It’s that time of year again already. The temperatures are cooling, the wind is getting up and there is a distinct yellow tinge to some of the trees. You can almost smell autumn! “Summer’s lease hath all to short a date” so said Shakespeare (get me) and he wasn’t wrong. Especially here in Scotland. The holiday season is still in full swing though and bookings are showing no signs in slowing down. The riverside spa has proved it’s worth for the Servant’s Quarters and has been a lovely surprise for the guests that booked before it was installed. We now have a beautiful wooden changing hut to go with it so there’s no more need for a chilly dash from the apartment in a swimsuit!

We’ve had some great but unexpected publicity of late in a couple of salubrious publications. The first was a mention in The Lady magazine which we knew nothing about until a friend of a relative alerted us to it. The second was an inclusion in The Guardian’s article on the top ten castle-stays in Scotland. You can’t beat a bit of free publicity and these articles will share the Torrisdale magic with a wider audience.

Torrisdale Castle Estate bids farewell to our lovely WWOOFers

Our lovely German WWOOFERs left this week, having been with us since just before the World Cup final. They have been fantastic and fitted in so well with Torrisdale life. It’s lovely that our volunteers become part of the family but it does make the farewells a bit teary. They are all remembered well on our wall of fame in the downstairs loo and thanks to the wonders of Facebook, we can keep in touch with many of them and hope they can come back and visit in the future.

We have a slightly different kind of ‘woofer’ with us now, who is keeping us all busy. Crumble, an eight week old black Labrador puppy arrived last week and has quickly established herself as a third child substitute. She is adorable and is loving castle life. She was part of a record-breaking litter born near Campbeltown. The poor mum had FIFTEEN puppies but, miraculously, all were healthy and have thrived. Most of the pups have been homed locally so there are plans for a doggie reunion next year.In the morning there are no consequences of receiving. No headache, no sleepiness.

The next big project on the horizon is our hydro scheme which has just gone to tender and will hopefully move into the construction phase in the new year. It will take over from the boiler (and maybe even the puppy) as Niall’s new baby and will be the culmination of years of planning and investigation. To have it up and running, and connected to the grid will be a phenomenal achievement and testament to Niall’s vision and drive. We’ll you know when to start the rain dance!

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