Place names – ‘Lowes’

The ‘Place Names of the Galloway Glens’ project is now underway and we loved the following blog post from the researcher, Gilbert Markus, about the word ‘Lowes’…   Lowes In Balmaclellan parish there a farm called Lowes (its farmstead now at NX701790, though it seems to have been centred further east in earlier centuries). The name… Read more »

Kirkcudbright Allotment Discussions

McNabb Laurie met Sandra Goodare and D&G Councillor Pauline Drysdale earlier to hear about allotment discussions in Kirkcudbright. On Thursday night, there is a meeting in the Council’s Daar road offices in Kirkcudbright to explore the potential for allotments in Kirkcudbright – all are welcome. Pauline Drysdale, D&G Councillor, said: “Allotments have been shown to… Read more »

Biosphere Explorers at Dalry High School

Dalry High School John Muir Award Students had a chilly but enjoyable foray into the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere in January, with two workshops organised by the Biosphere Explorers Project Officer. The first took the children to the Red Kite Feeding Station at Bellymack Farm, Laurieston to learn about the successful reintroduction of Red… Read more »

‘Can You Dig It’ Community Archaeology programme launches

We’re delighted to announce the start of our 2019 / 2020 Community Archaeology project, ‘Can You Dig It’, supported by Historic Environment Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund and delivered by Rathmell Archaeology. It will consist of various digs and archaeological surveys across the Galloway Glens area, all of which will be available for community… Read more »

Second Business Academy training event – Creative Businesses

After the success of the first Business Academy event in Dalry on the 31st January, when 39 people braved the snow and ice to come and hear 4 informative talks on how they could maximise the income from their Accommodation business, the second event is drawing near! This one is aimed at small and micro… Read more »

The Galloway Glens has established a Small Grants Scheme to support projects that ‘connect communities with their heritage’, providing smaller awards to not-for-profit organisations. The first round of funding has just completed with 4 awards made totalling more than £14,000 being committed to a range of projects that will benefit people up and down the… Read more »

Under the theme of ‘Education & Heritage Skills in the Galloway Glens’ we are delighted to support our project partners at GCAT in introducing Jane McBeth, the new Ken Words Project Co-ordinator. The Ken Words project is a writing project that seeks to provide creative openings and hold supportive spaces for people who live in or… Read more »

Goose Migration under the Spotlight!

Greenland white fronted geese migrations to their breeding grounds in West Greenland and then over winter in Ireland and Britain. They are a special feature of our winter landscape but there has been a steep decline in numbers in recent years. The jury is out on the cause of this but hunting, habitat loss and… Read more »

New life for the Garroch Walled Garden!

The Local Initiatives New Galloway (LING) community group have been working tirelessly on their Galloway Glens funded project titled ‘Exploring New Galloway’. The project is one of many supporting the Galloway Glens Partnerships programme to improve access to the natural heritage of the area. We are really pleased to have been able to make the… Read more »

The Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership is about bringing together people from a wide array of backgrounds, and today was very much about getting together and discussing how we can work together to improve the natural heritage of our uplands. My colleague Julia Gallagher (project manager) and I met with Emily Taylor from the Crichton Carbon… Read more »