Dumfries and Galloway is open for visitors this Easter weekend following a huge community effort to open the roads after the snow storm.
Paula McDonald, regional director of VisitScotland, said: “Dumfries and Galloway experienced a significant degree of snowfall over the past few days which was challenging for both visitors and local tourism businesses.
“However, it has been excellent to see how well the region’s tourism businesses looked after visitors who were staying in their hotels, and how cafes, pubs and visitor attractions were able to assist people.
“The unseasonal weather did not distract from preparations to welcome visitors to the region for the Easter weekend.
“The snow has now been cleared from all major and most minor roads and we are really looking forward to welcoming Easter visitors this weekend whom we know will have a fantastic time in Dumfries and Galloway – a region which is typically very mild benefiting from the Gulf Stream!”
The Wild Spring Festival gets underway this weekend, with nature trails in local museums and the virtual ‘Wild April Fool’ online event. With around 100 events, many of which are free, there will be something for everyone. More information on the many activities available can be found at www.wildseasons.co.uk.
Join the local RSPB warden at Mersehead for a Good Friday walk at the Crook of Baldoon or take part in the Green Frog Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday at Moffat Community Nature Reserve. See www.wildseasons.co.uk for a full events listing.
There are activities and attractions for all of the family from Easter egg making at the Cocoa Bean Factory, to ice-cream tasting, nature trails and children’s activities at Cream O’ Galloway. Explore local activity centres offering a range of exciting and thrilling experiences, take the opportunity to sample and purchase the fabulous local produce and visit famous Gretna outlet centre, if you feel the need for some retail therapy.
Local museums are hosting a lively programme of family activities for the spring school holidays. The current exhibition at Dumfries Museum is Fabulous Finds, the fascinating stories of recent archaeological finds in the region, accompanied by discovery activities for children. Visitor information for all of the venues and the full programme of exhibitions and events for Dumfries and Annan Museums is now available at www.dumgal.gov.uk/artsandmuseums.
See also www.visitsdumfriesandgalloway.co.uk for full listings.