The 'Galloway Hill Search and Rescue Group' was founded in 1975 by a group of local volunteers and is based in Newton Stewart, South-West Scotland. In June 1983 the group was affiliated to the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland and the name changed to the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team.
The team provides search and rescue assistance to the public in an area covering over 130 km (80 miles) from Stranraer in the west to Dumfries in the east, and 70 kms (40 miles) from the Solway Coast to the South Ayrshire Hills.
This area includes the Galloway Forest Park which attracts many visitors to its beautiful scenery and outdoor recreational amenities including hillwalking, mountain biking, fishing, game sports and orienteering. The 7 Stanes Mountain Bike locations are located at Kirroughtree, Dalbeattie and Glentrool; in recent years we have been frequently called upon to deal with cyclists using these routes who have been injured or become lost.
Nearly 80 miles of the popular long distance footpath - The Southern Upland Way - from Cockburnspath on the east coast of Scotland to Portpatrick on the west, runs through the Galloway area.
The team, which consists entirely of unpaid volunteers, is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to emergencies at the request of Police Scotland (Dumfries and Galloway Division). In addition, we frequently provide assistance to the Scottish Ambulance Service and HM Coastguard.
We do not restrict ourselves to the remote hill regions but respond to incidents in low level, farming, coastal or urban areas - essentially wherever the team is needed. The team also supports emergencies in other areas including South Ayrshire and Lothian and Borders and we have a close working relationship with Moffat Mountain Rescue Team who cover the eastern area of Dumfries and Galloway Region. Air support is provided by either the RAF or Royal Navy SAR flights and generally by Rescue 177 from HMS Gannet at Prestwick.
St John Scotland is proud to be the biggest contributor to Scottish Mountain Rescue teams for many years and by 2020, the charity will have provided over £3.2 million in funding, mainly through the provision of bases and vehicles