What to do & see in and around Stranraer & The Rhins

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South west Scotland is often passed by as visitors head for the Highlands but has plenty to offer in its own right! We think it’s a bit like Cornwall without the crowds! It really is worth spending a few days here (or more if you have the time of course!) to explore 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 – small town on the river Cree, which hosts an annual walking festival
  • Wigtown – Scotland’s national ‘book town’
  • Castle Douglas – designated ‘food town’ focusing on local produce
  • Kirkcudbright – 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

The Gardens of Galloway – Scotland’s Garden Route includes 7 gardens nearby.

Aldouran Wetland Garden – local community wildlife garden where red squirrels can often be seen!

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 (2019 dates tbc)

(with thanks to Our Wigtownshire Magazine)

May/June

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival – various locations
Spring Fling – Visual arts and craft open studios across D&G –

July

Newton Stewart Traditional Music Festival
Riding of the Marches, Wigtown Creative Whithorn Arts & Crafts Trail
Wigtown & Bladnoch Food Festival –
Stranraer Show
Portpatrick Lifeboat Week

August

Wigtown Show
Mull of Galloway International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend
Parkfest music festival, Stranraer
Lowland Gathering – Stranraer

September

Stranraer Oyster Festival
Wigtown Book Festival

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