The Rhins Revealed Online Project

SFP is currently working in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council to deliver a two-year programme of activities as part of the Rhins of Galloway Coast Path Project. This 83-mile walking route around the Rhins peninsula links to the existing network of long-distance routes, and provides opportunities to explore, access and enjoy the spectacular coastline and learn about its rich cultural heritage.

The Rhins Revealed Online Project has been developed to build on the early success of the community archaeology project and overcome the constraints caused by the COVID-19 virus. It aims to use a variety of digital media to add activities that encourage engagement while retaining social distancing.

On the Rhins of Galloway there are around 1,500 archaeological sites and new downloadable online guides have been created to provide an introduction to some of the highlights as you explore the Rhins coastline . Three guides have been designed to enable ‘digital exploring’ of coastal archaeology prior to the completion of the Rhins of Galloway Coast Path.

The first guide, (North Rhins) covers the path from Stranraer to Portpatrick (route sections 1 and 2). It is designed to help families discover some of the evidence of thousands of years of activity by people who have lived on the Rhins. From an ancient standing stone near Portpatrick to the intricately carved Kilmorie Stone, earthworks of Iron Age promontory forts to tower houses, limekilns to saltworks and, cable house to radar station, the North Rhins has an amazing variety of archaeology to discover with the aid of the guide. You can download the guide by clicking on the front cover below or clicking here

Archaeology guide for Rhins

The second guide, South-west Rhins, covers the path from Portpatrick to Mull of Galloway (route sections 3 and 4). It covers sites from Dunskey Castle ruins near Portpatrick to Dunman Fort in the south Rhins. You can download the guide by clicking on the front cover below or clicking here

The third guide, South-east Rhins, covers the path from the Mull of Galloway to Stranraer (route sections 5 and 6) along the east coast.  It takes in a range of archaeology from holy wells and standing stones to WW2 target cones on Luce Sands.

You can download the guide by clicking on the front cover below or clicking here

Click on the image below and see how the Doon Castle broch might have looked when it was occupied.

Managed by Solway Firth Partnership and produced by AOC Archaeology the Rhins Revealed Online project is supported by Kilgallioch Community Fund with funding from ScottishPower Renewables’ Kilgallioch Windfarm and Dumfries and Galloway Council.

The Rhins of Galloway Coast Path is currently being developed. Later this year you will be able to start exploring the coast on way marked paths and mapped routes.

The Rhins of Galloway Coast Path is a project managed by Dumfries and Galloway Council and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Coastal Communities Fund. The Rhins of Galloway Coast Path Project is about much more than providing access to spectacular landscapes and seascapes. The Project has evolved into an ambitious scheme with an integrated programme of activities and interpretation to inspire and engage both local people and visitors with the cultural, built and natural heritage associated with the path and the coast of the Rhins. See the Rhins of Galloway Coast Path webpage at https://dgtrails.org/rhins-of-galloway-path/development/