We were absolutely delighted to welcome freelance journalist, Cate Devine, to our 4* holiday cottage in Portpatrick – Cedar Lodge – earlier in the year and to read her wonderful article flying the flag for glorious Galloway and south west Scotland in the The Herald Magazine on September 1st.
She clearly loved her weekend in Galloway, whether it was walking, visiting gardens or eating. She packed in a pretty round trip at the start of the Southern Upland Way from Portpatrick to Killantringan, which is 6.5 miles, before heading off to the pretty port of Garlieston, Scotland’s National Book Town – Wigtown and Whithorn in the Machars, followed by a wonderful dinner at the Old Colfin Creamery (definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area).
I love the Killantringan walk – the coastal views are breathtaking and I do enjoy the terrain contrasts of the heathery hills, cliff tops and sandy beaches. I walked it only last week with lovely guests who were staying High Clachan Farmhouse – who were one of our very first guests in Garden Cottage in 2012 and have now stayed with us on many occasions. We were so excited to see that we were being watched when we crossed over one of the beaches – not by one but four seals! See photo below – I just couldn’t co-ordinate getting a shot of all their heads as they bobbed up at once.
On Sunday, Cate visited Logan Botanic Garden – which is an inspiring treat at any time of the year – for a guided tour by Logan’s Curator, Richard Baines.
Cate describes Portpatrick as ‘surely one of the loveliest former fishing villages in Scotland, and yet one of the least celebrated compared to, say, Tobermory, Plockton or Portree’. She’s absolutely right and I hope that in time, Cate’s article and others like it, will go some way to giving Portpatrick and south west Scotland the status they deserve as one of Scotland’s most popular holiday destinations.