Information centre well received
The new community-run Heart of Galloway visitor centre in Castle Douglas is off to a flying start, according to its management team.
The former tourist information centre on Market Hill closed last October and reopened in its new guise on May 25.
And since then its dual offering of visitor information and locally produced gifts and foods has proved a big hit.
Castle Douglas Development Forum (CDDF) has taken over the building, which it is acquiring from VisitScotland.
Chairperson Sarah-Jane Allsopp suspected the new centre would be popular – but admits to being blown away by the demand.
She said: “The centre has been very well received and has exceeded our expectations.
“People have been saying it’s lovely to have it open again and being taken over by the community.”
Ms Allsop was unable to say how many customers had come through the doors as only approximate written records had been kept. An electronic counter was under order to accurately measure visitor flow and numbers, she said.
Present volunteer rotas permitting, the centre currently opens from 9.30am to 5pm, and closes on Wednesdays and Sundays
Ms Allsopp added; “We are recruiting for more volunteers and will be inducting another three next week. It’s an ongoing process.
CDDF is collaborating with Galloway Glens to co- ordinate visitor services. Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact email@example.com or call into the visitor centre.