Dalbeattie Community Initiative was thrilled to announce, earlier this week, that their Rocks and Wheels project has received funding from Dumfries and Galloway Council’s successful bid to the Levelling Up fund. This investment will allow the project to move from vision and design to reality in the community of Dalbeattie.
The Rocks and Wheels project aims to transform redundant school buildings into an outdoor activity centre, featuring indoor bouldering, a 60-bed hostel, outdoor pump track, training and community rooms, and outdoor civic space. The centre’s unique location at the entrance to Dalbeattie Town Wood offers easy access to the 7stanes mountain bike trail and core path 20, promoting new and exciting biking and water sports activities.
In addition to providing sustainable employment and training programs, the centre’s long-term reinvestment will empower the community and ensure that future generations can also benefit from the project. It is expected to attract visitors to the area and support the further development of outdoor adventure pursuits, potentially stimulating new local businesses.
Since the project’s conception in 2017, many local residents have played a role in developing ideas and refining the project into a feasible business model. This funding success is a testament to their hard work, effort, and persistence. The Dalbeattie Community Initiative is now focused on turning their vision into a success and is excited for this new chapter in the project’s development.