Galloway Country Fair Showcases Best of Rural Scotland

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Thousands of visitors got a taste of the best that Scotland's countryside has to offer at the   Galloway Country Fair over the weekend (Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August).

The annual event at Drumlanrig Castile escaped the worst of the Scottish summer weather and crowds flocked to the show to enjoy an exciting range of activities from medieval jousting to Highland Games and motorcycle stunt riders.

They were also able to tuck into the finest food and drink from the region's larder, with cookery demonstrations and sampling of everything from locally-brewed craft beers and wine to delicacies such as Galloway-reared game, artisan cheese, ice-cream and hand-crafted chocolates.

The Lloyd Motor Group-sponsored event incorporated the best of country pursuits, with sporting enthusiasts given the opportunity to try new activities or brush up on existing skills at the Fishing Village and clay shooting range, both of which offered demonstrations and workshops for the whole family.

Lord Damian Scott of Buccleuch said he was proud that the Country Fair was able to showcase the very best that the region's rural economy had to offer.

"It is very exciting for Drumlanrig to be able to host the Galloway Country Fair for the second year and feedback from visitors has been incredibly positive.

"We have tried to build on the successes of 2011 to make it even bigger and better, with lots of activities and representatives from a huge range of country pursuits showing and exhibiting.

"It is a real showcase for the tremendous breadth of quality products and services within the rural sector, and people can come and have a great day out where they can learn some amazing things as well as having good fun at the same time.

"Everyone at Buccleuch Estates values the countryside and all it has to offer enormously, and I am delighted so many people have turned out to share this with us and take part in the fair.

"We want Drumlanrig to be recognised as a great venue that can play host to large scale events and continue to put not only the estate but Dumfries and Galloway on the map as a great place to visit."