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Scotland's southwest is packed with interest, things to do and see and, of course, it has no shortage of fascinating history. The local village of Stoneykirk gained its name after English map-makers experienced considerable difficulty with the Galloway accent. The village name was actually St Stephen's Kirk - but became mis-transcribed as Stoneykirk - aka "Ste'en's Kirk" - say it quickly and you'll see what we mean! 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 (where 'Two Thousand Acres of Sky' was filmed over three series) and the adjacent Logan Gardens. Somewhat further afield at Dunragit (once an outpost of the ancient and vast Kingdom of Rheged) is Glenwhan Gardens - a private enterprise by Tessa & Bill Knott - an amazing transformation of 12 acres of wasteland into an award winning garden...Not to be missed are the wealth of shows and galas held across the region every summer; the Stranraer Show, Portpatrick Lifeboat Week, the Galloway Show, and a whole host of smaller, community shows, fetes and galas...
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. Glen Luce has the remains of Glen Luce Abbey - much attacked, burned and rebuilt over the centuries, 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, 15th & 16th century tower houses, Victorian country piles in the Gothic style...
The area's big skies and natural light continues to attract artists and photographers, many of whom present samples of their work in the famous 'Glimpses of Galloway' calendars or exhibit in many of the region's art galleries, on certain days many of them open their studios to the public. If you are a smoked-food lover then you are in for a treat - we have some of the best around! 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 a squadrons of
gulls, terns, puffins and
the like. Not to be missed! Contact
for further details.