Dance with nature at Cairnsmore

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The chance to listen to a ceilidh band in one of the wildest places in Galloway is on offer when Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) host a summer afternoon of free entertainment and activities for all ages on Thursday 13 August.

The event is taking place against the dramatic backdrop of the Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve (NNR), near Gatehouse of Fleet.

The live music will be courtesy of some of Scotland’s outstanding young traditional musicians playing on the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail, who will be performing both traditional and contemporary folk music. Visitors will be able to try their hand at arts and crafts with a nature theme. Be inspired by recycled crafts and create your own jewellery, put together beautiful bugs from beads, paint pebbles with your favourite bird, plant or animal and build a bird box to take home.

Reserve manager Francois Chazel explained: “This is a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy music and crafts in a stunning outdoor setting. Visitors will also be able to explore further afield if they’re feeling energetic, to see some of the wildlife found here and discover art hidden in the landscape. They can also find out about the special qualities that make Cairnsmore part of the core area of the Galloway and South Ayrshire Biosphere, a place for people and nature.”

The event runs from 1pm to 4.30pm with free entry and parking at Dromore Farm, where the event takes place. Bring your own binoculars and refreshments or a picnic. Outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear is recommended, in case of bad weather.

Cairnsmore of Fleet NNR is off the B796, eight miles from Gatehouse of Fleet and seven miles from Creetown.