Path to have makeover

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EIGHTEEN kilometres of paths in the Galloway Forest Park will be upgraded in an attempt to boost tourism.

The Forestry Commission Scotland is set to make improvements to four key walking routes in the Kirroughtree and Glentrool forests. The work will open up better access for locals and visitors to the area, providing a welcome tourism boost for the Galloway region.

Chosen for their popularity, the four routes will be redesigned to take out steep sections and will be made suitable for all-weather use.

Keith Muir, Forestry Commission Scotland’s head of tourism and recreation in Galloway, said: “Galloway Forest Park has a fantastic reputation for walking and we are keen to ensure this continues.

“We’ve chosen routes for upgrading which form the backbone of our network of walking trails. In addition to better walking trails, we’ll be improving access at other locations by replacing old bridges, allowing for more upgrading in the future. “There will be some slight disruption while the work is being carried out but I’m sure everyone will be pleased with the longer-term outcome of great walking trails.”

The trails being upgraded are the Glentrool yellow and green routes and Kirroughtree’s yellow and blue walks.

Dumfries and Galloway Council has contributed some funding to the upgrades of the Loch Trool circular trail, which shares the route with the Southern Upland Way.