During Your Stay
The surrounding area is well known for its deserted sandy beaches, gardens, golf courses and stunning unspoilt countryside.
The cottage is within a few hundred yards of the Scottish Coastal path (Core path so is ideal for walkers.
The concrete hexagonal gun sites, 200 yards from the cottage were built in WWII to protect the wartime harbour in Cairnryan.
Surrounded by rolling hillside and adjacent to an SSSI (special site of scientific interest) with only sheep, deer, cattle and a huge variety of birds as neighbours, Little Laight offers the perfect getaway for those wishing solitude, tranquility peace and quiet.
Glenwhan Gardens © Glenwhan Gardens
This part of Dumfries and Galloway enjoys reasonably mild temperatures compared to the rest of Scotland thanks to warming from the Gulf Stream which allows plants, more commonly found in the southern hemisphere, to flourish.
Just a short drive from Little Laight Cottage is Scotlands most exotic garden - Logan Botanical Garden - which is open daily from March to October and is a 5 star Scottish Tourist Board visitor attraction.
There are also several smaller gardens all within a 30 minute drive of the cottage which are a pleasure to visit
Galloway Forest Park
Bruce's Stone at Galloway Forest Park © FCS
You'll find an amazing selection of trails ranging from gentle loch and burnside strolls through to mountain adventures on the regions two highest peaks; Merrick (2,766 ft) and Cairnsmore of Fleet (2,333 ft).
The 300sq mile Galloway Forest Park is an area of outstanding natural beauty and is just a short drive from the cottage.
Galloway Forest Park is also a designated Dark Sky Park with some of the darkest skies in Europe - a dream location for star gazers and astronomers.
There are regular Dark Sky events held in the region or simply take yourself, and your telescope, to one the many star gazing locations in the region.
Bruntis Loch © FCS
If fishing is your passion you are spoilt for choice in the region. Not only are you on the shores of Loch Ryan you are also only a short distance from Luce Bay and the Irish Sea, all of which offer excellent sea fishing opportunities.
You'll find links to sea fishing charters and where to get permits and tackle detailed below:
- Loch Ryan Leisure
- Fishing Tackle in Stranraer
- Go West Sea Fishing
- On Yer Marks Sea Fishing Charters
- Fishing in Galloway Forest Park
If you're heading inland you'll find many lochs and rivers offering superb fishing throughout the year.
A fun day out and good for children/beginners as you are more likely to catch something.
- 07810 778534
Newton Stewart Angling Association
There is some good fly fishing to be had on local rivers such as the River Luce and the River Bladnoch you can see www.vistscotland.com/fish for more details.
Eating & Drinking
Henrys Bay House Restaurant
Just a short drive from Little Laight, Henrys Bay House Restaurant boasts the finest sun terrace for alfresco dining and views to be inspired by.
- 01776 707 388
Local Fish - Ballantrae
Eric McIlwraith fishes from Ballantrae harbour during the summer. He has a red van and works from the Lifeboat shed. Call him the night before on 01465 831422 or find him at the harbour.
Fresh oysters © The Loch Ryan Oyster Fishery Co. Ltd
The Loch Ryan Oyster Fishery Co. Ltd
The estate has its own oyster fishery and the boat The Vital Spark is kept in the harbour in Stranraer.
- 01736 810 867
Good fresh fish. Quite a lot of choice including local prawns and scallops, crabs and lobster to order.
- 01671 820 748
Marrbury Smokehouse which stocks its own produce and has a bistro on site. Approx 30 miles.
- 01671 820 476
On the banks of Wigtown Bay. Approx 30 miles.
- 01671 820 354
Just off A75 near Dumfries - approx 75 miles - and a great place to stop and stock up en-route to Little Laight.
- 01387 253 087
Galloway Hills @ South West Images
The cottage is within a few hundred yards of the Scottish Coastal path (Core path so is ideal for walkers). It is also close to the route of the Southern Upland Way; a 212 mile walk from nearby Portpatrick on the west coast of Scotland heading east across Dumfries & Galloway and then on through the Scottish Borders until you reach Cockburnspath on the east coast!
If you fancy something a little less demanding, but equally spectacular, the Mull of Galloway Trail runs from the Mull of Galloway to Stranraer taking in spectacular sea and coastal views.
The trail continues north and joins the Loch Ryan Coastal Path to south Ayrshire where it links with the Ayrshire Coastal Path.
View over Loch Ryan © Stranraer Golf Club
Locally there are 4 fantastic courses which make the most of their coastal location including the last course designed by the famous James Braid, Creachmore golf course at nearby Stranraer, Portpatrick's Dunskey course, Wigtownshire County Golf Club and St. Medan Golf Club where you can enjoy a picnic on the beach.
Places of Interest
Within a short distance of Little Laight Cottage you'll find plenty of places to visit including picturesque towns and villages, castles, churches, places of historical interest and much more besides.
Castles, Ruins and History
- Culzean Castle & Country Park
- Dumfries House
- Blairquhan Castle
- The Whithorn Trust
- Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
www.undiscoverscotand.co.uk website is useful for information on ruins such as Glenluce Abbey, Crossraguel Abbey, Dunskey Castle.
Towns & Villages
Stranraer (5 miles) is the regions second largest town and was once the major ferry port to/from Belfast and Larne in Northern Ireland.
Stranraer has all major amenities; there are three supermarkets and high street shopping and a wide range of local produce, arts and crafts, cafes, restaurants and public houses.
Stranraer also has doctors surgeries, dental practices, a chemist, hospital, police station and fire station.
Dining at Portpatrick © South West Images
Portpatrick (10 miles) is a picturesque coastal town on the far west coast of Dumfries & Galloway. Historically the main port between Ireland and Scotland it has been home to the region's life-boat station and rescue boat for over 130 years and still operates as a harbour for sailing and fishing boats.
The Mull of Galloway
Mull of Galloway © D&G Tourist Board
The Mull of Galloway (25 miles) is Scotland's most southerly point and offers wonderful views to the Isle of Man, the Lake District in England, Ireland and Scotland. You can also climb the 115 steps to the top of the Lighthouse, one of three Robert Stevenson lighthouses in the region, and enjoy the exhibition of Lighthouse history. The area is also an RSPB Nature Reserve offering superb bird watching opportunities. If you're lucky you'll also see porpoises and dolphins.
Wigtown Book Festival © Colin Tenant
Wigtown (35 miles) is Scotland's National Book Town and, as well as book and book related events and activities throughout the year not to mention the number of book shops there are to explore, hosts the Wigtown Book Festival; a 10 day celebration of books and literature at the end of September into early October.
Just a mile or two further on from Wigtown you'll find the small village of Bladnoch; home to Scotland's most southerly whisky distillery which, as well as producing a fine lowland Scottish whisky, has a visitor centre where you can sample whisky and find the perfect gift to take home to remind you of your holiday in South West Scotland.
Pipe Band © Stephen Jolly Photography
Stranraer is known as the Music Town and hosts regular live music events in the town including Park Fest, an outdoor marqueed live music event in aid of the RNLI.
In nearby Newton Stewart (25 miles) they hold an annual celebration of traditional music on the 2nd weekend in July, the Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival which features traditional music concerts, workshops, tune and song writing competitions, tune and song sessions, pipe band performance - it's a fantastic weekend of music not to be missed!