There is a tiny little 12th century church nestled above the beach at St Medan’s which is just down the road at Monreith. Sitting atop a rocky outcrop is a little bronze otter commemorating the life of the author Gavin Maxwell who wrote Ring of Bright Water and lived locally. Dumfries and Galloway has a superb range of golf venues ranging from championship links courses to cliff top courses include St Medan’s, Scotland’s most southerly golf course. This family friendly 9 hole course makes optimum use of the hilly peninsula and has panoramic sea views across Luce Bay. As you would expect the fishing here is first class whether you prefer to fish sea or loch and as the climate here is temperate it is just the ticket for a beach barbecue! But if you prefer your fish already caught, there are some good local fish restaurants. Monreith is a well known beach for fishing and with a multitude of lochs in this area this is a haven for coarse fishing. The year offers a full and varied programme of music, festivals and art trails. Bladnoch Distillery is the host to the annual folk and blues festival. For book lovers everywhere then head to Wigtown which is Scotland’s book town. The annual Newton Stewart festival boasts a great selection of walks. 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. We are very fortunate to have the Galloway Forest park on our doorstep. Three hundred square miles and stunning beauty are just waiting to be explored here in Britain’s largest forest park. But it’s not just about trees; the park boasts tranquil valleys amidst heather clad hills, rugged rock faces, burns cascading down majestic slopes and the forest, moorland and lochs rising up to the grandeur of the mountains.
Names like The Merrick, Mulwharcher and the Rhinns of Kells entice walkers to their outstanding challenges. Stretching from seashore to mountaintops, the Galloway Forest Park has an outstanding variety of wildlife. Red and Roe deer thrive in this woodland park whilst buzzards and red kites petrol the skies. The forest is easily accessible to everyone through the three visitor centres at Glentrool, Kirroughtree and Clatteringshaws. The forest park has been designated as the UK’s only Dark Sky Park due to the lack of light pollution in this area and for experienced stargazers and novices to see the night sky here is one of the winders of the world. The area is a haven for cyclists in particular for those seeking an adrenaline rush as the 7Stanes is fast becoming one of the most sought after destinations in the UK for serious mountain biking. The Isle of Whithorn is now a pretty little fishing village but years ago it was an island cut off at high tide but now there is a causeway which links to the mainland. Irish pilgrims used to land at The Isle on their way to visit St Ninian’s shrine at Whithorn Priory. St Ninian was sent from Rome to spread Christianity throughout Scotland. According to legend St Ninian retreated to a local cave for contemplation and visitors can now walk to this emotive spot.