Five-star CatS­trand

The Galloway News - - TITLE DECIDER -

A Ste­wartry arts cen­tre has been given the high­est pos­si­ble rat­ing by Vis­itScot­land.

The CatS­trand in New Gal­loway has re­ceived a five star qual­ity as­sur­ance award from the tourism body in recog­ni­tion of its ex­cep­tion­ally high stan­dards.

The cafe, gallery, mu­sic and arts venue was opened by Glenkens Com­mu­nity and Arts Trust in 2007. Be­fore then it had served as a school, knit­ting fac­tory and ma­sonic hall.

Gen­eral man­ager Brian Edgar said: “We are de­lighted to re­ceive the five star arts venue award from Vis­itScot­land. Re­ceiv­ing the award demon­strates the high stan­dards and com­mit­ment we of­fer to our vis­i­tors to en­sure their ex­pe­ri­ence is the very best.

“There re­ally is some­thing for every­one here and in the Dum­fries and Gal­loway re­gion as a whole.”

Visit Scot­land’s re­gional direc­tor Doug Wil­son added: “It is fan­tas­tic to see Dum­fries and Gal­loway’s tourism of­fer­ing en­hanced by the CatS­trand’s well-de­served achieve­ment.

“Hav­ing high qual­ity lo­cal busi­nesses on of­fer to our vis­i­tors is im­por­tant.

“It strength­ens our tourism of­fer­ing and in­creases our mar­ketabil­ity of Dum­fries and Gal­loway as a su­perb des­ti­na­tion with a var­ied and ex­cit­ing range of things to see and do.”

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