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Solway Coast Heritage Trail

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Solway Heritage is continuing to develop booklets based on the Solway Coast Heritage Trail to give the route a purpose and add value to the region.
 
The Solway Coast Heritage Trail was developed in 1987 by Dumfries and Galloway Tourist Board to provide a touring route along the coast that linked a number of historic buildings and monuments, gardens, forest walks and visitor centres.  A cheap looking leaflet was produced at that time.  The sign posts to the route still exist from the M74 and mark the route between Annan and Stranraer and follows the coast via Dumfries, New Abbey, Dalbeattie, Kirkcudbright, Gatehouse, Creetown, Wigtown, Whithorn, Glenluce, Mull of Galloway and Port Logan.

The early Christian cross logo used on the signs is a symbol that is distinctly cultural heritage; however the Solway Coast Heritage Trail can also be used to link together other sites of interest.  The first booklet promoted ‘Wildlife and Landscapes’.  It was written by Solway Heritage and supported by Special Places which was funded through Scottish Natural Heritage and Dumfries and Galloway Leader+.  The second booklet ‘Sea Life Sea Food’ promotes natural marine heritage with reference to our culinary heritage and was funded through Scottish Natural Heritage and Solway Firth Partnership.

Solway Heritage is currently developing a project with European funding from the INTERREG IVA programme.  The project will link the Solway Coast Heritage Trail with touring routes along the coastline of Northern Ireland and Donegal.  Called ‘Causeway Connections’ it is a trans-national project, which uses coastal routes to jointly enhance and promote the region.