Kite trail given volume

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GALLOWAY’S famous Kite Trail will be sounding good this summer, with the launch of a new CD guide for the popular tourist route.

The guide, which has been produced in association with Ken Jackson from Sounds Natural Studio, provides information about the local area, including history and places to stop off, as well as facts about the kites and other wildlife.

Ken, who has spent over 40 years in radio and sound recording, said: “Over the years I’ve been involved in producing numerous heritage audio guides and wildlife CD productions, so I was really pleased to be asked to produce this audio guide for the Galloway Kite Trail. For me, this is helping to promote the local wildlife heritage of the countryside around Loch Ken, a place right on my doorstep.

The guide is narrated by Ken and RSPB Scotland’s Chris Rollie (D&G area manager), and can be purchased from businesses on and around the kite trail for £7. Tracks from the guide can also be downloaded for free from the website at

Chris Rollie said: “This has been a really exciting project to undertake, and we’re hoping it’s going to prove popular with everyone involved. The audio guide can be played while driving and makes an ideal souvenir. It can also be used as an informative guide for accommodation and service providers who may wish to loan it out to their guests.”

Dumfries and Galloway is a wildlife haven, with a strong connection between local people and the surrounding land and seascapes. The RSPB are continuing to work with communities around the region and have employed staff to strengthen this link.

For the last four years, further improvements have been made on the Galloway Kite Trail to help people get the most from their visit.

If you would like to find out more about or get your community involved with the kite trail, then please check the website or contact the RSPB on 01556 670464.