Dunstane owners, Derek and Shirley Mowat took a rare weekend off last weekend. They jumped in their vintage car and headed to the west coast of Scotland and the Marine Hotel in Troon. They were part of the Scottish Whit Weekend – a weekend celebrating the best vintage car – the Bentley, and catching up with family and friends.
58th Annual BDC Scottish Whit Weekend
Derek and Shirley were attending the 58th annual Scottish Whit Weekend. Held in a different location across Scotland every year since 1958, the event is the highlight of the Scottish region of the Bentley Drivers Club (BDC) social calendar. It is a true family event, with many three and four generation families returning year after year.
The vintage car on show range from the vintage 3 Litre Bentley, through MK VI Specials and up to the more modern Continental and R-Type Bentley. Cars have been driven from all over the country to take part, with a couple being driven up from the South of England. People of all ages are driving the cars, the youngest (with brave/generous parents!) being in their early-twenties and the oldest well into their 80’s.
Vintage Car Weekend
Whit follows the same pattern each year. Mass arrival of vintage car on Friday afternoon and catch up with over 100 friends and family, enjoy dinner and aim to get an early night. Though with so many people to catch up with it does tend to be a late finish despite the best of intentions.
Up bright and early for breakfast, people set off at their leisure. There is always a carefully planned route through the countryside that everyone follows…unless your navigator makes an error and you end up who-knows-where! It’s a fantastic sight to see convoys of Bentley’s passing through the quite villages, everyone coming out their houses to wave.
The route ends up at a local landmark, famous heritage sight or place of interest. This year on Saturday, the route lead to Culzean Castle. This clifftop castle looks out over the Firth of Clyde and on a clear day you can see the Isle of Arran, Mull Of Kintyre and even a glimpse of Northern Ireland. There has been a structure in place of the castle since the 14th Century, however the existing castle was built on the orders of the 10th Earl of Cassilis. Robert Adam was the architect chosen to turn the basic L-shape building into a grand country house, fit for an Earl. It was built in stages between 1777 and 1792. It’s a beautiful house and the grounds are stunning, well worth a visit.
The route back is more direct than the morning run, back to the hotel for “happy hour” and then a more formal dinner than the Friday. There was fantastic entertainment from a good friend of the Scottish region – Lincoln Noel. Hugely talented and highly entertaining.
Sunday we’re up bright and early again and the route took us to Dumfries House. The 2,000 acre estate was saved by HRH Prince Charles in 2007 and is open 365 days a year. The house has also been designed by Robert Adam and has one of the finest Thomas Chippendale furniture collections in the world. There is too much incredible information to share about the history of the house as well as the regeneration works by Prince Charles to fit in one blog, so we highly recommend going for a tour round the house – the guide that weekend, Pat, was brilliant!
The cars even made it into the Daily Mail and Scotsman!
Again a quick run back to the hotel, delicious dinner, awards handed out and then genuinely an early night as many people have a long way to travel home the next morning.
The 145th Open at Royal Troon
This years 145th Open Golf Tournament will be held at Royal Troon from the 10th-17th July 2016. Tickets are available here. The Marine Hotel, where Derek, Shirley and the rest of the BDC stayed last weekend, looks right out onto the 18th hole of this famous competition.