In good heart
Heart of Galloway Visitor Centre in Castle Douglas has welcomed more than 7,000 people since it opened on May 25, according to latest figures.
A breakdown of monthly totals show around 1,700 people came through the doors in June, 2,200 in July and 2,800 in August.
The impressive findings come as Castle Douglas Development Forum prepares a bid to assume ownership of the building from Visit Scotland.
Chairperson Sarah–Jane Allsopp said: “We are now in the formal stages of proposing a community asset transfer of the building. Our aim is for it to remain permanently within the hands of the local community.
“Anyone wishing to help our bid can pledge their support by popping in to the centre and completing a community support declaration form.
“We need as many people as possible to register their support so that we can present a strong case to Visit Scotland during our negotiations.”
The centre provides information and a shop window for 40 small artisan art, craft and food producers. New services – including being a box office for the local theatre and other groups – have also proved popular.
Ms Allsopp added: “We are absolutely delighted with the initial success of the Heart of Galloway. Visitors and the local community have been overwhelmingly supportive of the project.”
Thumbs up Sarah-Jane Allsop, Yvonne Grant and Moira Haliday at the centre