3 Days in Rhins

Day 1 - Stranraer

Your first day in the Rhins can be spent in the fantastic Stranraer, throughout the year we have many events and activities, such as the renowned Oyster Festival - see our calendar for dates of all events in the area. Your day can be spent walking through the town, visiting our High Street shops, eating in our wonderful cafes and restaurants, soaking in the history by following our town trail or relaxing down at the harbour with an ice cream.

Day 2 - Portpatrick 

Portpatrick is a prominent seaside village in the Rhins. Steeped in a wealth of history, Portpatrick, and its harbour is accustomed to receiving plenty visitors. There are many food options to choose from in Portpatrick with many of the eaters boasting freshly caught seafood straight from the local fisherman. You can spend the day by the sea on the beach or walking up round the cliffs for spectacular views of the Irish coastline, visiting the ruins of Dunskey Castle. The putting green offers a chance to have some family fun or hone your skills before play 18 holes at Portpatrick Golf Course!

Day 3 – Mull of Galloway and Logan Botanic Gardens 

Drive to Scotland’s most southernly point. The celebrated Mull of Galloway lighthouse is the most southern point in Scotland and has a complete experience to enjoy the moment. The experience allows visitors to stay, eat and explore the Mull of Galloway. Visitors can discover inside the lighthouse and its features or take a scenic walk around the Mull. For keen nature watchers or those looking to learning there is a RSPB centre filled with information and look out points. Visitors can go to the Gallie Craig for some tea and cakes.

On the route back, take a walk around Logan botanic Gardens and discover the exotic plants and trees. The Rhins of Galloway location in the Gulf Stream makes for perfect temperatures for the exotic plants and trees to grow.


One of Gateway to Galloway's focus' is to have sustainability for the Tourist Information Centre. Our centre runs with the help of many wonderful volunteers, members of our community - with a wealth of knowledge to share - dedicating their time to help solidify the sustainability of the project.  Without our volunteers, Gateway to Galloway would be restricted in what could be achieved. We would like to thank those who have come on board as our volunteers this year. We hope to continue striving for a centre the whole community can be proud of. 


If you think you would like to volunteer with us at Gateway to Galloway.

Please come in a visit us at -

Clock Tower

Harbour Masters Building

Market St 


DG9 7RF 


Alternatively, please call 01776 748 778 or email vanessa.gateway@stranraerdevelopmenttrust.co.uk or amanda.gateway@stranraerdevelopmenttrust.co.uk 

Galloway Site Opening

Stranraer's new Tourist Information Centre and Community Hub officially opened its doors on 2nd of July 2021. A community run project developed by the Stranraer Development Trust, volunteers are on site to help and advise visitors and locals alike.

Lighthouses’ of The Rhins

Our wonderful coastline has provided the Rhins with many treasures, our lighthouses are just one of them. Featured below are the 6 Lighthouses' of the Rhins. 

1. Lochryan Lighthouse

Established in 1847, Loch Ryan Lighthouse was created by Alan Stevenson, the lighthouse was automated in 1964. The development of the lighthouse can be correlated to change of operating route by ships at the time. Previously, Portpatrick was the main harbour used by service ships, but the harsh weather condition on the Rhins coast made it more viable for ships to come into the calmer waters of the loch. As a result, there was an increase of demand and much larger ships utilized the loch. Today Loch Ryan is home to Stena Line and P&O Ferries which is the main transport service to Northern Ireland.

Additionally, Loch Ryan is home to one of the last wild, native oysters bed in Scotland. The area’s unique seafood heritage, the local cuisine, the stunning scenery, and the vision of the Stranraer business community, collectively inspired the first oyster festival held in Stranraer in September 2017. The festival has became a finalist in the prestigious CIS Excellence Awards in the Food Tourism Award category. These awards celebrate the very best in Scotland’s hospitality industry. 

2. Corsewall Lighthouse 

Established in 1817, northern tip of the peninsula, Corsewall lighthouse is the oldest functioning lighthouse on the trail. The lighthouse became automated in 1994 and is now monitored from Edinburgh. The lighthouse and outer buildings currently function as a hotel accommodation.  The hotel offers 360 views of the Ayrshire coast, Irish Coast, Ailsa Craig, the Isle of Arran over coffee and snacks during the day, followed by a 5-course fine dining experience (must be pre-booked). On occasion visitors have seen glimpses of the northern lights from Corsewall point.

There are walking paths situated round the lighthouse, some of which will be part of the Rhins coastal path – soon to be completed – connecting the northerly point to the mostly southernly point of the Rhins.

3. Killantrigan Lighthouse

Built in 1900 Killantrigan lighthouse sits on the west coast of the peninsula. The lighthouse itself stands at 72ft but its composition on the cliff edge takes its height to 160ft. The lighthouse once had fog-signal installed which was later discontinued in 1987, the lighthouse itself was automated a year later in 1988. The lightkeepers’ cottages were subsequently sold and now privately owned.

Although there is no longer access into the lighthouse, there are several viewpoints around the lighthouse - from these you will see the stretch of the Irish coastline. Killantrigan Lighthouse is on the route of The Southern Upland way, this makes for easy access from the lighthouse to Portpatrick

4. Portpatrick Lighthouse

Portpatrick was once a prominent harbour, receiving travellers and cattle but the harbour became less used when service boats switched to Stranraer harbour. The disuse of the harbour and the construction of Killantrigan Lighthouse led to the previous lighthouse being decommissioned, dismantled, and re-erected in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The lighthouse that stands in Portpatrick today was built in the late 1800s and served to light the seafront and the harbour, however, was later decommissioned in 1900.

The lighthouse is now an iconic feature in panoramic harbour photographs of Portpatrick. Although access inside the lighthouse is not permitted, you can get up close to the lighthouse and explore round about it.

5. Port Logan Beacon

Although Port Logan doesn’t have an authentic lighthouse, it does have a beacon which is worthy of being on the lighthouse trail. In 1818 the beacon was designed by Thomas Telford, financed by the Laird of Logan. The harbour was created to challenge that of Portpatrick Harbour however, it was unsuccessful at developing a bustling trade. The beacon itself in 10m high constructed with granite and sandstone ashlar, there is an open light-chamber on the 3rd stage which would have been used to create the beacon of light for the harbour.

Similarly, to Portpatrick lighthouse access inside is not permitted, however you can get up close and explore around it. Today Port Logan boasts a active beach, due to the warm temperatures of the sea generated by gulf stream, perfect for swimming and paddle boarding.

6. The Mull of Galloway 

The most famed lighthouse of all the trail and a distinctive for Scotland, the Mull of Galloway is home to the the most southernly Lighthouse in Scotland. The lighthouse was built by Robert Stevenson, taking two years to complete, it was first lit in 1830. The lighthouse can be visible from 32 miles away on a clear night due it is 26m high stature, which is 99m above sea level. The lighthouse was converted to electric in 1971 and eventually automated in 1988, which is remotely control in Edinburgh by the Northern Lighthouse Board.

Today visitors can enjoy the ‘Mull of Galloway Experience’, within the experience visitors can enjoy the history of the lighthouse, view the vintage engines and foghorns, climb to the top of the lighthouse, walk round the RSPB Scotland Nature Reserve, and enjoy food and drink at the Gallie Craig coffee house. The lighthouse now also functions as a wedding venue and provides self-catering accommodation. There are walking and cycling paths in and around the Mull, which can be printed at Gateway to Galloway.


Location: Cairnryan, Stranraer DG9 8QY Miles From Stranraer: 6.5 Miles




Location: Corsewall Point, Kirkcolm, Stranraer DG9 0QG Miles From Stranraer: 10.6 Miles


Location: Killantringan Lighthouse, Portpatrick, Stranraer, DG9 8TW Miles From Stranraer: 9 Miles


Location: South Crescent, Portpatrick, Stranraer DG9 8JS Miles From Stranraer: 6.8 Miles


Location: Laigh Street Port Logan, Port Logan DG9 9NG Miles From Stranraer: 14 Miles



Location: Mull of Galloway, Drummore DG9 9HP Miles From Stranraer: 22 Miles

One Day in Stranraer



There’s no better way to start your visit to Stranraer than starting it off with a fresh coffee and breakfast in our town centre. Sit outside one of our several cafes with a full Scottish breakfast or some fresh baked patisseries or grab a something to go from one of our bakeries and sit at the castle green.  Whilst in the heart of the town centre, take a walk round our local shops and see what you can find.


Do the Stranraer town trial created by the Stranraer History Trust and discover the history of the town. The trail takes you an easy walk around the town, highlighting various points of interest, historical sites and buildings.  Finish the trail with a look around St. Johns Castle in the town centre and relax at the Castle Green.



Book an evening meal at one of our local restaurants, there is something to suit everyone.  From traditional Scottish to fresh seafood and family-run Chinese and Italian restaurants, there are various options to choose for dinner in Stranraer.




Visit some of our local bars and pubs who have a range of whiskeys, gins and cocktails on offer. There is ample choice for whatever atmosphere you are looking for, whether it be a lively sports bar or a relaxing cocktail lounge. If you're looking for a laid back night after dinner why not stroll along the seafront taking in the views of the loch and watch the ships go by. Guided routes are available here at Gateway to Galloway..