Record group turnout at the Galloway Country Fair 2014

1st October, 2014

Coach tours attended in their droves at the Galloway Country Fair 2014, with a record 83 per cent increase on last year’s turnout.

Last month, a surge of group tour coaches pulled up at Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate as the Galloway Country Fair got underway.

The annual event – which brings together country sports, entertainment, crafts, and more – was proven again to be a huge draw for both locals and visitors from across the UK, as coach companies brought groups from Northern Ireland and south of the border.

Emma Walton, Travel Sales Manager for Buccleuch, said: “Almost 200 visitors arrived by coach – a significant jump from last year’s 107 – to enjoy everything from animal displays to electric bicycles and fire-breathers to falconry.

‘We had a great presence from some excellent operators such as Stena Line and P&O Ferries. I’m delighted that our visitors thoroughly enjoyed their time at the Fair and we hope to see some familiar faces return next year.”

Andy Mottram, Tours Co-ordinator, at family-owned coach operator, Bibby’s of Ingleton, said: “We arrived with a packed coach on the Saturday morning and the Fair was already bustling with visitors enjoying the entertainment and browsing the various stalls.

“The party had a fantastic time and many tastes catered for. We would be keen to make a return visit another year.”

The event also attracted in excess of 200 exhibitors offering everything from clothing and crafts to quality food and drink – including some weird and wonderful creations such as chocolate and venison pasties, whisky and orange cheese, mascarpone ice cream and more.

The Fair’s 14th year, and its fourth at Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate, has gone from strength to strength, attracting around 18,000 visitors for 2014.

TV zoologist James McKay aka “The Animal Man” – who has featured on Springwatch, Blue Peter, GMTV and even supplied some of the animals used in the Harry Potter films – was amongst the star attractions this year with his falconry and animal roadshow.

Equestrian display troupe Les Amis d’Onno also wowed the crowds with a daredevil Barbarian tribal warfare display featuring death-defying horseback stunts.

Sunday was another action-packed day with impressive displays from the Buccleuch Hounds and Scottish National Gundog Team, Highland Games, a sheep race and much more.