Rotarians tell of Mull trail

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Rotarians Tom Stevenson and David Kirkwood are visiting schools and community councils to tell of the latest project by Stranraer club members.

It is the almost completed £100,000 coastal path from Stranraer to the Mull of Galloway, a 24-mile hike via Sandhead and Drummore.

Visitors are already walking parts of the Galloway Trail which, will be officially openend by BBC correspondent Alan Little at Sandhead on August 11. Alan is a former pupil of Stranraer Academy.

It is one of several Rotary projects, including the Ayrshire coastal path and the Loch Ryan link to Stranraer. Eventually there will be a connection over the Appalachian Trail to Cape Wrath, in the north-west Highlands.

Tom and David have visited three schools and two community councils, Stoneykirk and Drummore, providing a 60-minute slide show and discussing the work of Rotary, which has more than one million members in 160 countries.

Last week they gave a talk at Drummore and revealed that the path to the Mull includes 12 “kissing gates” and five bridle gates, four pedestrian bridges and information boards.

Mr Stevenson said he could not think of a better way to exercise and the importance of bringing walkers to the area. Visit Scotland has been approached to publicise the Galloway Trail and the other paths to a wider audience.

The project has been supported by the Dumfries and Galloway Leader Programme (£50,000) Awards for All Scotland, the Robertson Trust, the local History Trust and “in kind” support from Dumfries and Galloway Council.

The two Rotarians have dates at Sheuchan School and Dumfries Academy and are happy to accept other invitations.