Sounds good for Portpatrick

Bruce McKenzie and Ken Jackson of 'Sounds Natural' try out the new wands in the village with Portpatrick Community Council chairwoman Lesley Cerexhe, centre
Bruce McKenzie and Ken Jackson of 'Sounds Natural' try out the new wands in the village with Portpatrick Community Council chairwoman Lesley Cerexhe, centre

PORTPATRICK has recently become the first attraction in the UK to use an audio tour of the village using Audiopass+ wands.

Portpatrick Community Council looked at the idea five years ago but couldn’t find the funding, so when the opportunity arose to use part of the North Rhins Wind Farm benefit cash to proceed with the tourist attraction, members jumped at the chance.

Lesley Cerexhe, community council chairowman, said: “Along with some money received from Portpatrick (Shearings) Hotel, the tour came to fruition. Much of the historical information is thanks to Jack Hunter, local historian, who put a lot of time, effort and knowledge into the project in the early days.”

Contact was made with Ken Jackson and Bruce McKenzie of ‘Sounds Natural’ in Kirkudbright who took charge of the recording and general layout of the walk and using local company. Several other local businesses were used to help bring the project to life.

The Wands can be hired out from Portpatrick Post Office and Store for £2 and instructions are provided.

Lesley added: “The tour can be stopped and started anywhere but there is obviously a suggested route which we recommend is taken.”

The route takes in the history of the harbour, the Lifeboat shop and museum, the Lifeboat itself, McCook’s Craig, the Princess Victoria tragedy, War time in the village, the Castle, Dashers Den and the lighthouse. There are a number of add-ons which include the Golf Course, plant and bird life and what to do in the area.

“The Community Council feel this will provide not just a valuable historical asset for the village, but a useful resource for both visitors and locals and it also provides potentially a good couple of hours’ entertainment.”