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Wyndsome Maid of Duns

The Wyndsome maid of Duns is crowned in front of the Castle during Duns Summer Festival each year with the reivers party, Duns pipe band and guests.

Art Amatoria – Course

Improve your technique and learn new skills with an art course at Duns Castle. We hold painting and drawing weekends at the castle several times a year with the next one taking place on 18th/19th April 2015. Taught by experienced artist Claudia Petretti the courses are suitable for complete beginners as well as those with some experience and involve plenty of individual tuition. For more details please go to

Art Amatoria – Exhibition

Borders Artists at Duns Castle, an exhibition devoted to paintings and sculpture by local artists, takes place each Spring. This year’s exhibition runs from 17th to 26th April 2015 and is open 11am to 4pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with mid-week viewing by appointment. More information may be found on

Berwickshire County Show

Farming tradition in the borders is celebrated with the Berwickshire County Show, which takes place every year in the grounds of Duns Castle. Promoting agriculture and the advancement of farming practices and animal husbandry, the show is a great fun family event with a wonderful atmosphere to enchant children and adults alike.

Jim Clark Rally

Petrol heads can enjoy the Jim Clark Rally which takes place in the local area from the end of May until the beginning of June. Spectators and supporters relish the high-octane experience which includes spectacular jumps, ditches, and hedges on a fast paced course!

Reivers Week and the Duns Summer Festival

Reivers Week and the Duns Summer Festival are marked with the crowning of the Wyndsome Maid of Duns, and the appointment of her attendants. As part of the historic tradition of the local area, Reivers Week is a high point in the local calendar, and apart from the historic rides and cavalcades, also features many other activities, including the pipe band, performances by the amateur dramatic society and the teddy bears picnic; all rounded off with a fantastic family ceilidh.

Scotland Workshop 2015

Watercolour Painting

Watercolour paintings done by Karen Krisac Gosz who was part of American Artists who recently stayed here at the Castle.