Surrounded by rolling farmland and with sea views across to the coast of Ireland, Kirklauchline Cottage is a traditional Galloway Crofters cottage that has recently been refurbished by the present owners to provide comfortable, stylish and beautifully appointed holiday accommodation.
Situated in the Rhins of Galloway this property makes an ideal base to explore this part of Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway further. As the name suggests the property enjoys panoramic sea views across the Irish Sea towards Ireland and the Mountains of Mourne, a perfect coastal retreat.
There is sandy beach at Ardwell Bay - a lovely, deserted beach only 5 minutes drive away, accessible by car or foot down a single track lane with many other secluded beaches nearby to explore.
A short drive (3.5 miles) from the property is the small traditional pretty fishing village of Portpatrick. Once home to a large fishing fleet the village is centered around the harbour area, today many restaurants and pubs are located here many of which have outside seating and are pet friendly. One restaurant that always comes highly recommended is Campbells Restaurant on the sea front and particularly good for the fish lover, booking is recommended. There is a Post Office and general store in Portpatrick together with gift shops selling local crafts. During the summer there are regular craft fairs and farmers markets at Portpatrick Village Hall selling local food, drink, plants and other produce.
Further afield the main population centre in the area is Stranraer with its supermarkets, shops and cafes. Nearby Cairnryan is home to the Stena Ferry Terminal which connects with Belfast in Northern Ireland, and day trips to the City are available either on foot or with your car.
The Rhins of Galloway stretches 20 miles from north to south and is often referred to as being more like an island than part of the mainland. Home to various small villages the area offers a lot for the visiting tourist, a particular popular attraction is Port Logan and the Logan Fish Pond and Marine Life Centre, home to 50 different species of fish and marine life. For those interested in castles and gardens, Castle Kennedy Gardens, Logan Botanic Gardens “Scotland’s most exotic garden”, Logan House Gardens, Dunskey gardens, Glenwhan and Ardwell Gardens are ideal. The Garden passport was introduced in 2011 giving 10% discount on entry fees to all six local gardens and can be purchased on line or at one of the gardens.
For walkers and to spot the local wildlife the Galloway Forest is a short drive from Kirklauchline cottage with the Forest Walks and waterfalls, Raiders Road, Wild Goat Park, Otter pool, pic nic areas, Red Kite trail and Red Deer Park. For keen walkers Portpatrick is the start of the Southern Upland Way with its breathtaking views of the Galloway coastline. The most southerly point in Scotland can be found at the Mull of Galloway and is home to a spectacular lighthouse, RSPB Reserve, Cafe and visitor centre.
An annual event in Portpatrick, during the first week of August, is Portpatrick Lifeboat Week which is a particularly popular event in the area with a week full of family events including Sandcastle Competitions, Pet Show, quiz nights, The Raft Race, RNLI and Coastguard display with the grand finale of the Bonfire and spectacular firework display.
A Good Housekeeping Deposit of £100.00 is required at the property.
Fabulous cottage. Stunning views and very well equipped, although the brochure lists a washing machine but there wasn't one. So much to do and see in the area. Would definitely visit again. The limited access to WiFi each day should be pointed out before booking as it was a problem for us. We chose a cottage with WiFi as we knew we would need access to the intenet whilst away but once the daily allowance is used up it is not available again until 11am the next day.
I had the most relaxing and enjoyable time at Seaview Cottage which really lived up to its name with fantastic views of the spectacular Irish coast. The owners had thought of everything, well equipt and comfortable. The welcome pack and message to us on arrival was a lovely touch, almost felt we knew Alison and Dave. Massive bath and brilliant shower plus yearn to buy a woodburner now. Thank you so much, highly recommended.
a fantastic cottage we went with friends to escape guy fawkes night and it was perfect a traditional cottage with a contempory twist all the amenenities just a short drive away hea ting superb 2 log burners in the sitting/dining room spotless clean this is the standard all holiday cottages should be
A lovely cottage on a quiet farm track with fabulous views of the Irish Sea. We were grateful to be able to take our two dogs on holiday with us, the labrador loved swimming in the beautiful bays nearby and the springer spaniel cleared up a few straying partridge for the local shoot! Well equipped cottage with two log burners that were not really required due to the excellent central heating. We were grateful for the provisions left in the fridge and fresh flowers.
We just returned from a really comfortable week at this lovely cottage. Everything you need is at hand, and there are some lovely villages, open gardens and beaches to explore nearby. We would recommend Kirklachline Cottage to anyone!!