First in Scotland

Gatehouse of Fleet is celebrating being part of the first biosphere in Scotland.  The United Nations decision to give biosphere status to an area of outstanding natural beauty and environmental importance centred on the Galloway hills places Galloway alongside Hawaii, Mount Olympus and Ayers Rock as a world class environment.

A biosphere reserve is not just about conservation but is also about promoting sustainable economic development.  We hope that the biosphere will provide a real boost for communities like Gatehouse who rely on the tourist industry so that its hospitality and accommodation providers, food producers and artists and crafts people can build on this world class designation and branding.


Watch the video of the ITV Border News report from Gatehouse