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Developing the Rhins of Galloway Coast Path

This 64-mile route will take you from the Mull of Galloway to Loch Ryan. 
Enjoy the rich heritage of the peninsula as it links into the existing Mull of Galloway trail to create an 83-mile circular route around the peninsula.

Route Development

Over the past 6 years, in partnership with local communities and other organisations, Dumfries and Galloway Council has been at the forefront of planning the path. The new circular Rhins of Galloway Coast Path (RGCP) will link to the wider network of long-distance routes, including the Southern Upland Way and the Ayrshire Coastal Path. It is hoped that the new coast path will be recognised as one of Scotland’s Great Trails in Dumfries and Galloway.

Progress

Funding to implement the new Rhins of Galloway Coast Path was awarded in 2018 from the Coastal Communities Fund and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, since then work has been underway to visit  land-owners, undertake surveys, engaging contractors and starting work on the ground.

Due to various technical and weather-related issues improvement work is being undertaken at a number of locations along the trail. Works have included new bridges, piped culverts, gates and vegetation management.

In addition, we have started a programme of community awareness and engagement activities with our first school’s session launching the start of our programme in the autumn of 2019. Look out for a series of community archaeology events and a full activity programme associated with the trail and it rich natural and cultural heritage. Over time we also aim to develop this into an inspirational website and publish a range of publications to help make the most of your visit to the Rhins of Galloway Coast Path. 

Longer term we aim to work with local businesses, volunteers and community organisations to ensure the future of the trail is sustainable. Look out for information and opportunities to volunteer and get involved.