|NATURE and WILDLIFE|
Port Logan Fish Pond
Right on our doorstep, on the opposite side of the bay, Port Logan Fish Pond is a 200 year old fully restored Victorian fish larder, uniquely located in a tidal pool created by a blow hole formed sometime during the last ice age. With a variety of fish and marine life, this fascinating place is one of a kind!
Open 7 days a week in summer
Contact Port Logan Fish Pond for detailed opening times.
Tel: 01776 860606
Mob: 07368 366524
|RSPB Mull of Galloway
The towering cliffs of the Mull are the most Southerly point in Scotland. Everywhere you turn there's a stunning view. To the west is the Solway Firth and Irish Sea, with the Isle of Man in the distance, while all around you is the frenzied activity of a large cliff colony of sea birds, including guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes. The cliff tops are also alive with wildlife, including rare butterflies, and more birds like the linnet and the stonechat. An RSPB visitor centre is open from March to October with nest cams in the breeding season. www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/reserves/guide/m/mullofgalloway
||Galloway Kite Trail
The 'Galloway Kite Trail' around beautiful Loch Ken (just north of Castle Douglas) promotes the population of kites, recently re-established in Kirkcudbrightshire. The trail is an anticlockwise route of some twenty four miles around Loch Ken (winter route) with an additional fourteen miles of forest drive in the summer only. You can collect a trail guide leaflet at business outlets or from a tourist information centre or download it here. In particular, there is an exciting bird-watching opportunity to observe the red kites at their feeding station near Loch Ken. Check the website for feeding times and admission fees.
|Caerlaverock Wetland Centre
Home to BBC Autumn Watch 2015, a rugged and beautiful destination with wide open spaces and opportunities for wildlife watching. There are wildflower meadows with orchids, butterflies and dragonflies, and the famous winter migration spectacle of the barnacle geese. It's quite a way from Port Logan (about 80 miles), so somewhere to visit on a day trip, perhaps combing it with a visit to Dumfries.
Managed by the Solway Firth Partnership, Torrs Warren comprises the largest sand dune system in Southern Scotland, and it's only about 8 miles from Port Logan! A forest track leads you from the parking area through the dunes and to the sweeping sands of Luce Bay, and the intriguingly named Ringdoo Point. The sands were used for bombing practice during World War II, and part of the bay is still a MOD firing range. It's a special area of conservation, and is home to several species of rare amphibians and dune plants.
|Galloway Forest Park
Well worth a day trip, the Galloway Forest Park has forests, glens and hills to explore. There are three visitor centres with cafes. There's walking, cycling, two scenic forest drives (open in summer only), a wild goat park and red deer range. You'll also see wildlife, and breathtaking loch and mountain views, and star-strewn night skies. The Forest Park has everything you need for a great day out, whatever the time of year. Follow in the footsteps of Robert the Bruce or picnic beside a peaceful loch.
|Creetown Gem Rock Museum |
Well worth the drive from Port Logan (approximately 35 miles), this collection of unique and breathtaking rocks and minerals from all over the world features fantastic displays of gems, crystals, minerals and fossils. There's an informative film show about the formation of minerals and earth history, which you watch in an authentic recreation of a Victorian professor's study. A family run enterprise, with experts on hand to answer all your questions, there's also a super cafe serving home made cakes and delicious lunches. There is nowhere else like it in the UK , and we're lucky to have it in Dumfries and Galloway.