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Galloway Country Fair underway

Roxanne Peggie from Elite Falconry with Marra the Eagle at the Galloway Country Fair. Credit: Drumlanrig Castle

Crowds have been descending on Drumlanrig Castle for the Galloway Country Fair.

The event brings together food and drink, country sports, entertainment, crafts and children’s activities.

To mark the Year of Food and Drink Scotland, the food marquee has grown in size this year and features a huge variety of fresh produce - including haggis ice cream and 'neeps sorbet'.

Highlights include a display from Elite Falconry; a duck-herding display from the Dog and Duck Show; as well as an educational and fun demonstration from The Sheep Show.

The event will also feature children’s entertainment, cookery demonstrations, a craft marquee, fishing and clay shooting competition, a scurry and much more.

The Fair runs until Sunday 23 August.

Five stars for five years

The castle has 120 rooms, 17 turrets and four towers Credit: ITV Border

Drumlanrig Castle has maintained its five-start rating from Visit Scotland, for a fifth year in a row.

The fourteenth century castle received a glowing report from assessors, making it one of Dumfries and Galloway's top visitor attractions. It was first awarded the top rating in 2009.

Motorcyclist airlifted to hospital

Around 1:30pm hours on Saturday 13 July 2013 a serious crash occurred on the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock road at the southern entrance to Drumlanrig Castle involving a car and a motorbike.

The 41 year old rider of the motorbike was taken to hospital by air ambulance suffering from serious injuries. The 80 year old driver of the Citroen was not injured.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash or who may have seen either vehicle prior to the collision to contact officers at Thornhill Police Station on 101


Top cyclists visit Dumfriesshire castle

A group of top riders from across Britain are visiting Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfriesshire for the Scottish launch of the 2013 Tour of Britain.

Cyclists from the leading British Team UK Youth will join Olympic and Commonwealth medalist and Race Directos Mick Bennet, along with representatives from EventScotland, Dumfries and Galloway Council and Scottish Borders Council.

The riders will visit the Scottish Cycle Museum at the castle, where staff will show them the huge comparisons between the build and speed of vintage bikes and modern race bikes.

Full report: Flying Scotsman Rally visits the region

The region played host to a bygone era at the weekend.

More than one hundred vintage cars passed through Cumbria and stopped off at Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and Galloway on their way to Gleneagles.

All the vehicles were built before 1940 and were part of the 6th Flying Scotsman Vintage Rally, travelling hundreds of miles from London to Scotland.

Kim Inglis reports: