FAMILIES enjoyed a time to treasure as they enjoyed a weekend of pirate-themed fun at Finlaystone Country Estate.

Members of the public donned their best pirate costumes and 60 children took part in the self-led “pirate trail” which saw them take a sheet of clues, walk the pathway and write down all the answers they find.

When they returned they were rewarded with a small piece of “pirate treasure”.

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As well as the pirate trail there was a fancy dress competition, complete with prizes.

Birds of prey were also at Finlaystone over the weekend and the young pirates got a chance to hold them if they were brave enough.

With the pirate weekend marking the last of the summer events the staff and visitors are now looking forward to all they have planned for autumn.

Duncan Neil, of Finlaystone Ranger Service, said: “Our pirate event went really well.

“We were very pleased with the turnout and the weather was great.

“We run this event throughout the year but, unfortunately, this is the last one of the season as we go into autumn events.”

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Highlight events for autumn and winter include a Bushcraft Wild Night where participants camp out in the forest, learn some bushcraft skills, make Bannock bread and light fires.

Hallowe’en will be celebrated on October 27 from 5.45pm, with spooky walks every 15 minutes around the estate.