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  • Castle Kennedy Gardens

    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...

  • Port Logan Fish Pond

    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...

  • Wig Bay

    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...

  • Ardwell Bay (West)

    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...

  • Port Logan

    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...

  • Portpatrick

    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...


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  • Ardwell House Gardens

    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...

  • Broadsea Bay

    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...

  • Killantringan 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...


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