Visitors will see the lighthouses dotting the Rhins peninsula, which tell the story of the importance of shipping along this coast. There is a specific cycle trail that links the six lighthouses together giving you the chance to admire the stunning coastal views and delving into the historical importance of these safety beacons.

Guided by these lights ships came and went through loch Ryan but today the waters significance is from what lies beneath it – a wild, native oyster bed. These local oysters are the focal point for an annual festival each autumn in Stranraer. 

The town is also the start of the long distance cycling route, the Kirkpatrick C2C, with a spur loop down to Portpatrick.  This sea front town was once the departure point for lowland Scots seeking a better future. More recently, it has been a hidden holiday getaway for those in the know wanting a relaxed vibe, sailing, golfing and general chilling out. It offers harbour front pubs and restaurants, bijou gift shops and stunning sunset views. It is also the start of the cross-country walking route, the Southern Upland Way. 

The Mull of Galloway offers visitors the chance to visit the most southerly point in Scotland and the locals will tell you on a clear day you’ll see ‘Five Kingdoms’ – the Isle of Man, Scotland, Ireland, England and Heaven! The area is an RSPB site and twitchers will delight in the many species to be found on these windswept cliffs, while below you may be lucky to spot marine mammals skirting the coastline.