The Kirkcudbright Bay Views Project will enhance connections between people and place by improving paths and gathering local heritage knowledge to develop informed access to Kirkcudbright Bay.
This project aims to connect people to Kirkcudbright Bay by:
- Increasing awareness and understanding of the Bay’s heritage and landscape features
- Providing better access for local residents and visitors
- Providing volunteering opportunities to survey and research the Bay to benefit the community
- Interpreting natural, cultural and historic aspects of the Bay
- Promoting sustainable use and enjoyment of the Bay
The aims will be achieved by working closely with local partners and the community. So far:
Volunteers have taken part in a weekend to survey heritage features and viewpoints in Kirkcudbright Bay. Training was led by experts from the SCAPE Trust (Scottish Coastal Archaeology and the Problem of Coastal Erosion). The weekend included a guided walk and talk along the shore between Senwick Churchyard and the Dhoon beach to look at the history of the area and places of archaeological interest from caves to shipwrecks and headstones to fish traps; recording the remains of the Fauna, a vessel on the banks of the River Dee near Gibbhill Point; and a visit to the wreck of the Monreith and participation in a rapid archaeological survey (drawing, photography, description and drone).
This work was especially important as Kirkcudbright Bay has several high priority features, which require monitoring before they are lost to erosion. Volunteers have been responsible for ‘Preservation by Record’ before features are lost.
The footpath to Torrs Point has been improved. It was in poor condition in places and so upgrading has helped make the coast more accessible to the wider public.
The next stage of the project is to develop a self-guided trail booklet around the Bay, which tells the stories behind places of cultural interest. The information gathered by volunteers will be used to produce the booklet. There will also be original interpretation at two key viewpoints around Kirkcudbright Bay.