A short break in Portpatrick in a great wee hotel.

A weekend at Rickwood Hotel in Portpatrick

Rather than stay in the Portpatrick Hotel we like to stay at Rickwood House Hotel when we are in Portpatrick. We try to visit Portpatrick at least once a year as there is so much to do in and around the village. Portpatrick makes an excellent base for touring the Rhins of Galloway and the surrounding area. Read More……

Around the Big Water of Fleet Viaduct

Film Star Viaduct, Sculptures, Eagles and much more………..

About half way between Gatehouse of Fleet and Creetown on the B96 lies a hidden gem – The Big Water of Fleet Viaduct.

Cairnsmore South West Scotland

Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve

The viaduct lies within the Cairnsmore of Fleet National Natural Nature Reserve which includes one of the three “Cairnsmores” in South West Scotland – Cairnsmore of Fleet. Read More……

Walking in South West Scotland Torrs Warren near Dunragit

Torrs Warren from Luce BayIf you are fit enough, the best way to see an area is on foot. South West Scotland is famed for its forests and coastline so I thought I`d try a walk that combines both.  This is an easy and mostly level walk of just under 4 miles return and should take less than two hours except that you will want to explore the beach as well.  There`s a car park on the A757 near the junction with the main Stranraer – Dumfries Road. Start your walk here through Torrs Warren forestry plantation on a wide track. The trees are fairly sparsely planted so that you can see the sky and, as you head towards Luce Bay, you start to hear the sound of the sea. Read More……

Walking to St Ninian`s Cave

path to st ninians cave whithornIn common with our walk at Torrs Warren, the walk to St. Ninian`s Cave starts with a path  through woodland to the shoreline.  This is another easy walk of about one mile each way. It was a beautiful day with wall to wall sunshine so we took the chance to explore the Isle of Whithorn before setting out on our walk. There is a large carpark at the start of the walk which is signposted from the Monreith to Isle of Whithorn road. Read More……

Walking from Glenluce to Luce Bay and St Helena Island

Glenluce Viaduct South West Scotland

Continuing the current theme of short woodland walks to the shore, our walk today starts in the village of Glenluce and follows the banks of the River Luce to where the river meets the shores of Luce Bay at St Helena Island. It isn`t an island as far as we can see and we don`t know how it got its name but it is a lovely walk. The approximate distance is 2.5 miles there and back. If we ever find out how it got its name we`ll let you all know. Read More……

Gatehouse of Fleet – an appreciation.

Mill on the Fleet gatehouse of FleetThere is a lot more to Gatehouse of Fleet than you might imagine. All too often visitors bypass this charming small town in South West Scotland on their way to Kirkcudbright or Newton Stewart and all they see is a glimpse of Cardoness Castle. They don`t know what they are missing!

It’s hard to imagine that, not too many years ago Gatehouse of Fleet was a majorplayer in the manufacture of cotton – it had four cotton mills and also manufactured bobbins for Coats of Paisley. At one time it was know as the “Glasgow of the South”  Read More……

Walk – Garlieston to Cruggleton Castle

Garlieston Harbour

We spent much of the afternoon at the splendid Whithorn Story learning a bit about the town`s amazing history which dates back to the arrival in Scotland of St Ninian over 1500 years ago. Not only that but in years to come, Whithorn would be visited by several Kings including King Robert the Bruce!

As the sun had come out, we decided to round off the day with a walk from nearby Garlieston to Cruggleton Castle. Similar to all the walks mentioned so far, the walk is part woodland and part coastal and is relatively easy going. Read More……

Three Lochs Walk in Galloway Forest Park

bruces stone glen trool galloway forest park

We didn`t have time to climb the Merrick this afternoon but fancied a walk in that area. From Newton Stewart, we had a lovely drive up to Glen Trool, passing the delightful Visitor Centre on the way to the car park at the road end near Bruce`s Stone.

Most visitors to this car park either walk the short distance to the spectacular viewpoint above Loch Trool at Bruce`s Stone or the more energetic take the “tourist” path up the Merrick – the highest mountain in South West Scotland.  Read More……

Lighthouses in South West Scotland 3 November 2013


Killantringan Lighthouse from Southern Upand Way south West Scotland

There are four working lighthouses on the peninsula known as the Rhins of Galloway in South West Scotland. Most visitors head for the Mull of Galloway which is the best known and which is at the equivalent of Land`s End in Scotland.

At the northern tip of the Rhins of Galloway is Corsewall Lighthouse. While the lighthouse remains operational, the lighthouse buildings have been converted into an excellent hotel with delicious meals available. The Hotel enjoys magnificent views of the Mull of Kintyre, Arran, Northern Ireland and more besides. Read More……