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6 Day Golfing in Wigtownshire

 

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The South West of Scotland is the perfect place for golfers who like to escape the crowds and discover something new. This itinerary is designed to take in clubs included in South of Scotland Golf’s Wigtownshire Golf Pass. You can purchase the pass directly from South of Scotland Golf and for just £110, you get access to all six courses featured in this itinerary.

Each day we have included one course, plus a variety of other sites and activities which we hope will inspire you to get to know our wonderful region a bit better.

Day 1
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Day 1 - Newton Stewart

Newton Stewart Golf Club is set on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park. This 18 hole course offers delightful views of the Galloway Hills and surrounding countryside at every hole.

Not far from the club, high on a hillside above Loch Trool, within the Galloway Forest Park, sits Bruce’s Stone. This huge granite boulder marks the location of one of King Robert the Bruce’s battles with the English during the First Scottish War of Independence.

If fishing is something you enjoy, why not visit Glenquicken Trout Farm near Creetown. This 4.5 acre trout loch is stocked with Rainbow, Blue and Brown Trout. A great place to round off your day is at Scottish Gin Distillery of the Year 2020, Crafty Distillery, their award winning Hills and Harbour gin is quite simply delicious!

 
MILES 46.8
KM 76
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Newton Stewart Golf Club
 
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Stop 1 - Newton Stewart Golf Club

Newton Stewart Golf Course in Dumfries and Galloway, south-west Scotland, is a superb 18-hole parkland course measuring 5,840 yards (par 69) with spectacular views from every hole.
 
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Stop 2 - Robert the Bruce, father of a nation

In the heart of the Galloway Forest Park, near Loch Trool, is a stone. This huge granite boulder marks the place of a battle that took place in the First War of Scottish Independence in March 1307. The man who led the Scottish troops was Robert the Bruce.
 
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Stop 3 - Glenquicken Farm Trout Fishery

Glenquicken Troutmasters Fishery, a 4.5 acre fly fishing lochan situated amongst magnificent scenery in the shadow of Cairnsmore of Fleet, Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway.
 
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Stop 4 - Crafty Distillery Tours & Shop

Using new technology, our own grain spirit and locally sourced ingredients, we want to create tasty, wallet-pleasing spirits for everyone who likes a tipple.
 
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EAT

Food in this area

Café at Clatteringshaws
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The Crown Hotel – Bar & Restaurant
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The Riverbank Cafe
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Accommodation in this area

Barrhill Farm Holiday Cottages
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Brewery House Bed and Breakfast
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Conifer Lodges
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Rowallan Guest House
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Stables Guest House
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The Nether Barr
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Day 2
OVERVIEW

Day 2 - Wigtown and Bladnoch

 
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Stop 1 - Wigtown and Bladnoch Golf Club

Wigtown & Bladnoch Golf Club is a very pleasant 9 hole golf course set in lush parkland just half a mile from Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town.
 
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Stop 2 - Bladnoch Distillery

Bladnoch Distillery produces premium Single Malt Scotch Whisky, paying tribute to the rich history of Bladnoch and traditional lowland style Scotch Whisky.
 
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Stop 3 - Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve

Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve is the largest LNR in Britain. The estuary, with large areas of salt marsh and mudflats is vitally important for many of the species that live there, especially for salt tolerant plants and wintering wildfowl. The reserve is a popular venue for a range of recreational activities including angling and bird watching.
 
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Stop 4 - Wigtown Book Festival and Book Shop

Wigtown Festival Company runs the annual Wigtown Book Festival every autumn in Scotland's National Book Town. The 10 day festival features author talks, music, visual arts, film, and performances for the whole family. There are over 250 events and activities with dedicated children's and young people's programmes.
 
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EAT

Food in this area

Bladnoch Distillery
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The Belted Galloway Visitor Centre
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The Steam Packet Inn
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Accommodation in this area

Beltie Flat
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Courtyard Holiday Cottages
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Craigmount Bed and Breakfast
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Fordbank House
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Comfy sofas and flat screen tv and extra dining in southfield's upstairs sitting room.
Southfield, Wigtown
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Woodpecker Cottage
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Day 3
OVERVIEW

Day 3 - Portwilliam (St Medan)

Day two takes you to St Medan Golf Course south of Port William. This 9 hole golf course is perfect for novice and experienced players alike and offers breathtaking views over Luce Bay for you to enjoy as you play.

To the south west of the club, is Whithorn, one of Scotland’s earliest Christian sites. Whithorn was home to St. Ninian, who is said to have brought Christianity to Scotland, you can discover more about his story at the Whithorn Trust Visitor Centre.

If all that golfing and sight-seeing has given you a thirst, beer lovers can visit Five Kingdoms Brewery to sample award winning beers which use whole hops, quality malts and fresh local water. Whisky lovers should make their way to Bladnoch Distillery, this 202 year old distillery produces premium single malt whisky in the traditional lowland style.

 
MILES 32.6
KM 53
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St Medan Golf Club
 
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Stop 1 - St Medan Golf Club

This family-friendly, 9 hole course, laid out on the shores of Luce Bay in south west Scotland, offers an interesting and challenging game for novices and experienced golfers alike. A special feature of St Medan is that there are 18 tees playing to 9 holes, making optimum use of the hilly peninsula with it’s wonderful scenery and panoramic sea views.
 
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Stop 2 - Whithorn Trust Visitor Centre & Cafe

The Whithorn Trust runs the exhibition and museum detailing the town's 1600 years of Christian history. Coffee and gift shop with locally sourced products.
 
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Stop 3 - Five Kingdoms Brewery

Five Kingdoms microbrewery began in 2015 and sits in the beautiful harbourside village of The Isle of Whithorn in Dumfries and Galloway. The small fishing village is nestled on the tip of the Machars peninsula, close to the stunning Galloway Forest hills and is Scotland’s most southerly brewery. Five Kingdoms, so called because England, Ireland, The Isle of Man, Wales and Scotland can all be visible on a clear day from the Isle.
 
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Stop 4 - Galloway Farmhouse Cheese and From Ewe to You

The home of our Galloway Farmhouse Cheese range. We've been producing award-winning cheeses for nearly 30 years.
 
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EAT

Food in this area

Beltie Books and Cafe
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The Pheasant
The Pheasant
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The View
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STAY

Accommodation in this area

Craiglemine Cottage B and B
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Larroch Farmhouse
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Monreith Sands Holiday Park
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Precinct House
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The Steam Packet Inn
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West Barr Holiday Park
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Day 4
OVERVIEW

Day 4 - Wigtownshire

Wigtownshire Golf Course is a true links 18 hole course on the shores of Luce Bay. A test for those with high and low handicaps, it is a very popular course.

A short drive from the golf course, sits one of Scotland’s best preserved monasteries, Glen Luce Abbey which was founded in 1192. One of the loveliest beaches in the region is also nearby, at Sandhead. This broad expanse of beach is a lovely spot to take in the sea air and relax.

Or if you enjoy gardens, why not visit Glenwhan Gardens? Hewn from rough moorland 40 years ago, this lovely garden is home to many tender plants from around the Southern Hemisphere, together with large collections of rare trees and shrubs, plus it has a lovely tearoom!

 
MILES 38.1
KM 62
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Wigtownshire Golf Club
 
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Stop 1 - Wigtownshire County Golf Club

Wigtownshire County Golf Club - The 'County' is one of the most popular holiday golf courses in South West Scotland, an 18-hole, true links course situated on the shores of Luce Bay.
 
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Stop 2 - Historic Scotland- Glenluce Abbey

Tucked in a tranquil valley is one of Scotland’s best-preserved monasteries. A highlight is the magnificent chapter house, with its ornate windows and grotesque carvings. There is also a remarkable plumbing system that supplied the Cistercian monks with running water.
 
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Stop 3 - Sandhead Beach (Luce Sands)

This beautiful sandy beach in Sandhead village near Stranraer stretches for more than a mile and boasts unlimited sand when the tide is out. Luce bay is designated a Special Area for Conservation for its dune, seashore and seabed habitats and the fantastic marine wildlife it supports. With ample car parking and picnic tables by the beach, the area is a great place for a picnic before walking on the beach.
 
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Stop 4 - Glenwhan Gardens, Arboretum and Tearoom

The Gardens are a labour of love, hewn from rough moorland 40 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
 
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EAT

Food in this area

Central Cafe
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Henrys Bay House Restaurant Stranraer
Henrys Bay House Restaurant, Stranraer
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Knockinaam Lodge Hotel
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STAY

Accommodation in this area

Lochinch Castle Holiday Cottages
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North West Castle Hotel
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Ryan Bay Holiday Park
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The Cottage at Castle Sinniness
The Cottage at Castle Sinniness
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Tigh Na Mara Hotel
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Up-Yonder Holiday Cottage
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Day 5
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Day 5 - Portpatrick

You’ll be spoiled for choice at Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Club, which has two courses, an 18 hole and a 9 hole which are a mixture of rolling moorland and seaside heath.

Just a couple of miles away, south of the charming seaside town of Portpatrick, are the dramatic clifftop ruins of Dunskey castle, well worth a look. Another of our favourite places to spend time and enjoy a spot of lunch is Logan Botanic Gardens, you may be surprised to see so many exotic plants in a Scottish Garden.

Or why not visit Scotland’s most southerly point, the Mull of Galloway? From here on a clear day you can see England, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man. If you have the energy, you can climb the 115 steps to the top of the lighthouse for an even better view!

 
MILES 26.7
KM 43
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Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Club
 
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Stop 1 - Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Club

Situated on the coast in south west Scotland, Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Club is just a short stroll from the picturesque village of Portpatrick and boasts two superbly maintained courses. Overlooking the North Channel to Ireland, Portpatrick Dunskey enjoys a temperate climate due to the Gulf Stream and is playable all year round.
 
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Stop 2 - Dunskey Castle near Portpatrick

Dunskey Castle dates back to the 13th or 14th Century and has a gruesome history. It was plundered and burned in 1489 and was rebuilt in 1510 and extended in 1648. The entire building became derelict by 1700 and hasn't changed much since. The castle has featured in several film and TV sets.
 
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Stop 3 - Logan Botanic Garden

At the south western tip of Scotland lies Logan, unrivalled as ‘Scotland’s Most Exotic Garden’. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, a remarkable collection of southern hemisphere plants flourish, making this a plantsman’s paradise.
 
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EAT

Food in this area

Connors Restaurant
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The Old Colfin Creamery
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Tigh Na Mara Hotel
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STAY

Accommodation in this area

Crown Hotel, Portpatrick
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Fernhill Hotel
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Knockinaam Lodge Hotel
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Knockniemoak B and B
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Mull of Galloway Lighthouse Holiday Cottages
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Kirkbride Farm Holiday Cottages
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Day 6
OVERVIEW

Day 6 - Stranraer Golf Club

The last course on your visit, is the outstanding Championship Golf Course at Stranraer. It is well worth making time to play, beautifully designed with a prevailing wind from the sea and some real testing holes.

Another place worth a visit is the beautiful Castle Kennedy Gardens. Whatever the season there is always something to admire on the 75 acre estate.

For angling enthusiasts, Stranraer and District Angling Association offers five different venues for brown and rainbow trout and roach. Or if you fancy taking in some more of the dramatic coastal beauty of the region, the Mull of Galloway Trail is the perfect choice!

 
MILES 45.6
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11th Green Stranraer Golf Club
 
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Stop 1 - Stranraer Golf Club

The course was designed in 1950 by the distinguished golf course architect, the late James Braid who was also involved in designing such great courses as Gleneagles, Rosemount, Carnoustie and Dalmahoy. His spirit lives on in this classic championship course at Stranraer.
 
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Stop 2 - Castle Kennedy Gardens

Castle Kennedy Gardens, one of Scotland’s finest gardens, set in 75 acres and offering something for everyone to enjoy. From stunning fauna, to beautiful scenery, sculptured landforms, magnificent walks and popular bird hides, the Gardens are a hidden treasure in South West Scotland and a perfect haven for relaxing and exploring.
 
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Stop 3 - Stranraer and District Angling Association

Founded in 1947 Stranraer and District Angling Association offers visiting anglers a diverse choice, from remote wild brown trout fishing, to a well stocked user friendly loch especially suited to the younger and disadvantaged anglers as well as those wishing to explore the fishing whilst visiting the area.
 
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Stop 4 - Mull of Galloway Trail

This is probably the most scenic trail in South West Scotland. After the initial section from Stranraer to Luce Bay,the trail follows the coastline of the Southern Rhins of Galloway to end at the Mull of Galloway where there is a visitor centre with an excellent cafe with stunning views.
 
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EAT

Food in this area

Central Cafe
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Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel
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Henrys Bay House Restaurant Stranraer
Henrys Bay House Restaurant, Stranraer
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STAY

Accommodation in this area

The Hidden Hideaway @ Low Glengyre
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Lochinch Castle Holiday Cottages
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Mull of Galloway Lighthouse Holiday Cottages
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No 4 Portpatrick B and B
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North West Castle Hotel
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Rickwood Bnb in Portpatrick
Rickwood House B&B Portpatrick
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