Scotland’s highest swing set to open at Galloway centre

The giant swing will open at the Galloway Activity Centre next month
The giant swing will open at the Galloway Activity Centre next month

The Galloway Activity Centre, near New Galloway, will open Scotland’s highest 3G Giant Swing next month.

The Swing will be officially launched by Paula Ward, Visit Scotland’s Regional Director on Saturday, July 8 at 10.30am.

Paula will be accompanied by Finlay Carson, the MSP for Dumfries Galloway and also by a number of Police Scotland Youth Volunteers. Paula and Finlay will trial the swing in front of a large crowd at the Galloway Activity Centre’s annual open day.

A spokesperson for the Galloway Activity Centre said: “The swing is 40 foot high and can take up to three people on it at a time. It is designed to be completely inclusive and has already been used by a three-year-old as well as a 70-year-old! In short, participants mount the swing via a wooden buggy which is then wheeled away to leave them dangling in mid-air. Thereafter, they are winched up to the maximum height of 40 foot. The swing is released by a simple parachute mechanism at any stage during the ascent. Thus, people can go as high or as far and fast as they wish. On release the swing descends at high speed leaving stomachs behind! It is completely safe and there is no sensation of whiplash despite the speed of descent.”

Richard Hermon, Director of Galloway Activity Centre, said: “Our significant investment into this swing, will further add to the exciting outdoor activity and accommodation portfolio offered at Galloway Activity Centre. We anticipate this and other new ideas for example; lochside wedding venue, sailing for the disabled, dragon boating event in aid of Barnardo’s Scotland and Wild Swimming events will extend the season and create new jobs here. Our current new accommodation occupancy is at 80% and on busy days the centre has provided activities for up to 200 people. We anticipate Scotland’s new tourism attraction – will bring in £25K and this year’s investment to bring up to another 1500 new visitors to the centre which will be a real boost for this part of Scotland.

Finlay Carson, MSP, said: “Dumfries and Galloway is fast becoming the place to visit for outdoor adventure. I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to experience the new swing in action, which I am sure will be a major draw for thrill seekers. This is yet another first for Dumfries and Galloway, innovating in tourism.”