Situated on the southwestern edge of Dumfries & Galloway, Stranraer and the Rhins of Galloway are a hidden coastal jewel, perfect for birdwatching and coastal walking holidays. The ideal ‘get away from it all’ destination, Stranraer & The Rhins sit within easy driving distance of Burns Country in Alloway and Dumfries, best golf courses on the Ayrshire Golf Coast and top mountain bike trails in Galloway Forest Park.
Cairnryan and Loch Ryan Port just to the north is one of Scotland’s main ferry departure points across to Ireland and Larne. You’ll find a wide choice of accommodation around both Stranraer and Cairnryan, whether you’re looking for a ferry stopover or best coastal walking holiday base. For an introduction to the Wigtownshire area and its history visit the Stranraer Museum and explore the Stranraer Town Trail. Don’t miss a visit to the Castle of St John with panoramic views across Loch Ryan and Stranraer.
Stranraer and The Rhins are a great starting point for accessing first the Lochryan Coastal Path winding around the edge of Loch Ryan, which links into the Ayrshire Coastal Path running north towards Ayr. Walkers on The Southern Upland Way, Scotland’s great coast to coast trail, are also well placed in Stranraer and Portpatrick accommodation for the start of the trail.
Exotic gardens feature in this southwest area which is warmed by the Gulf Stream. Visit Logan Botanic Gardens in Port Logan near Stranraer, widely regarded as Scotland’s most exotic garden. Other beautiful gardens not to be missed around Stranraer include Castle Kennedy & Gardens and the exquisite Glenwhan Gardens situated 300 feet above sea level, with views towards Luce Bay.
In the local area around the far south Mull of Galloway you’re in prime coastal birdwatching territory with cliff top perched lighthouses and nestling seabirds including puffins, fulmars and razorbills. The area is an RSPB reserve with free entry. You’ll also find excellent local golf courses at Portpatrick. Stay in the hidden southwest corner of Scotland – rich in wildlife, spectacular coastal walks and exotic gardens – the ultimate tranquil retreat. Book accommodation in Stranraer & The Rhins online now.