Thousands of people flocked to a fun-filled Galloway Country Fair at historic Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate on Saturday to make it one of the biggest and best ever.
More than 200 traders showcasing everything from crafts and clothes to food and drink reported brisk trade from early on at one of Scotland’s most prestigious outdoor events set on the 90,000-acre estate.
The event, held in the grounds of the Dumfriesshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry, has swiftly become a major player on the country show calendar and was officially opened by Lord Damian Scott of Buccleuch.
He said: “It is very exciting for Drumlanrig to host the Galloway Country Fair for the third consecutive year, bringing the biggest and best show to date. Building on the success of 2012, we had lots of activities and representatives from various country pursuits showing and exhibiting. The feedback from visitors on the first day was incredibly positive.
“Everyone on the estate values the countryside and all it has to offer enormously and I am delighted so many people turned out to share this with us and take part in the fair, especially in 2013 as we celebrate the Year of Natural Scotland.
“We want Drumlanrig to be recognised as a great venue that can play host to such large-scale events as the Galloway Country Fair and continue to put not only the estate but Dumfries and Galloway on the map as a great place to visit.”
Crowd-pullers over the weekend included an appearance from celebrity chef Mike Robinson, famed for his appearances on Countrywise Kitchen, Ready Steady Cook and Saturday Kitchen.
The fair also boasted a range of participation events at its hugely popular Sporting Village including a clay shooting competition with a £1000 prize up for grabs, archery, fly fishing competitions and casting demonstrations.
A range of entertainers were also lined up to provide a fun-packed family-friendly weekend with equestrian displays, a motorbike stunt rider, the Buccleuch Hounds, falconry, agility displays, pipe bands, Highland games and more.