After having spent most of the morning at a cosy coffee shop to upload some retouching work it was time for some exploring! My first stop: Portpatrick – a colourfull coastal village.
A crescent-shaped harbour is the centre of the village which spans along the coastal line with stunning views of the Irish coast only about 34 kilometres far.
In the 18th and 19th century Portpatrick served as a kind of Gretna Green for Ireland, when the daily mail boat also brought over couples wanting to get married.
Fishing is still important in Portpatrick and there is also a small lifeboat museum nearby. There are quite a few pubs and restaurants located around the harbour inviting you to take a break and enjoy the views.
This ruined church, dating from 1629, may itself stand on the ruins of an earlier church, known as St Patrick’s Chapel. The circular tower may date from the 1520s, and originally stood on its own. Its unusual shape (for Scotland) may mean that it was either a lighthouse for the harbour, or heavily influenced by Irish architecture.
The old (ruined) St. Patricks Church dating from 1629 standing on an even older chapel.
Little did I know I was in for a surprise with my next home for two nights. I had booked this little Shepherd´s Hut at Airbnb just because it seemed a great spot to explore Dumfries & Galloway and I wanted to stay in a lovely hut for some time.
Little did I know it was situated in the most beautiful gardens above the little village of Dunragit. The work on the gardens started about 35 years ago and is an ongoing labour of love.
It was a wee wet day when I arrived and the little hut seemed even cosier.
But I still had to explore the gardens a little bit.
The Gardens are a labour of love, hewn from rough moorland 35 years ago. With the warming influence of the Gulf Stream, Glenwhan grows many tender plants from around the Southern Hemisphere, together with large collections of rare trees and shrubs. A numbered tree trail for the dendrologist has been collated, along with a 17 acre moorland walk with 120 species of wildflowers, grasses, and ferns. Two small lakes (Lochans) are the focal point of these family-run gardens, with seats and meandering paths running along enchanting walks with interesting scupltures, which the visitor will discover.
On the next morning, I woke up to sunshine, some lovely visitors and another surprise: the sea!
South facing and 300 ft above sea level, Glenwhan Gardens offer magnificent views over Luce Bay, the Mull of Galloway and the Isle of Man, a perfect backdrop for this garden gem, with leisurely paths and Seats to sit and relax on and enjoy the Spectacular sea Views
(Scotlands Garden Route)