The picturesque village harbour, dating from the latter years of the eighteenth century, is a haven for both working and pleasure craft. The Inshore Rescue craft which covers Luce Bay and Wigtown Bay is based here.
The harbour green, a favourite stopping place for visitors, has Andrew Brown’s statue of a countryman questioning the ever increasing frenzied rush of so many of this country’s population. There is also a direction finder sited here. Sea Angling is very popular both from the harbour and all along the shores. Loch and river fishing is also available in the area.
The village has a fine bowling green as well as an all purpose sports court (MUGA) for football and tennis (to book), a park and several childrens play areas. The Community Youth Room is also available to hire for a small fee and has a meeting room, pool table, tea/coffee making facilities (to book).
The roads are quiet and ideal for cycling with a long flat road running for several miles adjacent to the shore both to the north and the south of the village.
Golf is available locally at the nine hole course at Monreith, which is both scenic and challenging. It is here, sited on a cliff top, that the bronze otter by Penny Wheatley was erected as a memorial to Gavin Maxwell, the author of ‘Ring of Bright Water’ and many other fine books.
There are fine sandy beaches in the village at Second Sands and to the south at Monreith, and to the north at Craignarget. They are ideal for children and safe for swimming. Rock pools alongside the beach are a haven for children searching for all types of sea creatures.
Bird-watchers and botanists are delighted by the variety of specimens to be found on the foreshore and adjacent land. Otters, badgers, deer and foxes are no strangers to the area. Minky Whales, Leatherback Turtles, Basking Shark, Porpoise, Seals and Dolphins have been seen in the bay. The Scar Rocks in the bay are home to a large number of sea birds including a breeding colony of Gannets.
The Old Corn Mill is in the centre of Port William, (beside the roundabout) this is one of the first buildings to be erected (in 1796) and is undergoing sympathetic restoration. For more details Follow this link
Carnival Week (see webpage )has been held over the first week in August for more than fifty years, with events for all the family. This is a time when those who have of necessity left the area try to return to meet up with their families and friends
Recently Galloway Forest Park was awarded “Dark Skies” status – the first in the UK and only the third area in the world to achieve this! There is a brand new Observatory open to the public ( visit website) which is well worth a visit.
ACTIVITY CENTRES, FARMS, FORESTS ETC.: There are all sorts of Animal Parks, Farms, Activity Centres in the area, even Tank Driving and a Chocolate Factory. For details see our Activities webpage
ANGLING - of all sorts: Angling is very popular in the Machars, indeed Luce Bay is the most popular angling destination in Scotland. For more details go to our fishing webpage
BIRDWATCHING: As any keen birdwatcher knows this can be done anywhere! However, close to Port William there are several wonderful places to see a wide and varied selection of birdlife. Please visit our Birdwatching webpage
CYCLING: The Machars is a great place to cycle with flat quiet roads. If you fancy something more adventurous try mountainbiking at Kirroughtree. visit Cycling & Golf webpage
GARDENS: There are numerous gardens open to the public within an hour’s travel of Port William. To vist their websites for further details and opening times, please visit our Gardening webpage
GOLF COURSES: There are lots of Golf courses around the Machars and further afield. For contact information see our Cycling & Golf webpage
HISTORICAL SITES & MUSUEMS: There are several museums around the area. Lots of Historical sites, Standing Stones, Ancient digs, caves etc. For links and further information see our Historical Sites& Museums webpage
OTHER PLACES & TOWNS TO VISIT: If wandering the shops looking for a bargain is more your style, perhaps sampling a drop of whisky. Would you prefer to sit in a cafe watching the sea or maybe in a tiny theatre watching a play, or catch the latest release at the cinema. All of these things can happen here! Vist our other places webpage
WALKING: There are some lovely walks in the area, Far too many to list, for a good selection please look on the activities webpage
All of these places and things to do are within an hours’ drive from Port William.
Flights of Geese coming in over Luce Bay
Being in the warm Gulf Stream, items wash ashore and interesting finds can be made in the many rock pools. These are Goose Necked Barnacles attached to a buoy which was found in late 2007