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Galloway Country Fair underway

Roxanne Peggie from Elite Falconry with Marra the Eagle at the Galloway Country Fair. Credit: Drumlanrig Castle

Crowds have been descending on Drumlanrig Castle for the Galloway Country Fair.

The event brings together food and drink, country sports, entertainment, crafts and children’s activities.

To mark the Year of Food and Drink Scotland, the food marquee has grown in size this year and features a huge variety of fresh produce - including haggis ice cream and 'neeps sorbet'.

Highlights include a display from Elite Falconry; a duck-herding display from the Dog and Duck Show; as well as an educational and fun demonstration from The Sheep Show.

The event will also feature children’s entertainment, cookery demonstrations, a craft marquee, fishing and clay shooting competition, a scurry and much more.

The Fair runs until Sunday 23 August.

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Walkers rescued on the Merrick

Two experienced hill walkers have been rescued by the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team.

The 30-year-old man and 27-year-old woman, both visiting the area, were descending the Merrick last night, 27 January, when they became disorientated by poor weather conditions.

They called the police and asked for the mountain rescue team, who were then able to locate them using GPS co-ordinated on their smartphone.

A three-man rescue team and Land Rover were sent from Newton Stewart to respond to the call.

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Galloway museum receives vital funding boost

A museum and visitor centre in Galloway threatened with closure has received vital funds to secure it's future.

The Whithorn Trust looked like it would have to close at the end of last year, but now £39,000 worth of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund has ensured it's survival, and allowed for the visitor centre to re-open.

New visitors centre a 'boost for local economy'

The first of three new and upgraded visitor centres in the Galloway Forest Park is to open on Saturday.

A £4.5 million investment from Forestry Commission Scotland has helped to modernise two centres at Clatteringshaws and Glentrool and build a new complex at Kirroughtree.

All three visitor centres are using local, Galloway bases catering businesses to provide food and refreshments for their site, something those involved in the project are sure will help to boost the local economy.

“The new centres are stylish, modern and are designed to be very user friendly for the many visitors who are coming to Galloway Forest Park. The region has so much to offer in terms of green tourism and these new visitor centres are just what we need to create a more welcoming experience. The fact that we have local businesses working in partnership with the Commission to run the centres is great news and good for the local economy.”

– Keith Muir, Tourism Manager at Forestry Commission Scotland

Investment shows 'significant commitment' to green tourism

The £4.5 million investment in Galloway Forest Park from the Scottish Forestry Commission has been said to show 'commitment' to boosting green tourism within our region.

The money has been invested into upgrading and building three new visitor centres within the park.

The new Kirroughtree visitor centre is due to open for the first time on Saturday.

The new tourism developments have been welcomed by Paul Wheelhouse, Environment & Climate Change Minister:

“Galloway Forest Park was established back in 1947 and is famed for its wilderness, rugged landscapes, nature and outdoor recreation. This multi-million pound investment in forest tourism marks a significant commitment to help support and grow green tourism in the region.”

– Paul Wheelhouse, Environment & Climate Change Minister
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