Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has welcomed a funding boost to promote the South West Coastal 300 driving route.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP says the £20,000 funding from Visit Scotland is a positive step to attract more tourists to enjoy the stunning scenery across his constituency.
The route includes picturesque towns and villages including Kirkcudbright, Portpatrick, Palnackie, Mull of Galloway and New Abbey as it loops its way through the region and into Ayrshire.
Mr Carson hopes that the funding can be the first step to ensuring that the South West Coastal route can become as iconic as the North Coast 500 route.
Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “Right across my Galloway and West Dumfries constituency there is a whole host of stunning scenery and I never tire of telling colleagues that I represent the most beautiful part of the country.
“That is why this funding from Visit Scotland for the South West coastal route is extremely welcome and a positive step forward for the local tourism industry.
“We must continue to do all we can to attract tourists to this region, with the industry so vital for the local economy.
“I will continue to push for more funding and support to take the route forward and truly put the south west on the map.”