1. ITV Report

Festivals bring in £6million for south of Scotland

The south of Scotland's economy got a £6million boost from a number of festivals and events held last year.

Dumfries and Galloway hosted a series of special occasions including the Galloway Hills Rally and the Stranraer Oyster Festival that attracted 14,000 visitors.

Stranraer Oyster Festival Credit: ITV Border

VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said:

Dumfries and Galloway has gone from strength-to-strength as an events destination over the years.

The likes of Electric Fields, Stranraer Oyster Festival and Wigtown Book Festival have generated fantastic economic and social benefits both locally and nationally and helped reaffirm Scotland’s reputation as the perfect stage for events.”

– Paul Bush OBE
Wigtown Book Festival Credit: ITV Border

The region is now in preparation for a year of cultural tourism including international arts festivals and sporting events.

It will kick off with Big Burns Supper festival which will take place on the 25 January.

Scottish singer-songwriter and musician KT Tunsell is set to headline.

KT Tunstall Credit: PA

This will be followed in the Spring by the grand opening of the new National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling at Moat Brae House in Dumfries.

Dumfries and Galloway’s is increasingly marking itself out as a region of high quality events and festivals and a superb place to visit for anyone who loves great food, literature, music and sport.”

– Councillor Adam Wilson, Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Major Events Champion