Eyemouth’s Nisbet Tower is holiday venue for armed forces families

Nisbet Tower - Eyemouth, Scottish Borders
Nisbet Tower - Eyemouth, Scottish Borders

NISBET Tower in Eyemouth is one of ten holiday properties across Scotland being offered to members of the armed forces and their families for a free holiday.

Specialist self-catering holiday company, Cottages and Castles has joined up with DecAid, the national appeal to honour 10 years in Afghanistan, to give ten forces families the chance to win free holidays. These have been donated by private holiday owners to provide a break for members of the forces who collectively have shown a decade of commitment to the war in Afghanistan.

One of the properties on offer is Nisbet Tower which is located in Eyemouth - a unique holiday cottage sitting high above Eyemouth Harbour, with stunning views of the town and the North Sea.

As part of the support, Cottages and Castles has donated £1000 towards the running costs of the holidays as well as providing a £500 holiday voucher towards DecAid’s complementary raffle.

Simon Furness, chairman of the Gunsgreen House Trust which owns Nisbet Tower, said: “I am delighted to provide complimentary self-catering accommodation at Nisbet Tower. It is actually an honour to host members of the armed forces and to be able to provide them with a little peace and serenity. Thank you to DecAid and Cottages and Castle for giving us this opportunity.”

Sue Bourne, manager of Cottages and Castles, said: “When I heard of the impressive work being undertaken by DecAid I was more than delighted to get involved and support the hard work of our armed forces. Some of the properties being offered are truly spectacular and it is extremely generous of those owners who’ve signed up to offer a free week at their properties. By offering ten complimentary holidays we’re giving a little back to those who endure so much.”

Rupert Laing, one of the founders of the DecAid appeal, said: “This is a way of DecAid, Cottages and Castles and all of the home owners involved to say “thank you” after ten years in Afghanistan. Whether or not people support military action, supporting our brave soldiers, sailors and airmen themselves is so important.”

Forces charity, Tickets For Troops will run the scheme on behalf of DecAid. Anyone registered with them will be eligible to enter the ballot for a free holiday. More information about all of the holidays and how to enter is available at www.DecAid.co.uk.

The winners are being announced in Edinburgh this Sunday, June 26, at the launch of DecAid’s main national celebration of the armed forces event which involves a parade of massed pipes and drums down the Royal Mile followed by a fair in Holyrood Park.

‘Give the Troops A Break’ is among several initiatives to help current and ex-servicemen and women, and their families, who have been affected by the war in Afghanistan. DecAid aims to raise £350,000 by the 10th anniversary of the Afghan conflict in October 2011 for three service charities: SSAFA Forces Help, BLESMA and Talking 2 Minds.

The other participating properties include: Broombank Cottage, Culloden Moor, Inverness; Rothwell Lodge Apartment, Brodick, Arran; Finlaggan House and Cottage, Ballygrant, Isle of Islay; The Stables, Ardachearnbeg, Isle of Bute; Glen Isla, Alyth, near Blairgowrie, Perthshire; No 1 Kingie, Glen Garry, Loch Ness; The Bard, Ardgay, Dornoch; Inverskilavulin House, Glenloy, Fort William; The Captain’s House, Castle of Mey Estate, Caithness.