TOP Ayrshire wedding venue Sorn Castle is now going to have ultimate wi-fi.

Thanks to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband (DSSB) programme, it’s not just castle staff and wedding guests that are benefitting from full fibre broadband.

The castle, with its 8,000-acre estate, lies a few miles outside Mauchline, East Ayrshire – and as well as the historic castle getting speeds of 330Mbps, the 16 farms and 32 cottages on the estate are also able to connect.

The environment is also a winner, with the castle’s biomass boiler and hydro-electricity system controlled by mobile phone using the powerful wi-fi now available.

Full fibre, also known as FTTP, is capable of Gigabit speeds and having the new, ultra-reliable technology available means the estate’s connections with the outside world have been future-proofed for decades to come.

The DSSB programme has now reached more than 943,000 premises across Scotland with a mix of fibre technologies. And more than 60 per cent of these properties have now switched to faster broadband.

Engineers from Openreach will continue work on the ground in East Ayrshire during 2020, thanks to additional investment as a result of innovation and new funding generated by stronger than expected take-up.

Fibre technology offers fast and reliable connections at a range of speeds and there are many suppliers in the marketplace to choose from. Local people can check if the new fibre services are available to them at

Martyn Robertson, Sorn Castle’s Events Manager, said: “Having FTTP has made a tremendous difference not only to how the castle operates but for a lot of the surrounding farms that sit on the estate. They all now have access to fibre, which make completing the various regulatory forms.”