Our interpretation plan fed into a larger project proposal to develop a new 90 mile (145 km) coast path up the west side of the Rhins, starting at the Mull of Galloway – Scotland’s most southerly point – and following the rugged and dramatic west coast around the peninsula to Stranraer.

Close-up of the rugged and lichen covered coastline of the Rhin's west coast

The rugged and lichen covered coastline of the Rhin’s west coast

The interpretation plan is an essential component of the overall management planning process for the Rhins of Galloway Coast Path project. It guides the development of appropriate interpretation along the proposed route, helps to explain the areas special character and wildlife and inspire visitors to explore and enjoy the peninsula and find out more about its natural, built and cultural history.
The project subsequently secured HLF funding. The following testimonial from Sarah Crome (SS Crome Associates) nicely summarises my input into the project.
“Dan travelled extensively throughout the Rhins of Galloway, visiting sites and evaluating their potential for interpretation. The Plan proposed gateway installations at key locations together with lesser significant places for web-based and audio trail inclusion. Dan was able to advise on the best way to create an app for the footpath trail and choosing the best places for Interpretation panels, benches and way markers. He was also able to advise on examples from elsewhere that would be suitable for use on the Rhins.
Dan also worked very effectively in devising a set of Interpretive themes for a very complicated and multi-layered site – both natural and cultural heritage, which required liaison with the client and frequent editing. Dan also participated and co-ran some community workshops where he was able to connect with local people and discover their hopes for interpretation and signage of the footpath itself.
Dan was very professional throughout the duration of the project, delivering his work to a high standard within the timescale and we look forward to working with him again in the future.”
Community consultation workshop

Community consultation workshop

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