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Local Area

Nearby is the stunning Galloway House Estate where you can loose yourself in amazing walks through the woods leading to the tranquil and secluded Rigg Bay. 


The cottage  is 20 minutes from the Galloway Forest Park, Britain’s largest forest park with three hundred square miles of wild beauty just waiting to be explored. The park boasts tranquil valleys, rugged rock faces, forest, moorland, lochs and ancient woodland alongside a huge diversity of wildlife including red and roe deer, wild goats and many birds of prey. Here you can also enjoy walking, cycling, mountain biking (7 Stanes) or simply enjoy the breathtaking loch and mountain views.

The park has also been awarded the status of one of only four Dark Sky Parks in the western world, and when the sun sets enthusiasts come to wonder at the universe revealed above. Dalmellington at the far end of the park is home to the Scottish Dark Observatory, and for the outdoor enthusiast nearby Galloway offers hill walking, mountain biking and water-sports, with many renowned gardens and ancient woodland to explore with a chance to glimpse the abundant wildlife.

WIGTOWN BOOK TOWN

Wigtown was officially designated as Scotland’s National Book Town in 1998 and is now home to a wide range of book-related businesses. A book lovers haven – and with over quarter of a million books to choose from, old and new … it is impossible to escape empty-handed.

ST NINIAN'S CAVE 

Situated only 4 miles from Whithorn Abbey, it is believed that this small sea cave was a retreat of St. Ninian, Scotland's first saint.

The area is steeped in history and the landscape diverse, a haven for birdwatchers and walkers. The Mull of Galloway, with its lighthouse and grass topped visitor centre, is Scotland’s most southerly point with amazing views of Ireland, England and the Isle of Man. 

Explore Logan

Take a walk in paradise at five star Logan Botanic Garden, Scotland's most exotic Garden, and discover plant treasures rarely seen in the United Kingdom.

Located on the south-western tip of Scotland, Logan enjoys an almost subtropical climate.  The Garden's avenues and borders feature a spectacular and colourful array of half-hardy perennials.  The Garden is warmed by the Gulf Stream which enables plants from Australia, New Zealand, South and Central America and Southern Africa to thrive. 

Portpatrick Village

Located in the far western reaches of Dumfries & Galloway, Portpatrick lies on the western coast of the Rhinns of Galloway.  The village is about 8 miles south of the port town of Stranraer.


Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve  has internationally recognised, significant numbers of pink-footed geese, greylag geese, many species of duck and wading birds, visiting in autumn and winter.

Golf, (29 golf courses in Dumfries and Galloway there are plenty of courses to choose from) sailing, diving and numerous walks are available in the area and with its famously mild climate and the balmy influence of the Gulf Stream.

Crafty Distillery

Here at Crafty Distillery, in the heart of Dumfries & Galloway, we have a plan. To create tasty spirits from scratch using new technology and locally sourced ingredients

The modern distillery is positioned on an enviable, elevated position with spectacular views across the hills and forests of Galloway.

Enjoy a tour of the distillery, and learn how we make our very own spirit from scratch and the process for making our gin. After the tour you will enjoy a perfect serve of our Hills & Harbour Gin.


Bladnoch Distillery

Bladnoch’s rich history dates back to 1817, when John and Thomas McClelland were first granted a licence to distil whisky on their Bladnoch farm in Scotland’s Lowlands.

Shortly after, the distillery resumed production and launched its award-winning range of Bladnoch Single Malts and Pure Scot Blended Whiskies.In 2017, Bladnoch Distillery celebrated its 200 year anniversary, making it the oldest privately owned Scotch distillery.

With reverence for our distillery’s 200 year history, and anticipation for the future, we are inspired to create Lowland-style Scotch whisky for the modern-day whisky lover to enjoy.

The Machars is a peninsula of South West Scotland, Dumfries & Galloway, a land rich in history, with lovely villages, harbours, beaches, views. In the Machars you can be walking by a river, paddling in the sea, visiting a landmark or enjoying browsing something interesting, or just admiring the unspoilt scenery in any direction in about twenty minutes from anywhere locally.

Clay Pigeon Shooting - from beginners to seasoned pros, and from teenagers to grandparents, we cater for everyone. We host a variety of clay pigeon based events.

 
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Eating Out

Our recommendations for eating out

Takeaway  The Central Cafe Whithorn

A family run Italian cafe since 1933.
Providing a traditional fish and chip menu to take away

The Harbour Inn is a well established and well known pub known in the Garlieston area. At The Harbour Inn our aim is to provide a reliable, professional and guaranteed service.

If you are looking for a friendly pub in Garlieston, look no further than The Harbour Inn.

The village of Garlieston is a beautiful harbour village situated on the west coast of Southern Scotland. It is the birth place of the WW11 Mulberry Harbours.

 The steam packet Inn  located on the harbour in the picturesque fishing village of Isle of Whithorn. The pub is still a traditional village pub based around two bar areas overlooking the harbour. We have evolved over the years adding two modern dining areas serving contemporary cuisine along with seven newly refurbished rooms. 

The Bladnoch Inn is a small, friendly inn, ideally located by the banks of the River and just a short distance from Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town, in Galloway, southwest Scotland.


The Pheasant Husband and wife team Andrea and Morag Cuomo have worked hard to establish a restaurant in this rural area and have been awarded a number of accolades including Restaurant of the Year 2019 Dumfries and Galloway Life Awards and a Hospitality Honour 2018 Scottish Food Awards Academy.