Summer Events

1) Galloway Glens: Scheme Launch

27th July 2016, 5.30 – 6.30pm

Gordon Memorial Hall, St Andrews’ Street, Castle Douglas

The Galloway Glens Scheme was provisionally awarded £2.7million of Heritage Lottery Funding in 2015 and is now in the process of refining the suite of projects that will be supported through the Scheme. The Scheme’s website has now been launched (, a number of studies commissioned and project suggestions are being sought. To celebrate progress so far and looking forward to the next steps, a short reception event is planned at the Gordon Memorial Hall, on St Andrews Street in Castle Douglas, with a couple of speeches and the opportunity to get an up to date overview of the scheme.

2) Heritage Skills: Charcoal Making

30th July 2016, 10 – 12.30pm

Barrhill Woods, Kircudbright

The Galloway Glens Scheme is aiming to support and develop heritage skills in the area. An activity recently highlighted on a number of TV programmes and with interest increasing nationwide, is the production of homemade charcoal. Tom Henry, a Dumfries & Galloway Council Ranger, will be running a session in which attendees will be taken through the charcoal production process and will leave with a sample of their own charcoal for use. Whether you are an artist looking at using original materials or just have an interest in woodland industries, this event will be of interest to you.

3) Galloway Glens: Tour of Carsphairn Lead mines

06th August, 10am – 2pm

Meet at Holm of Daltallochan, Carsphairn. Bring walking boots, weather suitable clothing and packed lunch.

The lead mines near Carsphairn are a remnant of a once thriving industry, providing significant employment and at its peak yielding over 900 tonnes of lead a year. This circular walk will be led by Anna Campbell of the Carsphairn Heritage Society, and is in association with the Galloway Glens Scheme. Anna is able to give visitors a flavour of life when the mines were active and the impact this had both locally and further afield. This will be of interest to anyone who is interested in the area’s industrial past and nineteenth century activities in the Carsphairn region.

Numbers are limited so please book your ticket in advance with McNabb via

4) Heritage Skills: Green Wood Working

20 August 2016, 10:00 – 13:00

Carlingwark Park

The attraction of working with green (unseasoned) wood has increased recently as nationwide initiatives to support heritage skills have hit the headlines. At this open session, using traditional woodworking tools including a draw knife, shave horse and hand chisels to shape items on a pole lathe, you’ll learn all the basic skills you’ll need to progress on to a bigger project. Led by Tom Henry, a Dumfries & Galloway Council Ranger, and in association with the Galloway Glens Scheme, this drop in session in Carlingwark Park is a great introduction to the art of working with unseasoned wood using traditional methods.

5) Galloway Glens: A Sense of Place

23rd August, 2-4pm

The Gallery at Laurieston

An event hosted by Phil McMenemy at The Gallery at Laurieston. Over coffee and biscuits, Phil, a celebrated local artist and photographer, discusses the uniqueness of the Ken/Dee valley, focussing on the balance between the natural and man-made landscape in the area, and the linkages provided by the river running from source to sea.

Using a series of his prints as illustration, Phil aims to give an insight into how man’s impact on the valley influences his work as a photographer and the challenges and opportunities this presents. An opportunity to hear the background behind some of this local artist’s most popular prints, this will be of interest to anyone who is interested in the visual arts and what makes the local landscape unique.

6) Galloway Glens: How deep is your bog?

27th August, 10am – 4pm

Meet at Clatteringshaws, Galloway Forest Park. Bring Wellies, weather appropriate clothing and gloves. Lunch provided.

Bogs are now understood to be important to us all, both in terms of the unique and fascinating habitats they provide for wildlife and the huge amounts of carbon they store and their role in preventing climate change.  Scotland holds a significant proportion of the European resource, with fantastic examples in Dumfries and Galloway.  The Crichton Carbon Centre, in association with the Galloway Glens Scheme, needs your help to gather information on one of our bogs to help ensure it is managed in the best way. This event will provide attendees with an introduction to bogs and some of the ways we are now restoring and managing them to ensure they stay in good condition.  Attendees will help record and map the peat depths across one of our local bogs, with the data gathered being used to contribute to future restoration plans in the area. This event will be of interest to anyone who is keen to learn about the importance of bogs and wants to contribute to the understanding and conservation of this fascinating local habitat.

7) Galloway Glens: Wellbeing and Mindfulness in the Natural Landscape

28th August, 2-4pm

Meet at Tolbooth Museum, Kirkcudbright. Bring walking boots and weather appropriate clothing
An introduction to mindfulness and how it can help you appreciate your present moment experience while walking around Kirkcudbright Bay. Hosted by Gordon and Lili Culbert from ia2ps, a local charity that provides support and training on this topic, this event will introduce attendees to the principles of mindfulness and basic techniques to help you appreciate moment by moment experiences as we walk together. Taking place outdoors, the walk will allow attendees to look again at the landscape and the natural environment, perhaps without the hectic demands of the 21st century. This event will be of interest to anyone who wants to learn about mindfulness, or simply likes to appreciate the natural landscape Right NOW.

8) Galloway Glens: Electrofishing – There’s something in the water

02 September, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Venue: Meet at Clatteringshaws Visitor Car Park

This is an opportunity to learn how fish populations are assessed and an introduction to the electrofishing process. Working with Galloway Fisheries Trust, in association with the Galloway Glens Scheme, attendees will learn the background to the science of electrofishing and then be able to put the equipment to use and assess the species of fish found living in the waters of the Galloway burns. A GFT Fisheries Biologist will then explain how these fish are adapted for their environments and live their lives. This event is for anyone with an interest in the ecology of rivers in the area and wanting to find out more…

Numbers are limited and so please email to reserve your place!

9) Galloway Glens: Archaeology of the Ken Valley

18th September, 7.00-8.30pm

Venue: Gordon Memorial Hall, St Ninians’ Castle Douglas.
Andrew Nicholson, Dumfries & Galloway Council’s Archaeologist and local history enthusiast, has been packing out venues across the region with his easily accessible and informative introductions to archaeology. In association with the Galloway Glens Scheme, Andrew will be giving an overview of the Archaeology of the Ken Valley and what this tells us about human settlement through the ages. A whistle-stop tour of the last 8,000 years, this will be of appeal to anyone with an interest in archaeology or simply the history of the area.