Dumfries and Galloway Celebrates the Queens 90th Birthday

Deputy Lieutenants in Dumfries and Galloway are among those lighting beacons to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, on Thursday 21 April 2016.

For centuries, beacons have been used to spread messages or celebrate momentous occasions.

Queen Elizabeth II is the first British monarch to live to the age of 90.

There will be a beacon  lit on Thursday 21st April at 2030 at 8.00pm by Lt Colonel Sir Malcolm Ross GCVO OBE, Lord Lieutenant for the Stewartry. The beacon is to be sited on the hill to the east of Whitehill Farm, Parton, Castle Douglas, DG7 3NE.

You are welcome to attend.  Parking will be signed from the A713 with a short but steep walk to the beacon through farm fields. Please note parking is in a field, so be prepared and dress appropriately. We also ask that you follow our access code when on the estate.
A beacon will also be lit on the Solway, at Carsethorn, by James Blackett DL.  Starting at 7.30pm, celebrations will include a barbecue and a loyal toast with local ale.

Another beacon will be lit on a hill above Drumlanrig Castle, on the Buccleuch Estate, near Thornhill. The beacon should be visible for many miles.

At each beacon, message of congratulations from the Prince of Wales will be read out.

For more info on the royal birthday beacons, see:

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