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10 things to do across Scotland this weekend

Festival of Museums

Across Scotland, Friday to Sunday

More than 90 special events, exhibitions, talks, workshops, and live performances designed to provide a fun and educational reminder of the many delights to be found in museums across Scotland. There's a huge variety of things to see and do, including an Iron Age technology weekend at the Scottish Crannog Centre, a Victorian Science Fair in St Andrews, a 14th century banquet at the Highland Folk Museum, an open day at Montrose Air Station, as well the latest in the National Museum of Scotland's Museum Lates series. www.festivalofmuseums.com

Funding Neuro 10K

Strathclyde Country Park, Saturday

This new 10K running event in aid of Glasgow-based brain and spinal column illness charity Funding Neuro has been organised with Glasgow Triathlon Club, who also stage a full triathlon in the same spot on Sunday, covering the route to be used for the Commonwealth Games in July. Saturday's race starts from 10am at the Strathclyde Water Park Sports Centre, and follows the roads and pathways around the park's loch. Space permitting, registration is open until tomorrow for £15-£17. fundingneuro.com/events/event/funding-neuro-10km/

Trail Troopers

Chatelherault Country Park, Hamilton, Sunday

If you prefer your running a bit more mud-splattered, there's also the option of this obstacle course-style effort a couple of miles away across Hamilton on Sunday. Mixing trail running across open ground and through woodland, there are also a series of physical challenges to contend with along the way, including burn-crossings, mud pits, fallen trees, hay bales, water slides and ditches. 10K and 5K options are open to anyone over 12, with mile and toddler dash events for kids scheduled afterwards. Entry is £7-£27. www.trailtroopers.co.uk

Summerhall Beer Festival

Summerhall, Edinburgh, Friday and Saturday

The third such event at the cult arts hub, with more of an emphasis on local producers than previously. There's plenty from on-site brewery Barney's, plus Edinburgh makers such as Stewarts, Elixir and and Pilot, with tickets available for afternoon and evening sessions on both days (£5-£9). Anticipating dryer weather than earlier this week, organisers have turned the venue's courtyard into a beer garden, while patrons can also look forward to live jazz, aerialists, and an abundance of organic fare to soak everything up. www.summerhall.co.uk

Go Wild on

The Canal

Banavie Basin, Fort William, Saturday

This free family fun day on the Caledonian Canal marks the start of the Wild Lochaber Festival, a week of outdoor events around Fort William. Water-based activities include boat trips, canoeing, kayaking, and water walkers - those giant inflatables that look a bit like enormous hamster balls. Those who prefer to stick to dry land can catch live music, meet birds of prey, tackle a climbing wall or try traditional craft sessions. www.scottishwaterwaystrust.org.uk/news-and-events/events/go-wild-on-the-...

Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival

Across Dumfries and Galloway, from Friday

Billed as the largest rural multi-arts festival north of the border, this 10-day cultural programme brings nearly 60 different live performances and events to venues across the south west corner of Scotland. Tomorrow's opening night concert at the Dumfries Easterbrook Hall is Opera A la Carte's take on Puccini's Madam Butterfly, while over the coming week there's everything from theatre, dance and comedy, to classical, folk and jazz, along with Big Lit, a weekend of literature and poetry centred on Gatehouse of Fleet. www.dgartsfestival.org.uk

Cairngorms Nature Festival

Cairngorms National Park, Saturday and Sunday

More than 50 outdoors events over two days celebrating nature, wildlife, and the environment in the UK's biggest National Park. Along with expert talks, guided walks, and nature-spotting wildlife safaris, visitors can also meet and feed the Park's herd of reindeer, try woodland crafts, and help rebuild paths and remove fences as part of a hands-on Conservation Day. Opened in 2003, Cairngorm National Park was named one of the world's top 20 destinations by National Geographic in 2011. cairngorms.co.uk/look-after/cairngorms-nature/festival

Great British

Tennis Weekend

Various venues across Scotland, Saturday and Sunday

As part of ongoing efforts to make the sport as popular year-round as it is during the Wimbledon fortnight, the Lawn Tennis Association is offering free lessons at participating clubs and sports centres on Saturday and Sunday. There are sessions aimed at players of all levels of ability, including those who have never

picked up a racquet before - plus tots and mini tennis sessions to inspire the next generation of stars.

Look out for two further weekends in June and July. clubhouse.lta.org.uk/opendays

Irvine Valley Walking Festival

Irvine, Friday to Sunday

Three days of events in East Ayrshire's Irvine Valley, home to miles of well-managed, sign-posted routes for walkers. Kicking off with a Family Open night in Newmilns Snow and Sport Complex tomorrow night, the main programme includes 14 walks of differing distances and grades, ranging from pleasant woodland stroll to vigorous moorland hike. With the locale every bit as accessible to those on two wheels, there's also a 25 mile festival bike ride, which leaves Newmilns at 10am on Sunday morning. www.ivrp.org.uk/walkingfestival.htm

Loch Fyne Food Fair

Cairndow, Argyll and Bute, Saturday and Sunday

A chance to sample the wares of a range of food and drink suppliers from the west coast, including locally produced seafood, game, preserves, craft beer, and coffee. With a nod to Whisky Month, Saturday has cooking demonstrations, talks and presentations on Scotland's national drink, while on Sunday the traditional vibe continues with an afternoon ceilidh. There's also a climbing wall, trampolines, rides and a bouncy castle for children. Open both days from 11am to 6pm, admission is free. www.lochfyne.com/event_posts/loch-fyne-food-fair/

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