The Machars and the Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway
There are lots of places to visit in the Machars area of Dumfries and Galloway and beyond and Number 7 is the ideal base for your holiday whether you plan walking, fishing, sight-seeing, culture, exploring or just relaxing. Tourist information is provided in Number 7 for a great variety of places to visit and things to do from the oldest Christian town in Scotland to wildlife watching boat trips and the Gavin Maxwell Memorial. You can even enjoy a movie in Scotland’s most southerly cinema experience.
From your doorstep you can explore the Isle of Whithorn and Burrow Head on foot. There’s lots to discover a short walk from Number 7. The ruin of St Ninian’s Chapel 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 Solway Harvester seat is a memorial to the 7 local crew of the fishing boat, the Solway Harvester,who lost their lives when the boat was wrecked near the Isle of Man in 2000. 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.
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. The walk to the cave is signposted through Physgill Glen through delightful woodland with a small stream following the path to the shore. The glen walk ends at the pebble beach of Port Castle Bay and the cave entrance can be seen across the beach to the right. The entrance to the cave is very impressive and the views are breath-taking. The cave is very shallow and a plaque gives visitors information about St Ninian. There are some crosses on the rock wall, thought to be over 1,000 years old. The cave remains an important place for pilgrims. The cave was actually used in the 1973 cult movie ‘The Wickerman’.
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 the largest Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in Britain 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.
Eat and Drink whilst on your holiday at Number 7
There are many places to eat and drink in the Machars and beyond whilst on your holiday at Number 7. Here are a few of our suggestions where you can enjoy good food and drink whilst on your holiday:
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. This family-run inn is well known for its fresh seafood, fine wines and real ales. Enjoy lunch on the harbourside or in the friendly bar. Evening meals are served in the dining room or conservatory.
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 Clansman Restaurant in the square in Port William serves quality food at reasonable prices. They use fresh seasonal produce which is sourced locally. Choose from the early evening menu served between 5.30 to 7pm, the Al La Carte Menu or the weekend lunch menu.
Pop in for coffee and cakes at The View in Port William, which is upstairs in the new boatshed of the Independent Port William Lifeboat. Wigtown isn’t all about books, there are some fabulous places to eat and drink in Scotland’s Book Town. Beltie Books and Cafe is located in the heart of the village and serves, lunch, coffee and cakes whilst you browse the books, they also have regular exhibitions and crafts on display. Glaisnock Cafe in Wigtown is open daily from 9am to 5pm and serves home-made dishes using locally sourced produce. Craft uses locally sourced produce in their restaurant in Wigtown and they also specialise in craft beers from independent breweries. There’s such an incredible choice of fabulous places to enjoy delicious locally produced food and drink.
The Rhins of Galloway
The Rhins of Galloway is a short and very scenic drive from the Isle of Whithorn. Highlights of the Rhins have to be 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. The village of Portpatrick is worth a visit whilst in the Rhins. 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 from fine dining, pub food to fish and chips on the harbour. If you fancy a holiday in the Rhins of Galloway then take a look at our holiday cottage which is located just outside the village of Portpatrick.
Contact us today to book your holiday for 2 at Number 7 Ninian’s Landing, there is so much to explore and to see and do here. We have lots more useful information in the apartment to help you plan your activities whilst on holiday. Call or text Alison on 07824 770968 or you can for more information.