The Rhins of Galloway
Dumfries and Galloway is the best kept secret of the UK. Here in Wigtownshire in Dumfries and Galloway, south west Scotland you will find miles of sandy beaches, hectares of forest, numerous historical sites, formal gardens, miles of footpaths and even a Lighthouse that you can climb! Wigtownshire, and in particular the Rhins has so much to offer. Dumfries and Galloway is known for peace and quiet. Wigtownshire is predominately agricultural, and tourism is the life blood of the area.
The Mull of Galloway
The Mull of Galloway Experience is a unique visitor attraction located at the very southern end of the Mull of Galloway, Scotland’s most southerly point. The 26 metre lighthouse tower is open to the public at the weekend throughout summer (Easter to October) every bank holiday and additional Mondays in July and August. A climb of the 115 steps provides a 360 degree uninterrupted view of Cumbria to the East, Isle of Man to the south, Ireland to the west and Wigtownshire to the North. Check out the webcam, which is situated at the top of the tower and was installed in April 2005 by the Northern Lighthouse Board.
The Gallie Craig Coffee house, part of the Mull of Galloway experience, serves home-made food throughout the day and it also has an extensive gift shop where you can buy local crafts, gifts and postcards.
RSPB Mull of Galloway
At Scotland’s most southerly point, the Mull of Galloway, you will find 30 acres of heathland, the RSPB visitor centre, viewing platforms and the circular trail around the nature reserve. You will be amazed by the stunning views to the Solway Firth and Irish Sea and the Isle of Man in the distance. The cliffs are home to a colony of sea birds, including guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes and the heathlands are alive with rare butterflies, and birds such as the linnet and the stonechat.
The Rhins of Galloway Gardens
The Rhins of Galloway has its own micro climate, and it is because of this that we are blessed with six gardens open to the visitor. These are Logan Botanic Garden, the adjacent Logan House Garden, Ardwell House Garden, Dunskey Gardens, Castle Kennedy Gardens and Glenwhan gardens. Each one is different in its own right and deserves a visit. You can visit all six gardens during your holiday with us in south west Scotland and can receive 10% reduction on admission charges with the garden passport.
The Rhins of Galloway Beaches and coastline
There are over 200 miles of coastline in Dumfries and Galloway and here in the Rhins of Galloway our narrow peninsular has magnificent cliffs and a huge variety of sea birds.The coastline of the Rhins of Galloway has around 50 miles of coastline and the area sees a significant effect of the North Atlantic drift. This causes the land to be cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, producing a stable temperature in the area.
There are many secluded beaches, sandy bays and rocky outcrops to explore. You will find many large sandy beaches on the east of the peninsula, while the west is predominantly cliffs with some sandy bays. The Rhins of Galloway coastline boasts many pretty little ports and villages like Port Logan, Portpatrick, Sandhead and Drummore. There are stunning cliff top views from the Mull of Galloway, across to the Isle of Man and the Irish coast. At nearby Port Logan you will find the Logan Fish Pond, the former personal fish larder of the Logan Estate and this is most certainly a must see. Logan Fish Pond was originally created from a blow hole and is geologically unique. It is now home to around 50 fish.
In the north of the Rhins you will find Corsewall point with its Lighthouse, amazing views and rugged cliffs. On a clear day you can see Ireland, Ailsa Craig and the island of Arran. Corsewall Lighthouse is 26 metres high and was built in 1815 by lighthouse engineer Robert Stevenson and is now a hotel and restaurant. This area is a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) and is a great place for watching grey seals, looking out for porpoises or dolphins and watching the gannets diving.
Walking in the Rhins of Galloway
The Mull of Galloway Trail was opened in 2012 by the Rotary Club of Stranraer and runs from the Mull of Galloway to Stranraer taking in the amazing views in this south west corner of Scotland. The Mull of Galloway Trail is now a key link in IAT Scotland and has been selected as one of Scotland’s great trails by Scotland National Heritage. The Mull of Galloway trail continues north as the Loch Ryan Coastal Path for a total distance of 35 miles to Glenapp in South Ayrshire where it links with the Ayrshire Coastal Path.
There are many other walks around the Rhins of Galloway including the start of the 212 mile Southern Upland way coast to coast walk, which starts from Portpatrick.
You will be rewarded with the best local scenery, stunning views, wildlife and lots of fresh air whilst out walking and hiking in the Rhins of Galloway.
Eat and Drink in the Rhins of Galloway
Whilst travelling around this beautiful area, there are a number of places where you can grab a bite to eat. You could try the Woodlands Tea room at Sandhead where they serve delightful meals and snacks. For the more formal meal try the Tigh Na Mara Hotel and Restaurant, also in Sandhead or the Torrs Warren Hotel in Stoneykirk. In the village of Portpatrick there are numerous fine places to eat and drink, from coffee and cake in the Port Pantry to a locally sourced fresh catch of the day in Campbells. There’s something to suit everyone here in the Rhins of Galloway.
Come to Wigtownshire and see what life is like in the slow lane, you will be pleasantly surprised!