The Source to New Cumnock & Kirkconnel

Elizabeth Tindal from Freelance Ranger

My Business, Freelance Ranger, looks after the environment by helping people to connect with it and have fun outdoors. Freelance Ranger has been awarded a Biosphere Certification Mark for all my activities which shows my continued commitment to protecting the environment and maintaining sustainable practices. DGLife made me their Environmental Champion in 2019 with a special mention of the work I have done for the Dumfries and Galloway Environment Fair over the last 24 years.

As an independent Ranger I have the opportunity to work with many people across Dumfries and Galloway and into Ayrshire. Everything I do comes under the heading of Outdoor Learning however what I deliver on a daily basis is very diverse with hands on experiences which are a real mixture of science and art. Some days I will work with schools to engage pupils in outdoor experiences, other days I will help businesses to offer a greater range of environmental activities. I love working with community groups and events like the Nithraid Festival creating bespoke activities that are in keeping with their themes. In the winter I specialise in darkness or stargazing experiences allowing small groups and families the opportunity to go out safely and hear the stories about the science and myths associated with stars and constellations.

During the current crisis I have adapted to creating more online content. Things like videos of environmental crafting activities which people can make at home. I also developed the Virtual Dumfries and Galloway Environment Fair to replace the normal one. Hopefully I will be working with people in person again soon as I am missing seeing people enjoy their time outdoors taking part in my activities.

For more information about Freelance Ranger visit:

The Water Cycle of the River Nith

Elizabeth Tindal explaining the water cycle of the River Nith:

Water Cycle Obstacle Course

Freelancer Ranger showing us how to create your own Water Cycle Obstacle Course:

Water Cycle Obstacle Course Worksheets

Sanquhar to Drumlanrig Castle

Mostly Ghostly

Mostly Ghostly are an award-winning team of tour creators and guides with a passion for history, storytelling and the supernatural. They launched their flagship walking tour – the Dumfries Ghost Walk – in 2010, and their unique range now includes everything from castles and churchyards to a tour of Scotland’s oldest working theatre. They love exploring the darker, more unusual side of our region’s past, and feel passionate about promoting Dumfries and Galloway as a destination of discovery.

The Legend of Morton Castle – Part One

The Legend of Morton Castle – Part Two


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