What to do & see near Stranraer

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The southwest tip of Dumfries & Galloway is often passed by as visitors head for the Highlands but has plenty to offer in its own right! It has been likened to ‘Cornwall without the crowds’! It merits a few days’ exploration, or more if you have the time, to discover the variety of scenery from dramatic coastlines to forests and hills. There’s plenty for walkers, with or without a canine friend, but also for cyclists, mountain bikers and gardeners as well as those just looking for peace and fabulous views! Transport links are excellent via the A75 from Dumfries or the A77 from Ayr and Glasgow and take you along the beautiful Solway and Ayrshire coastlines and inland to the Galloway Forest Park. Ferries run to and from Northern Ireland from Cairnryan.

Attractions within 10 miles

  • Beautiful coastlines – many lovely bays on the west coast of the Rhins of Galloway, miles of sandy beach in Luce Bay on the east side
  • Pretty villages – Portpatrick, a small harbour village, Port Logan, Kirkcolm, Drummore
  • Formal gardens – Logan Botantic Gardens, Logan House, Castle Kennedy, Dunskey, Glenwhan, Ardwell, Aldouran
  • The Mull of Galloway, at the far southern tip is the most southerly point in Scotland with its lighthouse and RSPB reserve, as well as views of 4 countries on a clear day!
  • Southern Upland Way – long distance path, starts at nearby Portpatrick and runs right by the house! Why not stay with us for your first or last night, or you can walk from us to Portpatrick and back easily for a good day’s walk. We can take you to the start of the SUW or collect you if required

Further afield……..

  • Galloway Forest Park with extensive opportunities for walking, mountain bike trails, beautiful scenery, wildlife and dark skies
  • The Solway coast, running from Stranraer for almost 100 miles east towards Dumfries and Carlisle, with beautiful views and quiet bays
  • The Machars and Isle of Whithorn
  • Newton Stewart – a small town on the river Cree, which hosts an annual walking festival
  • Wigtown – Scotland’s national ‘book town’
  • Castle Douglas – a designated ‘food town’ focussing on local produce
  • Kirkcudbright – a pretty harbour town, notable for its links with 19th century artists

Websites you may find helpful:

Local Area

Visit Scotland
Welcome to Scotland
Dumfries & Galloway Online
Discover South West Scotland
Mull of Galloway
Undiscovered Scotland
Visit Stranraer and the Rhins

Walking/Dogs

Southern Upland Way
Walk Highlands
Dog Friendly

Gardens

Details of 7 gardens nearby can be found at The Gardens of Galloway – Scotland’s Garden Route  These include Logan Botanic Gardens,  Logan House, Dunskey, Castle Kennedy, Glenwhan and Ardwell. In addition there is also Aldouran Wetland Garden

Eating out

Henrys Bay House Restaurant, Stranraer
Craignelder Hotel, Stranraer
Campbell’s Restaurant, Portpatrick
The Crown, Portpatrick
Tigh Na Mara Hotel, Sandhead
Lando’s, Stranraer

Fishing

Stranraer & District Angling Association
Fishing in South West Scotland

Events 2017 

(with thanks to Our Wigtownshire Magazine)

May/June

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival – various locations – Friday May 26th – Sunday June 4th
Spring Fling – Visual arts and craft open studios across D&G – Sat May 27th- BH Monday 29th

July

Newton Stewart Traditional Music Festival – Friday 7th – Sunday 9th July
Riding of the Marches, Wigtown – Saturday 15th July
Creative Whithorn Arts & Crafts Trail –  Sat/Sun 22nd/23rd July
Wigtown & Bladnoch Food Festival – Sat/Sun 22nd/23rd July
Stranraer Show, London Road Playing Fields – Wednesday 26th July
Portpatrick Lifeboat Week – Sunday 30th July – Saturday 5th August

August

Wigtown Show – Weds 2nd August
Mull of Galloway International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend – Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August
Parkfest music festival, Stranraer, Agnew Park – Friday 18th & Saturday 19th August
International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend, Mull of Galloway – Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st August
Lowland Gathering – Stranraer, London Road Playing Fields – Saturday 27th August

September

Stranraer Oyster Festival – Friday 15th – Sunday 17th September
Wigtown Book Festival – Sunday 22nd September – Sunday 1st October

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