Local residents are being encouraged to invite friends and relatives to holiday in Dumfries and Galloway this year as part of an initiative by the organisers of Newton Stewart Walking Festival.
Joan Mitchell of the festival organising committee said the idea was to make sure not only tourists but locals see what a beautiful area we have.
She said: “Dumfries and Galloway is a great place to live, but sometimes we take our stunning natural surroundings for granted. With 2014 designated the Year of Homecoming across Scotland we thought it was the perfect time to be encouraging local people to shout about our region and invite those nearest and dearest to them to come to the region for a short break or longer holiday this spring.”
She added: “We have launched two limited edition postcards featuring beautiful views of the Galloway Hills and are asking local people to send them to friends and relatives inviting them to join them. It could be relatives who have left the area or friends who have never visited.”
The postcards can be picked up free of charge from S R Cunningham Outdoor Store in Victoria Street, Newton Stewart and the WRDC Business Centre in Queen Street, Newton Stewart.
“The first of our cards features the dramatic Craiglee Crags deep in the Galloway Hills while the second features a view towards Craignaw and Merrick, the highest hill in the south west. Both were taken during previous Newton Stewart Walking Festivals by local photographer Mike Kneeshaw.”
The twelfth Newton Stewart Walking Festival, which this year will run from Friday 9th to Thursday 15th May, features more than 30 guided walks and other events. The programme includes walks in the Galloway Hills, along the Galloway Coast and explores many towns and villages in the region. The full festival programme can be found online at www.newtonstewartwalkfest.com and brochures can be picked up at outlets including libraries and tourism information centres across the region.
Bookings can be made online at www.newtonstewartwalkfest.com, by calling the festival booking office on 01671 404500, or by calling in personally to the WRDC Business Centre in Queen Street, Newton Stewart.