You can take the high road, you can take the low road, but you ought to take some road to the 14th annual Scottish Christmas Walk in Alexandria this Saturday. A parade of kilt-clad Scotsmen, antique cars and bagpipe bands will take off from the intersection of Wilkes and South Washington streets at 10 a.m., wind around Old Town (St. Asaph Street sees a lot of action) and finish at Market Square with a concert. If that's not enough Scottish entertainment, head for Gadsby's Tavern at 1 p.m. on Saturday when the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society will demonstrate some fancy footwork for you to try out on your own. Gadsby's Tavern is at 134 N. Royal Street. Admission is $2, $1 for those under 18, free for kids under six. Or, check out the Fraser's Highlanders Scottish military unit encamped on the lawn of the Carlyle House, 121 N. Fairfax Street, Saturday from 10 to noon. For information on other Scottish events, call 549-7268.
Even if you're not a fan of the thickets and heaths of Scotland, you still might spend some time in Old Town for a tour of five private homes. Houses are open from 11 to 4 on Saturday. Tickets are $10. Maps of the homes will be available at the Ramsay House Visitors Center, 221 King Street. 549-0205.