Shop till you drop at Duntreath Castle

24.9.12 Photograph Jamie Forbes. Duntreath Castle, outside Strathblane, pic of Lady Julia Edmonstone with shopping bags promoting her autumn fair.
24.9.12 Photograph Jamie Forbes. Duntreath Castle, outside Strathblane, pic of Lady Julia Edmonstone with shopping bags promoting her autumn fair.

GET your Christmas shopping in the bag early by going along to The Duntreath Castle autumn fair on Wednesday, October 17 - and raise cash for a great cause at the same time.

All the money from the entrance fee on the day will be donated to Camphill Village Trust’s Blair Drummond project, which supports adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems and other special needs.

This is the 20th year of the annual event which is organised by Lady Julie Edmonstone, who owns Duntreath Castle and estate with her husband Lord Archie Edmonstone.

Lady Edmonstone said: “Autumn comes around so quickly every year.

“As ever there is a great choice of items for sale, all selected personally by me.

“I like to make sure that each stall is different, selling something unique that you can’t find in shops.

“People usually come with a huge shopping list for everyone they are buying for.

“It’s a real Aladdin’s cave and there is something to suit all budgets with prices varying from modest to very expensive for exclusive things.”

There will be about 25 stalls on the day selling a huge variety of unique gifts including Country Fabrics, Cristiane Fischer, Fussione Jewellery, Jean Dalgleish, Magpies and Mimu, to name just a few.

There will be handmade gold and silver jewellery with gemstones and pearls, stocking fillers for sporty men from Fur Feather and Fin, lovely books at reasonable prices, vintage and designer cashmere clothing, beautiful embroidered silk jackets from Out of The Orient and hand decorated tablewear and stationery by Decoupage and Dining.

It’s held in a giant marquee to make sure there’s plenty of space for everyone to walk around freely making it the ideal relaxed alternative to hitting the busy high street shops to do your Christmas shopping.

The Camphill Village Trust committee, chaired by Finella Spens of Gartocharn, provides a delicious selection of rolls and home baking.

The event is from 10am to 5pm and entrance costs £5 - all proceeds are donated to charity - and anyone is welcome to go along. Duntreath Castle is on the A81 between Blanefield and Killearn (G63 9AJ).