Portpatrick, Galloway, Scotland DG9 8LE. Telephone 01776810284, Email christinecampbell@mail.com

Use Portpatrick as your base. Explore Galloway and farther afield.

  • EATING OUT
  • COASTAL and WOODLAND WALKS
  • CASTLES and GARDENS
  • PLACES TO VISIT
  • THINGS TO DO
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Eating out

The restaurant we most recommend “Campbells”, only a few yards from the front door. There are also a number of award winning Hotels providing evening meals, bar food and full breakfasts all within walking distance.
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Shops

In the village there is a post office and Spar grocery also a local bakers selling bread milk newspapers and basic provisions. There are also good craft and gift shops to browse around.
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Coastal And Woodland Walks

Going south along the cliff path will bring you to Dunskey castle, and if you continue you will reach Morroch Bay and then Knockingham Lodge, (a Michilin starred restaurant situated on it’s own beach) which will serve you lunch.
If you go north from the village you are on the beginning of The Southern Upland Way, which will take to Sandeel Bay, then the Laird’s Bay, with it’s hexagonal bathing huts where you have the choice of turning inland through the Dunskey Glen Walk to their tea room and back to the village, or continuing on towards Killantringan Lighthouse and
when the tide is out the spectacular Knock Bay. From here you can loopback to the village from the first farm up the road.
There are many other wonderful walks in the locality which include The Mull of Galloway trail, The Loch Ryan Coastal Path and The Southern Ayreshire Coastal path. There are booklets on many of these walks in the apartment.
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Castles and Gardens

Thanks to the Gulf Stream the area enjoys a mild climate which has resulted in several gardens being developed here over the years, some of which feature unusual sub tropical plants and tree ferns.

Dunskey gardens; (www.visitscotland.com)
Logan botanical gardens. (www.rbge.org.uk./the- gardens/logan}
Castle Kennedy gardens (www.castlekennedygardens.co.uk)
Ardwell gardens (www.mull­of-galloway.co.uk/attractions)
Glenwhan gardens (www.glenwhangardens.co.uk)
CULZEAN castle, garden and cliff walk is a wonderful day out. (about one and a half hours drive) (www.nts.org.uk/culzean)

The prehistory of this area stretches back several millennia and there are many prehistoric sites scattered across Galloway, chambered cairns, standing stones, evidence of early Christian monastic life, Vikings, Robert the Bruce, reformation, Covenanters, Napoleonic wars, early railways , WW1 and WW2 bases they are all here.

A good starting point is the Dumfries and Galloway

Council website

A 1:50000 scale Ordnance Survey map shows the location of dozens of sites. Or simply search the web.
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Places To Visit

BELFAST AND NORTHERN IRELAND.
Day trips to Belfast, the Titanic Experience, Giants Causway can be arranged through P & O (www.poferries.com/cairnryan­larne) Also Stena Line (www.stenaline.co.uk/ferries­to-
ireland)

See also
www.titanicbelfast.com

GALLOWAY FORREST PARK.
The Galloway Forrest Park offers three hundred square miles of wild beauty are waiting to be explored here in Britain. (www.gallowayforrestpark.com)

MULL OF GALLOWAY visit the lighthouse, RSPB reserve, museum, wonderful views and great café.

BLADENOCH DISTILLERY
ISLE OF WHITHORN and it’s early Christian archaeology and also ST. INIANS CAVE

Or visit Castle Douglas­ the food town, Kirkcudbright- the artists town or Wigtown ­ the book town.
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Recreation

GOLF : Portpatrick boasts two golf courses – Dunskey and Lagganmore both welcome visitors. There are also courses in Stranraer, Glenluce, Monreith, and also the famous Turnberry, which is only one and a quarter hours drive away.

HORSE RIDING and PONY TRECKING : can be enjoyed at Lochnaw Home Farm.

FISHING: Charter boats are available to take parties out from the harbour by arrangement. Loch fishing can also be arranged through Dunskey estate.
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Natural Wildlife

The RSPB and Scottish Wildlife Trust have reserves in Galloway where you can see Eagle, osprey, kite and otter. The flora includes perennial flax and pearl borded fritillary and wild orchids, Krane, seal, cormorant and the little black and white guillemots, which nest in the harbour walls, can be seen from the apartment windows.
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