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62SPRING 2012EVENTS?of Arran, local businesses, ForestryCommission Scotland and theCommunity of Arran SeabedTrust. Find out more by visitingwww.arranmountainfestival.co.ukor calling 01770 302244.Spring Birds Workshop27 May, 9.30-noon If you've ever wondered whatbirds talk about, you shouldcome along to this workshopwith bird expert Terry Southall,and find out more about themeanings of both resident andmigratory birds' twitters andtweets. For further informationplease call 0844 493 2154. AYRSHIREROBERT BURNS BIRTHPLACE MUSEUMHighlight talksEvery Wednesday, 3The museum is hosting weeklyin-depth talks on a variety oftopics relating to the life andtimes of Scotland's greatestpoet. If you would like to booka specialist guide for your party,call 0844 493 2601 or e-mailburns@nts.org.uk. Tours cost £1per person in addition to usualadmission.Finding the Never Land7-9 April, noon-4The museum may be all aboutRobert Burns, but JM Barrie'sNeverland is the inspiration forthis Easter treasure hunt,sponsored by Cadbury. Seewhether you can find thefairies, pirates and otherfamiliar characters hidden allover the site. Free withadmission - please call 0844493 2601 to find out moreabout this event.Rambling Rosie's Saturday Stories14 April, 12.30 and 2Storyteller Rosie Mapplebeckwill lead you on a magical triparound Robert Burns's Alloway.Meet at the museum andexplore the Auld Kirk, BurnsMonument and Brig o' Doon.Free with admission - for moreinformation please call 0844 493 2601.although the children willprobably be more concernedabout cracking the clues andwinning an egg. There will alsobe face-painting and otheractivities on Sunday andMonday to add to theexcitement. £2 per trail. Usualprices apply for adults wishingto visit the house, but it's freefor children if they complete thetrail. For further informationplease call 0844 493 2144.ARGYLLARDUAINE GARDENCadbury Easter Egg Trail6-9 April, 9.30-4.30By solving the clues you'll beled right round this impressiveseaside garden and, hopefully,an egg will await you at the endof the route. Trail is included inusual entry price. For furtherinformation please call 0844493 2216.CRARAE GARDENCadbury Easter Egg Trail6-9 April, 10-4.15This trail takes you round thisstunning garden on the banksof Loch Fyne and, if you solveall the clues, you'll win aCadbury Easter egg. Trailincluded in usual entry price.For further information pleasecall 0844 493 2210.BEN LOMOND7-9 April, 10-4.15Cadbury Easter Egg TrailFollow the trail around theBonnie Banks, at Ardess Lodge,for a chance to win an Easteregg. £2 per trail. For furtherinformation please call 0844493 2217.ARRAN BRODICK COUNTRY PARKArran Mountain Festival18-21 May, 9-5The chance to conquer Arran'smagnificent mountain tops in thecompany of the Trust'sknowledgeable guides. Thisfestival is organised inconjunction with the communityBORDERSPRIORWOOD GARDENCadbury Easter Egg Trail6-9 April, 11-4Follow the trail around thefamous herbaceous borders andancient orchard of this Melrosegarden, and, if the clues aren'ttoo cryptic, you may just earnyourself a Cadbury egg. £1 pertrail plus usual entry price foradults. For further informationplease call 0844 493 2257.ROBERT SMAIL'S PRINTING WORKSCadbury Easter Egg Trail 6, 7 & 9 April, noon-5, 8 April 1-5Follow the trail around thegarden of this Victorianprinting works and, if you solvethe puzzle, you'll be rewardedwith a tasty Easter treat. Trail isincluded in usual entry prices.For further information pleasecall 0844 493 2259.CENTRAL SCOTLANDBANNOCKBURNCadbury Easter Egg Trail6-9 April, 11-4Bannockburn is going toexperience a new invadingarmy, only this time it won't bethe English, but a legion ofsuper-sleuths hoping to crackthe clues and take the ultimateprize - not the crown ofScotland but a Cadbury egg.Sunday and Monday will be

WWW.NTS.ORG.UK63?further enlivened by face-painting, games and more. Trailis included in usual entryprices. For further informationplease call 0844 493 2139.ALLOA TOWERCadbury Easter Egg Trail7 & 8 April, 1.30-4Follow the trail aroundScotland's oldest and largestkeep and, if the ghosts of theErskines don't beat you tosolving the clues, you'll end upwith a Cadbury egg. Trail isincluded in usual entry price.For further information pleasecall 0844 493 2129.MOIRLANICH LONGHOUSECadbury Easter Egg Trail8 April, 2-5This traditionally built cottageis playing host to somethingmore contemporary than itstime-honoured architecturalstyle - the chance to win aCadbury egg. Trail is includedin usual admission price. Forfurther information please call0844 493 2136.BEN LAWERS NATIONALNATURE RESERVENational Moth Night22 June, 9.30A chance to see some of thecountry's rarest moths in theunique habitat on the shores ofLochan na Lairige, beside BenLawers. The moths will be luredinto our harmless traps and youare also welcome to join therangers as they check the trapsthe following day. Adults £2,children £1. Bring warmclothes, midge repellent, torchand sunglasses. Meet at thehead of Lochan na Lairige. Forfurther information please call0844 493 2136 or emailbenlawers@nts.org.uk.DUMFRIES &GALLOWAYBROUGHTON HOUSE & GARDENCadbury Easter Egg Trail8 & 9 April, noon-4.30The erstwhile home of EAHornel will be prepared for theinvasion for a new generation ofGlasgow Boys, but these oneswill be after eggs, rather thanart, and there will doubtless beplenty of girls among them, too.£1 per trail plus usual admissionprices. For further informationplease call 0844 493 2246.GREY MARE'S TAIL NATURE RESERVEMountain Navigation17 June, 9-5Navigation is an essential skillfor exploring the hills in safetyand this testing day out with amountain leader will equip youwith a range of navigationtechniques as well as keep youfit. Bring walking boots, warmwaterproof clothing, packedlunch, drink, map (eitherLandranger Sheet 79 or, betterstill, Explorer Sheet 330) and acompass if you have one.Adults only, £25. Bookingessential (limited to six places).For information and bookingsplease call 0844 493 2249.THREAVE ESTATE Cadbury Easter Egg Trail6-9 April, noon-4If the bats don't beat you to itthis is an excellent opportunityto crack the clues placed roundthe garden and - by piecingtogether the puzzle - to win aCadbury Easter egg. There willalso be face-painting, gamesand more on Sunday andMonday. Usual entry pricesapply plus £1 per trail. Forfurther information please call0844 493 2245.EDINBURGH &THE LOTHIANSTHE GEORGIAN HOUSECadbury Easter Egg Trail6-9 April, 10-4.30The classic of EdinburghEnlightenment architecture isfull of treasures -and thisweekend they will include awealth of chocolate eggs forvisitors to find. Trail is includedin usual entry price. For furtherinformation please call 0844493 2118.GLADSTONE'S LANDCadbury Easter Egg Trail6-9 April, 10-4.30A trail winding its way throughthis 17th-century propertypromises to reward the mostdetermined detectives with aCadbury Easter egg. Trail isincluded in usual entry price.For further information pleasecall 0844 493 2120.NEWHAILESBehind The Scenes Tour31 May, 4.15-4.50This is a chance for smallgroups to visit parts ofNewhailes that are not usuallyopen to the public, as well as tolearn about their history andconservation issues from expertguides. Members £6, non-members £12 (concessions£5/£10). To book in advance orfor further details please call0844 493 2125. Above, from left:Brodick Country Park ishosting the ArranMountain Festival;learn navigation at theGrey Mare's Tail; spotmoths at Ben LawersNational NatureReserve. Far left: muchto talk about at theRobert BurnsBirthplace Museum