Exciting Alpaca Trekking Farm In D&G Wins Development LEADER grant


Senwick Alpaca Trekking, run by Nicola and Paul Sanderson of Upper Senwick Farm, Borgue (nr Kirkcudbright) Dumfries and Galloway, is all set to launch this August after securing a rural enterprise grant from Dumfries and Galloway LEADER. 

This unique project will be the first of its type in Dumfries and Galloway allowing members of the public to get up close and personal with these curious and gentle creatures trekking alongside the Alpacas through the beautiful countryside of the Solway coast.  The grant will help this farm diversification project to invest in the basic infrastructure and digital marketing tools to get the business off the ground.   Visitors can expect to learn about the adorable alpacas, before heading off on a gentle trek, leading an alpaca buddy around the farm with ample opportunity to get to know each alpaca along the way and to take in the stunning views enjoyed from the farm that is nestled alongside the beautiful Solway coast.

Over the coming weeks the LEADER grant will help to facilitate the design and building of a custom made website to market the business also allowing treks to be pre-booked on-line in advanced.  There will be plenty of other work going on around the farm before the anticipated August opening, such as the erection of a new Alpaca shelter, (fit for the stars of the show!), and even a human shelter in the form of a Tipi for trekkers to take a breather, and to take in the fabulous views over the Solway or across to the Galloway hills in comfort and style!   The LEADER grant will help to enable this family run farm to diversify into the leisure and tourism sector running alongside the more traditional activities of this sheep, poultry and cattle farm.  Nicola Sanderson said ‘we are thrilled that our project has been approved to receive a grant from the Dumfries and Galloway LEADER programme and look forward to developing the business in a new and exciting direction.  I am sure that members of the public will fall in love with these amiable animals as we have done.  We are already receiving quite a lot of interest from tourists and locals alike and look forward to welcoming our first trekkers this August’.

Find out more about the Senwick Alpaca’s by clicking HERE