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Burns the Return Run
Sat 29th Sep 2012 to Sun 30th Sep 2012
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 15
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"Burns the Return" Run

Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September 2012


Meet at 10:00 for a 10:15 departure

At High Street,

Rabbie Burns

On Saturday we will be meeting in Bigger at 10am for departure at 10.15am

We will be stopping at the Burns Museum in Alloway at lunchtime but no lunch has been booked. Lunches are available in the museum visitor centre which is self service or their is a tearoom near the Brig O Doon attached to The Brig O Doon hotel which is a five minute walk

We will spend approx 1hr 30min in Alloway in order that anyone who wishes to tour the Museum, Alloway Kirk, Burns birthplace, Brig O Doon or the Burns memorial may have a look at these.

Alloway Kirk, Brig O Doon and Burns memorial garden are free others have a charge unless you are a NTS member.

We hope to arrive at the hotel late afternoon to allow time for a rest and to freshen up before dinner which will be followed by a musical evening courtesy of Gordon and Ian.

We will be staying at the The Douglas Arms Hotel in Castle Douglas.

The Douglas Arms Hotel

Rates are per room including Bed and Breakfast

Double/twin £85.00
Single occupancy £55.00

The hotel have agreed to hold a number of rooms for us for 4-6 weeks (from 07/06/12).

The hotel contact number is 01556 502231 and members should book direct with the hotel advising that they are with the MX-5 Owners Club and post up here once they have booked so we can keep track of room booking numbers.

DINNER MENU 29/09/2012


Homemade scotch broth.

Arbroath  smokie pate served with oat cakes.

Haggis stuffed button mushroom in beer batter served with mashed potatoes & tarragon sauce.


Roast Galloway Beef.
(Galloway beef cooked medium, served with roast vegetables, mash potatoes, Yorkshire pudding & gravy.)

Balmoral Chicken.
(Chicken baked with an oatmeal crust, served on clapshot with whisky sauce.)

Hot Langoustine Salad with garlic butter.
(Langoustine grilled with garlic butter served on a fresh crunchy salad.)


Raspberry Chranachan.

Ecclefechan butter tart.

Local award winning ice cream.

Tea & Coffee

£ 21.95 per person.

NOTE: If anyone requires a vegetarian meal could they please let us know in advance so that we can arange it with the hotel in advance.


The evening music after dinner will be by Fiddlers Leap (aka Gordon and Ian).

Fiddlers Leap

A raffle will be held with the proceeds this year going to.

Ronald McDonald House.

Donations of prizes are always welcome.

On Sunday we will leave the hotel at 10am with a stop in Dumfries for lunch. Once again we will stay in Dumfries for approx 1.30 minutes to allow for a visit to Burns sites such as The Globe Inn (where a short tour of the premises is available), Burn's House and The Burns Mausoleum.

Click here to read about the last Burns run in 2009.

Event organiser: Charles Kennedy

Members attending:

02 - Heather & Chic (Hotel Room Booked)
04 - Moira & Gordon (Hotel Room Booked)
05 - Gavin (Hotel Room Booked)
07 - Margaret & Ken (Hi-5's)
09 - Maria & Jim (Hotel Room Booked)
11 - Rosie & Frank (Hotel Room Booked)
13 - Frankie & Brian (Hi-5's)
15 - Marcia (Hotel Room Booked)
16 - Heather & Marshall (Hotel Room Booked)
18 - Janet & Wattie (Hotel Room Booked)
20 - Carol & Evan (Hotel Room Booked)
22 - Ali & Drew (Hotel Room Booked)
24 - Fiona & Ian (Hotel Room Booked)
26 - Irene & Ian (Hotel Room Booked)
27 - Deborah & Chris (Hotel Room Booked)
30 - Janet & Bob (Hotel Room Booked)
31 - Alan (Saturday run only)


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Your Comments
30th Sep 2012 19:54 :: Marcia & Raymond
Marcia has asked me to thank you all for "looking after her" and to the hard work put in by Chic & Heather (and perhaps more) in organising the event. I have been hearing all about it, including the raffle! Sorry to have missed it but hope to see you at the pub meet.

30th Sep 2012 20:59 :: chic and heather
Thanks to everyone who came along - your company made the weekend.
Particular thanks to all who contributed - Ian and Gordon for the music which makes a night out so much more enjoyable, Maria and Gavin for their toast and reply, Drew for his poetry, Wattie for doing the grace before and the grace after dinner and everyone else for being good sports and taking part in Tam O Shanter 

1st Oct 2012 16:17 :: Ali & Drew
We had a great weekend - the run through Galloway Forest Park was terrific and the entertainmment on Saturday night was brilliant. Pity it rained on Sunday. Thanks to Chic, Heather and all the other contributors. Watch out I will be bringing the moaner along on Thursday pub night.

1st Oct 2012 16:18 :: wattie97
A super weekend with our MX5 cronies.Great roads just perfect for these wee cars. A brilliant night on Saturday with great entertainment.We had music, chat, poetry a few drinks and lots of laughter. A huge well done to Chic and Heather for all their hard work in organising the whole event. Wattie and Janet, 

1st Oct 2012 16:39 :: Gordon & Moira
Thanks to Chic and Heather for a great run. Shame about the Sunday morning weather as there must be some great views on a good day.Saturday evening was good fun, the audience participation "Tam" is always very entertaining!

1st Oct 2012 18:31 :: Jim and Maria
What a brilliant weekend. Thanks to Gavin, Maria and Wattie for their speeches ; Ian and Gordon for their excellent music and songs ; Chic for his Burns poems and Drew for his own poem. A huge thanks to Chic and Heather for all their hard work in making this weekend the success it was. Thanks also to all the members who attended.

1st Oct 2012 21:14 :: Marshall and heather
Well done Heather and Chic cant believe how much effort you must have put into this event, I'd even go as far to say we learnt a lot on Burns we never knew before. The evening entertainment could not have been topped .Great fun Great company lots of laughs .......  Oh and Deborah we loved your cup cakes !

2nd Oct 2012 18:22 :: Gavin
Great weekend of roads and Burns. Thanks to Chic and Heather for the tremendous efforts put into the organisation and endless recycling of the routes. Thanks also to Gordon and Ian for the musical interludes. Thanks also to those who posted and actually turned up. Hope you all enjoyed it.

2nd Oct 2012 21:02 :: Fiona and Ian
Another success, well done Chic and Heather for all their efforts.    Great roads and excellent company.

2nd Oct 2012 21:28 :: alan
Thanks to chic and heather for a brilliant saturday run . only sorry i couldnt stay over for the evening and the run the next day.

2nd Oct 2012 22:38 :: Chris & Deborah
We both had a great time on the run, some very enjoyable roads that will need to be driven again!  Enjoyed the evening entertainment and looking forward to the next run. 

3rd Oct 2012 20:45 :: Evan & Carol
Super runs & brilliant entertainment. many thanks to Chic & Heather for all the hard work they put in to make it a success. Thanks to Gavin, Maria, Wattie, for their speeches, Drew & Chic for their poems, and Ian & Gordon for the music. thanks also to all the menbers who attended to make this the best fun W.E.this year. Not forgetting Wattie & his 'Coos'

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