Portpatrick is the start of the coast-to-coast Southern Upland Way walk to Cockburnspath in the Borders - a total distance of 212 miles (341 kms). The Southern Upland Way actually crosses Scotland - from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the North Sea in the east.
Shorter walks are, of course, abundant in the area for holiday makers to benefit from the beautiful scenery and bird-watching opportunities and these include:
- Portpatrick to Dunskey Castle - a circular walk along the cliffs to the castle ruins. The return walk is via a disused railway line.
- Dunskey Glen is a woodland walk heading down from Portpatrick to Port Kale with the return via a waterfall. (NB: This walk is usually only open between March and mid-October.)
- Portpatrick to Killantringan Lighthouse - a rugged coastline walk with the return either by heading inland and taking some minor roads or by returning along the same coastal path.
- Ardwell Pond - through the Ardwell Estate near Portpatrick with a visit (summer only; entrance fee) to Ardwell's walled gardens. There is also a pretty pond to visit.
- Ardwell Bay - visitors will find a lovely sandy beach here with views to Northern Ireland. This short walk will also take you past the remains of the Iron Age Doon Broch.
- Drummore and Castle Clanyard - Drummore is Scotland's most southerly village and this walk will take visitors through the surrounding rolling farmland.
- Wig Sands, near Kirkcolm - This short coastal circular walk will take visitors along the shore by Wig Sands. The birdwatching opportunities here are excellent, as in much of Dumfries and Galloway. There are also stunning views across Loch Ryan and up to Ailsa Craig.
- Aldouran Glen, Leswalt - This walk leads you through the Woodland Trust reserve at Aldouran Glen.
- Galdenoch Castle and Salt Pans Bay, Leswalt - Galdenoch is a ruined 16th century castle and a trail leads from the ruins over the fields to a hidden bay that was used in the past for panning salt from the sea.
And for the less able, Braefield House self-catering holiday house has extensive, mature gardens that you may wander around at your leisure, drinking in the fresh sea air. A holiday at Braefield House Portpatrick is a real pleasure.
Please note that Braefield House is a no-smoking property.
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