The wider area is known as the Rhins. This comes from the Gaelic Na Rannaibh, meaning ’points’ or ’headlands’. North to South, the Rhins of Galloway run from Milleur Point near Kirkcolm to the Mull of Galloway, which is the most Southerly point in Scotland! The Rhins feels like an island as it is almost surrounded by the sea and as such is a veritable haven for wildlife. Visitors can expect to see common and grey seals on a regular basis and the keen eyed may catch a glimpse of basking sharks and even minke whales. The views from Corsewall are spectacular affording fine vistas over the Kintyre peninsular, the Isle of Arran, the Firth of Clyde, Ailsa Craig and the Irish coast. For that very special occasion Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel is open to non-residents for that unique dining experience. The jewel in the crown of South West Scotland is Portpatrick just a short drive away. This delightful conservation village is nestled within the rugged Galloway coast and looks out toward the ‘Emerald Isle’. The focal point of the village is the bustling little harbour, which offers a lively calendar of events such as lifeboat week, the folk festival and live entertainments provided by some of the hotels and restaurants located closeby. The area is steeped in history and is rapidly gaining a first class reputation for the quality of its walking trails. For example, Portpatrick lies at the start of the Southern Upland Way, one of Scotland’s acclaimed long distance footpaths. Fishermen will be spoilt for choice as the area offers superb trout and sea fishing. Skippered boats are available for hire at Portpatrick, Ardwell and Drummore. The climate in the region is mild due to the warming effects of the Gulf Stream enabling a number of exotic gardens to flourish. The wonderful botanic gardens at Port Logan for example, have an amazing collection of weird and exotic plants and are well worth a visit.