: Glasgow Prestwick
: Loch Ryan
: Blue Peter Inn in Kirkcolm
: Stranraer Golf Club
: Campbells in Portpatrick
Located on Corsewall Estate, close to the village of Kirkcolm, surrounded by open farm land, High Clachan is a charming farmhouse dating back to the 18th century.
The house is 3/4s of a mile down a quiet country lane from Port Beg - one of the Estate's three beaches on the sea loch of Loch Ryan. Port Beg is a pretty bay, pebbly down to the waterline and then sandy in the sea - ideal for paddling and swimming. There are lots of rock pools - so a bucket and a net is a must for the kids! There's a grassy area for picnics and barbies and the views out to sea, with Ailsa Craig in the foreground and Arran in the distance, are simply magical.
Lady Bay and Boat Bank are the two other beaches on Corsewall Estate that guests at High Clachan can explore. Both of these are wonderful if you like collecting shells or pebbles - oyster shells and mussels to cowries and scallop shells never fail to disappoint. Bird watching down on the shores of Loch Ryan or in the woods is second to none.
High Clachan has a huge lawn in front of the house - so it's a secure place for children to play football or for a game of croquet - croquet set supplied!
There are lots of walks around the farmhouse to enjoy. Head down to the shore on Loch Ryan, or a walk through the fields at the back of the house will bring you to a network of walking and cycling tracks through the woods around the Estate. At certain times of the year, the tracks are full of colour - from snowdrops in February and daffodils in March to bluebells in April.
The Blue Peter pub in the village of Kirkcolm is 3/4s of a mile away. Under new ownership, the pub has good pub grub and also does great take away fish and chips - a 'must eat' while on holiday by the coast!
There are so many things to do and see in Dumfries & Galloway - mountain biking at one of the 7Stanes mountain biking centres; walking in the Galloway Forest Park; visiting the Cocoa Bean Chocolate Factory at Twynholm and the Cream O Galloway ice cream visitor centre near Gatehouse of Fleet or the Gem Rock Museum at Creetown. Culzean Castle and Country Park is just over an hour's drive up the scenic Ayrshire Coast - which is a great attraction to visit as there is so much to see and do.
If you're mad about golf, there are a number of excellent courses including Stranraer Golf Course, designed by James Braid, the Portpatrick Dunskey course at Portpatrick, the Wigtownshire Golf Course at Glenluce and Turnberry, which is under an hour's drive away. There are lots of pretty towns and villages to explore - from Portpatrick to Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright.
The Rhins of Galloway boasts many beautiful sandy beaches to take the children to - including Killantringan, Larbrax and Laird's Bay - very much like Cornwall but without all the crowds.
There are a number of pretty gardens to visit - from the Logan Botanical Gardens and Ardwell to Dunskey and Glenwhan to Castle Kennedy where you will see exotic plants in abundance and riots of colour.
The Mull of Galloway, with a working lighthouse, which you can visit and climb right to the top of the light tower, is a must see. It is Scotland's most southerly point and on clear days you can see England, Ireland and the Isle of Man.