A tasty start to the season at Lochinch Castle

There was a fabulous seasonal atmosphere yesterday when we arrived at the Lochinch Castle Victorian Charity Christmas Fair.  The Victorian Stables and Christmas Marquee were filled with stalls of arts, crafts and produce  many of which were manned by ladies and gentleman dressed in their period finery. We brought a small gang from Barr and despite our (usual) rather late arrival, managed to navigate our way around most of the exhibits and some of the scrumptious local produce.

Lochinch Castle

Lochinch Castle, home of The Earl and Countess of Stair.

We were particularly impressed by Galloway Lodge Preserves and sampled a number of their products.  Mary Lou’s favourite was the Hot Tomato Pickle. The Mango and Chilli Chutney was good too – (not too sweet with a bit of a kick!). The Beetroot Chutney we thought sounded a strange idea but tasted delicious. The Strawberry Jam was very tasty and not too sweet. The Poachers pickle we all agreed would be super with a ploughman’s lunch. Alasdair loved the Cranberry & Post jelly and promises we’ll try it with crumbed ham. Sounds good to me!

Next were the delicious home-made chocolates of Russell Ingham. Definitely my favourite, melt in the mouth truffles.  Russell sells his chocolates by mail order and also at the Wigtown Market.

Less edible but equally desirable were the fine italian leather bags displayed by Mimu.  I’m definitely adding this reversible shoulder bag to my Christmas wish list. I thought for such good quality they were extremely well priced.

Of course we should be thinking of others first when looking at Christmas gifts (blushing) … I’m going to revisit The Silk Journey when it comes to buying for one of my stylish friends.  Apparently their opulent, oriental looking reversible silk -look jackets are fully machine washable. Would probably need to accompanied by some of the colourful beads from Brunty Beads .

Mary Lou and I were both very tempted by the faux fur and waterproof hats (which you tweak inside to fit your head size perfectly) at The Saucy Stag , (Penny the stall holder came all the way  from Suffolk).

It was very good way to spend a Saturday afternoon in November and it would be heavenly to get home, collapse in a heap and cuddle up with a soft and cuddly cushion from Vintage  & Green Crafts (see their facebook page).

So our final recommendation would be that if you missed this year’s event – don’t miss next!


About Slow down... at Alton Albany Farm B&B

Enjoy good old fashioned hospitality in our Farmhouse, set in 2 acres of Wild Garden with borrowed views of a beautiful, lush green, Scottish valley. A log fire, a comfortable bed and a chance to read that book you've been meaning to. A short walk to the Village Pub for a drink and a meal and to work it off after there's no shortage of scenic trails to walk (or hire a mountain bike). A bit of peace, quiet and healthy exercise might be just what you need. Get away from it all for a weekend, you might even want to stay longer... We now have wifi in every room if you need to stay in touch - and a 40 " television in the lounge for our guests to relax and enjoy a selection of films beside the roaring fire. Alton Albany Farm is a riverside Farmhouse in a picturesque valley a short walk from the pretty conservation village of Barr. The Stinchar River runs along the edge of the grounds and a burn through the orchard. There is unspoilt hill walking and rambling in stunning scenery, mountain biking, cycling, fishing and birdwatching within easy reach. Beaches nearby with views to Ailsa Craig and the Western Isles. The Galloway Forest Park, the first Dark Sky Park in the UK and one of the best places for stargazing in the world is also close by. Easy access from Glasgow and Prestwick Airports and the Stranraer Ferries. Please contact us to help arrange travel as collection can sometimes be arranged. At our Bed & Breakfast families with children and dogs are always welcome. There is even an adjoining riverside field for stick throwing and ballgames. We offer a dining / drawing room with a log fire and plenty of books, card and board games to while away the evenings. Holidays or weekend breaks for families, groups, couples and singles. All welcome! For bookings and any further information please Contact Alasdair or Andrea Currie on 44 (0) 1465 861148 To see reviews from our guests please visit www.tripadvisor.co.uk
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