If you are interested in history, Garlieston was chosen as a secret location in the 1940s to test the floating “Mulberry Harbours” which were installed off Normandy after D-day. Little now remains of these structures apart from a stone plinth. Fragments of wreckage are sometimes exposed at low tide.
Galloway House, built in 1740 is at the southern end of the village and has woodland gardens right down to the shoreline. You can explore the woodland gardens at any time but, unfortunately, the walled garden is currently closed for repairs.
Walking and Cycling from Garlieston
The remains of Cruggleton Castle are on a promontory about two and a half miles south of Garlieston. The walk is mostly level and combines woodland with coastal scenery and the opportunity to explore the gardens of Galloway House. Little remains of Cruggleton Castle apart from an archway but there are great views from the castle site across Wigtown Bay towards Ross Island Lighthouse and south to the Isle of Whithorn. It is possible to continue the walk down the coast to the Isle of Whithorn – 7 miles one way.
There are four circular cycle routes on the Machars Peninsula and Garlieston is on two of these routes – the Wigtown-Sorbie-Garlieston Loop of 22 miles and the Whithorn-Sorbie-Isle of Whithorn Loop of 17 miles (slight detour required)