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  • Castle Kennedy
    of Stair and his troops and cover 75 acres of land The gardens sit between two natural lochs Black Loch and White Loch which attract wildfowl such as greylag and Canada geese White Loch is so important it is protected as an SSSI Black Loch features a Crannog a manmade island with a causeway linking it to the shore the causeway no longer stands and a common feature from Iron Age to the Middle Ages in Galloway The main features of the garden are its world renowned rhododendrons pinetum monkey puzzle avenue and 2 acre lily pond All this plus the trademark palm trees featured in most of the Rhin s popular gardens Castle Kennedy had an airfield in operation in the Second World War which changed to a passenger airway for a short period in the 1950s Nearby Places to Visit Soulseat Loch an attractive loch you can walk around with access for disabled anglers There are also remains of 12th century Soulseat Abbey by the herb garden on the South side of the loch top Can you help improve the information on this site If you have any suggestions for things that you think should be included on

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  • Drummore - Mull of Galloway
    host colonies of Gannets in the breeding season and are managed by the RSPB Unfortunately there are no regular trips out to them Don t Miss This in Drummore Drummore Bay Drummore has a pleasant sandy beach which is regularly raked and kept clean It also boasts views across Luce Bay Remains of HMS Pagham Once a Ham class inshore minesweeper built for the Royal Navy in 1955 it was then used for training by the sea cadets in 1978 before being left to rust in Drummore harbour in 2008 after reclaimable parts were stripped from it Nearby Places to Visit Mull of Galloway if Drummore is the most Southerly village in Scotland then that makes the Mull of Galloway the most Southerly point in Scotland The thing that hits you first when you get to the Mull is the views providing you come on a clear day you will see Ireland the Isle of Man and Cumbria as well as across to the Machars The sheer 85 metre cliffs provide habitat for an amazing array of birds including peregrine falcons razorbills shags guillemots fulmars kittiwakes gulls and the occasional puffin or three The cliff tops themselves host twites linnets stonechats pipits wheatears as well as various rare butterflies and moths Please take care with what you do here as it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest SSSI as well as an RSPB protected reserve Offshore you may be lucky enough to spot shearwaters auks and skuas as well as marine mammals such as seals dolphins and whales Basking sharks and the odd turtle can also sometimes be spotted If you re more of an armchair wildlife lover you can sit in the visitor centre which has video streamed straight from cameras set in the middle of nesting sites

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  • Dunragit - near Glenluce
    to see anything at all Droughduil mote itself had some excavation work taken out on it and was found to date from a similar period as the timber circles perhaps a viewpoint to look down on ceremonies taking place in the circles Later in the villages history Romans built their road through and it is thought there may be a Roman cemetery here In the 18th century Dunragit s core was Dunragit House and the main employer was the now abandoned creamery Don t Miss This in Dunragit Glenwhan Gardens another stunning Rhins garden constructed on the hillside comparatively recently in 1979 and spanning over 12 acres It has two lochs great views resident red squirrels and a wildflower walk Nearby Places to Visit Glenluce Abbey venture over the invisible Rhins border and you will find a gem in Glenluce Abbey a picturesque ruin built in 1192 There are displays of local artefacts found here and the chapter house 15th century still remains intact it has a roof unlike most of the abbey Glenluce Pretty viaduct with sign posted walk down to St Helena s Isle Nearby 16th century Castle of Park is sometimes open to the public Torrs Warren Ringdoo Point parking available for waymarked woodland walks at this Forestry Commission managed forest You may even spot one of the resident red squirrels or the common lizards Access to Ringdoo Point is possible through Torrs Warren and provides views over Luce Sands Stairhaven sandy beach with rock pools Cliff walk to Auchenmalg Featured Accommodation in and Around Dunragit Self Catering at Seabank Address Auchenmalg Glenluce DG8 0JU Tel 01581 600228 Web http www seabankselfcatering co uk Details Self catering property in Auchenmalg a stone s throw from the beach with sea views Plenty to do locally especially for walkers

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  • Kirkcolm
    There is a circular walk here that goes from the car park and follows the shoreline until you take a left turn towards Kirkcolm and then back to the car park Notice the beach is littered with huge scallop shells You may spot jellyfish washed up here and seals sunbathing on rocks in Loch Ryan Kilmorie Cross The Kilmorie Cross original location was said to be in the churchyard of St Mary s Chapel just over 2 miles South of Kirkcolm It was later found in the grounds of Corsewall House being used as a door lintel for the now ruined Kirkcolm Church Since then it has been relocated to the grounds of the present Ervie Kirkcolm Church of Scotland in Kirkcolm itself Church Road The Kilmorie Cross is a 9th or 10th century carved cross with strangely both Christian and Viking inspired drawings On one side of the cross is carvings of writhing animals below an ornate cross On the other is an illustration of the crucifixion above a blacksmith holding a hammer and tongs beside two eagles The blacksmith is thought to be Sigurd a Scandinavian super hero or even the Viking god Thor Either way the carvings on the cross seem to illustrate the triumph of Christianity over Paganism For more details see www erviekirkcolmchurch com Corsewall Point One of the Rhins most spectacular viewpoints and best known lighthouses On a clear day you can see Ireland Ailsa Craig Arran and further north It is also a great spot to sit and watch the Stena and P O ferries travel from the mouth of Loch Ryan over towards Ireland The Lighthouse is 26 metres high and was built in 1815 by lighthouse engineer Robert Stephenson Corsewall Lighthouse is now a hotel and restaurant This SSSI is a

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  • Leswalt
    war years Marian Tower heading north from Leswalt on the B798 is a 19th century white monument called Marian Tower The tower may have been a memorial to a local girl killed by a bull but other reports claim it was Sir John Ross a local arctic explorer who built it in tribute to one of his family Whatever the reason for its construction it remains a family landmark in the North Rhins Agnew Monument this castellated monument is built on the site of an iron age hillfort known as the Tor of Craigoch It was constructed to commemorate Lochnaw Castle s Sir Andrew Agnew hence the name in 1850 Sir Andrew Agnew was once an MP for Wigtownshire as well as leader of the Teetotal and Sunday Observance societies There is a car park by the monument and a path leading up to it the short climb is well worth it for the views over Loch Ryan and Stranraer Close to the car park you may spot the remains of one of the many antiaircraft guns that protected Loch Ryan in World War Two Larbrax Broadsea Bay a nice sandy beach best accessed from Killantringan Bay see Portpatrick if you don t mind the walk as the track down to it is very bumpy and gated at two points There is an Iron Age fort above the bay and various other sites of archaeological interest Galdenoch Castle and Salt Pans Bay those of you with an OS map of the area will notice a P sign right by the 16th century Galdenoch Castle if you park here you can have a look at the ruined tower and then walk down to the shore On your way to Salt Pans Bay you will pass a small loch which often has

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  • Port Logan - Botanic Gardens
    of Sky and this alone attracts many visitors Port Logan s harbour was constructed between 1818 and 1822 to try and gather more trade than Portpatrick however Andrew MacDouall s plan failed and the village remained a fishing village as it still is today The quay and lighthouse were designed by Thomas Telford in the 1830s Don t Miss This in Port Logan Logan Botanic Gardens set up in 1900 this is one of the finest of all the magnificent gardens in the Rhins and probably the most well known due to it s collection of tropical plants Logan Botanic Gardens also includes a walled garden woodland walks a bog garden discovery centre cafe and botanical shop You can also take in the stunning views of the surrounding area from the gardens Logan House Garden centred around Logan House as the name suggests this 2 acre garden dates from the 1870s and although separate from the Botanic Gardens also boasts plants gathered from across the planet Woodland walk The gardens had overgrown but were restored to their former glory in 2001 top Can you help improve the information on this site If you have any suggestions for things that you

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  • Portpatrick
    Portpatrick Portpatrick Putting Green For a small fee you can have a lot of fun on this 18 hole putting green Well worth a go Dunskey Castle you can walk to Dunskey Castle from the South end of Portpatrick on a cliff top path The ruins of Dunskey Castle that stand today were built in the 16th century for the Adairs of Kinhilt the same family who owned the Castle of St John in Stranraer but was empty by 1700 Don t be surprised to see an apparition of a hairy man as the castle is said to be haunted by a ghost Southern Upland Way the Southern Upland way is a long distance 212 miles path that starts at the North end of Portpatrick and takes you all the way to Cockburnspath in the Borders on the East Lifeboat Week celebrating the work of the RNLI in Portpatrick once a year Nearby Places to Visit Dunskey Estate Gardens Another beautiful garden in the Rhins landscaped in the 18th century and featuring a walled garden glasshouses tropical plants and a loch One of the many gardens to host a snowdrop festival every year Killantringan Bay Lighthouse park at Killantringan and stroll down the steep path to a stunning sandy beach with rock pools full of Starfish Walk up from the car park and admire Killantringan Lighthouse built in 1900 by Robert Louis Stephenson s nephew Look down upon the next bay of Portamaggie and a lower tides you can clearly see the shipwreck of Craigantlet a container ship that became stranded in 1982 Killantringan s name is said to mean Saint Ninian s church and refers to a chapel that once stood here dedicated to the locally active saint Knockinaam Lodge now a hotel but was used for meetings between

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  • Sandhead
    the village is named after it There is parking right by the beach so a great place to have a picnic beforing walking on the beach As in many local villages the main employer was once the creamery but modern farming saw the closure of such places and the site is now flats There was other activity in Sandhead though when the village was used for bringing in coal and lime Nearby Places to Visit Kirkmadrine Church Stones this isolated church houses and displays some of Britain s earliest and historically most important Christian Stones dating from around 500 AD In their glass display cabinet there are other stones from the 8th to the 12th centuries as well as information boards giving more history about the stones and the meanings of the inscriptions top Can you help improve the information on this site If you have any suggestions for things that you think should be included on this page please let us know at webmaster visitstranraerandtherhins co uk Home About The Rhins Towns Villages Ardwell Cairnryan Castle Kennedy Drummore Dunragit Kirkcolm Leswalt Port Logan Portpatrick Sandhead Stoneykirk Stranraer Accommodation Where to Eat Out Activities Tourist Attractions Wildlife Local Businesses Buy

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