The final round of the Tour Series in Castle Douglas will be the first stop on Kelton the one-tonne wicker Beltie’s homecoming tour this August.

The three-metre tall willow bull – named in honour of Kelton parish – will arrive in Castle Douglas next week to be the star of the show alongside Britain’s leading men’s and women’s cycling teams on Thursday 12 August.

Kelton was created for the Royal Highland Showcase in June where he earned international stardom through the event’s livestream and media coverage. Belted Galloway cattle are one of the most recognisable exports from Dumfries & Galloway.

He was created to highlight all that’s best about the arts, culture, countryside, environment and rural economy of Dumfries & Galloway during the Royal Highland Showcase. And he will continue in that role when he comes home, where he will now be placed in the care of The Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership scheme.

Carolyn Yates, Chair of Castle Douglas Development Forum, organisers of the CD Bike and Food Festival, added:

“As hosts of the CD Bike and Food Festival associated with the great finale for the Tour Series this summer, we are proud of our market town tradition.

“As the official home of the Galloway Cattle Society and Wallets Mart, linked to livestock auctioneering in Castle Douglas since humble beginnings back in 1856, it is both appropriate and an honour that Kelton is starting his regional journey here on Market Hill.”

The Tour Series event in Castle Douglas on Thursday 12 August is a FREE but ticketed event. Registrations are now open and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Children under the age of 12 do not require tickets.

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About Kelton:

  • was created in Auchencairn by willow artist Trevor Leat
  • weighs in at over a tonne
  • measures 4.2m long and is 3m tall
  • took three weeks to build
  • is made from willow grown by Trevor in Scotland and some brought specially from the Somerset levels
  • has dark areas created using steamed willow and a white belt of stripped willow
  • was made using 22 bundles of willow, each weighing 18kg, woven round a special frame.


The bull was made by Dumfries & Galloway willow artist, Trevor Leat. Trevor’s figures are familiar from Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations, the Wickerman music festivals and a variety of National Trust for Scotland properties.

Kelton was commissioned by the Dumfries & Galloway Royal Highland Showcase team, with support from sources including the Galloway Glens Scheme and Dumfries and Galloway Council.