Edzell welcomes Riley owners for rally

Riley cars in Edzell
Riley cars in Edzell

Edzell played host to over 50 splendid Riley cars and their proud owners as association marked their 25th annual Weekend rally.

Owners came from the length and breadth of Britain to mark the Scottish Riley Enthusiasts rally.

Not only did the visitors benefit from one of the few hot, sunny spells lately they enjoyed the freedom of the many scenic routes in Angus and beyond.

Several of the party chose to tour Royal Deeside while many opted to make the most of the ideal conditions to take a boat trip out to the Bellrock Lighthouse.

Others preferred to take their time exploring the rest Angus or take a tour of the Mearns and visit the Lewis Grassick Gibbon Museum.

The gala dinner at the Glenesk Hotel saw over a hundred happy, sunkissed guests sit down to enjoy a splendid meal and an evening of musical entertainment by Ian Kinnear and friends. Ian is an internationally acclaimed small pipes player who lives in Edzell where he hand makes much sought after small pipes.

On Sunday the group met for a visit to House of Dun where they enjoyed a chance to tour the NTS property and sample the hospitality of the Café Dun who provided delicious boxed lunches for all. The weekend ended with prize giving in front of House of Dun with all he cars lined up in front of the magnificent backdrop of the sweep of Giant Redwoods. The winning cars were led forward by Forfar piper Christopher Mowatt, and presented with their trophies by Laura Dunbar, wife of SRE President , Jim Dunbar. Winner of best Pre-War Riley was a 1937 Touring Saloon, Best RM a 1949 RMA Best BMC a 1967 Mk III Elf.

The beauty of the Angus countryside, the interesting and traffic free roads and the friendly hospitality enjoyed tempted several of the visitors to stay in the area for few more days and to visit again in the future.