New guidebook combines walking and wildlife

Felicity Martin, Catkin Press, and author Keith Fergus at the Galloway Coast book launch
Felicity Martin, Catkin Press, and author Keith Fergus at the Galloway Coast book launch

This week we launched Galloway Coast, 25 Walks Exploring the Natural Heritage of Southwest Scotland, with events in libraries at Georgetown, Dumfries and Newton Stewart. 

Published by Perthshire-based Catkin Press, the book contains coastal, woodland and hill walks from Annan to the Mull of Galloway, and a 16-page nature guide to the area that is designed to show readers what species they may see, and where and when to look out for them.

The book has walks that visit seabird-rich cliffs and spectacular beaches, as well as historic sites, including Sweetheart Abbey, the Rutherford Monument and St Ninian’s Chapel.

The nature guide details the wildflowers, birds and other animals specific to the long coastline of Dumfries and Galloway, and lists good places near the walks to visit for wildlife watching, including reserves such as WWT Caerlaverock.

Glaswegian author Keith Fergus has been a frequent visitor to the Galloway coast since he was five years old and now brings his children to explore the walks and wildlife. 

The new book is available in many shops, cafés and visitor attractions across the region and by mail order.