Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Elm Cottage sleeps four in two twin-bedded rooms with the larger room offering the option of a large double. The cottage is ideal for families with children and provides a safe haven for them to play in the adjacent playing field which is equipped with a play centre and a range of outdoor games to keep them occupied.
The cottage is situated just a couple of minutes drive from the busy town of Stranraer and the pretty harbour village of Portpatrick, both of which offer an abundance of activities for children and adults including a leisure centre with swimming pool and water flumes and a sea-front park with boating lake, peddle go-carts, miniature railway and play area. The leisure centre also houses a cinema and theatre.
The town is steeped with history, in the centre of which is the Castle of St. John providing fantastic rooftop views across the surrounding area, down Loch Ryan and out to sea. Many more castles can be found in the locality along with Abbey's, Kirks and roundhouses.
From the cottage there is easy access to a number of local beaches from the miles of gently sloping sandy beach stretching along Luce Bay to the more rugged areas with cliffs and rock-pools and quiet little coves more familiar to locals.
The Mull of Galloway - Scotlands most Southerly point - is just 22 miles away along a beautiful coastal route which passes through a number of local villages, many of which have shops, cafe's / coffee shops, pubs and restaurants. The Mull itself has the Ghallie Craig Coffee Shop and gift shop with it's turf-roofed and spectacular views towards Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Lake District hills. The lighthouse is open to visitors who may wish to climb the steps to the viewing platform at the top and the RSPB visitor centre provides information, video shows and webcams to look at the birds who nest on the cliffs.
Portpatrick - famous for it's family-filled events during 'Lifeboat Week' is just four miles away. Being perfect for spending a full day out without travelling too far the village has gift shops, coffee shops, pubs, restaurants, tennis courts, putting green, children's play area and walks along the first / last part of the Southern Upland Way or along the clifftops to the ruins of Dunskey Castle.
A number of golf courses are nearby and the famous Turnberry Golf Course is just an hour's drive away. Local fishing includes lochs, rivers and sea fishing including local boat trips.
For those wishing to venture further afield the Irish ferries provide day trips to Belfast from the ports at Cairnryan just a 20 minute drive away and a visit to the world famous Titanic Exhibition makes for an excellent day out for all the family.
The towns of Girvan and Ayr are just over an hour away along the coast road and even Glasgow and Edinburgh can be enjoyed with an early start.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Stranraer 3 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Prestwick 65 km, Nearest railway: Stranraer 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, Climbing frame, Swing set|
The Dumfries and Galloway region
This little-known corner of Scotland aptly named 'Undiscovered Scotland' is absolutely perfect for a quiet holiday or short break to relax and unwind from the everyday hustle and bustle of busy life.
These 'North Rhins' of Scotland benefit greatly from the gulf stream which runs nearby. The region enjoys it's own 'mini-climate' creating warm, mild weather which is ideal for the botanical gardens which are just a short drive away and for the abundance of local palm trees to thrive.
Being the most Southerly point of Scotland, the Mull of Galloway peninsular has an 'island' feeling and beaches and coastal drives and walks along each side of the peninsular are only a few miles from each other, both of which offer spectacular views and stopping-off points.
Once leaving the A75 the country lanes are surrounded by farmland and forests, many of which lead to or pass through little villages which are ideal for enjoying coffee or lunch breaks. Most also have pubs / restaurants which are a ideal to return to for evening meals and we are happy to recommend our own favourites - including the delightful harbour village of Portpatrick which is just four miles away.
The coastal route to the Mull of Galloway offers spectacular views across Luce Bay towards the Lake District hills and the Isle of Man and there are numerous beaches to explore along the way. Common sights include seals sunbathing on the rocks, herons wading through the shallow waters and buzzards and birds of prey soaring above. The area is perfect for bird-watchers, fishermen - and women!, golfers, hikers, cyclists, horticulturalists, photographers - and for people just wishing to get away from it all.
Most visitors to the area comment that a week is really only enough time to barely scratch the surface of what there is to explore and enjoy in the locality - from castles to gardens & historic locations, shopping towns, day trips and visitor centres. The area is steeped in history and delightful little places to explore and enjoy and for those wishing to travel further afield there are daily ferries to Belfast from the nearby ports at Cairnryan and trains from Stranraer to Ayr and Glasgow.