Things to do
Whether you are looking to relax and unwind or you are after adventure you will not be disappointed.
Situated right on the Southern Upland Way we’re ideally situated to take in some of the route. With vast stretches of golden beaches, picturesque lighthouses and breathtaking views you might be mistaken for thinking you are holidaying in a far flung destination. With the benefit of the Gulf Stream our corner of Scotland also has some of the most remarkable gardens that are well worth a visit, including The Royal Botanical Logan Gardens. Golfers can also take to the fairways and are spoiled for choice, with four golf courses right on our doorstep.
For the thrill seekers amongst you, fear not. Dumfries and Galloway offers some of the best mountain bike trails in Scotland or take to the water by boat, kayak, or canoe. For family fun why not take to the zip wires, go dirt biking or grass sledging.
Locally there are four fantastic courses which make the most of their coastal location. Stranraer was the last course designed by James Braid. Other Golf Courses are Portpatrick, Wigtownshire County, Wigtown and Newton Stewart.
All offer good golfing facilities, challenging courses for the more experienced, and have fantastic views.
The properties are situated on the Southern Upland Way. This 212 mile walk starts at Portpatrick and finishes on the east coast at Cockburnspath.
The Mull of Galloway Trail stretches from the Mull of Galloway to Starrier (24 miles) and continues north as the Loch Ryan Coastal Path.
Castle Kennedy Gardens is one of Scotland’s most well-known historical gardens, offering a treasure trove of delights, including a two acre circular lily pond, exotic plants, family trails, peaceful woodland and loch-side walks.
Glenwhan Gardens has been described as one of the most beautiful newly made gardens in Scotland, with stunning sea views across to the Isle of Man, Luce Bay, and the Mull of Galloway
Logan Botanic Garden has a remarkable collection of unusual and beautiful plants. A pleasure for all the family,
PLACES TO VISIT
Portpatrick has a pituresque harbour, stunning cliff top walks and a variety of restaurants and curio shops.
The Mull of Galloway is Scotland’s most Southerly Point and one of the best kept secrets in the UK. The Rhins of Galloway peninsula remains an unspoiled paradise for visitors on the lookout for peace and tranquillity. Wildlife in the area is abundant and the Mull of Galloway is one of the best places in the UK to view dolphins, porpoises and many sea birds. The warm climate means that the area is blessed with stunning gardens, each with its own individuality, and a variety of plants and trees.
Wigtown was officially designated as Scotland’s National Book Town in 1998 and is now home to over 20 book-related businesses (www.wigtownbookfestival.com/visit)
The Royal Burgh of Whithorn has an important history which is immediately obvious from the medieval street layout. Even more significant is the hidden evidence of the early origins of a settlement on this site going back to the 5th century
Culzean Castle and Country Park is Robert Adam’s cliff-top masterpiece, rising above a world of woods, beaches, secret follies and play parks
The ferry terminal at Cairnryan, from where the fast P & O and Stena ferries sail to Northern Ireland, is only five miles north of Stranraer.
Enjoy a day trip to Belfast, go shopping at Victoria Square, St George’s Market, and visit the Titanic Museum.