Explore the area
Glenwhan Gardens has been described as one of the most beautiful newly made gardens in Scotland. with unique & stunning sea views across to the Isle of Man, Luce Bay, and the Mull of Galloway.
Visit the website here: https://glenwhangardens.co.uk/
Logan Botanic Gardens
Discover a remarkable collection of unusual and beautiful plants. A pleasure for all the family, Logan is an exotic paradise. Walk through groves of eucalyptus and palm trees or stand in the shade of awesome giant rhubarb-like gunnera.
Visit website here: https://www.rbge.org.uk/
The Mull of Galloway
The Lighthouse is perched on the edge of a 260 ft. high cliff at Scotland’s most Southerly Point. The light, which stands 99 m above sea level, was first lit on the 26th March 1830. The light remains operational today.
Visit the website here: http://www.mull-of-galloway.co.uk/
Ardwell Gardens, a naturally unspoilt and idyllic location, around 10 miles south of Stranraer, surrounding a private 18th century country estate house.
Visit the website here: https://www.gardenvisit.com/gardens/ardwell_gardens
Stranraer Golf Club
Course was designed in 1950 by the distinguished golf course architect, the late James Braid who was also involved in designing such great courses as Gleneagles, Rosemount, Carnoustie and Dalmahoy.
Visit website here: https://www.stranraergolfclub.net/
Dunskey Golf Club
Situated on the coast in south west Scotland, Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Club is just a short stroll from the picturesque village of Portpatrick and boasts two superbly maintained courses.
Visit the website here: https://www.portpatrickgolfclub.com/
Turnberry golf Club
Club plays on the world famous Trump Turnberry Golf Courses on a beautiful peninsula of links land on the coast of South Ayrshire, with spectacular views across the Firth of Clyde to the islands of Arran and Ailsa Craig, the Mull of Kintyre and even to Ireland on a clear day.
Visit the website here: https://www.turnberrygolfclub.net
Castle Kennedy gardens
75 acres of spectacularly designed loch-side landscape, create a romantic garden paradise with quite literally something for everyone to enjoy – regardless of age. Dogs are welcome too!
Visit website here:
Portpatrick is nearly as far west as you can go in Southern Scotland, and nearly as far south as you can go in Western Scotland. So reaching it can involve a lot of travelling. But don't let that put you off. Portpatrick is a stunningly attractive village wrapped around a fascinating harbour, and well worth the trip wherever you are coming from.
The Southern Upland Way
The Southern Upland Way is a long distance footpath for walkers starting from Portpatrick and crossing Southern Scotland to finish at Cockburnspath.
Visit the website here: https://www.southernuplandway.gov.uk/
Port Logan Beach
The very pleasant sandy Port Logan beach with long gullies can be found in the small village of Port Logan some 12 miles south of Stranraer. With picturesque and marvellous views, the beach is an interesting destination for family’s days out and leisurely walks or swims.
Stranraer has a long history as a ferry port and the town is situated at the head of Loch Ryan.
Stranraer is the gateway to the Rhinns of Galloway and for more than a century was a busy ferry port for services between south-west Scotland and Northern Ireland. The town has many shops and there are plenty of places to dine out too.
The magnificent ruins of Dunskey Castle are picturesquely perched on a rocky outcrop jutting out into the Irish Sea.The massive towerhouse was built in the mid-16th century for the Adairs of Kinhilt - the same family that owned the Castle of St John in Stranraer - and the long wing to the north was added in the 1620's. By 1700 the whole building was derelict.
More info here: https://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/dunskey-castle-p255821
The museum features one of Scotland's oldest ploughs, while you can also look at Victorian Wigtownshire in 3D photographs and follow in the footsteps of Stranraer's own polar explorers.
There are displays on archaeology, local history, farming and dairying. An exciting temporary exhibition programme also runs throughout the year.
Wigtown Book Festival
Words flourish in few places as they do in Scotland’s National Book Town. So much of the culture and history of this beautiful part of south-west Scotland is written in its landscape, a central theme of 2019.
More info here: https://www.wigtownbookfestival.com/
Stranraer Oyster Festival
Marking the start of the native oyster harvesting season, Stranraer Development Trust is bringing top chefs, inspiring speakers, amazing entertainers and some of the world’s leading oyster experts together for Stranraer Oyster Festival, a seafood celebration on the shores of Loch Ryan.
11th - 13th September 2020
More info here: https://www.stranraeroysterfestival.com/
Stranraer millennium centre
Community Centre. venue for Groups to meet, concerts, Public meetings. Monday nights Family Bingo, Tuesday 10.30-1.30 Messy play for the under 5's, 6pm Zumba. Wednesday, town market, 6pm Stranraer Archery Club. Thursday 6pm -9pm Youth Club for age 12 and over.
Car Boots, craft fairs, Entertainment. bookings welcome for all sorts of entertainment.
Kirroughtree - 7 Stanes
This 7stanes trail centres in the south of Scotland has become a firm favourite with mountain bikers across the country. What you'll find at Kirroughtree is a mountain biking experience that can be tough and challenging or more gentle depending on your requirements.
More info here: https://forestryandland.gov.scot/visit/forest-parks/galloway-forest-park/kirroughtree-visitor-centre