Church Walk has re-opened


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.




New volunteer for Straiton Stores

Smiling Sanjeev in Straiton Stores

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

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.

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.



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.

flower stall


Straiton Arrow goes Colour

Image of Straiton Arrow newsletterThe latest edition of the Straiton Arrow in colour is available to download or view. Although the printed version, sold locally, is still black and white the quality of reproduction has been vastly improved due to the kindness of Jim Kirk who offered to print it rather have it photocopied as usual.

We hope you enjoy reading the newsletter, the next issue will be out early next year. If you would like to comment or to contribute please drop me an email at;

Straiton Agricultural Show, Saturday 14th June

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the best shows around – traditional, friendly and almost always sunny. Livestock judging starts early with Blackface sheep being well represented, other breeds include Border Leicester, Suffolk and Bluefaced Leicester. Also shown are the distinctive Belted Galloway cattle (or Belties) with their black, red or dun about a white middle and are a heritage beef breed.


The Guild run a popular plant stall, usually starting around 9am, there’s a good selection of bedding, perennials and vegetable plants at very reasonable prices.



At the foot of the show field the youngsters, and some grown ups, compete on their ponies in show-jumping, dressage and even fancy dress!

If you have a pet of your own why not enter the pet show in the afternoon? It’s held in the main ring just before the raffle where prizes include a gallon of whisky, half a lamb, a £100 note, vouchers for a meal in the Black Bull and many others.

After working up a hunger and thirst make your way to the village hall for a famous Show Day Tea and enjoy a great cuppa, tasty sandwiches and delicious home-baking. A perfect ending to the day.

Bumper Edition of Straiton Arrow


Arrow May-Jun 14 pp.indd

The latest edition of the village newsletter – The Straiton Arrow – is out now. You can download a pdf version by clicking here (1.6mb). There are 16 pages instead of the usual 12, and we hope you enjoy reading it.
Forthcoming events include: Straiton Agricultural Show and the equally famous Show Day Teas served in the village hall on Saturday 14th June. The day starts of early with livestock judging; Blackface sheep are the main event but there’s always a good selection of Texels and Blueface Leicesters. Other livestock include Belted Galloways, goats and dairy cattle. The show jumping is always exciting to watch and later, usually around 3pm, there is the pet show followed by the raffle where some lucky person can win a gallon of whisky!
On 6th July we have the Car Boot Sale and Cream Teas, a fundraising event for the Fun Day in August. It starts officially at 10am but many folk get here early to grab a bargain. Delicious cream teas are served in the village hall.

More photos

We have uploaded some more photos by Charlie Craig – Straiton in the snow, and some fantastic views from Bennan viewpoint, Monument Hill and more. Please have a look at the new collection on the Pics page. Also, some beautiful shots in the recent cold weather of the hills around and behind Straiton taken from Guiltree Hill by Carol Watt: click here to see them. About the views from Guiltree Hill: if they go ahead as planned, this whole view would disappear beneath the 111 turbines of four new windfarms: the turbines of Sclenteuch in the foreground would be up to 100m higher than Monument Hill behind.

New photos

Some new photos by artist Charlie Craig – also a resident of Straiton.

Fowlers Croftred sky over the monumentmonument hill, winter

Interestingly (not that we are obsessed by turbines, but…) the forested skyline in the background of the photo of Fowlers Croft in Straiton would be completely dominated by the Sclenteuch windfarm if it goes ahead, with turbines up to a possible 146m. Enough of turbines, enjoy these and other new photos on the Pics page.