Rural Heritage Promoter

Rural Heritage Promoter encourages and empowers citizens from rural areas to realise the potential of their local heritage. Many European territories, especially in rural areas, are pursuing projects to promote their local heritage. In many cases however, the local population is not effectively involved in the development of these projects which is important if they are to be sustainable. One way to do this is to encourage local people to become ambassadors for their local heritage. In Gatehouse we have been doing this as part of the Trusty's Hill project where training days have been organised for volunteer guides who have been provided with information and guidance by the archaeologists who carried out the excavation.  The Cally Walls project which saw the restoration of large sections of the historic boundary walls of Cally estate also involved training for locals who learned the skills of the dykers. Environmental projects being run with school children are aimed at helping them to learn about the natural world around them and through this knowledge and experience to care for it. Most recently we have been encouraging community engagement activities through The Temple project, working with writers groups, school children, and volunteers. 
Rural Heritage Promoter is an EU funded project bringing together communities which are already engaged in significant community projects and in involving their local communities.  The project aims to create a framework for exchange between European communities and the dissemination of good local practices.

The project has its own website here:

Map showing the distribution of the project partners.


Special Places

The Mill on the Fleet

The Mill on the Fleet is a restored Mill, once part of Gatehouse's main mill complex.  It is now a visitor and exhibition centre with a varied programme of temporary exhibitions throughout the year, as well as displays on the history and heritage of Gatehouse and the Fleet Valley.  The Mill also houses the Tourist Information Centre, the Riverside Café, a shop, and a bookshop. More.  


Fantastic Beaches
The tide goes out a long way across the Fleet Bay opening up huge expanses of sandy beach. Sandy bays are to be found at Cardoness, Mossyard, Sandgreen and Carrick.  More.  

Dundrennan Abbey

Dundrennan Abbey
12th century Cistercian Abbey.  Beautiful fragments of a fine building in a pituresque location. Historic Scotland: Read more.  

Cairnholy II

Cairnholy II
One of a pair of well preserved Neolithic tombs in a spectacular location. More.  


During the early summer the woodlands around Gatehouse are carpeted with bluebells.  Both Castramont and Cally Woods are particularly popular for viewing them. More.  

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