West - Stranraer & The Rhinns
waterfront bistro in Portpatrick
sunset at Luce Bay
A hammer-head peninsula, the Rhinns stretches over 25 miles from Corsewall Point down to the Mull of Galloway, the southernmost part of Scotland. With a stunning coastline, numerous small bays and a varied landscape, the Rhinns of Galloway has a natural beauty that will take your breath away.
Dumfries & Galloway’s second largest town, Stranraer, is probably best known as the ferry port which serves Belfast in Northern Ireland. This will change in November when the ferry moves to Cairnryan and Stranraer enters a new era. The medieval Castle of St John, a ruined four-storey tower house built around 1500, which sits on a green in the main street, is well worth a visit. Stranraer is easily accessible with excellent rail and coach transport links.
To the south west, you will find the charming seaside town of Portpatrick. Set around a small bay with pretty pastel coloured houses, take the opportunity to sit down and have some food or drink while you admire the exceptional views out to sea. Portpatrick is incredibly picturesque, yet remains something of a hidden gem. The perfect place to unwind, Portpatrick awaits your arrival.
Further south down the coast lies the charming village of Port Logan. Admire the stunning sunset over the Irish Sea, take part in a spot of fishing or visit nearby Logan Botanic Garden. Fans of the BBC drama Two Thousand Acres of Sky will also find Port Logan to be the setting for the fictional island of Ronansay.
Not to be missed is the Mull of Galloway. With a spectacular unspoilt coastline, beautiful countryside and the most southern lighthouse in Scotland, the Mull of Galloway really is an area highlight.
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