The Torrs Warren Country House Hotel, Stoneykirk, Stranraer, DG9 9DH. Tel: 01776 830204 e-mail us for more info
Scotland’s southwest is packed with interest, things to do and see and, of course, it has no shortage of fascinating history to explore. The Rhins of Galloway, wherein the Torrs Warren Country House Hotel is situated, is rich in things to do and see. The Mull of Galloway Scotland’s most southerly point, offers views of Scotland, England, the Isle of Man and Ireland. It is also a nature reserve and has a tearoom with stunning views out over the 300 foot high cliffs. Closer to hand, the nearby village of Sandhead boasts an internet cafe, tennis court, friendly pub, two churches, a village green and miles of beaches.
At Kirkmadrine, about 4 miles from our hotel, are the oldest Christian stones & inscriptions extant in Scotland.
For gardeners we have the delightful gardens at Ardwell, the world-famous Logan Botanic Garden at Port Logan and the adjacent Logan Gardens. All within ten minutes’ drive. Also nearby at Dunragit is Glenwhan Garden – a private enterprise by Tessa & Bill Knott – an amazing transformation of 12 acres of wasteland into an award winning garden. Image (above) shows Glenwhan Gardens in all their glory.
If history is your thing, this area (and Galloway in general) is steeped in it, even if all that remains is a pile of broken, yet romantic in their own way, stones; Clanyard Castle, south of Port Logan, and Dunskey Castle, about a mile south of Portpatrick, are ruined, yet retain an air of detached beauty about them. The Torrs Warren Country House Hotel is well situated to explore the Rhins of Galloway and further afield.
Glen Luce has the remains of Glen Luce Abbey, whilst just about every hill in the region bears the mark, and remains, of Celtic Hill Forts (this was once the land of the Novantae), Roman signal forts, roads and, at Kirkmadrine, temples, Northumbrian forts and monastaries, Viking ‘Borgs’ (forts) and harbours, Norman French (aka ‘the English’) Keeps, Mottes & Bailies, medieval tower houses, Victorian country piles in the Gothic style…
Antiquarians and bibliophiles will be delighted with Wigtown Booktown with its wealth of book shops and second hand books collected from numerous sources over the years.
If getting out onto the open sea delights you, contact one of the area’s local Charter Skippers for sea angling, sealife cruises and even ‘sunset cruises’ off the beautiful coastline. The seas here abound in tope, pollack, basking shark, mackeral, cod and squadrons of gulls, terns, puffins and the like. Not to be missed! Contact Seafishingscotland for further details about sea angling charters locally. Fancy something a little larger to go to sea in? Take a mid-week special to Belfast with either Stena or P&O, both operating from Cairnryan. Take a coach trip to the Giant’s Causeway or Bushmills Distillery, visit Belfast’s unique Zoo or shopping centre – only 90 minutes by fast ferry.
Locally one can find pony trekking, horse riding, sailing, wind surfing, hill walking, climbing, forest trails to suit all ages and skills and much much more! Whatever you want to do, the Torrs Warren Country House Hotel makes the ideal base from which to explore. And after a busy day’s exploring, be welcomed back, sit by the fire in the snug, or relax in the beer garden, enjoy a meal in our conservatory restaurant or oak-lined dining room, and then retire to a warm and comfortable room offering style and county house elegance. The Torrs Warren Country House Hotel – The Natural Choice!
The Torrs Warren Country House Hotel, Stoneykirk, Stranraer, DG9 9DH. Tel: 01776 830204