|Local Services and Useful Information
The nearest grocers (and Post Office) is the Drummore Stores in Drummore (about 4 miles away). The shop is the most southerly grocers and post office in Scotland. They sell a range of groceries, plus magazines and newspapers, and off-licence sales. They also offer a 'cash back' service.
There are also general stores at Sandhead - McKenzie A & Sons (6.5 miles) and Stoneykirk - Londis (9 miles).
There's a lovely gift shop (plus cafe and lighthouse) at Gallie Craig at the Mull of Galloway (www.galliecraig.co.uk).
Stranraer is a sizeable town and has larger supermarkets including: Tescos Metro, Morrisons and Lidl, plus a wide range of specialist and independent retailers.
Farm Pedigree Saddlebacks
Clash farm is located at the entrance to Port Logan village. They producer quality traditional pork, Bacon, Salami. Pork Pies and Charcuterie from their free range, pedigree herd of British Saddleback pigs. Their pigs are naturally reared outdoors for a truly old-fashioned, traditional taste that is fully traceable from field to fork. Available direct from the farm, mail order, at local farmers' markets and selected retailers. Bespoke orders catered for and free local delivery.
Tel: 01776 860 246
On our doorstep is the marvelous Logan Bakehouse. They produce artisan bread and patisserie, made from organic flour, and free from preservatives and additives. Place your order by close of play on Wednesday and the goodies will be delivered to your van on Friday! See their Facebook page for contact details, how to order, and lots of tempting pictures!
Tel: 01776 860 357
|EATING AND DRINKING|
Port Logan Bay Hotel
Situated at the entrance to the village, the Port Logan Bay Hotel, previously known as the 'Port Logan Inn' is currently closed and undergoing extensive renovation. Previously the pub was renowned for good food and CAMRA award winning real ales.
The Clashwhannon Public House features a lounge bar, pool-room bar and large dining room. Real ales from a wide range of national and Scottish brewers are available and always in top form. Lunchtime and evening meals are served 7 days a week; the regular and specials menus featuring locally sourced and seasonal produce. Take outs are available - copies of the menus are in our information rack.
The Queen's Hotel is an imposing Grade II Listed building with a long history. Meals are served daily and include a range of traditional favourites including homemade steak and ale pies, pork pies and pasties and homemade chips, all prepared using fresh local produce. The hotel also offers a takeaway menu.
The Ship Inn is a well established bar in Drummore. Evening meals are served daily in the bar or dining room.
Tigh Na Mara Hotel
Tigh Na Mara offers bar and restaurant dining seven days a week, with lunch, early bird, and, in the evening, an la carte menu. Full details including menus and details for the popular 'early bird' offer, are on their web site.
A lively pub with a great atmosphere and reputation for fresh sea food. Restaurant and bar dining is available. When it's warm and sunny, a great place to sit outside and watch the world go by. Meals are served seven days a week. During peak season, reservations are advisable in the restaurant.
The Downshire Hotel, reputably the oldest hostelry in Portpatrick, dates back to c1800. The restaurant offers a choice of Lite Bite, Early Bird and Evening Menus, plus more traditional 'Pub Grub' menu is available in the bar.
|Harbour House Hotel
Situated on the sea front with great views from the dining conservatory, meals are available 7 days a week, Portpatrick gets very busy in high season, so reservations are recommended.
|Waterfront Hotel and Bistro
Sea front restaurant and bisto with outdoor seating.
Our local CAMRA branch is Ayrshire and Wigtownshire. Their website is packed full of useful information for real ale enthusiasts. You can download a leaflet with details of the Rhins and Machars Bus Ale trail. You can also download a copy of their quarterly magazine 'Full Pints'. Our nearest real ale outlet is the Clashwhannon Inn (Drummore) . A bit further afield are the Tigh Na Mara Hotel in Sandhead , The Grapes in Stranraer (Wigtownshire, CAMRA Pub of the Year) - see FB page, and the Blue Peter Hotel in Kirkholm. In Portpatrick, the Crown and Harbour House Hotels have cask ale. Ask our resident beer guru, Adrian, if you want to know anything else ale related!
Cafes and Restaurants:
A great cafe in a stunning location on the Mull of Galloway. A must visit for the spectacular views, tasty home cooked meals, yummy cakes and scones, and local ice cream. They sell a wide range of quality gifts with something to suit all tastes and budgets. An added bonus is you can take in the Mull of Galloway Experience (lighthouse and exhibition, RSPB visitor centre, and cliff walks).
Mariners in Drummore is a very characterful cafe. The owners have created a unique, quirky interior, with lots of interesting things to look at. They offer, hearty breakfasts (with a choice of hen or duck eggs!), cooked and light lunches, and evening meals (booking required) including popular Friday and Saturday 'steak nights'. Also now offering locally caught fresh crab and lobster.
|Potting Shed Bistro
The 'Potting Shed Bistro' is for visitors to Logan Botanic Gardens only (unless it is February, when entrance to the Gardens is free during the snowdrop festival). The Bistro provides a wide selection of home baked snacks and light lunches. Soup is a key speciality with at least two options each day, including a gluten free and vegetarian choice. There is good range of freshly baked cakes including Scottish favourites such as Ecclefechan Tart and shortbread.
|Woodlea Tea Room
Woodlea Tea Room is on the main road in Sandhead. They offer breakfasts, light and more substantial lunches (daily specials and home made soups), plus delicious home made cakes.
Something for a very special birthday or anniversary?
Knockingaam Lodge is a luxury country house hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant. It's situated in a private bay at the end of a single track road between Ardwell and Portpatrick
|Further afield there are a couple of cafes in Portpatrick, and too many to list in Stranraer! In peak holiday season there are chip shop vans in Portpatrick, one on the harbour and one next to the community hall. Stranraer also has a range of restaurants (Indian, Chinese etc), chip shops and takeaways.|
Bridge Street Launderette & Dry Cleaners
16 Bridge Street
Tel: 01776 703 932
(Opposite RBS, street parking for 1 hour outside using a 'parking disc')
|SPORTS AND FISHING EQUIPMENT|
Just 2 miles away, Ardwell Marine has a chandlery, and sells fishing tackle and bait. In short, can help with all things boat and fishing related.
|The Sports Shop
In Stranraer, The Sports Shop has a wide range of sporting equipment, including fishing tackle and bait.
There's also a good sized Argos in Stranraer.
|POST OFFICE AND BANKING
The nearest Post Office is in Drummore Stores (about 4 miles away)
Opening hours: 0730 - 1700 - Monday to Saturday, 0900 - 1300 - Sunday
The Post office also comes to Port Logan Village Hall (the big white building at the bottom of the hill) each Tuesday. Check the notice board for opening times and any changes to the service.
The Post box in Port Logan is at the end of 'High Row'.
In Stranraer, there is a range of high street banks including; Lloyds, TSB, Bank of Scotland, RBS, Clydesdale, Santander. The Post Office is in the Tesco Metro store.
The nearest cash machine is at McKenzie A & Sons store in Sandhead.
|MOBILE PHONE RECEPTION AND WIFI
BT Wifi is available via BT Hotspots. This costs from £4 for an hour. It's probably ok for checking email and general browsing, but we can't vouch for how it would cope with streaming media or downloading data. For more details see: www.btwifi.co.uk If you are a BT Broadband customer, access is free.
Mobile phone reception, particularly outside the villages, is very patchy and unreliable. Vodaphone seems to be the best network in Port Logan, but even that can be patchy. We have limited access in the house, but the signal is stronger outside. We don't have 3G or 4G, whatever that is! There is a phone box in the village (near the bus stop). In an emergency, you can of course use our landline.
The 407 bus is a regular service between Stranraer and Drummore (with connections to Portpatrick). The journey to Stranraer (13 miles) takes about 30 minutes. To Drummore (4 miles) takes about 15 minutes. It's more like a taxi than a bus because you are frequently the only passenger on board! Bus timetables are available here:
Regular services to Glasgow via Ayr from Stranraer It's a scenic route, particularly between Girvan and Stranraer, where you are crossing the wild moor tops, and you get great views of Ailsa Craig and further north, of Arran. The train stops at Ayr which is well worth a day trip. Just make sure you don't miss the last train back to Stranraer! See the Scotrail website for further information and timetables:
A 2 B Taxis (Stranraer) - 01776 700070
McLeans Taxis (Stranraer ) - 070 9330 2478
Ferries to Northern Ireland
Day trips by car or as a passenger are a great excursion from as little as £10 per person. Belfast is a vibrant city with great shops and attractions such as the Titanic experience
|Stena Line - Cairnryan to Belfast
Takes you straight to Belfast, crossing time is about 2 hrs 15 minutes.
|P&O - Cairnryan to Larne
Crossing time is about 1hr 45 minutes. Larne is about 27 miles from Belfast. For foot passengers there are bus and rail links to Belfast.
See the Translink website for public transport information and timetables in Northern Ireland: www.translink.co.uk/
The nearest petrol stations are in Stranraer - about 13 miles away. The nearest to Port Logan is a Solo station on the right as you enter Stranraer. There is also another Solo station in the town centre and Morrisons also have a station. Castle Kennedy have an Esso station on the left of the A75 entering Stranraer. There are no petrol stations in Drummore or Portpatrick. You will also be able to buy gas refills from these places.
Nearest Hospital with 24 hour Accident and Emergency Department
Galloway Community Hospital
For non-emergency GP services
NHS 24 (equivalent to NHS 111 in England)
NHS 24 is an online and out-of-hours phone service providing access to health advice and information 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. During the call you will be asked about your location and your reason for contacting the service. This will be used to direct your call to a suitable health professional. They will talk to you about your symptoms and tell you what care they think you need. They might suggest that you treat yourself at home, that you see a doctor or another health professional or, in some cases, they might call an ambulance for you.
Your green prescription form from England or Wales can be dispensed in Scotland, and if you have a valid entitlement form, you will not have to pay. Only prescriptions issued in Scotland are free of charge. There are three pharmacies, all in Stranraer town centre.
Boots the Chemist - 5B Castle Street tel: 01776 707224
Gordons Chemist - 26-30 Charlotte Street tel: 01776 70285
Lloyds Pharmacy - 48 Hanover Street tel: 01776 702201