Three new Robert Burns trails have been created to take tourists on a journey to discover more about Robert BurnsMuch of Scotland can be very cold during the winter months but here at Little Laight we are in the gulf stream so frost and snow are a rarity. Many of us have New Year resolutions that we will take more exercise and live healthier lives. In my case that never last long but why not come and enjoy Little Laight and the surrounding country side and all it has to offer.
Three new visitor trails have been created to take tourists on a journey to discover more about Robert Burns and his poetry while also enjoying the visitor attractions and beautiful landscapes of south west Scotland that inspired him.
The trails, brought together under the banner of ‘Burns and the South West’, are the result of joint working between Dumfries and Galloway Council, the Ayrshire and Arran Tourism team and VisitScotland. The main aim of the initiative is for locals and visitors to see and experience places in south west Scotland where Robert Burns was born and chose to live.
‘Following Burns’ is a 3 day itinerary that reveals Robert Burns’ life through the places he lived and the people he knew. ‘Naturally Burns’ is a 2 day trail of light walking taking you into Burns country to explore the very land that inspired our poet. ‘Actively Burns’ is a fun 4 day itinerary based in Dumfries & Galloway that includes cycling, walking and horse riding. A web presence at www.burns-southwest.com has been created to complement the trails.
Councillor Colin Smyth, chair of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Economy, Environment and Infrastructure committee said
“These new trails are a welcome addition and give our local businesses the opportunity to sell Dumfries & Galloway’s natural and historical assets relating to Burns giving tourists another reason to visit our region”.
Maureen McKerrow, proprietor of the Globe Inn, Dumfries said
“We welcome this marvellous guide that gives an excellent link between Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway following in the footsteps of Robert Burns and giving us the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful countryside, places and people that made this corner of the world where Burns chose to live. “
Paula McDonald, Regional Director for VisitScotland, said
“Burns South West is a really important piece of work that offers visitors to the region a great contemporary Robert Burns experience. A yearlong programme of Homecoming Scotland 2014 events is taking place with many events in Dumfries & Galloway so visitors can maximise upon their trip by combining a great event with one of the Burns trails enjoying a unique experience to Dumfries & Galloway.”
The trails are being distributed across Scotland and the North of England at over 600 sites including premium locations such as Edinburgh Waverley station, Glasgow Central station, Key city attractions, ferry terminals, M6, M74 and M8 motorway services. A marketing campaign in the national press and digital activity online will begin at the end of March.
This project is part of Dumfries & Galloway Council’s 2014 Legacy Plan that aims to ensure long lasting and sustainable legacies are created from Scotland’s awe inspiring events of 2014 and is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund. These events include the Glasgow Commonwealth games, the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and the yearlong Homecoming celebrations. Maureen McKerrow, proprietor Globe inn; Cllr Colin Smyth, D&G Council; Jane Brown; president World Burns Federation Burns and the South West via New tourist trails for South West Scotland
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