Stranraer Things to Do

  • Loch Ryan from Wig Bay
    Loch Ryan from Wig Bay
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  • From The Wig, Loch Ryan.
    From The Wig, Loch Ryan.
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  • Please heed warnings....
    Please heed warnings....
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    Wig Bay

    by nickandchris Updated Sep 10, 2010
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    Heading northwards out of Stranraer on the A718 along the western side of Loch Ryan, you pass various remnants of RAF activity here during WW2.Here on the shores of the loch were a couple of RAF bases and was home to a flying boat base where Sunderlands were tested.The sailing club have now taken over the ramp used for launching these monsters and today it's pleasure and fishing craft using the facility.

    There is a pleasant parking area by the Wg, near Kirkcolm,a shingle and shell promontory that is an RSPB nature reserve. There is circular walk fom here of 3 miles or so, along the shingle beach, taking you practically to the mouth of Loch Ryan. There are warnings here, as on other parts of the loch, about the dangerously high wash every twenty minutes or so, caused by the high speed ferries .Not to be ignored!

    Seals can be seen, perched on the occassional large rocks in the bay, basking in the sun.They do amuse me, their great bodies balanced with their tails and faces pointing upwards!!

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    • Fishing
    • Birdwatching
    • Hiking and Walking

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    Portpatrick

    by nickandchris Updated Sep 8, 2010
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    When in the Rhins of Galloway, make sure you visit Portpatrick. It has a fascinating harbour with a lighthouse and Dunskey Castle on the cliffs to the south. You could say it is a typical picture postcard harbour village.

    The attractive buildings cluster round the harbour, making it a very picturesque village.
    In the 1830's it was the main port for crossing to Ireland. Now the ferry's leave from Cairnryan and Stranraer it being less exposed to the elements here.The village still retains a fishing fleet as well as a lifeboat station.

    The Southern Upland Way Footpath begins in Portpatrick and ends on the east coast at Cockburnspath and is 212 miles long.

    We enjoyed wandering around Portpatrick, watching the lifeboat come back one day.
    I remember looking for fishing tackle on the little harbour beach here and finding some quite useful stuff!!

    Hotels, cafes, shops, all the usual low key tourist facilities as well as a golf course and bowling green.

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Sailing and Boating
    • Fishing

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    Port Logan

    by nickandchris Updated Sep 9, 2010
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    This is a delightful little village with it's own harbour complete with lighthouse. This was designed by Thomas Telford in the 1830's and certainly adds to the overall picture postcard image of the place.Popular with families, swimming, fishing and boating oppoortunities are all at hand.

    The place is literally a row of old fisherman's cottages with the Port Logan Inn and a part time P.O.as well as a village hall. The pub reputably serves excellent food but we haven't tried it!

    There is ample parking, either by the harbour or further along by the spectacular sandy beach.

    Port Logan has it's own attractions, with the Fish Pond at the far end of the beach and Logan Botanic Gardens a little way inland.

    We stayed on the Certificated caravan site here and enjoyed a spot of boating and fishing, visited the fish pond and the Gardens. I also had a walk along the coastal path beyond the harbour and discovered some wild and rocky scenery.

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    • Fishing
    • Sailing and Boating
    • Beaches

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    Logan Botanic Gardens

    by nickandchris Updated Sep 7, 2010
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    Just up the road from Port Logan(14 miles from Stranraer) these extensive gardens have some interesting plant species. Well worth the visit and hours can be spent wandering around.

    Because of the Gulf stream flowing past here, the unusual variety of plants found here have led to the gardens being named as Scotland's most exotic gardens. There is a woodland garden, a walled garden and a terrace garden as well as a wonderful avenue of large palms.

    There is a cafe and a gift shop that sells crafts and plants also.

    Guided walks are available.

    Admission: Adults £5

    Open from March to end Oct and Sundays in February.

    Children £1
    Family Ticket £10

    Opening times: March to 31st oct.
    10am. to 5pm.
    10am. to 6pm. April to Sept.

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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Hiking and Walking

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    Port Logan Fish Pond

    by nickandchris Updated Sep 10, 2010

    It is a good few years since we visited here but I am pleased to see it is still going strong.

    Situated at the far end of Port Logan beach, the Victorian pond (which is not visible from outside) was created for the Laird of Logan, Andrew Mc Dougall, who decided he would like a fish larder to store live sea fish in. Work began in 1788 on this tidal pool, created around the natural rock formation and an entrance was made, allowing the sea to flow in with the tide.Work took twelve years and the larder was finally completed in 1800. Fish were bought in and stocked in the pond.

    Today, this is a wonderful family attraction complete with gift shop. I am presuming it is still very low key, it certainly was when we visited. After paying your admission, you descend the steps down to the deep pond, where there is a ledge to walk round and watch the fish from. You can feed the fish which loom out of the depths, mouths open.It is quite an exciting sight, to see such large fish at close quarters.

    Outside, a short distance away, there is an old, renovated bathing hut and also a bathing pool which was a popular excursion from nearby Logan House in Victorian times. I am pretty sure these were not open when we were there.

    I have no photos, so have put a web link for images.

    http://www.google.co.uk/images?hl=en&q=port%20logan%20fish%20pond&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&biw=1440&bih=708

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    • Family Travel
    • Fishing
    • Historical Travel

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    Ardwell Bay (West)

    by nickandchris Updated Sep 9, 2010
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    There are actually two Ardwell Bays on the Rhinns peninsula, an east and a west. Far prettier and more remote is the westerly. The last part of the road is a rutted track which ends at the bay. There is a decent free car park looking over the bay with footpaths through the marram grass to the beautiful silver sand beach. The road continues a little to a small slipway and more sheltered little bay.

    Take a right off the A716 just after the end of Sandhead.

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    • Beaches
    • Fishing
    • Sailing and Boating

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    Castle Kennedy Gardens

    by nickandchris Updated Sep 10, 2010
    Impressive gardens at Castle Kennedy
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    An outstanding garden set in the grounds of two castles. 2mile garden walk including two lochs.
    Impressive rhododendron display in Spring.
    A walled garden, at it's best in Aug. and Sept.
    One of the castles is a ruin and was burnt down in 1716 and the other, Lochinch,(built in 1864) is the home of Earl and Countess Stair. It has a sunken garden and is a very impressive looking building.
    There is a tea room and a plant shop.
    Really, you could have spent all day here, wandering around and enjoying the beautiful landscape.

    Open daily from Easter until end Sept. 10am. to 5 pm.

    We loved Castle Kennedy Gardens, the 2 mile walk between castles is stunning. It was interesting to see the different types of gardens created.
    Lochinch Castle was a spectacular building; who wouldn't have liked to live there???

    Please look at the website, it is really very informative.

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Castles and Palaces

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