Help wanted at Fife castle

Robin, one of Kellie Castle's garden volunteers encourages people to join the team.
Robin, one of Kellie Castle's garden volunteers encourages people to join the team.

Spending time in a historic castle, surrounded by wonderful art work - sounds like a dream.

But that dream could become reality as Kellie Castle, near Pittenweem, is recruiting volunteers to staff the castle while it is open to visitors.

Volunteers are wanted as guides, retail and reception assistants, tea room assistants and gardeners to help make the castle a great day out for visitors.

Kellie Castle dates from as early as the 14th century and has magnificent plaster ceilings, painted panelling and fine furniture designed by Sir Robert Lorimer. It also contains a long-concealed mural by the celebrated Arts & Crafts pioneer, Phoebe Anna Traquair.

In the grounds there are acres of woodland walks, a bird hide and an abundance of nature, while the Arts & Crafts garden is packed with beautiful borders of old-fashioned roses and herbaceous plants, as well as organically grown fruit and vegetables.

“Guides help to answer visitor questions, tell stories about the property’s history and ensure the collection is respected by all. Retail and reception assistants welcome visitors to the property and help with the shop” said Rachel Kacir, Senior Property Assistant at the Castle.

One volunteer guide, Dawn, urged people to volunteer: It’s about the people and the place. You get such a variety of people and it’s so interesting to meet them. There are also opportunities to help with special events. There’s great camaraderie amongst the staff and volunteers.”

And Andy, who helps out in the garden, added: “It’s good healthy exercise out in the fresh air and I enjoy watching the seasons changing. I get great satisfaction from seeing what I’ve done”

A commitment of as little as half a day a week is all that is required as the Castle now opens all week.