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While away lazy summer afternoons in the beautiful Scottish fishing village of Portpatrick, where boats go to and fro as villagers go about their days running the local pubs and gift shops.

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Portpatrick’s beautiful beaches are ideal for a romantic evening stroll, and a little further away you’ll find the Galloway Forest Park famed for night skies so clear that you can see the Milky Way.

Portpatrick is a golfer’s paradise, with a nine-hole pitch and putt golf course within the grounds of the Portpatrick Hotel for use by guests of both the hotel and the Portpatrick Apartments. The village also includes the Dunskey Golf Club, which occupies a prime spot right on the coast with both 9-hole and 18-hole courses.

Few places are more restful or more relaxing. You can sit by the harbour and enjoy the fresh air and the calls of sea birds, or go walking through the surrounding countryside where you’ll find places to fish and some wonderful woodland tracks. Portpatrick’s also at the start of the Southern Upland Way, which covers a total distance of 212 miles.

Sunrises and sunsets from the Portpatrick coastline are breathtakingly beautiful, lighting the sky in rich reds, oranges, pinks and purples.

Wake early, take in the views and look out towards Ireland and the Isle of Man as the sun creeps over the horizon, or enjoy a long morning in bed before a delicious meal at a local pub or at your hotel’s restaurant. Should you wish, you can even hop on a boat for a day trip to Belfast and you can spend the day shopping, visiting the city’s attractions and enjoying the friendly atmosphere of Northern Ireland’s largest city.

Portpatrick’s surroundings include some colourful gardens, open to the public throughout the summer months, and some grand historic castles that give an insight into Scotland’s magnificent past. From sporting weekends to walking holidays, and from romantic breaks to shopping trips, Portpatrick has all that you need to fill every day of your visit.

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Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

For a truly unique 'encounter' with Scotland’s favourite son, be sure to visit this fantastic museum where you can explore the rich history of Robert Burns as well as enjoying different indoor and outdoor events from art exhibits, food and craft fayres to music festivals. After your tour of the museum be sure to stop by the café and the shop to pick up a memento of your visit.

The Southern Upland Way

So much more than just a walk, Scotland's coast to coast route starts with the 13.5 mile Portpatrick to Castle Kennedy walk. This section of the way is a relatively short one designed to be a gentle start to the rest of the way. This path will take you along the coast taking in some stunning views across the North Channel before heading back inland towards Stranraer to castle Kennedy. Buses run from Stranraer to Portpatrick if you don’t fancy the walk back!

Glenwhan Gardens

Created over just a couple of decades, the Glenwhan Gardens are filled with colour and life.

Plants from all over the world can be found in twelve acres of grounds, home to an abundance of wildlife and some peaceful winding paths. Water features and impressive stone sculptures have been dotted throughout the gardens, as well as benches that you can use to stop and survey your surroundings. The on-site tea room is the perfect place to enjoy a hot drink once your exploration is over.

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Castle Kennedy & Gardens

Richly coloured and extensively landscaped the gardens of Castle Kennedy have plenty of things to offer.

As well as a myriad of colourful plants you’ll find a gift shop and tea room in which to spend some time. Treasure hunts, guided tours and workshops are scheduled throughout the year, adding an extra layer to your visit, whilst the plant centre is stocked with a variety of well-kept plants and flowers to take back to your own garden.

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Logan Botanic Garden

A walled garden that is warmed by the Gulf Stream, this attraction is a favourite with those that enjoy natural beauty.

Start in the Discovery Centre, and learn more about the native and sub-tropical plants on display throughout the gardens. You can shop for gifts, take home some purchased plants or enjoy a delightful meal in the restaurant, as well as walking the woodland trails that take you around the garden.

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Culzean Castle

One of Scotland’s best loved attractions, Culzean Castle has plenty to offer for children and for adults.

Shops sell traditional toys and high quality Willberry dolls, and the deer herd are an interesting addition to the castle’s extensive grounds. The 600-acre estate features a visitor centre and restaurant, whilst the castle itself is furnished with valuable antiques and intriguing paintings. On certain days of the year you’ll be able to enjoy the extra hosted events, ranging from art classes to craft fairs.

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