Mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

The Gal­loway Glens Bio­sphere Ex­pe­ri­ence Project launched with a bus tour in part­ner­ship with Sol­way Tours.

Tak­ing in some lo­cal castles and tower houses, the tour was an op­por­tu­nity to find out about the his­tory of the area.

The first stop was Th­reave Cas­tle, a real treat for vis­i­tors and locals alike. Be­ing an is­land fortress ac­cess to the cas­tle is via boat, mak­ing it a must do ad­ven­ture for all ages.

The group was also lucky enough to see one of the res­i­dent ospreys sit­ting on the nest and then re­turn­ing with a fish.

Trav­el­ling the short dis­tance to the pretty har­bour town of Kirkcud­bright, next stop was McLel­lan’s Cas­tle. Lo­cated in the heart of the town this gave a chance to con­trast the style and func­tion­al­ity of the two build­ings.

With heads full of sto­ries of the Douglas and McLel­lan fam­i­lies there was a chance to en­joy some free time in Kirkcud­bright and grab a bite of lunch in one of the many cafes.

The first af­ter­noon stop was Or­chard­ton Tower. Guide Les­ley Wat­son de­clared that this was her favourite tower and the en­tire group could see why on ar­rival.

The set­ting is peace­ful and pic­turesque and the unique round tower is re­mark­ably well pre­served.

Those with a head for heights ven­tured to the top and were re­warded with a stun­ning view of the sur­round­ing coun­try­side.

This was fol­lowed with a visit to Drum­coltran Tower, pro­vid­ing a real con­trast in de­sign and build. Head­ing to the rooftop walk­way to en­joy an­other panoramic view be­fore head­ing back to the com­fort of the bus.

Guests en­joyed the in­for­ma­tive yet in­for­mal at­mos­phere of the tour with one com­ment­ing that Les­ley’s “pas­sion for his­tory and the lo­cal area was in­fec­tious”.

Tower visit Guide Les­ley Wat­son with tour guests

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