Cultural adventures in the Galloway hills

Wendy Stewart
Wendy Stewart

Two inspirational Quests are soon to take place in the magnificent landscapes of Dumfries and Galloway.

The events will open up new ways to understand the world around us through performance, discussion, debate, walking and sharing a passion for landscape and the environment.

They are a chance to spend time in the company of artists, poets, musicians, geographers and other fascinating folk and discover more about the science and spirituality of the region.

The Quests initiative has been developed by Dumfries and Galloway artist Jan Hogarth who said: “There is so much beauty, mystery and history in our landscapes and the Quests are a way to get to discover and enjoy them in the company of some remarkable people.

“They are also a welcome escape from the stress of everyday life and a chance to enjoy music, performance and discussion of all kinds.”

The Quests are:

Quest for a Landscape of Science: Sunday 28th August. Music, science and land art in stunning landscapes. The day includes a tour of Glenlair, the home and estate the hugely influential scientist, James Clerk Maxwell. It will be a chance to imagine how the landscape inspired Maxwell’s groundbreaking discoveries including theories on electromagnetic energy and light.

There will be music in the landscape from internationally renowned harpist, Wendy Stewart and a talk by landart expert Jan Hogarth.

Quest for a Spiritual Landscape. Sunday 4th September. The group will be guided through the landscape of Upper Nithsdale by geographer Professor David Munro. Using maps and evidence from place names, David will reveal the story of St Conal which is embedded into an area of isolated dramatic landscape in the hills above the town of Kirkconnel. St Conal’s Church ruin sits up in the hills in a beautiful but isolated spot. It is one of the oldest church sites in Scotland with archaeological remains dating back to the 6th century.

Prof. Munro, through his research with old maps in the archives of Drumlanrig Castle and knowledge of place names has investigated the story of St Conal living in Upper Nithsdale and meeting St Mungo in the hills above the church. Prof. Munro, who understands the mapping of the landscape through live exploration, will take the group on a fascinating journey sharing his knowledge and insights and helping us imagine the importance of spiritual belief and religion at the time in Scotland.

For information and bookings contact Jan Hogarth at or call 07801232229.