On an otherwise gloomy Thursday, a jolly coach trip out to Winton Castle in Pencaitland, East Lothian made for an excellent evening.
We were greeted in the gardens by the castle’s 14th baronet, affectionately referred to as Sir Francis. Flanked by poi-wielding fire throwers, staff dressed in period costume and Caledonian pipers and drummers, it made for an atmospheric and engaging start to proceedings.
Later, on a tour led by the enthusiastic staff, we admired the recently renovated castle; from the rooftop views, glimpsed between ornate turrets, to plush floral furnishings, restored by hand and nestled amongst modern comforts.
Food came courtesy of outside caters Appetite Direct. They provided whisky cocktails in tin mugs, slices of suckling pig, black pudding with apple and roast potatoes. Entertainment came in the form of silhouette cutting, naturally, and axe throwing, as you do.
Attended by almost 100 guests, the evening was designed to showcase the stunning grounds and beautiful interiors of the castle. As an ideal location for weddings and corporate away days, it did not disappoint.