Dylan’s special day at Castle

Dylan with his mum, Lucinda, and Laird of Fyvie Estate, Sir George Forbes-Leith.
Dylan with his mum, Lucinda, and Laird of Fyvie Estate, Sir George Forbes-Leith.

A North-east youngster who suffers from Spina Bifida and ADHD has enjoyed a private tour of Fyvie Castle, having fallen in love with the famous landmark.

Dylan Morrice (10), from Turriff, and his mum Lucinda have been regular visitors to the 13th century castle over the past few months.

Staff were charmed by the eager young lad who took such an interest in the castle and they wanted to find out who he was so they could show him more of the castle he so loved.

Celine Mutch, functions and events senior assistant at Fyvie, said: “We put a call out on Facebook and more than 20,000 people helped us to find Dylan.

“A later post thanking everyone for helping to find him, where we introduced our followers to Dylan, became the most popular post we’ve ever put up onFacebook,” she said.

“Dylan and his mum came along to the castle’s 30th anniversary of opening to the public, where they met Lady Forbes-Leith, wife of Sir George, whom he recognised from photos in the castle.

“She too was taken by his passion for Fyvie and invited him for a private tour of the estate with the Laird.

“Last Tuesday Dylan and his mum had that tour with the Larid of Fyvie Estate, Sir George Forbes-Leith, followed by a behind the scenes tour of the castle and lunch in the tearoom,” added Celine.

She added: “This time last year Dylan was in hospital.

“His mother has told us that his visits to the castle have been of real benefit to him and it’s helping him come out of his shell and giving him things to really look forward to.

“Dylan is a real inspiration - we see him as future propery manager material!”

Lucinda said that they had enjoyed a “truly amazing” tour from Sir George and couldn’t thank him enough for a “truly amazing” time.

Fyvie Castle is home to a superb collection of arms, armour and paintings, including works by Raeburn and Gainsborough.

Tradition claims that the castle’s five successive families – Preston, Meldrum, Seton, Gordon and Forbes-Leith – each added a tower to this magnificent Scottish Baronial fortress.