There are plenty of walks direct from the site. The area is crisscrossed by a network of farm tracks and these make great walks - if a little rough underfoot (you'll need stout footwear). You can also walk along the cliff tops to the south of the caravan site, and along the rocky shore at the foot of the site. You'll need OS Explorer Map (309) to find your way about, and of course, you will need to follow the usual rules about keeping dogs on a lead, respecting any livestock or crops you encounter, and closing gates behind you. With respect to the liberal rights of access enjoyed in Scotland, you can generally walk anywhere, so beaches, roads, tracks, fields etc, but, the gardens of houses and farms are not included unless a right of way is signposted.
Some walks that you might like to try are here. (Walks in the Rhins)
The Southern Upland Way was Britain's first official coast to coast long distance foot-path. It runs 212 miles from Portpatrick on the south-west coast of Scotland to Cockburnspath on the east coast. It offers superb and varied walking country, and most of the time, you have the paths to yourself. The sections in south west Scotland are well worth dipping into, even if you only have a stroll from Port Patrick to Killantringan lighthouse/ Black Head and back (about 4.8 miles round trip). If you want to experience the walk from the comfort of your armchair, get hold of a copy of Wainwright's 'Coast to Coast'. It's a great read and beautifully illustrated, and might put you in the mood to try it for real!
|Mull of Galloway Trail/Loch Ryan Coastal Path
Opened in 2012, the Mull of Galloway Trail runs from the Mull of Galloway to Stranraer (24 miles) and continues north as the Loch Ryan Coastal Path (11 miles) for a total distance of 35 miles to Glenapp in South Ayrshire, where it links with the Ayrshire Coastal Path. The Mull trail is mainly along the coast and can easily be tackled in short sections. You could park your car in Drummore, New England Bay, or Ardwell, walk as far as you feel able to, and get the bus back!
We're spoilt for choice! On the doorstep is our very own Port Logan beach, but there are plenty of others worth a visit including; Chapel Rossen (near Ardwell village), Luce Sands (near Sandhead), New England Bay, and Drummore Bay.
If you have an adventurous nature and don't mind taking your car down a deeply rutted and very stony track - Ardwell Bay is beautiful. There is a car park, but it definitely isn't for the faint hearted, or for your average hatchback! Unless you have a 4x4, it is probably best to park your car at the top and walk down.
Shore and Boat Angling
Bring your rod with you as there is some great fishing to be had locally. The advantage of being on a narrow peninsula is that if it's windy in Port Logan, it will generally be sheltered over in Luce Bay - Terally Bay is a popular mark.
On foot - you can fish from the beach at Port Logan or the rocks just below the caravan site. The Basin at Mullhill and Clanyard point are some very good marks for rock fishing in the area. Species you may catch from the shore include: bass, dogfish, plaice, dab, pollack, codling, conger etc….. From a boat: tope, common skate, rays, codling, bullhuss, smoothhound, haddock, dogfish, pollack, herring, gurnard and many other species.
The following website has some tips on locations and bait. www.stranraer.org/angling/sea_angling.html
|If you bring your own boat, it can be launched from Port Logan or Ardwell.
Alternatively, you can charter a boat from Drummore or Portpatrick:
'On Yer Marks' - Skipper: Ian Burrett www.onyermarks2.co.uk
'Go West' Sea Fishing - Skipper: Graham "Spike" Millington www.gowestfishing.com
Luce Bay Fishing 'Ripetide' - Skipper: Andy
'Predator II' - Skipper: Dominic Wilson www.charterboats-uk.co.uk/predatorii
'Lucky Dip II' - Loch Ryan Leisure www.charterboats-uk.co.uk/luckydipii
Stranraer and District Angling Association (www.stranraerfishing.com) controls and manages some of the most productive trout fishing in South West Scotland. Visitors are made very welcome and the waters available range from the traditional brown trout hill setting at Penwhirn to the lowland stocked rainbow loch of Soulseat. Further information and day tickets costing £15 (concessions for OAPs) are available from 'the Sports Shop' in Stranraer. Day Tickets cover Dindinnie, Knockquhassen and Penwhirn reservoirs as well as Soulseat Loch. A two fish limit applies
'The Sports Shop' in Stranraer is the place to go for advice and information about all things 'fishing'. The owner is passionate about fishing and very knowledgeable about the local area. Check out Eric's regularly updated blog for news of the latest catches:
www.fishingstranraer.com/blog or call 01776702705
Lagganmore Golf Club and Hotel
This 9 hole golf course, attached to a hotel, enjoys an elevated position overlooking Dunskey Castle and the North Channel. www.facebook.com/LagganmoreGolfHotel
Portpatrick Golf Club
Portpatrick golf club has two courses. Set on the cliffs above the picturesque village of Portpatrick, 'Dunskey', an 18 hole course, has been described by Golf World as the best holiday course in the south of Scotland. The other course, 'Dinvin' is a 9 hole undulating links-style course that will provide a challenge to golfers of all abilities.
Stranraer (Creachmore) Golf Club
This championship course offers golfers an opportunity to play an unforgettable round regardless of handicap. Designed by 5 x Open champion, James Braid, the views from the greens look across Loch Ryan towards Ailsa Craig and will take your breath away.
|Wigtownshire County Golf Club
The 'County' is a popular holiday golf course on the shores of Luce Bay. An 18-hole, true links course providing a test of golf for both high and low handicappers. Golfing is possible year round, and the club is renowned for its friendly welcome to visitors.
St Medan Golf Course
This family-friendly, 9 hole course, laid out on the shores of Luce Bay in south west Scotland, offers an interesting and challenging game for novices and experienced golfers alike.
Pony trekking is available near Leswalt -(about 17 miles from Port Logan). Treks taking place through the woodlands surrounding Lochnaw Castle. Rides last approximately one hour and are available Mondays to Fridays (weather permitting), between 10am and 3pm. For more information and to book, contact Caroline on: 01776 870287
SWIMMING POOL/LEISURE CENTRE
The Ryan Centre in Stranraer offers a wide range of facilities, including a swimming pool, sports centre, health suite with sauna, steam room, spa bath, plus a theatre with cinema facilities, lounge bar and cafeteria. The theatre programme and opening hours are on the website: www.dumgal.gov.uk/ryancentre
Though Port Logan may be some thirty miles (as the crow flies) from the official Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park (www.scotland.forestry.gov.uk/forest-parks/galloway-forest-park/dark-skies), we still enjoy inky black skies, and clear views of the milky way and constellations. If you're used to city living, and the accompanying light pollution, the sight of millions of stars above your head is breathtaking. You don't really need a telescope to enjoy it, just open the roof light and look up and wonder. Highlights are the major meteor showers (Perseids in August or Geminids in December). If you want to work out what you are looking at, the following website has a customisable real time planisphere. www.fourmilab.ch/yoursky
(at the site insert 54 degrees North latitude and 4 degrees west longitude for Port Logan)
The quiet lanes and tracks of the Rhins are ideal for cycling, whether you want to explore off road, on forest or farm tracks, or take advantage of our quiet roads that hug the coastline and zigzag across the narrow peninsula. If you've brought along a bike carrier, the Galloway Forest Park is in easy reach and is home to two of the world-famous 7stanes mountain bike trails (Kirroughtree and Glentrool).
Across Luce Bay, the Machars are also great for cyclists. There's route 73 of the National Cycle Network, a section of this runs from Glen Luce to Newton Stewart, with local loops for detours. Details are here: