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  • Beautiful Glenwhan Gardens
    Beautiful Glenwhan Gardens
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    Beautiful, wild beach
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    Broadsea Bay
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    Ardwell House Gardens

    by nickandchris Updated Sep 8, 2010
    Ardwell House and gardens
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    An excellent garden to visit with a walled garden and woodland walks, set around 18thc. Ardwell House. The house is not open to the public.
    Admission when we visited was by honesty box. can't remember how much.

    Open all year, 10am. to 5 pm. every day.

    There is parking, toilets and picnic areas.

    The gardens are famous for their azaleas and rhododendrons.

    There is a circular walk that takes you along by the ponds to the old fish ladder and back to the house with nice views over the barley fields. While we were on this walk, we came across some swans with their cygnets. We actually thought they were huge models, they appeared so large and were amazed when we realised they were real!!!

    On an unclassified road, off the A716, between Sandhead and Drummore.

    UPDATE: ADMISSION £3 PER ADULT.

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    Broadsea Bay

    by nickandchris Updated Sep 8, 2010
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    On google earth, this looked a possibility for wild camping in the motorhome. In reality, when we travelled the long,rutted track to this magnificently wild beach on the motorbike, there was no way we could have taken the motorhome down it.

    An absolutely beautiful empty, wild beach, rocks, cliffs, surf and sand, lots of it. The road turns into a pot-holed semi surfaced track and then into a rough track that takes you to a lovely grassy area ideal for camping, behind the beach. To proceed further, we had to negotiate a massive puddle which we managed without getting wet. We parked up and wandered down to the beach. How beautiful it looked with the sea glimmering in the sunshine, the wind whipping up the waves that crshed onto the shore and not a soul to be seen. The only sign of civilization (apart from a house a little further back superbly situated behind the beach) was a fishing boat tending his creel pots.

    I wandered along the beach, looking back I noticed you could see the lighthouse at Killantringan. I also noticed a number of large jellyfish had been washed up and stranded on the sand.

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    Killantringan Bay

    by nickandchris Updated Sep 7, 2010
    Killantringan lighthouse from Broadsea Bay.

    A beautiful sandy beach to the north of Portpatrick. A fairly narrow road heads down off the A764 for some two miles to the lighthouse perched on the cliff above the bay.

    The bay is made up of lots of separate coves, at high water, at low it's a long expanse of sand interspersed with rocky cliffs.

    You have to park before the beach and walk down to it over the grassy cliff. We had some lovely times here, it really is a gem of a beach. It can be difficult to park on a lovely day.

    Once again I have no photos of my own of this beach, only one of the lighthouse from a distant beach.

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    Glenwhan Garden

    by nickandchris Updated Sep 7, 2010
    Beautiful Glenwhan Gardens
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    These are by far the best gardens we have ever visited although they are little known and very low-key.

    Set 300 metres above sea level and looking out over Luce Bay, Mull of Galloway and the Isle of Man, you couldn't want a more spectacular, nor off the beaten track location.

    We visited in our motorhome and were a little alarmed by the never ending narrow and steep approach road. We began to wonder if we had made a mistake travelling in the motorhome and were relieved when we finally made it into the car park!! It is, however, well sign-posted, which it definitely needs to be!!

    The garden was begun in 1979 by Tessa and Bill Knott, who bought a derelict farmhouse with 103 acres of moorland, in 1974. Tessa's vision was to create a family garden out of this gorse and bracken covered wilderness and through perseverence and love for their creation, have not only succeeded but far surpassed anyone's idea of a family garden!

    The small lakes were created by damming the boggy areas and stocked with fish. Talking to the gardener and asking him about the diving board, we were told the family used to swim here regularly.

    Paths meander through trees and shrubs and on our visit, in August, water lillies, montbresia and hydrangeas were all in full bloom. In spring, rhododendrons create a spectacularly colourful scene.

    We particularly liked the unusual sculptures, including a Florentine Medici boar and a beautiful tower of slate balls. We also met the resident peacocks and shared our lunch with white doves.

    This year the garden celebrates it's 30th anniversary. Please make the effort to visit this special place, you will not be disappointed.

    Open daily, Easter - end Sept, 10am - 5pm.

    Dunragit, By Stranraer, DG9 8PH

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