The Machars is an area of Galloway which retains its timeless appeal; relatively unchanged with its quiet roads and green fields and as a peninsula it is surrounded by the sea. There is so much choice for everyone from excellent walking, superb fishing, adrenalin activities, amazing historical sites and all packaged in this accessible corner of Scotland with its temperate climate. Here we have Scotland’s smallest church, Scotland’s most southerly distillery and Scotland’s National Book Town!
The tiny little 12 century church is nestled above the beach at the lovely little spot at St. Medan’s, Monreith. If you follow the road past the golf course there is another beach overlooking the Isle of Man. Sitting atop a rocky outcrop is a little bronze otter commemorating the life of the author Gavin Maxwell. Bladnoch Distillery is the host to the annual folk and blues festival. For book lovers everywhere then head to Wigtown where there are so many books to choose from you won’t leave empty handed. The area has so much history from Rispain Camp near Whithorn which is one of the major iron age archaeological sites in Scotland to Whithorn popularly known as The Cradle of Christianity in Scotland. The name Whithorn comes from White House the first Christian centre established here. The area is dotted with cup and ring markings, standing stones and ancient forts. Discover the importance of Garlieston during the Second World War as here the Mulberry Harbour was tested and developed in order to offload cargo during the allied invasion of Normandy. The nearby Rigg Bay is a lovely horseshoe shaped sandy beach with mixed woodland and many wild flowers edging the bay. You can find this delightful little spot if you walk from Cruggleton Castle along the coast. You may be surprised at the wildlife you may spot along the way from basking seals, cormorants, red squirrels and deer. Fans of the Wicker Man film will be interested to know that many scenes were filmed in Whithorn and surrounding area; most famously, the last sequence was filmed on the cliffs at Burrowhead. The nearby Isle of Whithorn used to be an island until the causeway was built and Irish pilgrims used to land here on their way to visit St Ninian’s shrine at Whithorn Priory. For lovers of clay pigeon shooting there is a centre within walking distance and for those adrenalin junkies we have the world renowned 7Stanes mountain biking and mountain balling.
The exhilarating walk from the Isle of Whithorn to St. Ninian’s Cave is simply amazing.