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Upcoming Events

Tuesday 16th January 2018 - Behind-the-Scenes tour at the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh.

There will be an opportunity for a free Behind-the-Scenes tour of the National Library of Scotland at George IV Bridge in Edinburgh. It will be at 2.30pm and include a visit to the reading rooms and book stacks (where NLS store the books) and will also provide information about:

  • Exhibitions and events
  • How to access the collectionsnational library of scotland
  • How to use the Library.

The tour will last about 40 minutes and there will then be an opportunity to view the current exhibition at the NLS. There is an excellent café at the venue. There is an upper limit of 10 people for the tour.  Please contact John Mason at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in attending. Places will be allocated to the first 10 to contact me (as at 14 December there were already 9 signed-up). Given the city centre location of the NLS I would recommend travelling by train or bus if possible.


Thursday 22nd February 2018 - Linlithgow Civic Trust  Annual Lecturebruce jamieson

An unmissable date for your diary! Bruce Jamieson will be giving the LCT annual lecture for 2018. His illustrated talk will be on "Linlithgow Lore and Legend - debunking and reinforcing Linlithgow's history." The talk will take place at 7.45pm on Thursday 22 February 2018 in the Provost Lawrie Hall of the Burgh Halls with space for about 150 folk. The event is free and will be open to LBT members, their guests and friends as well as other local residents who wish to attend. We intend to use the event as an opportunity to get more members signed up to LBT, so please let your friends and colleagues know about this event and encourage them to turn up on the night.



Tuesday 15th May 2018 - visit to Queen Margaret University campus, Edinburgh

With many thanks to LBT member and QMU Professor Emeritus Averil Stewart for the suggestion and providing the contact, I have arranged  a free campus tour for up to 15 persons starting at 2.15pm on 15 May 2018. The visit will be of interest to all LBT members as it is expected to cover the QMU campus architecture, the landscaping (including the Trees of Life) and their sustainability approach.QMU

Please note that the QMU sustainable transport plan encourages visitors to come by bus (these come into the campus from central Edinburgh) or by train (the Musselburgh train station is adjacent to the campus). Anyone wishing to go by car will need to apply for a car park permit.

Please contact John Mason at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in attending  and please also let me know if you intend to come by car. More details will follow.


Tuesday 17th July 2018 - Visit to Carmichael Mill, Clydeside.

A visit at 2pm to Carmichael Mill in Clydeside when the riverside gardens surrounding the only remaining workable water powered grain mill in Clydesdale will be at their best. There are archaeological remains of medieval grain mills from circa 1200 and a foundry, lint mill and threshing mill activity within the curtilage of the category B listed building. Also there are diverse plant habitats from saturated to bone dry allow a vast range of trees and shrubs, both ornamental and fruit, with a vegetable garden and herbaceous perennials, annuals and biennials with ornamental/wildlife pond complementing the landscape.Carmichael Mill

We will be given a guided tour by the owner Ken Fawell. Members are welcome to bring their own refreshments and snacks to eat on site. There will be a charge of £5 per person with a donation being made to Scotland Garden beneficiaries. Please contact John Mason at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would wish to go. Given the location of the Mill at Hyndford Bridge near Lanark, please can you let me know if you would be willing to provide a lift to the event for someone or if you require a lift and we will try to organise car shares accordingly.

Recent Events

Wednesday 22 November 2018 - Visit to Scottish Canals and Speirs Wharf in Glasgow 

Despite the wet weather we had a super visit to Glasgow where Chris Breslin, Head of Regeneration & Development at Scottish Canals, gave us an excellent 80 minutes presentation on the work of Scottish Canals, particularly on the regeneration projects they are partnering on the north side of Glasgow. Watch out in the press in January for their latest one involving "The Big Man"! We then had a short walk to Speirs Wharf to see the new cultural buildings in the area, including the new HQ for the National Theatre of Scotland. And we ended up having a look inside the Whisky Bond which now houses a range of creative industry companies. All very inspiring.

Sunday 24 September – Visit to Colzium Lennox estate, Kilsyth

A successful trip took place to Colzium Lennox Estate, Kilsyth, attended by eleven members and friends.  We visited the museum which told the history of the estate and area which was unfamiliar to many of us. We enjoyed an excellent tour by North Lanarkshire gardener and volunteer Jim who showed us round the profusion of shrubs and trees in the walled garden.  Originally used to grow vegetables, fruit, flowers and exotic species for Colzium House, the garden displays a magnificence collection of plants from across the world. The visit was finished off with refreshments in the excellent new café.


Programme Co-ordinator

John Mason is the Programme Co-ordinator. If you have any suggestions of places to visit, please contact John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..