Annual Reunion 2024

Annual Reunion

Each year Castle Craig holds a reunion for alumni to celebrate their recovery together.

Recovery is Better Together

Every summer for the last three decades, Castle Craig has organised a reunion for our friends and alumni who are in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction.

Keep the date free: Sunday 30th June 2024

As you might already know, here at Castle Craig we do things together. We know the best chance at long-lasting recovery starts and ends with peer and group support of like-minded individuals relating their similar experiences and feelings. Come back and be a part of that. 

Celebrate Your Recovery at Castle Craig

 This event is for Castle Craig alumni as well as long-standing friends and staff at Castle Craig.

  • Sunday 30th June 2024
  • 10 am – 4 pm BST
  • This is a free event for former patients of Castle Craig and staff.

Guest Speaker

This year our guest speaker is Colleen Kelly, Ph.D., MFT, a psychotherapist, executive coach, start-up founder, writer, and clinical outreach consultant based in Paris, France. Colleen has been a friend of Castle Craig for many years since she came to Europe from the US and some of our alumni will recall her engaging workshops on recovery.

“As a therapist and coach, I take an active approach to getting you to a place of optimal wellness and functioning. By utilizing a range of evidence-based modalities, we can reveal the true potential of joy, fulfillment, and forward movement in your life and career. 

I specialize in high-conflict relationships and addiction issues. For over 26 years, I have worked in the substance abuse and mental health field in various clinical settings, holding executive positions in renowned treatment centers.” Colleen Kelly

Information for the Day

Dear Attendee, 

With the 2024 Castle Craig Reunion coming up soon on Sunday the 30th of June, we wanted to get in touch to let you know a few practical things ahead of the event.

Registration

  • The registration desk opens at 10.00 am and continues throughout the morning and there will be tea and coffee served in the morning.
  • We have over 200 people due to join us for the reunion and therefore it will be very busy. Please ensure that you allow sufficient time to park, walk to the front door of Castle Craig to register.

Access

  • Given the large number of people due to attend, we reserve onsite parking for blue badge holders as close to the Castle as possible. Additional parking is available a short distance away (100 meters) however if you have any queries or concerns, please email Niamh Elliott.
  • If you know you will require wheelchair access please email Niamh Elliott and we will ensure access is provided.

Speakers

  • Guests are invited to take their seats in the marquee by 11:30 am.
  • Dominic McCann, CEO of Castle Craig, will begin his speech at 11:30 am.
  • The main speaker, Dr Colleen Kelly, begins the main speech at 12.
  • Lunch follows at 1pm with live music.
  • In the afternoon there will be a number of inspiring shares from people in recovery.

Refreshments and Food

  • Refreshments are served on arrival and in the afternoon.
  • The menu for lunch can be found on the reunion webpage. Our menu includes a hog roast, sea bass, and a variety of salads. Dessert includes Scottish strawberries and mini-baked cakes. Food is nut-free, with gluten-free options available. The food provided may contain other allergens.

Bathroom Facilities

  • This year we are providing temporary toilet facilities outside the building in addition to the downstairs toilets inside the main building. Inside the side entrance is a disabled bathroom. 

Bedroom Areas

  • We ask guests to respect the privacy of our patients and refrain from visiting upstairs areas of the Castle.

Children

  • You are very welcome to bring your children and we provide a children’s tent with activities and a face painter. Please ensure that children are supervised at all times.

Smoking

  • Please smoke only in the designated smoking areas.
  • We do not allow vapes at Castle Craig.

Weather

While we are crossing our fingers for sunshine, the Scottish weather can be temperamental. Please bring an umbrella just in case.

Shop

The Recovery Shop will give you a chance to purchase some Castle Craig memorabilia and other items.

Dogs

Guide dogs and certified assistance dogs are welcome. Unfortunately guests are not allowed to bring pet dogs onsite. There are a couple of small dogs who live on the estate but this is all we are able to accommodate.

Photography

Do respect the privacy of our patients and avoid photographs where other people are identifiable in the background.

We would love to see any group photographs you take and share them on our social media account, we would just need to know that approval of all subjects in the photograph is given. 

Lost and Found

Any lost items will be brought to the front desk where you can retrieve them. If you realise you have lost something after you have left Castle Craig then we will do our best to find it, however it will need to be collected in person.

Further Questions

For any further questions please email for the attention of Niamh Elliott.
We look forward to celebrating with you on Sunday the 30th June!

Accommodation near Castle Craig

Castle Craig is approximately 2- 10 miles at most from the listings below. We hope that you find suitable accommodation from the information given, but we can take no responsibility for the facilities or services offered.

West Linton

  • Netherurd Garden House

    Netherurd, West Linton EH46 7AQ

    www.netherurd.com| 0785 335  0891| hello@netherurd.com

    Netherurd Garden House is situated within the beautiful walled garden of Netherurd Estate 2 miles from Castle Craig. It provides eighteen accessible apartments each with kitchen and wet room for guests with additional support needs and their families. Each wing has nine apartments two of which are interconnecting and have an electric hoist.

  • The Gordon Arms Hotel

    Dolphinton Road, West Linton EH46 7DR
    www.thegordon.co.uk | 00 44 1968 660208

    The Gordon Arms Hotel is a comfortable family-run 17th century traditional coaching inn in West Linton, with four bedrooms available. There is a separate restaurant.

     

  • Peggyslea Farm B&B

    Ninemileburn, Penicuik, Midlothian  EH26 9LX
    http://peggysleafarm.co.uk | 07740 288662

    Five en-suite rooms with disabled facilities available in this comfortable B&B just outside the small village of Carlops.

  • Drochil Castle Bed & Breakfast

    by Romanno Bridge, Scottish Borders EH46 7DD
    https://www.lovetoescape.com/guest-houses-bnbs/45090/drochil-castle-luxury-farmhouse-bed-and-breakfast-family-disabled-friendly.htm  | 00 44 1721 752249

    Drochil Castle is a grassland farm with cattle and sheep. West Linton is 2 miles south and Peebles is seven miles away. There are 5 bedrooms and evening meals are by arrangement.

  • Croft Loft (Self Catering)

    Croft Road, West Linton, Scottish Borders  EH46 7DZ
    www.croftloft.com |00 44 1968 661333

    3 bedrooms (2 double and 1 single or twin), plus a double sofa bed in the living room, sleeps up to 8. Travel cot also available. The Loft is situated above a Hair and Beauty salon in West Linton.

Peebles Accommodation

  • Peebles Hydro (4-star hotel)

    Innerleithen Rd, Peebles EH45 8LX
    www.Peebleshydro.co.uk  | 01764 651846

    Large hotel and spa in the heart of Peebles.

  • Park Hotel (3-star hotel)

    2 Innerleithen Rd, Peebles EH45 8BA

    www.parkpeebles.co.uk |  00 44 1764 651550

    Comfortable hotel with 25 rooms, recently refurbished to high and quirky standard, in the centre of Peebles.

  • Tontine Hotel (3-star hotel)

    High Street, Peebles EH45 8AJ
    www.tontinehotel.com | 00 44 1721 720892

    This is a traditional Scottish three-star hotel located in the centre of Peebles, with 36 en-suite bedrooms. Most rooms enjoy lovely views of the river and Tweed Green. Full restaurant facilities available.

  • Macdonald Cardona Hotel & Spa (4-star hotel)

    Cardona, Peebles EH45 8NE
    www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk | 00 44 1896 831144

    99-bedroom modern hotel with spa, leisure and golf facilities five miles outside Peebles.

  • Castlehill Knowe (4-star B&B)

    Kirkton Manor, Peebles EH45 9JN
    www.castlehill-knowe.co.uk | 00 44 1721 740218

    Modern country house five miles south from Peebles. One twin and two double bedrooms available, all en suite. They have all been recently decorated and are light and airy.

  • Glentress

    Peebles EH45 8NB

    https://www.glentresshotel.com | 00 44 1721 720100

    There are eight room pods which offer very economically priced accommodation and can sleep 1-3 people. Each pod has three single beds in it and is en suite.

  • Craiguart House (3-star B&B)

    Craiguart, Eshiels, Innerleithen Road, Nr Peebles EH45 8LZ
    www.craiguart.co.uk | 00 44 1721 720219

    1.5 miles from Peebles, all rooms have en-suite shower rooms, and patio doors giving access to the rear garden and patio. A gas BBQ is also available for guests to use.

  • Winkston Farm (4-star Visit Scotland self catering accommodation)

    Edinburgh Road, Peebles EH45 8PH

    3 award-winning and beautifully equipped cottages on a working farm minutes from Peebles.

    https://winkstonholidays.co.uk | 00 44 1721 721264

  • Langhaugh Farmhouse (3/4 star self catering)

    Kirkton Manor, Peebles EH45 6JF

    http://www.aboutscotland.com/langhaugh/farm.html | 00 44 1721 740226 |  langhaugh@glenrathfarms.co.uk

    Approx. 5 miles south of Peebles in the countryside, this is a 4-bedroom farmhouse plus 3-bedroom cottage sleeping 6-8 on a working organic hill farm.

Biggar Hotels

  • Cormiston Farm (B&B)

    Biggar ML12 6NS
    http://www.cormistonfarm.com | 00 44 1899 221507

    Beautifully furnished double rooms, one with a four-poster bed, the other with a king size bed, are available. Very family friendly

  • Elphinstone Hotel (3 star)

    High Street, Biggar ML12 6DL
    http://www.elphinstonehotel.co.uk |  00 44 1899 220044

    ‘The Elph’ has eleven bedrooms, three family rooms (two with king size beds and bunk beds, and one with a king size bed and a single bed, a Z bed can be added to take occupancy up to four), four double rooms, three twin rooms and a single room. Five of the bedrooms are in a new extension and the rest are in the original building, which dates back hundreds of years. All rooms are en suite.

  • Cornhill Castle Hotel

    Coulter Road, Biggar ML12 6QE

    https://www.cornhillcastle.co.uk/ info@cornhillcastle.co.uk | 00 44 1899 220001

    Beautiful Scottish baronial castle hotel 2 miles from Biggar, in lovely grounds and with very comfortable rooms and fine dining.

  • Kirkstyle Hotel

    72 High Street, Biggar ML12 6BJ

    https://kirkstylehotel.com | 00 44 1899 220552 | info@kirkstylehotel.com

    Family-owned boutique hotel in an old Victorian building in the centre of Biggar, fully en-suite and with disabled accommodation available.

  • Shieldhill Castle

    Quothquan, Biggar ML12 6NA

    www.shieldhillcastle.com | 00 44 1899 221331 | reception@shieldhillcastle.com

    12th century Scottish baronial castle with rooms and suites with original features, plus Scandinavian lodge accommodation and recently renovated courtyard rooms in the grounds. Excellent restaurant.

Airbnb.co.uk

There are 18 airbnb properties with availability for 2-18 guests (as at 8/4/22), if you enter West Linton EH46 7DH as the search location.

Getting Here

Guests are invited to arrange their own transport and parking will be provided onsite. 

For those who wish to stay in the area for the weekend, there are several hotels in Peebles, Biggar, and Edinburgh – local hotels fill up with tourists in the summer so we recommend you book early. Castle Craig can’t provide any accommodation for visitors.

Find Us

Get directions to Castle Craig

Castle Craig Hospital

Blyth Bridge,
West Linton
near Edinburgh
Scotland, UK
EH46 7DH

info@castlecraig.co.uk

0808 271 7500