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Hewats’ office is located in Castle Douglas, of what is still known locally as the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright in Galloway, South West Scotland. It is sometimes forgotten that Scotland has a south coast. The beaches, cliffs and inlets of Galloway provide an extensive area stretching approximately 80 miles westwards from the principal regional town of Dumfries to the North Channel separating Scotland from the island of Ireland.

In times gone by, Galloway was served by the Dumfries to Portpatrick Railway Company, but the east west railway has long since gone leaving as the principal route through the region, the A75 Trunk Road which connects to the UK motorway network at Gretna in the east and the busy ferry port of Stranraer, providing the shortest sea crossing to Northern Ireland, in the west.

Despite its apparent remoteness, Galloway has good communications to the main centres of population with Glasgow and Edinburgh both being within 2 hours drive and Belfast being only 100 minutes from Stranraer via fast ferry. Recently, the airport at Prestwick (about 1 hour’s drive from Castle Douglas) has seen a resurgence in passenger traffic with low cost routes being established to London Stansted and Dublin International amongst other destinations.

The visitor to Galloway will be struck by how quickly the environment can change between the area’s bustling small towns and the calm and tranquillity of its shoreline or the wildness of its hinterland. These contrasts reflect that a population of a mere 147,000 inhabits the present administrative area of Dumfries and Galloway which is the eighth largest local authority area in the UK.

The area enjoys a temperate climate with mild winters and with summers not too hot. Agriculture continues to be prominent with Galloway remaining one of the most important dairying areas in the UK, but service industries now provide most employment with tourism to the fore.

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