Solway Coastwise
Solway Coastwise is a project that is discovering coastal place names and the stories behind them.  Locals are encouraged to share the inspirational Dumfries and Galloway coastline through activities, events, electronic and printed media. 

The Dumfries and Galloway coast has a wonderful variety of features, both natural and man-made. Cliffs, creeks, lighthouses and beaches contribute towards a fascinating array of names, all affording the prospect of finding out more about local traditions, environment, histories and relationships between communities and the sea.


Solway Coastwise has produced a NEW CAVES AND GRAVES GUIDE, an introduction to some of the stories that have inspired place names along the Dumfries and Galloway coast.


Solway Coastwise has produced a NEW WILDLIFE GUIDE, an introduction to the creatures and plants that have inspired place names along the Dumfries and Galloway coast.


Solway Coastwise has published a NEW BEACH GUIDE for Scotland's Southern Coast. Information about beaches popular for a family outing and coasts suitable for adventourous explorers is combined with an explaination about place names and the stories behind them.


The Solway Coastwise Project aims to give everyone in these coastal communities the opportunity to communicate their passion for their coast, bringing the cultural heritage of this fantastic landscape alive.


This innovative three year project, run by Solway Firth Partnership, is facilitating the sharing of names for local places, both traditional and more modern and the oral history behind them.


The newly appointed Coordinator and Assistant arel helping individuals, communities and businesses to get involved in the project.  As well as this, training to become ambassadors will be made available through a range of workshops, talks, visits and resources.


Funding for this project is provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Scottish Government and the European Union – LEADER 2014-2020 programme and Dumfries & Galloway Council.


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We can also be found on Facebook, Twitter (@SolwayCoastwise),Pinterest and Instagram.





Contact Details:

Solway Coastwise Co-ordinator:

            Nic Coombey

            Phone: (01387) 702363

Solway Coastwise Assistant:

            Morag Walker

            Phone: (01387) 702182










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