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Smugglers’ Coast trail awarded £118,000

Looking along the top end of the Berwickshire coast from Dowlaw. Picture by Stuart Cobley

Looking along the top end of the Berwickshire coast from Dowlaw. Picture by Stuart Cobley

A smugglers trail along Berwickshire’s coastal path has attracted major funding.

The Gunsgreen House Trust, which has plans to develop the trail, has been awarded £118,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund in 2014-15.

Match funding for the trail has also been granted from Axis 4 of European Fisheries Fund, which is co-financed by Scottish Borders Council.

Derek Janes, honorary curator at Gunsgreen House, said: “We’re planning to develop the Smugglers’ Coast trail, linked to the Berwickshire Coastal Path, with interpretation panels and information in phone apps.

“We will also add to the exhibitions at Gunsgreen House, which was the home of John Nisbet, far and away the biggest smuggler in Berwickshire.”

Borders MP Michael Moore and Berwickshire MSP John Lamont are both encouraging other communities in Berwickshire to apply for funding to bring assist with plans for similar projects for the area.

 

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