Enjoy a warming Harvest Lunch

Bowl of soup

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!

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Afternoon Tea, all welcome

Afternoon Tea InvitationSave 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.

3 eggs for the Ospreys at Loch Doon

Osprey on nest with 3 eggs

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.

Church Walk has re-opened

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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.

 

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“I do” in the woods

Wedding ceremony in Balbeg woods

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.

The happy couple

Soak up the Atmosphere at Straiton Show this Saturday

Straiton Show field

They say “the sun always shines on Show Day” and the forecast’s looking good for this year’s show on Saturday 13th. There’s lots to see at this traditional, friendly event; in the sheep section there’s Blackface sheep of course, but also Blueface Leicester, Commercial and Suffolk. The cattle section includes Dairy plus Galloway and Belted Galloway and there’s Highland ponies and goats.

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goats

The Horse Section has 14 Classes from Lead Rein and Open Mixed Height to Fancy Dress and Wobbly Riders!

Bring your pet along for the Pet Show at 2.30pm and get some raffle tickets for the draw at 3pm. (times approximate). Get along early to visit the popular plant stall outside the Hall. Enjoy a refreshing cup of tea, and eat your fill of sandwiches and delicious home baking in the Hall; the Show Day Teas are justifiably renowned.

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Hills, Garden and Gorge – plus an Osprey!

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Tuseday’s walk, one of 29 organised by the Newton Stewart Walking Festival did not disappoint. Starting from Straiton 18 walkers with 3 guides tackled the Monument first getting to the top to enjoy some fine views before setting off across the moor to Auchenroy Hill. Our guide mentioning it might be “soft underfoot” which translates as “you’ll soon be up to your ankles in water”.

10-swimming-pondWe had good views of the Galloway Hills to the south and our knowledgeable guide told us both the ranges and names of the mountains. A pleasant walk down to Craigengillan Gardens where we had an excellent guided tour from Fi McLelland. An amazing garden, all the more interesting as it’s in the process of being uncovered. The rock garden was designed by James Pullman & Sons (usually kept busy designing for royal residences) and features pools deep enough to swim in, Peak District stone, cascades, water channels and seemingly miles of stone pathways interspersed with stone terraces. There are some stunningly beautiful trees including a 600 year old yew on the front lawn.

12-gorge-walkThe final section of the walk was up the dramatic gorge at Ness Glen. Here the path closely follows the river as it tumbles down from Loch Doon, the steep sides are covered in an amazing variety of mosses and ferns. Towering cliffs and steep sides make this one of the best gorge walks in southern Scotland.

The icing on the cake was seeing the female osprey sitting on the nest at Loch Doon across from the Roundhouse Café. The owner has thoughtfully provided a scope set up for patrons to view the nest. A delicious hot coffee was very welcome too. For the latest information on the Ospreys click onto the Facebook page Visit Loch Doon