Scotland 2016

5th - 10th August 2016

2016 sees the bi-annual World Galloway Conference coming to Britain and we look forward to welcoming fellow Galloway enthusiasts from all over the world. The conference will be based in Gretna, which is close to the heartland of the Galloway breeds and easily accessible from all directions. The famous Gretna Hall Hotel, which dates from 1710, has been booked for the duration of the conference. With over 100 rooms and excellent facilities the hotel will make a perfect base for the week. The town of Gretna is just across the border from England and in the 18th century became famous as a place for runaway lovers to take advantage of the different marriage laws in Scotland to seal the knot, traditionally over the anvil in the blacksmith’s shop. The town has a wide variety of shops selling traditional Scottish goods and is well worth a look.

An interesting itinerary has been planned, taking in some of the best herds in southern Scotland and northern England, a major agricultural show and a trip to Edinburgh to see the world famous tattoo at the Castle. We look forward to welcoming you to Scotland for this great event. Full details and booking arrangements appear below.

Friday 5th August 2016
Arrive at Hotel
Drinks reception, greeted by Scottish piper
Registration between 2pm and 6pm
Welcome 3 course dinner with tea and coffee in Hotel

Saturday 6th August 2016
Breakfast between 6.30am and 8.00am
Travel to Dumfries Show for Galloway National Shows
Lunch in Galloway Marquee.
3 course dinner with tea and coffee in Hotel, presentation of country flags, show trophies and Scottish Highland Dancing.

Sunday 7th August 2016
Conference at the hotel.
Breakfast between 6.30am and 9.00am
Tea and coffee on arrival to conference at 10.00am
Sandwich Lunch in Hotel
Tea and coffee
3 course dinner with tea and coffee in Hotel, entertainment - Scottish Ceilidh

Monday 8th August 2016
Breakfast between 6.30am and 8.00am
Bus to Tim Oliver, East Farm (Off the Wall), Great Whittington, Newcastle upon Tyne. Tim has 80 Belties and White Galloways also pedigree Shorthorns, and Alan McClymont, Kirkstead, Yarrow, Selkirk. Alan has 40 Black Galloway cows with followers and 2000 Blackface ewes.
Travel to Edinburgh for shopping in Princess Street and sightseeing for 2-3 hours before attending the world famous Edinburgh Tattoo (delegates to get own evening meal).

Tuesday 9th August 2016
Breakfast between 6.30am and 8.00am
Bus to Mr. D. Bertie’s Mochrum herd at Old Place of Mochrum, Port William, Newton Stewart, his 60 cow herd is one of the oldest established herds in the Belted Galloway herd book and then to Klondyke Farms Ltd, Shancastle, Moniaive, Thornhill, where Farm Manager Mr Scott McKinnon will show you Klondyke Estate and the 100 pure Black Galloway cows and 450 cross cows also 500 cross bred sheep.
Lunch at Mochrum
Evening meal at Klondyke

Wednesday 10th August 2016
Breakfast between 6.30am and 8.00am
Bus to Robert Ross, Speddoch & Muil, 45 Belted Galloway cows at Speddoch and 20 cows at Muil, also a total of 1170 Blackface ewes grazing 2800 acres in total. Then on to Jim and Selina Ross, Romesbeoch, Shawhead, Dumfries 23 Black Galloway cows, 140 cross bred cows and 550 ewes. Lunch will be served at Drumlanrig Castle, home of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry. The Duke is President of the Galloway Cattle Society and member of the Belted Galloway Society. The Castle is steeped in History and you will be shown round the Castle and learn about its 600 year history, also to be seen is the Buccleuch Collection which is particularly renowned for its furniture and for its silver. Last farm of the day, John and Anne Finlay, Blackcraig, Corsock, Castle Douglas 120 Black Galloway cows and 720 Blackface Sheep
Lunch at Drumlanrig Castle.

Conference finishes - delegates to get own evening meal.


Herd Information

Read more on the belted galloway and galloway herd's that will be included in the itinerary:

Off the Wall



Klondyke Farms Ltd

Speddoch & Muil




Gretna Hall Hotel

***This hotel is now fully booked, but there is plenty of alternative accommodation in the town. If you require any assistance please contact us***

We do hope you will be able to join us. The costs are as follows:-
Gretna Hall Hotel – Single Room (1 Person) = £45 per night, including full Scottish Breakfast
Double/Twin Room (2 Persons) = £70 per night per room, including full Scottish Breakfast

Please book your own hotel room directly with the Hotel, quoting “Galloway” to receive the discounted rate. Please advise the hotel of any dietary requirements.

The Cost of the congress will be £280 per person. Please complete the registration form and return by the 31st March 2016 and be fully paid by 30th April 2016.


Payment to:-

UK Galloway World Congress
Sort Code 83-17-05
Account no. 00633017
IBAN – GB42 RBOS 831705 00633017

All buses, meals (except two) and entertainment is included.


How to get here

By Road:
From the M74 or A75. Come off at the Gretna (Gretna Green) junction and follow the brown tourist signs. From M74 going North take Junction 45, going South take Junction 22.

By Rail:
Trains from Carlisle and Glasgow stop at the Gretna Green station. We are a 5minute walk away.

By Air:
We are 90 miles from Glasgow Airport and Edinburgh Airport, 70 miles from Newcastle Airport and 150 miles from Manchester Airport.

Visits and farm tours may be subjected to change.