Historian Frances Wilkins explains how smuggling was a community-wide phenomenon on the Solway Coast.
"Absolutely everybody was involved, it was impossible to get a fair trial in the area, because everyone would be in favour of the smugglers, after all they supplied them...
"Well, you can see the Isle of Man from the coast, so it was only a wee put across to get there, and until 1765 certainly the island was the great store house of everything the smugglers wanted, they could basically go shopping at the supermarket and bring it back here."
Derek Struthers, owner of The Old Smugglers Inn, told ITV News about how the Solway Coast's smuggling history has been a real boost to his business.
"We believe a couple of hundred years ago that smugglers would have sat here, drinking their ale and hiding their brandy, so we get quite good fun with the tourists...
"A lot of them come in, in the first instance for just a quick pint, but then when they get to see the pub and the stuff around they start asking questions and it gets quite in depth sometimes and they leave knowing a great lot more than they came in knowing."
A meeting to determine the best way of managing cockling on the Solway estuary will take place tonight (18 October).
Marine Scotland will meet with local fishermen, politicians and landowners in Dumfries to discuss the future of cockling in the area.
The cockle beds have been the source of illegal poachers in recent years and concerns have been raised about their safety, because of the treacherous flow of the estuary.
The beds have been closed since September last year to allow stocks to recover.
It's hoped that tonight's meeting will allow local people a bigger say in how cockling is policed.
" Without the views and interests of the local people, then they might as well leave the fisheries shut and just let the poachers get on with it. Without those views then the whole thing is a bust frankly.
"I really hope that the message that comes out of tonight's meeting is that the Government are willing to work very closely with stakeholders to bring about a local fishery for the benefit of the local economy, this is a about localism and that's as it should be. "
– Alex Fergusson MSP, Galloway and West Dumfries, Conservative