The list of projects to be supported through the Scheme is covered in detail in the detailed submission documents to HLF, known as the Landscape Conservation Action plan (LCAP), available on the ‘Resources’ page.

Projects supported by the scheme either derive from the studies undertaken or project ideas received through the development phase. While we aim to deliver the following projects, we hope to be able to react to emerging opportunities that may present themselves through the delivery phase. To this end, the following list may be subject to amends.

We aim to produce some accessible literature shortly giving information the projects being supported, their stage of development and how you can get involved. In the meantime, the following table is an overview for information purposes.

Please note that the Scheme will, in addition to below, be welcoming funding applications to our Small Grants Scheme aiming to support projects that contribute towards our aims. The Partnership Board has earmarked £100,000 towards this over the five years and more details will follow…

The Proposed Projects of the Galloway Glens Scheme:



Lead Partner


1Understanding the Galloway Glens – Projects that catalogue, interpret and publicise the heritage of the area, with outputs that are both accessible to general public and in line with scholarly output
1.1Historic Mapping ProjectDumfries Archival Mapping Project (DAMP)Obtaining, cataloguing and then publicising through a series of talks and events the pre-ordnance survey maps of the Galloway Glens Area.
The work will involve a large number of volunteers (‘map hunters’) to work particularly with estate owners to locate, catalogue + digitise the pre 1750 maps on the National Library for Scotland Website. Once published, the findings will be highlighted and explored through a series of public events. Discussion will focus not only on the maps themselves but how the art of map making has changed, as well as insights the maps give on the landscape itself.
1.2Community Archaeology Programme: Can you dig it?GG SchemeA series of archaeological activities, open to all, particularly targeting:
1) newcomers to the sector seeking an introduction to archaeological techniques
2) Enthusiasts looking to take part in a managed dig
Activities will include field surveys, geophysics surveys, talks and a range of on-site digs including a ‘Kirkcudbright castles’ scheme and ‘Castle Douglas centre of power’ as flagship dig sites. This exciting programme, professionally designed with the input of Historic Environment Scotland, Local volunteer groups and D&G Council’s Archaeologist, will leave participants better informed about archaeological techniques but also better able to read and understand today’s landscape.
1.3Place Names of the Galloway GlensGlasgow UniversityA study of the place names of the Galloway Glens Area, on a parish level. Project focusses on the employment, by Glasgow University, of a qualified place name researcher (Toponymist) for three years. Results will be aligned with Glasgow University’s Celtic & Gaelic department to ensure output is in line with academic requirement , but also made available through talks/leaflets and inclusion in other scheme materials.
1.4Forgotten Voices / Native TonguesStewartry CVSAn oral history project seeking to record the lowland scots dialect, a dialect undergoing significant reduction in use locally. The project will aim to capture the use of the dialect through a series of conversations, recorded by young people from local schools. The conversations will be focussed on the question of how the speakers see the local landscape and forces for change and targeting three age groups to highlight how the dialect has changed between three generations.
2Education in the Galloway Glens – 5 years of activity, accessible to all ages and locations in the valley. Targeting both employability skills and separately providing activities to support isolation in older age. Aligning with and supporting established statutory activities + programmes where appropriate, aligning with heritage need + skills gaps.
2.1Future CustodiansGG SchemeAn ambitious and yet realistic  scheme of apprenticeships and bursaries work placements that offer young people the opportunity to learn rural heritage and environmental management skills.
2.2Hands on HeritageGG SchemeA programme of natural heritage skills & training to include awareness raising, up skilling and master classes. Aiming to educate people active in the heritage trades and also other parties such as homeowners as to the merits of heritage techniques, supporting the ‘supply’ and ‘demand’ elements of this sector.
2.3John Muir AwardsGG SchemeWorking closely with the John Muir Trust to train local young people in skills required to care for the landscape, giving an appreciation for ‘wild places’ and the natural heritage
2.4Community ActivitiesGG SchemeAn annual programme of community based activities to engage a wide range of audiences by revealing, celebrating and promoting the area’s rich landscape heritage though learning from and participation in a wide-reaching events programme.
2.5Galloway Glens Business AcademyGG SchemeA partnership with the local Business Gateway office to deliver a series of tailored courses to local businesses to maximise the understanding, use and protection of the local heritage. Titles include: ‘interpreting the heritage of the GG’, ‘An introduction to the Biosphere’
2.6Galloway Glens ExplorersGG SchemeDay camps and, through the summer, week long camps for young people to provide experience and teaching about the natural heritage and local history. Attendees will have better confidence in the outdoors, understanding of land management techniques such as permaculture and organic farming, and better awareness of the forces for change influencing the landscape.
2.7Galloway Glens AwardsGG SchemeAn awards programme to celebrate the work of everyone involved in the Scheme. Awards given for e.g. Heritage & Environmental Skills, volunteering, interpretation etc.
2.8Biosphere ExplorersCrichton Carbon CentreA sustainable development education programme for school children and local residents delivered through a series of workshops with the aim of increasing their knowledge of the local natural environment and human interactions with it. A key focus will be to increase awareness and connections with the “working countryside” and the local industries working with the natural environment e.g. farming, forestry, fisheries, tourism and renewable energy.
2.9Drystane Dykes DemonstrationSW Scotland Dry Stone Walling Assoc.Research and recording of local dyking styles and construction of a demonstration dyke on Threave Estate incorporating the different styles. The different dykes of the area form significant features in the local landscape and the activities of the Galloway Levellers in the 18th Century add a unique level of interest to this subject.
2.10Ken Words – LiteratureGCATThe project will provide festivals, workshops and other activities designed to encourage people who live in the Galloway Glens area, and those who come as visitors, to produce and to publish poems and prose which grow from, and which are rooted in, its communities, soil, skies, rivers and lochs.
3Visiting the Galloway Glens – Highlighting the heritage assets of the area to visitors and locals alike. Working to support the local economy particularly the hospitality sector.
3.1Loch Ken: AliveLoch Ken Management Advisory CommitteeAn initiative to promote Loch Ken as a single tourist destination, highlighting the natural and cultural heritage assets, bringing together all activities available on the loch and in the surrounding area. 4 main activities, co-ordinated by a Loch Ken Officer: 1) Online facility for Loch ken including boat registration and fishing permits 2) Run a series of festivals around Loch Ken 3) Advertising campaign drawing upon the natural and cultural heritage offering 4) Write a new management plan for Loch Ken to co-ordinate visitor, local and natural considerations.


The Galloway Glens ExperienceSouthern Upland Partnership

Work with local businesses and heritage site managers to develop a range of local activities that will both help local people better understand local heritage and provide new “experiential” attractions for visitors. This project will identify  a number of “artisans”  such as craft workers, artists, wildlife guides and surveyors, archaeologists, historians, local food and drink manufacturers, who will be supported in developing a range of authentic taster sessions within the Galloway Glens relating to their speciality,  e.g. half day on cheese making, learn to drystone-dyke, make a willow basket etc. These will be packaged into ‘heritage activity weekends’

3.3Dee TreasuresDumfries & Galloway Council – Museums ServiceTo develop a driving/cycling tour of sites of interest along the Ken/Dee Valley through an illustrated pamphlet, an app, and a selection of on-site interpretation boards. The app will be developed with local high schools to provide a training/skills benefit and support long-term maintenance. Data layers will include: The Galloway Hydro Trail, Archaeology of the area, Roman activity and Religious history. This project, particularly the App which will make use of GPS positioning and augmented reality, will draw together the findings of the studies commissioned in the development phase and outputs from a range of delivery phase projects to add value – e.g. Canoe Trail App companion, Place Names of the Galloway Glens, Forgotten Voices Oral History Project.
3.4Kirkcudbright Dark Skies Visitor CentreKirkcudbright Development TrustDevelop a Dark Skies Visitor Centre within the completed Johnston School Community Resource and Activity Centre in Kirkcudbright. This will provide a weather independent and family hours friendly introduction to the Dark Sky park and issues such as light pollution. This will be a launching point for a visit to the Dark Sky park itself, used by a range of supporting activities such as the Biosphere Dark Sky Rangers. The Dark Sky Visitor Centre is in what used to be the School’s gymnasium, benefitting from the most visible and accessible part of the building.
4Accessing the Galloway Glens – Breaking down the perception of the Natural Heritage as a ‘backdrop’ to people’s lives and increasing opportunities to access the natural landscape. Notable health & wellbeing benefits also.
4.1Out and AboutDumfries & Galloway Council – Environment TeamA suite of broader access projects co-ordinated by the GG Land Management & Access Officer. These include improvements to access around Loch Ken, including stopping places and viewing points, improvements to Core Paths in the Galloway Glens Scheme area and improvement to informal routes with resulting adoption as core paths.
4.2Glenkens WayD&G Outdoor Access TrustThis project will establish, brand and market an off road route from New Galloway in the South of the Glenkens to Carsphairn in the North, using existing access routes. The route is based upon, and closely follows the Old Pack Road which was the main route between Galloway and Ayrshire for centuries, and in places is at risk of being lost from use. The marketing of the route (approximately 20 miles) will focus on the heritage features along the route and also the wild nature of the landscape.
4.3Corserine Access ImprovementsD&G Council – Environment TeamImprovements to Corserine hill path and other linked paths to create a safer and more enjoyable experience for visitors and local people climbing to the summit of Corserine, a local landmark and providing views of the Merrick Wild Land Area.
4.4Connecting Town & CountryCastle Douglas Development ForumWork on two paths leading out from Castle Douglas to surrounding areas. 1) DDA improvements to the Blackpark path running to Threave Castle to allow wheelchair access on this popular route 2) Fingerposts and fencing work allowing pedestrian access from Bridge of Dee village to the main Threave estate and therefore onwards to Castle Douglas.  Both on National Trust for Scotland land. This project will link up existing fragmented routes around the heritage of the Estate and beyond.
4.5Exploring New GallowayLocal Initiatives in New Galloway (Ling)The provision of a community and visitor facility for walking and leisure by clearing and maintaining 20 miles of existing footpaths of debris and overgrowth; signing and/or mapping routes; and refurbishment of a publically accessible walled garden.
4.6Kirkcudbright Bay ViewsSolway Firth PartnershipThis project will enhance connections between people and place and promote sustainable use and enjoyment of Kirkcudbright Bay by improving paths that run around the bay and involving volunteers in gathering local heritage information to be displayed on information boards to highlight heritage features of the bay, the culmination of the river’s journey through the area.
4.7Canoe TrailKirkcudbright Canoe ClubTo develop a long distance canoe trail along the Ken and Dee running from Dalry to Tongland, formalising access at safe distances from Hydro Scheme infrastructure and improving access facilities generally for canoes.
5Heritage Hubs – Interpreting the diverse local heritage and supporting underutilised public assets and therefore the local built heritage.
5.1Dalry  – Connecting Everyone to our heritageDalry Community CouncilSignage, interpretation, shelters and trails in and around Dalry that allow users to better understand the natural and cultural heritage of the town and its surroundings. The project will develop the town hall into an information hub to support and guide visitors around the attractions, including audio visual equipment which will be used to display a locally researched and recorded film about the heritage of Dalry.
5.2Tolbooth Tales: The Story of Law & OrderDumfries & Galloway CouncilAt present the building’s first floor hosts an art exhibition which will largely move to the new Kirkcudbright galleries which are currently being built. This project will reinvent the Tolbooth building as a museum of the law and order of Kirkcudbright, as the focal point for shipping and trade, and the wider Galloway Glens. The exhibition will explore the 400 year history of the Kirkcudbright Tolbooth and its place in the Stewartry.
5.3Crossmichael Community Heritage & Living HistoryCrossmichael Development TrustA cultural and heritage centre in Crossmichael Church Hall, including elements in the Church and Churchyard, which will incorporate exhibitions, events, interactive displays and information and assistance for visitors and locals alike.
5.4Balmaclellan – The Old SmiddyGCATRenovation and refurbishment of the Old Smiddy at Balmaclellan into a multi-purpose Heritage and Community Hub for the Galloway Glens, where a wide range of heritage focussed activities can be undertaken with individuals and groups across the local area and beyond. The construction of the building itself will be undertaken with a strong focus on the heritage building methods local to the area, acting as a demonstration site for apprentices engaged through the Education & Heritage Skills Programme.
6Natural Landscape of the Galloway Glens – Protecting and mitigating the impacts of man on the environment, supporting the balance between human interests and those of the natural world
6.1Conservation of Red SquirrelsGlenkens Red Squirrel GroupMonitoring, conservation and feeding of red squirrels, trapping of grey squirrels, and associated talks, demonstrations, school visits and outreach work to raise community awareness of the challenges faced by red squirrels and how the public can support this much loved species. In 2015 over 450 Grey Squirrels were culled in the area.
6.2Greenland White Fronted GeeseRSPBThis project aims to raise awareness of these geese amongst local communities, local businesses and visitors. One of only two flocks in the whole of southern Scotland, with none in England, the Galloway Glens birds are therefore very special and merit conservation, promotion and celebration in the area, and this project will achieve this through tagging and education work and targeted habitat improvements.
6.3Black Grouse Habitat CreationRSPBThis project will focus on creating and enhancing habitat for black grouse and on promotion of the species and this important work to key land managers, local people and visitors. Targeted restructuring and enhanced management now offers the opportunity to benefit this important species, iconic for the area
6.4Kenmure Holms improvementsRSPBImproving access, interpretation and habitats at Kenmure Holms Nature Reserve. The site benefits from a location on the edge of New Galloway and is one of the few in Scotland to host the Willow Tit, and requires sensitive access work to ensure public access is managed and appropriate on this site.
6.5Threave Nature ReserveNational Trust for ScotlandTo develop the nature reserve to make a wetlands habitat of national significance. NTS has had longstanding ambitions to develop a nature reserve and wider wetlands at Threave, hitherto delayed by lack of necessary resources.  The project will tackle an integrated programme of proposals to bring existing habitat into sympathetic management and develop new habitat and features.
6.6Black Water of Dee RestorationsGalloway Fisheries TrustThis project aims to restore native fish populations (salmon and trout) which will benefit the overall angling resource of the River Dee catchment particularly within the Black Water of Dee and the river fishery from Loch Ken down to Tongland.  The project will utilise, train and educate a core team of volunteers from the area.
6.7Barhill Woods, KirkcudbrightKirkcudbright Development TrustTo bring the Barhill Woods under Community Management and develop it for both community use and as a tourist resource.  This project aims to allow the community to take on management of this resource and develop it to its potential through activities including: creation of an outdoor classroom, native planting, woodlot management, track improvement and bird hides.
6.8Peatland ConnectionsCrichton Carbon CentreThis project aims to highlight the significance of Galloway peatlands and, using a demonstrator site beside the Southern Upland Way, trial a new framework to be used to revert areas of forestry back to peatlands, highlighting the resulting water quality, biodiversity and carbon balance benefits. These capital works will be supported by a suite of public engagement/artistic activities highlighting the importance and relevance of peatlands.
6.9Fish Loch kenGG SchemeBuilding on the findings of the Loch Ken Fishery Study, this suite of work will aim to support the fish stocks in the loch and the associated infrastructure to support fishing activity.
Work will focus on 1) Good Governance (ongoing surveys + Loch Ken Fishery management plan, improved enforcement) 2) Promotion and Availability of the resource (Improved access to fishing pegs, creation of new fishing pegs, artificial spawning habitats, development of a ‘Loch Ken Passport’) 3) Biosecurity (Biosecurity stations, interpretation).
6.10Natural Flood Management FacilitationGG SchemeBased on the recommendations of the Natural Flood Management Study undertaken through the Development phase and in line with best practice guidance, this project will take a long-term and sustainable approach to the introduction, promotion and undertaking of Natural Flood Management measures in the Ken-Dee valley.


If you have a project idea or want to discuss anything that the Galloway Glens Scheme might do, please get in touch.