European group visits Gatehouse

The group during their visit to Gatehouse
The group during their visit to Gatehouse

The Mill on the Fleet was the venue for a meeting on September 12 of a European project group visiting Galloway to study ways of using local heritage to promote sustainable tourism.

The group, which is taking part with the Gatehouse Development Initiative in an EU-funded Grundtvig Life Long Learning project, was welcomed to Gatehouse by Provost Pat Jacques.

The group heard talks about the National Scenic Area, dry stone walls, the local artistic heritage and the potential for a new pilgrim route, and were welcomed to Dumfries and Galloway by Councillor Colin Wyper. The group went on to consider other examples of good practice such as Cream o’ Galloway and the Mill on the Fleet.

In the evening the group were entertained to an evening of Scottish music and song with performances by David Hannay on the pipes, Iona Bonaventura on the violin, local duo Stirrin’ the Stour and Tonic Solway.

The following day the visitors saw kilts being made at the Kiosk in Gatehouse, visited the Covenanter’s tomb at Anwoth and then Cairnholy. They watched the salmon smoking process at Galloway Smokehouse and were shown round Barholm Castle. In the afternoon the group visited the High Street Gallery and Broughton House in Kirkcudbright.

Commenting on the visit, GDI chairman David Steel said: “I am very grateful to all those who welcomed the visitors from France, Greece, Italy and Slovakia and made their visit memorable. I am sure they will have learned a lot from this visit, just as the GDI will learn from further exchanges.”