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Rockcliffe and Kippford from South Glen Brae: Ed Iglehart [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Kippford and Rockcliffe are on the East Stewartry Coast, an unspoilt National Scenic Area with two other NSAs in close proximity. It is in Dumfries & Galloway, South West Scotland, a region known for it's wonderful scenery, biodiversity, turbulent history, smugglers and black and white 'belted' cattle known as Galloway Belties. This stretch of coastline has many names. Known locally as the Colvend Coast or the 'Secret Coast' (due to the peace and tranquility) it is often referred to as the 'Scottish Riviera' due to it being the holiday resort of choice for Victorian millionaires and having a Gulf Stream influenced microclimate: evidenced by palm trees in some gardens. Castle Douglas, the food town is a short drive away and Kirkcudbright, the Artists Town is over the next headland.

This a scenic and unique part of the world and we started the blog to share the experience of living in this wonderful place. We hope that it will be of interest to others who live here and give those planning to visit the area a taste of all it has to offer.

The blog has a correspondent in both Kippford and Rockcliffe village, you can also follow their Twitter feeds on the right of the page. If you would like to get involved we look forward to hearing from you.

D&G: Festivals and Events

March - April: The Dumfries and Galloway Wildlife Festival 
Events take place throughout the region, ranging from family activities to evening wildlife watching.  The Dumfries and Galloway Wildlife Festival celebrates and invites us all to take part in our region’s uniquely diverse wildlife.

The Wildlife Festival has steadily grown over the last eight years and gives many local people and an increasing number of visitors an opportunity to get close to our fantastic wildlife. The festival will continues to grow, with more events, more wildlife and a wider appreciation of the year-round wildlife attractions that the region has to offer.

You can also follow the Dumfries & Galloway Wildlife Festival on Twitter: @WildlifeFest and Facebook as WildlifeFestival

Find out more here: http://www.wildseasons.co.uk/

May: Savour the Flavours Taster Event
Dumfries and galloway is set to become the Bank Holiday destination for food lovers with the help of a new event to encourage foodie tourists to visit the region. Developed by Savour the Flavours of Dumfries & Galloway, Flavour Taster will be a four day celebration of Dumfries & Galloway food and drink, a bite sized version of the autumnal Flavour Fortnight event, taking place from in May.

Liz Ramsay, Project Manager of Savour the Flavours, said: "Flavour Taster gives us an opportunity to put quality local food and drink right at the heart of the tourism experience in Dumfries & Galloway. We have some truly world class products in this region, as well as inspirational people in the industry who are happy to share their passion with visitors to Dumfries & Galloway. The success of Flavour Fortnight in becoming one of Scotland's biggest food festivals in just two years is a testament to the creativity and the enthusiasm of the industry here."

Link to Savour the Flavours of Dumfries & Galloway website: http://www.savourtheflavours.co.uk/

June: Spring Fling: http://www.spring-fling.co.uk
Each year Dumfries and Galloway hosts one of most successful open studios event of its kind in Scotland. Get behind the scenes of the studios of artists and makers whose doors are not usually open to the public, try your hand at a new skill or simply hop from studio to studio through some of Scotland's most beautiful scenery.

Over 76 visual artists, makers and designers regularly participate in Spring Fling usually the first week of June, in a wide variety of disciplines and with studios scattered throughout the region. All participants are listed alphabetically, by name and by discipline. Each entry shows images of the artist's work and their studios are plotted on a map.
A full list of Spring Fling Artists can be downloaded from their website.

July: Solway Yacht Club Cadet Week

The Solway Yacht Club hosts Cadet Week - full details can be found on their website or FaceBook page.



July: The Wickerman Festival
D&G's hippest event, the Wickerman Festival promises an eclectic music line-up and exciting arts and entertainment for all ages. Past years have seen tens of thousands of revellers enjoy acts such as Ocean Colour Scene, Feeder and James, with a winning mix of acts expected to perform again this year. As always, the weekend festivities will be brought to a spectacular close with the crowd-gathering tradition of burning the 40ft Wickerman statue.
The Wickerman Festival Coordinator, Helen Chalmers comments: ‘As we head into our second decade, The Wickerman Festival has developed a strong identity thanks to our fantastic music, beautiful surroundings, ease of access and of course the festival goers, which adds up to create the ideal festival experience and atmosphere over the weekend.
For more info go check out: http://www.thewickermanfestival.co.uk/

July - August: Kippford Week  
The Solway Yacht Club hosts Kippford Week - a week of yacht racing and social events culminating in the Regatta on the final day - full details can be found on their website or FaceBook page.



September – October: Wigtown Book Festival 

A Celebration of the Written Word through Books, Art, Film and Theatre
In January Wigtown was awarded the accolade "Scotland's most creative place under 2,500 people" following the Festival Company's successful entry in Creative Scotland's Creative Place Awards. The prize money of £50,000 is to be spent developing activity in the Book Town throughout the whole of the year. The festival features 195 events over 10 days. 

Full details can be found on the website - http://www.wigtownbookfestival.com