Gordon Armstrong to Star at Drumlanrig
This year’s Galloway Country Fair will feature a guest appearance by champion Spey caster, Gordon Armstrong.
The three-times world champion will attend the popular country event, held at Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August and Armstrong, head ghillie at Nesscastle Lodges on the banks of the River Ness, will impart his expert knowledge on those keen to improve their casting techniques with a series of demonstrations on Sunday 21st August.
The demonstrations will be held in the Fair’s Fishing Village, which shows off just some of Drumlanrig’s picturesque and tranquil fishing beats, which include the River Nith and River Scaur as well as various lochs and ponds. As well as Armstrong’s appearances, fishermen and women from novice to advanced can enjoying cast clinics or take on the competitions organised by not-for-profit organisation, Borderlines and a host of fishing apparel and equipment will be available via Balfour Fly Dressing, Ultimate Fishing Supplies and Macintyre & Thomson Ltd.
The Fair, which was named ‘Best Traditional Event’ at the 2015 Scottish Event Awards, also promises the usual mix of fantastic food and drink, a full range of country sports, fabulous entertainment, rural crafts and children’s activities to ensure a weekend of fun for all the family.
Following last year’s success, the larger Food and Craft Marquee will return, filled with a variety of fresh produce including quality meats, cheese and more and visitors can also browse hundreds of stalls, all showcasing the best country sports, fashion, produce and retail that Scotland has to offer.
Also returning this year is clay pigeon shooting, and visitors can have a go at the sport over the course of the weekend.
Anna Fergusson, Visitor Services Centre Manager at Drumlanrig Castle, said:
“Now that we’re well into 2016, the preparations for this year’s Fair are under way, and we’re delighted to have secured an appearance from one of the fishing world’s biggest names – a champion, no less.
Outdoor pursuits are a huge part of the weekend, and fishing in particular is a popular past-time here at Drumlanrig, so we’re sure that keen fishermen and women will find something to entertain them over the weekend.
The fresh and local offering promises to be just as good, if not better, than last year. And people should expect plenty to keep the kids entertained with shows, entertainment and activities galore.
We can’t wait to see lots of new faces as well as our more regular visitors returning for a fantastic weekend.”
Gordon Armstrong, who hails from Inverness, said:
“I’m really looking forward to meeting lots of keen fishermen and women during my day at the Fair. It’s a renowned event in terms of outdoor pursuits, so I’m delighted to have been asked to come along and share some tips with the visitors.”
The annual Fair takes place on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August, from 9am-6pm.Tickets are priced at £13 for adults or £24 for a two-day ticket, £5 for children aged under 16 years (valid for both days), £10 for concessions and £30 for a family pass (two adults and two children). Under-fives go free. For further information click HERE
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