Galloway Glens’ Covenanters Trail

Driving Route

Galloway Glens’ Covenanters Trail


Curated and narrated by Tom Rees on behalf of the Galloway Glens ‘Can You Dig It’ project, this driving route will take you through the scenes of some of the darkest times in the history of SW Scotland.

Find out about the religious schism that led to ‘The Killing Times’, and how the people of this region responded to sustained efforts to repress them.
Even if you can’t visit Galloway just now, be transported to 17th century Scotland and learn about the daily struggles that its residents faced to practice their religion and keep their Covenant with God.
For more information about the fascinating heritage of the Galloway Glens area, visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @Galloway Glens

Can You Dig It is a community archaeology programme running until 2022 in Galloway. Joint funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic Environment Scotland, it is being delivered for the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme by Rathmell Archaeology. For more information on Can You Dig It digs, events and workshops, all of which are free and open to all, see their Project page on the Galloway Glens website, or follow @GGLPArchaeology on social media.
Tom Rees of Rathmell Archaeology narrates this tour with his customary enthusiasm for a great story. Tom has over 30 years’ experience of professional archaeology and splits his time between community projects and commercial investigations – although the community ones tend to be more fun!

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What you'll see

Burning Bush Memorial Sculpture - St John's Town of Dalry

Historic Buildings, Monuments & Statues, Monuments & Statues

Located at the southern end of Dalry, the Burning Bush memorial was installed in 2004.

Earlstoun Castle - St John's Town of Dalry


Earlstoun Castle dates back over 400 years and was once the stronghold of the Gordons, a well-known family of Covenanters.

Carsphairn Kirkyard - Carsphairn

Religious Buildings

The parish of Carsphairn was a frequent location of Conventicles as a number of Covenanters lived here.

Dalry Parish Church - St John's Town of Dalry

Religious Buildings

The parish church in Dalry was design by William McCandlish and was completed in 1831.

The Tolbooth - Kirkcudbright

History & Heritage

The building at the angle of the High Street is the Tolbooth, built in the 1620s. It once served as the town council’s meeting place,…

St. Cuthbert’s Parish Church - Kirkcudbright

History & Heritage

St. Cuthbert’s Parish Church, built in 1838, is the latest to be dedicated to the 7th century Northumbrian saint who gave the town its name.

Kirkcudbright Harbour and Harbour Square - Kirkcudbright

Buildings, Historic Buildings, Monuments & Statues

Harbour Square lies over a tidal creek which flowed into the River Dee. Now the main car park st Kirkcudbright harbour is home to a…