Out & about - in Galloway

The Machars

The Machars of GallowayThe Machars is the spectacular peninsula of rich green, softly rolling pastures, located in the South-West of Galloway. Its quiet country roads and breathtaking scenery are perfect for exploring. For the angler there are numerous lochs and rivers for coarse fish, trout and salmon, and also sea fishing. http://www.fishgalloway.co.uk/ for more information on fishing.

Whithorn & Isle of Whithorn

The Pend Whithorn, MacharsWhere St. Ninian brought Christianity to Scotland. Whithorn Museum houses a remarkable collection of Christian crosses and the nearby Isle of Whithorn with its pretty harbour, is the site of the ruins of St Ninian's Chapel. Visit St Ninian's Cave via a beautiful walk down through the woods to the shore from Glasserton. Visit the Isle of Whithorn and walk from the harbour up the hill towards the cairn where you will see great views to the Isle of Man.

Around Wigtown

Wigtown County BuildingsScotland's National Book Town, many book businesses and with the usual shops, inns, and cafes. Bookshops line the sreets of Scotland's National Book Town, Spend a day browsing your way through the shelves. The former County Building is newly restored and has a viewing room where nesting Ospreys can be seen on CCTV. Visit Torhousekie Stone Circle nearby built 4,000 years ago, with views over the Machars. There is a book fair in May and a literary festival in autumn.

Bladnoch Distillery & visitor centre

River Bladnoch by the DistilleryClose to Wigtown, is Scotland's most southerly distillery, with a gift shop and open to visitors for whisky tours. There is also an attractive walk along the banks of the river and a picnic area. The distillery dates from 1817 and the buildings are of fine stone and slate.

Claymoddie Garden & Galloway Plants

Claymoddie Gardens and PlantsCLAYMODDIE (Open March to September Fri, Sat, Sun 2-5pm, or by appointment) has been described as “the most romantic garden” of the many gardens in southwest Scotland and was started by Robin Nicholson in 1970 on a woodland site. The mature trees now provide the backdrop to a magical garden design. Galloway Plants, is located adjacent to the garden where there is a good choice of favourites as well as more unusual items including hydrangeas and camellias together with southern hemisphere trees and shrubs. More information at the Claymoddie website

The nature reserve

Wigtown Bay nature reserveOur cottages overlook Wigtown Bay which is designated a Nature Reserve. Many bird species are to be seen including thousands of wintering wild geese. There is a bird hide and a new wetland has been successful in attracting new species. There is a pleasant short walk from the cottages past the Martyrs' Stake to Wigtown harbour and bird hide.

Other attractions - golf, beaches, walks, gardens

Rigg Bay near GarliestonThere are Beaches at Monreith beyond the golf course and Rigg Bay near Garlieston harbour. A walk to Rigg bay takes you through the gardens of Galloway House to the beach. As well as Monreith golf course there is a pretty 9 hole golf course in Wigtown itself, and also an 18 hole course at Newton Stewart close by.

Further walks along the coast to Cruggleton Castle and cliffs. Kilsture Forest on the road to Garlieston - many forest trails, alive with wild flowers especially bluebells in spring. Also see our links to other local attractions page here

Cycling holidays on quiet country roads or mountain trails

Cycling in GallowayThe National Cycle Network crosses the Machars of Galloway with miles of stunning scenery, from coastline to forests. Further afield for trails and mountain bikers there is Galloway Forest Park vist two of the '7stanes' Located at Kirroughtree and Glentrool see the 7Stanes link here. www.7 stanes.gov.uk

Moonrise

Moonrise Courtyard Cottages Wigtown

Moonrise taken from the top of the drive at Courtyard Cottages in Autumn.

Cairnholy Cairn

Cairholy Cairn Carsluith

Near Carsluith - view towards Wigtown Bay. A chambered Cairn over 4000 years old.