After 22 years of running The Buck Dorothy and Peter have sold the house and café. They would like to thank all their customers who supported them over the decades. It is a testament to Dorothy’s skill as a baker, soup maker and cake decorator that the business flourished with customers returning year after year. Her coffee was excellent and speciality teas delicious.
We wish them a happy retirement in their new home on the west coast.
The new owner will be opening The Buck at some point in the future and we’ll be sure to let you know when that is.
Straiton is having a picnic on 25 August and as part of the entertainment you can join in a Walking Football session. You’ll be in illustrious company as no less than three members of the team which won the International Over 65s Walking Football World Cup are from Straiton! You don’t even have to be over 65 to have a go, just turn up on the day and play with some world-class talent.
You can read the full story of the team’s success by clicking here.
All are welcome to the Harvest Lunch on Sunday 1st October at 1pm in the McCandlish Hall, Straiton. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for children.
The lunch is organised by Straiton Picnic Committee with all proceeds going towards the Bonfire and Firework display on 4th November and the Panto outing on 12th December.
Come along and enjoy a delicious lunch and some good company while supporting community events. You’ll also save on the cooking and washing up!
Scott Watson gave a polished performance on BBC’s Countryfile this Sunday. Scott, raised at Baing, a few miles up the glen where his father Geordie was shepherd, moved down south early in his career as a farm manager. The programme focussed on the radish crop and Scott was a natural on TV. Perhaps a new career beckons?
Click here to view the programme.
Straiton’s Fun Day and Hill Race starts at 1.30pm, Saturday 26 August. Come along to the play park early to see the runners set off for the Monument circuit, the winning time is usually well under 20 minutes!
Apart from the Hill Race there’ll be various stalls, the magician Fabulous Fraser, Cream Teas, Hurling Events, a Bouncy Castle, Beer Tent and Carousel. In addition there will be a Fancy Dress competition and the theme this year is Wonderful Wildlife.
A great day out in beautiful surroundings with something for everyone.
Save Straiton for Scotland are having an Afternoon Tea in the McCandlish Hall this Sunday, 23 July at 2pm. As well as teas, coffees and delicious baking there’ll be homemade lemonade, Pimms and some fizz. Of course there’ll be the usual superb raffle!
The event is to celebrate their recent success. Come along to find out about how their campaign is progressing. What they hope will be the final wind farm application is due to go to a Public Inquiry in October and there’ll be up to date information on this.
Both visitors to Straiton and residents are very welcome. Your attendance and support is appreciated.
Another delightful cottage has been added to our Stay page. Braefoot 1860 has two bedrooms (a double and twin) and has been beautifully renovated. Click here to view the website for more information and contact details.
You can see these magnificent birds opposite the Roundhouse Café at Loch Doon. There’s a viewing screen in the café so you can see all the action at close quarters plus the new viewing room is now open.
Local school children named the Ospreys Angel and Cullen. Hopefully all the young will survive and return in a few year’s time to set up their own nest in the Galloway Hills. Last year only one survived, Solo, the other two were predated by a buzzard.
Newton Stewart Walking Festival starts on 5 May for a week. Click here to view their website and to book a place. They range from easy peasy to pretty strenuous and it’s great way to explore a new area without getting lost as all the walks are led by experienced guides. The waterfall pictured is from walk 5-1, a strenuous walk of 13.5 miles around the Clachan of Dalry.
The trail explores the attractive Glenkens landscape around St. John’s Town of Dalry. It’s a new route which combines some attractions visited on previous WalkFests but also includes a host of new additions which makes it an interesting mix of changing landscape, history and natural elements. The walk is led by Bob Peace, a member of Galloway Mountain Rescue and a local resident who will illustrate the walk with interesting facts, figures and myths!
A finish at the Clachan Inn rounds off the day, with an opportunity for a refreshment or two!
Walkers meet at Newton Stewart, about a 40 minute drive from Straiton, before being taken to the walk start and are returned there after an enjoyable and sociable day out in the countryside.
Grab 3 friends, some sandwiches and cakes and come along to enjoy a fun evening at the McCandlish Hall this Saturday 4th March at 7.30pm. Tables cost £12 (for 4). The object is to win as many antique flags as possible, I think they still have Abyssinia and Southern Rhodesia!
Prizes for those with the most flags, and the least. Get a few tickets for more chances to win in one of Straiton’s famous raffles.
The short, but very scenic, Church Walk has re-opened after a landslip made it impassable. As you can see it’s as good as new. Today was a great day for taking snaps, cold but very sunny. The river had surface bubbles swirling around making some lovely patterns.
After days of lashing rain and gales the wind dropped, the rain ceased and the sun came out. It was a crisp but perfect day for the happy couple who were married in the woods by Balbeg.
We think it’s the first time such a ceremony has taken place in the woods and it looks beautiful and very romantic. Afterwards the celebrations continued at the Barn at Dalduff. We wish the couple a long and very happy future together.
Back behind the counter, Sanjeev in Straiton Stores
Actor, writer and broadcaster, Sanjeev Singh Kohli, was in Straiton recently undertaking research for a new Radio 4 programme which he will be presenting. The show will feature the village’s reaction to Mr Zhou Jing Liang buying Blairquhan Castle.
They discovered that reaction was all positive; Blairquhan was voted one of Britain’s best wedding venues and the new owners have expanded and improved on this foundation established by Sir Patrick and Lady Marguerite Hunter Blair. Their continued and growing success as a wedding and business venue brings benefits to the village, provides employment and support for local businesses. Thousands of visitors come to Blairquhan each year and discover the beautiful scenery, great walks and cycling, Straiton has to offer and plan their return visit.
Sanjeev as Navid in Still Game
Viewers of Still Game will know Sanjeev as Navid, the droll corner shop keeper in Glasgow. He is now taken on his first serious acting role in River City. Filming takes place a few months in advance and Sanjeev has had to learn several verses of Tam O’ Shanter; ever the professional Sanjeev learnt the whole poem, and proceeded to reel off lines in a perfect Burns dialect. He has also recently learnt Gaelic for a new BBC Alba documentary.
The radio programme will be broadcast in December, keep an eye out for future posts on this site over the coming weeks when we’ll let you know the title, date and time.
VisitStraiton has become a proud supporter of Scotland’s first Biosphere. The Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere covers 5268 squares kilometres and is home to 95,000 people. It was given this status in recognition of its special natural qualities. The boundary embraces diverse countryside surrounding the Galloway Hills. The rivers radiating out from the hills provide water as a common theme connecting the cultural identity and natural environment with everyone living and working in the area.
The Biosphere has three goals:
Conservation: promoting the preservation of wildlife, habitats and landscape.
Learning: supporting a better understanding of nature and global issues.
Development: fostering a sustainable economy and society.
A Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Charter has been developed to identify the values and principles of the Biosphere. By signing up to these 6 simple principles organisations, communities and businesses can demonstrate their support as well as help to increase awareness and recognition of the Biosphere. The six principles are:
- Help conserve the natural resources of the Biosphere
- Support the economy to benefit people and nature
- Promote cultural heritage and local products
- Contribute to the health and wellbeing of the community
- Develop knowledge, understanding and promote research
- Raise awareness of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere
There’s nothing better than freshly baked bread, toasted and buttered, or perhaps a croissant or even a danish pastry. Our local shop, Straiton Stores, now do a baking each morning. Hard to resist with the tempting smells wafting through the shop. More bakings are done through the day as required. If you’re staying in the village you can phone through an order for collection in the morning, the number is 01655 770293.
Currently the stores are baking organic white and brown loaves, french sticks, butter croissants, danish pastries, tiger bread, pain au chocolat, small baguettes, harvest grain baguettes and wheaten bread along with mini sausage rolls and small pasties. There’ll be seasonal treats such as mincemeat pies at Christmas as well as changes to the line up from time to time.