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This Hogmanay we were absolutely delighted to welcome BBC Alba to the Byre for their annual Hogmanay Ceilidh. The programme was broadcast live around the world right from the Byre! It was a fascinating time for everyone. The first crew arrived on 27th December to set up and by New Year's Eve there were 80 crew on site. The estate was buzzing with the arrival of not only the enormous Outside Broadcast truck, but catering trucks, generator trucks, light and sound trucks.
We were fascinated to watch the Byre being transformed over the days running up the show with loads of props coming in for set design and a myriad of lights going in all over the building - both inside and out. The artists started arriving for rehearsals on 29th December and by the 30th there were full rehearsals underway - including having the Vale of Athol Pipe Band playing on the lawn outside the Byre. Our daughter Ellie was also kept busy as a runner on site, giving her lots of useful work experience for her Film Studies degree!
On New Year's Eve itself the place was a hive of activity and there was a full dress rehearsal at 7.30pm before the guest audience arrived at about 9.30. There were 260 lucky ticket holders who had applied through us and through the BBC to be with us on the night. We were delighted that Katy and Mitch Hunt, who were married at Inchyra in 2014, were lucky enough to get tickets and it was great to welcome them back to the Byre.
With performances from some of Scotland's top singers and musicians it was a truly wonderful night. The atmostphere was magical and the Byre looked stunning. We are so lucky that this beautiful building has brought so many amazing experiences to our home and that we are fortunate enought to meet and get to know so many wonderfully creative and talented people along the way. This night really brought that home to us.
Wondeful to see Layla and Alistair's super cool Byre wedding popping up on super blog Rock My Wedding this week. With top Glasgow event stylists Lemonbox Studios involved and Alistair and Layla's very hip wish list this was always going to be an amazing wedding. Fabulous photography from Claudia Rose Carter.
A few weeks ago we were delighted to welcome Suzanne Li Photography, from Glasgow, to Inchyra to shoot an inspiration wedding shoot. Along with other fantastic suppliers, many of them working with the Glasgow Wedding Collective, the team put together the most beautiful tableau - from the bride and groom to the flowers to the table setting to the cake, the team presented some incredible ideas for styling your wedding. The resulting photographs are nothing less than stunning, as we are sure you will agree - click here to see the story.
Every two years we open up Inchyra Estate for the Glencarse Games. A fun-packed day out for all ages, the games raise money for Glencarse church and a local charity - this year the committee have chosen the Perth-based mental health charity, Mindscape.
The Games offers something for everyone - it's part village fete, part Highland Games, part festival - with live music, beer tent, delicious burgers and strawberries, lots of things going on in the arena from dog competitions to tug of war, pony rides, tea tents, a baking competition and more. In 2013 we welcomed over a thousand people through the gates and this year we're hoping for even more!
The Games are on Sunday 23rd August and it goes without saying that everyone is welcome. It's also a good chance to have a peak at the Byre!
We have just discovered that, from August 2015, guests at the Byre will be able to hire Cauldcott House for the weekend. Situated in Leetown which is just moments away from the Byre, Cauldcott will sleep 10, all in en suite bedrooms and has everything from a wood burning stove to a pool table to a hot tub to keep people entertained and happy when not actually at the wedding! Prices work out at about £65 per person per night which seems like excellent value. It's great to have more first class accommodation right on our doorstep. Cauldcott can be contacted on 07988 622613.