Monthly Archives: August 2018

Our glorious Scottish microclimate wins again in Dumfries and Galloway!

The glorious summer sunshine on Castleview House in Kirkcudbright Dumfries and GallowayWell, the weather Gods have shone upon Kirkcudbright and on Castleview House for most of the summer months, allowing our splendid community glossy magazine, Dumfries & Galloway Life, to lead this month’s edition with the immortal words, “How glorious does Dumfries & Galloway look in glorious sunshine?”.
 
The month of August kicked off with our unique Art & Crafts Trail with its over 100 exhibits nestling in the town itself. This year’s Pirates theme produced many a Johnny Depp lookalike, whilst the magnificent Giant Willow Horse – all 18 feet of him! – elegantly graced Fisherman’s Green.
 
The region’s rich, rural heritage was seen in countless Country Fairs and Galas, the Galloway Country Fair in the grounds of Thornhill’s wonderful Drumlanrig Castle being the stand-out event.
 
Our new Kirkcudbright Galleries have hit the ground running with almost 20,000 visitors in the first two months, supported by the renowned Whitehouse Gallery’s Summer Exhibition and Galloway Perspectives at the Tolbooth Arts Centre on Kirkcudbright High Street. And then there’s the spectacular Kirkcudbright Tattoo & Fireworks Display this coming Saturday to close our Summer Festivities with an audience of thousands expected on the night.
 
Not too shabby an offer for a community of around 5,000 souls but should you prefer something more sedate and solitary, then try a walk around the ancient woodland of Carstramon Wood hidden deep in the Fleet Valley next to Gatehouse and some 20 minutes drive away. Pied flycatchers, redstarts, wood and willow warblers trill happily away, whilst rare butterflies like the speckled wood, large skipper and meadow browns are everywhere to be seen. The glorious fungus season, moreover, is just around the corner.
 
Oh to be in DB6/D&G now that Autumn is near!

~ Until next time!

Peter
 
PS – and don’t forget to enter our free prize draw competition for a complimentary long weekend for four: details are on our Facebook page and the winner will be announced on 31st August 2018. Good luck everyone!

Summer fun in Kirkcudbright

The summer sun and the school holidays have arrived in tandem in Kirkcudbright and Castleview House will resound to the noise of fun-loving families from now until early autumn.
 
Happily, the town and its surrounding district are well-prepared to keep all tastes and age-groups busy and content across these weeks.

Castleview House backs on to the super Hope-Dunbar Park in Kirkcudbright

Castleview House backs on to the super Hope-Dunbar Park in Kirkcudbright

One of the two verandas at Castleview House in Kirkcudbright

One of the two verandas at Castleview House in Kirkcudbright

The Kirkcudbright town’s programme of Summer Festivities, now in its 41st year, provides a  colourful Scottish Night every Thursday in the Harbour Square, culminating in the spectacular Floodlit Tattoo and Firework Display on the last Saturday in August.

There will be fireworks, rockets, candles and wheels taking off from Hope-Dunbar Park directly behind Castleview House, affording our guests an almost private viewing of the show from both the house and our verandas!

Ghost Tours, Town Walks and the amazing Art and Crafts Trail features over 100 venues and exhibits, with our own Incorporated Trades in handsome red sandstone prominent amongst them.
 
Hardy annuals for the kids can be found at Twynholm’s Cocoa Bean Factory with its Chocolate Workshops, indoor and outdoor play areas, Chocolate Factory shop offering over 100 varieties of chocolate, plus its Cafe/Restaurant at Cream O’ Galloway with its renowned ice creams and cheeses, “Go Boing” Aerial Netting Adventure, slides and rides and pedal karts and Findlay’s Ethical Farm – all interspersed with wonderful Gallovidian walks and nature trails.
 
For the more rugged amongst us, Laggan Outdoors at Gatehouse of Fleet provides an 800-metre, 2-person zip-wire, mountain-boarding and downhill-balling so find your inner self and get ready to scream! Galloway Activity Centre, perched on the stunning banks of Loch Ken, caters both for serious water-sports followers and for pure fun-lovers – wobbly water-parks, stand-up paddle boarding, water-slides and the Giant 3G Swing all attest to this.
 
More sedately, bird-watching centred upon the region’s extraordinary world of Birds of Prey  – don’t miss the daily Red Kite Feeding Fest at Laurieston on the Galloway Kite Trail – or the wetlands at Caerlaverock and the Ospreys at Threave is out-of-this-world whilst, right on your doorstep, the newly-opened multi-million pound Kirkcudbright Galleries take the town’s artistic history to another level with both visiting and permanent exhibitions: Scotland’s Early silver, Art Explorers and Stars of Scotland run through the coming weeks alongside the varied and extensive works of Kirkcudbright’s thriving  artist community.
 
And at the end of it all, just relax on one of our two fine verandas, watching a spectacular Stewartry Sunset, catered for – if you wish – by Nick Morris from the award-winning Station House Cookery School. “Gloriana!”, as J. Rees-Mogg might have it.

Until next time!

~ Peter
 

PS: the following websites will provide more information on the attractions listed above:

                               www.kirkcudbrighttown.co.uk
                               www.artandcraftstrail.com
                               www.thecocoabeancompany.com
                               www.creamofgalloway.co.uk
                               www.lagganoutdoor.co.uk
                               www.lochken.co.uk
                               www.gallowaykitetrail.co.uk                                     
                               www.wwt.org.uk/wetlandcentre/carlaverock
                               www.kirkcudbrightgalleries.org.uk
                               www.stationhousecookeryschool.co.uk