New website gives boost to tourism

Tourism in the Galloway area may receive a boost thanks to the launching of a new website.

A number of local tourist attractions and events feature on the site started by the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA).

The ASVA is the organisation which represents key visitor attractions in Scotland and its new site gives details of Scotland’s top tourism attractions.

Among the attractions in Galloway that are on the website are Kirroughtree Visitor Centre, Glenluce Abbey, Glentrool Visitor Centre, Whithorn Priory and Museum, Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre, Logan Botanic Gardens, Broughton House and MacLellan’s Castle in Kirkcudbright, and Threave Castle and gardens.

The site includes venue descriptions, opening times and prices. There are also event listings.

David O’Neill, chairman of ASVA, said: “The site navigation has been designed to make it even easier for users to find what they need, whether they know where they want to visit or are simply looking for ideas and inspiration. By using the ‘browse’ button, they can search for attractions in their chosen geographic area using the interactive map, or alternatively seek out venues that match their particular interest.

“The popular ‘Events’ section also includes up to date information on more than 200 events taking place across the country, complete with descriptions, opening times and entry prices for everything from exhibitions, walks and festivals to garden tours, craft fairs and living history performances.

“With the school holidays just around the corner, the site is therefore a fantastic ‘one-stop-shop’ to help plan the perfect day out in Scotland.”