Season review and look to 2017

The Kelpies' visit to Kirkcudbright, the successful Wigtown Book Festival, and the Tour of Britain coming to the region are some of the highlights of a busy 2016 season for tourism in Dumfries & Galloway.

We saw the launch of VisitScotland’s first ever global campaign – the Spirit of Scotland – which aims to create a social movement to help promote the country to the world. Attractions and scenery in Dumfries & Galloway have been catapulted into the global spotlight as a result of the campaign with images of Loch Ken and the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park attracting huge amounts of engagement on our social media channels in the summer.

Doug commented that there is a lot to look forward to in the coming year. This year gets off to a great start with the Big Burns Supper and, looking ahead, we have exciting developments planned across the region including the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust and further development at Laggan Outdoor. There have also been major developments in Stranraer with the re-development of Agnew Park, which achieved a 3-star Visitor Attraction VisitScotland Quality Assurance Award.

In the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017, we will be celebrating the richness of Scotland's intriguing history, impressive cultural heritage and fascinating archaeology at exciting experiences and events. Dumfries & Galloway is a region rich in historic attractions, unique abbeys and stunning big houses, not to mention some amazing events and festivals.

A range of marketing tools have been designed to help you capitalise on the tourism opportunities created through the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology and the toolkit is available to download.

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