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Dundas Castle host Scottish Government annual event

In September 2008, Dundas Castle in Edinburgh was proud to host the meeting of the 11th British Irish Council. Leaders of the Devolved Administration including the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, attended a dinner along with leaders from Ireland and Wales.

The traditional Dundas Castle is a ‘5* Exclusive Use’ venue and was the perfect choice to host this prestigious event as the dinner was to have a Scottish theme. With the main house built in 1818, a medieval 15th Century Auld Keep and a state-of-the-art pavilion situated on the lawn, Dundas Castle provided a spectacular venue with a perfect mix of opulence and a truly Scottish feel.

As Scotland played host to this event, it was important to use the best suppliers and industry partners to help to create a memorable occasion. Prestige Scotland, Reel Time Events, Sgiobalta and TSD Production Company provided Scottish fine dining, music, themeing and entertainment throughout the evening.

The evening commenced with a Champagne reception. While Sir Jack Stewart-Clark, owner of Dundas Castle, welcomed all of the guests to his home, the delegates were invited to explore the main house and enjoy the luxurious main reception rooms.

Following the drinks reception, the guests were piped to the Pavilion where the Scottish theme continued as Saltires were projected on the ceiling above. The 120 diners enjoyed an address by Alex Salmond followed by a sumptuous 3 course dinner. The menu was created by Dundas Castle's executive chef Stephen Frost who is renowned for his creative approach whilst working with specially sourced local, Scottish produce.

As a dramatic grand finale to the evening a surprise Beat the Retreat was performed in front of the castle by the Royal Borough of Renfrewshire pipe band.