Scotland's south coast is full of fantastic places to visit and beautiful natural features. We have selected a few of our favorites and hope that you will be able to enjoy them too.
Within walking distance of the cottage is the Bladnoch Inn. Here, you can choose between pub grub or restaurant food and enjoy the mild Wigtownshire weather, relaxing in their outdoor seating area beside the River. You can also buy your fishing permit, should you wish to fish for trout or salmon in the River Bladnoch. Just across the road from the inn is the Bladnoch Distillery where you can take a 'whisky tour' to see their gleaming copper stills, learn the history of Scotland's most southerly distillery and finish with a look around the visitors' shop.
A mile up the road is Wigtown, Scotland's national book town, which has over 250,000 new, second-hand and antique books in 13 different book shops. Wherever your interest lies, you are sure to find a book to suit you! While you are there, why not visit the craft shops, restaurants and cafes that are also in Wigtown or go osprey watching via the live link in the County buildings. Alternatively, you can just relax and sit in the park, watching the world go by.
Wigtown is also home to the largest local nature reserve in Britain, with hides, guided walks and birds aplenty (both native and migrant), and a nine hole golf course - there are others nearby too.
Places to See
Cardoness Castle is a 15th century, 6-storey tower house, the historic home of the McCullochs at the Gatehouse of Fleet.
Cairnholy, the remains of a chambered cairn thought to be at least 4000 years old.
St Ninian's cave, located on a beach near the Isle of Whithorn, is reached by a lovely woodland walk culminating in a stroll across the sand before a slight scramble up the rocks to view the cave where carved crosses can still be seen scratched into the walls.
Glenwhan Gardens, Dunragit, is a 12 acre garden with sea views across Luce Bay. Peacocks, ducks and red squirrels live in the gardens and over 120 species of wild flowers can be found.
Logan Botanic Garden, Port Logan, is Scotland's most exotic garden, enjoying the warmth of the Gulfstream. After admiring the plants, either by yourself or utilising one of the guided Tours, there is a discovery Centre, Shop and cafe to explore.
Galloway House Gardens, Garlieston, has a woodland garden, which leads down to the secluded beach at Rigg Bay. From here, you can explore the various forest walks or follow the coast out towards the Isle of Whithorn.
The picturesque village of the Isle of Whithorn is well worth a visit, with its coastal scenery, children's playground and rock bound beach, perfect for skimming stones. From the top of the hill, it is possible to see at least three countries.
Whithorn, the cradle of Christianity, has its own museum with a large collection of crosses and stones. There is an organic delicatessen and the Whithorn visitor centre with a cafe selling homemade treats.
Things to do
Cream O'Galloway visitor centre, Gatehouse of Fleet, has its own homemade ice cream but also has its own 3-D maze, nature trails, farm tour, indoor and outdoor adventure playgrounds (suitable for all ages) and much more.
Gem Rock Museum, Creetown, displays gemstones, fossils, rocks and crystals from all over the world. There are inter-active displays, multimedia presentation and a gift shop that will hold you spellbound for hours.
For the more energetic, there is hill walking in the Machars, golfing, mountain biking, forest and coastal walks, cycle routes and horse riding.
Further places of interest can be found on our links page. Of course, this is only a taster; once here, you will no doubt find your own favorites to add to the list!