Things To Do
There are lots of places to visit in the local area and our holiday apartment is the ideal base for exploring, walking, fishing, sight-seeing, culture or just relaxing. We provide tourist information, maps and guide books so you can plan your days out.
From your doorstep you can explore the Isle of Whithorn and Burrow Head on foot. There’s lots to discover a short walk from our holiday home.
In the village are the ruins of St Ninian’s Chapel which marks the start of the Pilgrimage route to St Ninian’s Church in Whithorn whilst the Witness Cairn commemorates the arrival of St Ninian to the shores, it was erected in 1997 inside the ruined walls of the old lifeboat station.
The square white tower you can see on the headland is the Cairn which has been an aid to navigation for many years. From this point there are magnificent views of the Lake District, Isle of Man and the Kirkcudbright coast and you may even be lucky enough to see dolphins, porpoises or seals.
A few ideas of things to do…
The Steampacket Inn is right on your doorstep. Located on the harbourside in the Isle of Whithorn this award winning Inn serves great food and even has its own microbrewery, Five Kingdoms Brewery. This family-run inn is well known for its fresh seafood, fine wines and real ales.
St Ninian’s Tearoom is a short walk from Number 7. From the tearoom there are views across the harbour and you can enjoy a delicious breakfast, morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea by the sea.
The Queen’s Arms Gallery and Studio is a short walk from our holiday home and is a showcase for a local photography, art and books.
St Ninian’s Cave was said to be a place of retreat and prayer for Scotland’s first saint, St Ninian, more than 1500 years ago. The cave is a short drive from the Isle of Whithorn and parking is at Kidsdale where there is a small honesty box. Alternatively you can take the coastal route on foot to Burrow Head and onto the St Ninian’s Cave.
Wigtown is Scotland’s National Book Town and it is a short drive from Number 7. Wigtown is home to a wide range of book-related businesses and holds a spring book festival weekend and Wigtown Book Festival each year.
The Wigtown Bay Nature Reserve is a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) and is managed by the local council and various local interest groups. Two important rivers bring fresh water into the estuary – the River Bladnoch and the River Cree.
The Wood of Cree is the largest ancient woodland in Southern Scotland and is managed by RSPB Scotland. It is the perfect place to see many birds such as willow tits, barn owls, tawny owls and redstarts.
Kilsture Forest is a patch of woodland in the Machars with walking trails to suit everyone and it is a wonderful location to see red squirrels and roe deer.
The Mull of Galloway with its lighthouse that you can climb, exhibition of lighthouse history, RSPB Scotland nature reserve and the Gallie Craig cliff-top restaurant. The Mull of Galloway is Scotland’s most Southerly Point and has magnificent views across Luce Bay and to the Isle of Whithorn, Isle of Man, Cumbria and Ireland.
Logan Botanic Garden is Scotland’s most exotic garden and the warm air of the Gulf Stream allows tropical plants and shrubs to flourish.
Portpatrick is worth a visit whilst in the Rhins of Galloway. The village has a very pretty harbour with boats trips and fishing charters available and Portpatrick Lifeboat is based here together with the RNLI shop and museum on the harbourside. There are gift shops, a general store and post office and many places to eat and drink
The apartment could not be bettered, everything to hand, clean and comfortable. We have been so lucky with the weather and had some fabulous walks – coastal, woodland, open fields, just acres of inspiring scenery then coming home to be fed and watered at the Steam Packet. A really excellent restorative week. Thank you.
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