More and more people yearn for the relative tranquillity offered by South West Scotland but that’s not to say they’re not a lively bunch! Take a look at the busy calendar of events, some gaining international recognition, you can tell having a good time is a big part of the culture.
And if culture is what you hanker for, there’s that in abundance too! From food towns to artist towns, romantic locations and adrenaline- charged activities on the coast and in the forest parks. Many notable people have lived in and loved this southerly part of Scotland.
JM Barrie’s home in Dumfries inspired Peter Pan and Robert Burns, Scotland’s national bard spent most of his life here. South West Scotland has over 200 miles of fabulous coastline, the largest forest park in the UK, the dramatic Galloway Hills and it’s the UK’s first Dark Sky Park.
South West Scotland has inspired writers, artists, historians, adventure seekers, gardening gurus and naturalists. Let it inspire you too.McMillan Hotels comprises three family owned and managed hotels in South West Scotland (Dumfries & Galloway).
North West Castle is a three-star hotel located on the edge of Stranraer town centre overlooking Loch Ryan. This hotel has an indoor curling rink and leisure facilities. Fernhill Hotel (three-star), with 30 bedrooms, is in the fishing village of Portpatrick, located on the cliff top overlooking the picturesque harbour.
Cally Palace Hotel and Golf Course is located just outside the village of Gatehouse of Fleet.This four-star hotel is set in the grounds of the historic Cally Estate. It boasts an 18 hole parkland golf course. These hotels are an ideal base for visiting the many attractions the region has to offer, including, The Mull of Galloway Experience & RSPB Nature Reserve, The Isle of Whithorn, Logan Botanic Gardens, Glenwhan Gardens, Castle Kennedy Gardens, Cream o’ Galloway Experience, to name but a few. The Crafty Distillery at Newton Stewart, has won several awards for Hills & Harbour Gin.
The new South West Coastal Touring Route (SWC300) passes through 300 miles of spectacular scenery, from the rocky and sandy coast, to the lush green inland forests and hills, the South West Coastal 300 Touring route is amazing. It hugs the coastline for more than half the route. North West Castle is just 10 minutes’ drive from the P&O ferry terminal at Cairnryan. Fernhill is just 25 minutes’ drive and the Cally Palace Hotel & Golf Course is less than one hour’s drive from Cairnryan.
While staying at a McMillan Hotel, guests can expect traditional décor, warm hospitality and good food. The chefs delight in using the local larder to produce classic tasty meals.
For further information visit www.mcmillanhotels.co.uk.
When you sail with P&O Ferries from Larne to Cairnryan you get to enjoy the shortest, fastest crossing to Scotland.
With up to seven sailings a day, a journey time of only two hours and lots to do on board travelling to Scotland has never been easier than with P&O Ferries.
By taking your car you are free to explore the region and have no baggage limit worries. You can even upgrade to treat yourself to Club Lounge access, starting from £12 per person when pre-booked and currently includes free Priority Boarding for cars (worth £6), so you can also treat yourself to a stress free trip and quick boarding.
For further info visit poferries.com.