry
Oct 24 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

The annual Scottish Literary Day:

The venue, by popular demand, is once again the Tryst in Pitlochry. It is five minutes walk from the station, with trains from both the north and the south arriving in good time at 10.19 (trains cross here, it is single track).

Robert White, member of TARS Scotland, will talk about nature in Arthur Ransome’s twelve children’s books. In the afternoon there will be a ‘bring-and-tell’ session when you can read a passage on nature from your own favourite books be they fiction, plays or poetry.

Further details from mary.pritchard49@googlemail.com

10.30 Registration and coffee

13:00 Buffet lunch

15:00 Tea

COST £12 for TARS members (£13 for guests) includes coffee, lunch and tea.

Jan
23
Sat
Scottish AGM & Birthday Celebration @ Hawes Inn, South Queensferry, Edinburgh
Jan 23 @ 11:30 am – 5:00 pm

tbc

Sep
10
Sat
Visit to Abbotsford House, home of Sir Walter Scott @ Abbotsford House
Sep 10 @ 9:20 am – 4:30 pm

Join us for a trip down the Borders Railway to visit Abbotsford House the home of Sir Walter Scott; one of Scotland’s most fascinating places. Created almost 200 years ago on the banks of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders, Abbotsford was the culmination of Scott’s creative ambitions as a writer and the fount of his inspiration.

Explore the historic house and discover a treasure trove of intriguing objects and unusual artefacts which inspired Scott’s greatest poems and novels. Learn about Scott’s life and achievements, browse the gift shop, have lunch in the restaurant or simply relax and unwind as you wander through the beautiful formal gardens and tranquil woodlands – a day out at Abbotsford has something for everyone.


We’ll meet up at Edinburgh’s Waverley Station to catch the 9.24 train to Tweedbank – make sure you leave time to buy your ticket first. The train should arrive in Tweedbank at 10.22 in time to catch the 10.30 bus for the 5-minute journey to Abbotsford House. (Alternatively, you can meet us at Tweedbank Station or at the house itself.)

At the end of our visit we’ll aim to catch the 14:53 bus from Abbotsford, returning us to Tweedbank Station in time for the 15:31 train back to Edinburgh (Arriving in Waverley at 16:29).

Indicative costs (pay your way on the day):

Offpeak day return rail ticket – £11.20 (railcard discounts available)
Entry to Abbotsford House & Gardens – £8.95 (£7.70 concession)


There’s no booking for this event, but it would be useful if we know you’re intending to join us.

Oct
22
Sat
Scottish Literary Day – The Tale Behind ‘Old Peter’s Russian Tales’ @ The Tryst
Oct 22 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

In this the centenary year of Old Peter’s Russian Tales publication, Mary Pritchard will talk to us about the story behind Arthur Ransome’s writing of these stories. In the afternoon this will be followed by a ‘bring and share’ session when you are invited to share an extract from one of your own favourite books (not necessarily Ransome-related) that has a short story or Russian connection.

Day Schedule:

10.30am Registration and coffee

1.00pm Buffet lunch

3.00pm Tea

COST £12 for TARS members (£13 for guests) – including coffee, lunch, and tea. (Advance booking essential).

Jul
28
Fri
Loch Ken Camp. @ Galloway Activity Centre
Jul 28 @ 12:00 pm – Aug 6 @ 12:00 pm

Joint TARS Scotland and Northern Regions Camp
Friday July 28th to Sunday August 6th 2017
After two successful years at Hoathwaite it would be great to have another camp next year and
Diana Wright has passed the baton to us, Elizabeth Williams and Chris Rosindale. The Northern IAGM is at Coniston is in 2018 so we won’t be returning until after that. We’ve looked really hard, but we couldn’t find a suitable lakeside site that would take a group booking in high season, provide cheap or free boat launching, and glamping options, in the Lake District.
However we’ve found a lovely site at Loch Ken in south-west Scotland. There are a variety of more upmarket glamping options as well as cheap camping and boat launching. A pity that it isn’t on Derwentwater but you can’t have everything! See what the site offers on:

https://www.lochken.co.uk/

If we want further adventure we can go wild camping for one night on either a wooded spit jutting out into the Loch or (!) on a wooded island. The centre will ferry us there and back in their own boats or we could probably use our own if enough are brought. There are different activities offered, including archery, climbing, zip wire and kayaking, so Outlaws (and those of us who are inner Outlaws) could be kept entertained off the water as well as afloat.Loch Ken is 9 miles long. Bridged by a disused railway viaduct just North of the village of Parton, it is
essentially in 2 halves – though through navigation for small boats is unobstructed by the railway viaduct. The Northern half, from the viaduct up to edge of New Galloway village, has an almost Lake District feel, with hilly woodland and upland farmland reaching the water’s edge. The Southern half, from the viaduct down to Crossmichael village, lies between gentle pastureland and is full of little bays, islands, and coves, with many reed-beds, giving it an almost Coot Club/Norfolk Broads feel. As a result, the Loch offers a very attractive setting for Arthur Ransome-inspired activities. It is quieter, and easier to drive to than Coniston, Windermere, Derwentwater or Ullswater, which I hope would compensate for it being a bit further north.
Loch Ken is somewhere TARS has never explored before, so it would be a first for us.

If you are interested in joining us please e-mail elizabeth.williams10@aol.com as soon as possible so that we can send you information and have an idea about how many pitches for tents, caravans, campervans we need to book ( it’s a small site) and who may be joining us in more sophisticated accommodation. If you decide you do want to join us then please could you book your preferred accommodation option directly with the Galloway Activity Centre (GAC) (please use the Booking Reference ‘TARS2017’, so that the GAC can try and group us together on the site) – details for doing so can be found on their website. You can of course join us and leave us when you wish.

Elizabeth Williams and Chris Rosindale

May
12
Sat
Tour of Moving Image Archive at Kelvin Hall Collections. @ National Library of Scotland, Kelvin Hall Collections
May 12 @ 11:00 am

TARS members will be in the Cafe (inside the door) from 10:45 to welcome you. A guided Tour of the Library has been arranged for 11.30. To be included on the tour please contact Elsie Miller elsiemiller@btinternet.com by Monday, 7th May.
Parking is available alongside the building – take side road beside the new glass extension. Postcode G3 8AW.
Bus from Edinburgh is Citylink 900 Service to Buchanan St Bus Station then the Underground (Subway) from Buchanan Street to Kelvin Hall station and a shortish walk to the Library.
The Kelvin Hall is opposite the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
The collection includes many historic documents and maps.
After the Tour join us for a lunch across the road in the Art Gallery and Museum.
https://kelvinhall.org.uk/about/collections-at-kelvin-hall/

Jun
30
Sat
Galloway Viaduct Walk 2nd attempt @ Big Water of Fleet Viaduct
Jun 30 @ 11:10 am

Members minibus seats must be booked from Lockerbie station. Contact Winifred.
12.45ish Meet up at Mill on the Fleet Café, 65 High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2HS. We will have lunch here. (There is also a picnic area if you wish to bring sandwiches)
14.00 hours. Gather at Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve Car Park
Dromore Farm Visitor Centre, Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2BP
To prepare to ‘make a desperate dash to the summit’ (Titty – SD)
Actually more of a gentle ascent, taking the path – whatever Nancy would say!If you wish to remain below and wave to intrepid explorers, that’s good.
There is a very interesting Visitor Centre too and toilets. Follow the tracks of Five Red Herrings and the 1935 Hitchcock 39 Steps film.
From Creetown take the B796 for 7 miles turning left onto the minor road after Gatehouse Station to Visitor Centre. From Gatehouse of Fleet take the B796 after 6 miles turn right onto minor road to Visitor Centre and car park.
Friends and relatives welcome.
NX56SE 9 55906 64333. Big Water of Fleet Viaduct [NAT]. OS 1:10,000 map, 1980.
https://www.railscot.co.uk/locations/B/Big_Water_Of_Fleet_Viaduct/