What Makes South West Scotland Unique?

Things that help to make South West Scotland unique in Scotland      

  • Scotland`s Highest Village is in South West Scotland

You`d be forgiven for thinking that Scotland`s highest village would be in – well, The Highlands. Well actually, no! The highest village in Scotland is in Dumfries & Galloway in South West Scotland. It is called Wanlockhead and is 1531 feet above sea level! Much higher than Tomintoul! In view of its height, the local real ale brewery calls its ales 1531                                                                                                                                             

  •  Michelin Star Restaurants 

Scotland has only 16 Michelin starred restaurants. Two of them are in South West Scotland within a few miles of Stranraer! One of them Knockinaam Lodge near Portpatrick holds the record for having held a star the longest.


  • You can see four countries from one place in South West Scotland

From viewpoints such as the Mull of Galloway – Scotland`s  awesome most southerly point you can see Scotland (no surprises there!), Cumbria, the Isle of Man and Northern

  • Only wild Oyster Fishery in the UK

  Loch Ryan on the Rhins of Galloway is home to the only Wild Oyster Fishery in the UK operated by Loch Ryan Oyster Fishery

  • South West Scotland has the first Dark Sky Park in the UK

Galloway Forest Park was awarded Dark Sky status from the International Dark Sky Association in 2009

  • South West Scotland has the longest zip wire in the UK

The zip wire at Laggan Outdoor near Gatehouse of Fleet is 820 metres long!

  • South West Scotland is the only area in Scotland to have a UNESCO Biosphere

The newly designated Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere is a first for Scotland

  • South West Scotland is where you can roll “uphill” in your car!

At the Electric Brae at Croy between Maidens and Dunure in South Ayrshire, an optical illusion makes a downward slope seem to be upward – the views are great too!

  • South West Scotland has Scotland`s most Exotic Garden

Logan Botanic Garden near the Mull of Galloway grows many species from the Southern Hemisphere

  • South West Scotland has a Cannibal`s Cave!

Legend has it that Sawney Bean and his family lived in a hidden cave on the Southern Ayrshire coast near Lendalfoot for 25 years in the 18th Century.

  • You can see and feed live fish in a Victorian Fish Larder in a rock pool

Logan Fish Pond at Port Logan on the Rhins of Galloway has this visitor attraction situated in a tidal pool created by a blow hole formed during the last Ice Age

  • The First Hotel in the World to have an Indoor Curling Rink

The North West Castle Hotel in Stranraer had an indoor curling rink and was the first hotel not only in Scotland, but the whole world to have an indoor curling rink.

 And much more besides………….