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Drummore

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Drummore is a small village in Dumfries and Galloway in South West Scotland. It's the most southerly village in Scotland, near the tip of the Rhins, the peninsula that ends at the Mull of Galloway. Although it has a population of fewer than 400, it has facilities out of proportion to this, serving as a visitor base for this scenic area.

The TIC is 1 Kirkmaiden information Centre, 21 Mill Street, +44 1776 840207. Open May-Sept. As well as local info, they have internet access (charge) and genealogical archives.

Drummore harbour

Get in[edit]

Stranraer 17 miles north is the transport hub, with trains from Glasgow and Ayr, buses from Dumfries, and ferries to nearby Cairnryan from Belfast and Larne.

By car from Glasgow follow A77 south, from Carlisle and Dumfries follow A75 west, then turn off onto A716 south towards Mull of Galloway.

Bus 407 runs along A716 from Stranraer via Lochans and Port Logan to Drummore, four times a day M-Sat, taking 45 mins.

Get around[edit]

You need a car or bike to get around the area.

See[edit]

  • 1 Mull of Galloway. This is the southernmost point of Scotland, at the tip of the Rhins. It's a scenic headland with a lighthouse (nowadays automatic) and is a nature reserve managed by the RSPB. Mull of Galloway (Q1853868) on Wikidata Mull of Galloway on Wikipedia
  • 2 Logan Botanic Garden, Port Logan DG9 9ND. Daily Mar-Oct 10:00-17:00, daily early Nov & Suns in Feb 10:00-16:00. Impressive gardens with a wide variety of subtropical plants. Adult £7. Logan Botanic Garden (Q2439271) on Wikidata Logan Botanic Garden on Wikipedia
  • Logan House Garden, adjacent, is a Victorian woodland garden. It's open daily Mar-Sept 09:00-17:00, adult £4.
  • 3 Logan Fish Pond, Port Logan, +44 1776 860606. Daily Mar-Oct. This is a remarkable natural aquarium, a pool in a blowhole hollowed out and kept fresh by wave action, used as a vivarium for fish. Or at least it was natural, until the 19th C Laird decided it would be better if enlarged by high explosives; although to be fair he stopped short of using these to catch his fish. Adult £4.
  • See Stranraer for sights further north in the Rhins, especially Portpatrick village, and the limited amusements of Stranraer itself.

Do[edit]

  • The Mull of Galloway Trail starts at the Mull and runs up the east shore of the Rhins via Drummore and Sandhead to Stranraer (26 miles). It continues up the coast via Cairnryan and Finnart Bay to Glenapp (11 miles), where it joins the Ayrshire Coastal Path to Skelmorlie (100 miles). The Mull-to-Stranraer stage is just right for a marathon, run annually in June, with a half-marathon from Ardwell to Stranraer.
  • Kirkmaiden Natural History Group, Drummore, +44 1776 840573. A Nature and Wildlife interest group, organising monthly meetings with guest speakers, and field trips. A recording facility for any wildlife you may spot.

Buy[edit]

  • Drummore Stores, 20 Mill Street, Drummore, +44 1776 840229. Scotland's southernmost store! A licensed general store and newsagent, open seven days.
  • Drummore Post Office, 27 Mill Street, Drummore, DG9 9PS, +44 1776 840201. Postal services, National Lottery and more. A selection of unique gifts, confectionery and even a small library section. Maps and local information are available in Scotland's southernmost Post Office, where you can get your postcards franked to state that fact.

Eat[edit]

  • Mariners Coffee Shop, 45 Mill Street, Drummore, DG9 9PS, +44 1776 840550. Superb breakfasts and local produce cooked on the premises. Sandra and her family run a friendly eatery and cafe, catering especially for anglers. Free Wi-fi.
  • Queens Hotel is best bet for local dining, see "sleep".

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

  • Queens Hotel, 29 Mill Street Drummore DG9 9PS, +44 1776 840300. Traditional, family-run hotel with restaurant. B&B doubles from £60.
  • There's three small B&Bs in the village centre.
  • 1 Clashwhannon Caravan Park and Public House, Drummore, DG9 9QE, +44 1776 840632. Holiday home ownership and rentals on offer. Also a public house serving food. Pool room, bar and dining room. Caravans from £55 per night (£330 per week) to £75 per night (£450 per week).
  • 2 Maryport Holiday Park, Drummore DG9 9RD (2 miles south of Drummore), +44 1776 840359. March-Jan. A holiday park with only static caravans for sale or for hire - no tourers, no tents. On the sea shore.

Go next[edit]

  • North via Stranraer to Alloway near Ayr, Robert Burns' birthplace, and ferries run from Ardrossan to the Isle of Arran.
  • East via Newton Stewart and Dumfries to Gretna and Carlisle or northeast into the Scottish Borders.
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