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Things to do around Sands of Luce in 2017

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Here at Sands of Luce Holiday Park, we’re ready to make 2017 our best year yet! Here, new and returning guests can discover the most exciting things to see and do this year in and around the holiday park, with helpful information, local attractions and perfect days out for the entire family.

whats on at sands of luce 2017

Whether you’re joining us for an extended break or a few short days, throughout the year there is plenty going on, so here is your full guide to what’s happening and when!

Visit The Mull of Galloway

As Scotland’s most Southerly point, there are an array of activities and attractions taking place around the visitors centre, and it’s only a beautiful 30 minute drive from the holiday park! The unique visitors facility gives you a chance to climb the lighthouse, indulge in the beautiful nature reserve and much more.

the mull of galloway sands of luce

Whether you head to the Mull of Galloway for a peaceful coffee or to explore the wondrous terrain, you can discover the following..

Logan Botanic Gardens

Distance from Sands of Luce: 6.5 miles
When? All year round
Warmed by the Gulf stream, the Logan gardens are a plantsman’s delight. This is the country’s most exotic garden and makes a beautiful walking day out, especially in the warmer weather.

logan botanic gardens

Ardwell Gardens

Distance from Sands of Luce: 4.1 miles
When? All year round
An idyllic spot just around the corner, Ardwell Gardens is a walled outdoor garden filled with stunning views and growth of strawberries, raspberries and other seasonal treats. Visit in early May for the gorgeous woodland walks.

Logan Fish Pond

Distance from Sands of Luce: 6.9 miles
When? All year round
Port Logan’s famous fish pond is the world’s oldest marine life centre and is located on deep shore rocks with utterly breathtaking cliff-top views. A guaranteed great day out.

The Mull of Galloway Trail

the mull of galloway

Distance from Sands of Luce: 14.9 miles
When? All year round
Running from The Mull to Stranraer, this trail is a coastal path of The South West of Scotland. Showing off the region at its best, find out more about the route here.

Wildlife Festivals

Distance from Sands of Luce: 14.9 miles
When? All year round
You are invited to discover the coasts, hills, woodlands and moors and will be encouraged to explore some of the country’s most stunning regions. Please contact us for further information.

Head to Portpatrick

visit portpatrick

Being just 15 minutes from the seaside town of Portpatrick, Sands of Luce is in the prime spot for a range of activities and events going on in the pastel-coloured paradise set around a small clifftop bay. A day of swimming or a browse at The Smuggler’s Cove Gift Shop are our particular favourites, especially if you’re looking for something utterly charming and out of the ordinary.

Head to Smuggler’s Cove gift shop

Distance from Sands of Luce: 10 miles
When? All year round
Take a tour of this special little shop to find hidden treasures like mugs, coasters, jewellery and merchandise. A favourite amongst residents and holidaymakers, this isn’t one to miss if you’re heading to Portpatrick for the day.

Join us for Portpatrick boat life week

Distance from Sands of Luce: 7.3 miles
When? Dates to be announced
The annual week long celebrations offer brilliant entertainment for villagers and holidaymakers. This is the perfect chance to get involved with fun events, competitions and much more.

Go sea fishing

sea fishing sands of luce
Distance from Sands of Luce: 7.2 miles
When? All year round
There is no better place to go sea fishing than in the Scottish coastline in Portpatrick. Here, we have it all whether you’re looking to throw a crab line over the wall or embark on an exciting shark fishing adventure with the kids.

Golf at Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Club

Distance from Sands of Luce: 9.8 miles
When? All year round
This 9 hole course located on the coast makes a perfect day out for avid golfers or learners. Coaching and advice is available, additionally the club caters for small groups and large parties.

Take a trip to Stranraer

Best known for its ferry port and lying on the shores of Loch Ryan, Stranraer is a town for festivals and excitement. Although the town’s main attraction is Castle St John, there are plenty of things to see and do all year round in this well loved town.

Visit Agnew park

Distance from Sands of Luce: 7.9 miles
When? All year round
Home to a range of leisure facilities, the award winning Agnew Park contains a large boating lake and boasts a fantastic day out for the entire family. Expect miniature railways, play equipment and stunning gardens.

The Ryan Leisure Centre & Theatre

Distance from Sands of Luce: 6.9 miles
When? All year round
A wet days favourite! A 25m swimming pool full of inflatables, water features and specific sessions, The Ryan Leisure Centre is a brilliant day out for the children whether they fancy a swim, a soft play session or a day of game playing. The fun doesn’t stop there, it’s also the ultimate treat for adults, boasting a fitness suite, health suite, theatre and film centre. You definitely won’t be short of things to do!

the ryan centre and theatre

Stranraer Oyster Festival

Distance from Sands of Luce: 7.3 miles
When? September
Celebrate the local produce and coastal heritage of Stranraer at the oyster festival in Loch Ryan! An exciting and unique food and drink event for all ages to enjoy.

oyster festival stranraer


Distance from Sands of Luce: 7.3 miles
When? September
Although it’s a little festival, this one is certainly full of love and is bursting with family appeal. Designed to promote Stranraer Inshore Lifeboat, this non-profit organisation lives to save the sea.

Visit Stranraer Museum

Distance from Sands of Luce: 7.5 miles
When? All year round
Step inside the fascinating past and history of Wigtownshire and the local area. This free admission day out exhibits photography, farming and archaeology. An educational and interesting day just a short distance from the holiday park.

Visit Sandhead

Sandhead is on the shores of Luce Bay of the Rhins of Galloway and has a wonderful sandy beach that extends several miles long. This is our fantastic local village and boasts many attractions. The beach at Sandhead is very popular with boat owners and is ideal for taking the dog out for some fresh air and a run around.

Go power kiting

power kiting sands of luce
Distance from Sands of Luce: 0 miles
When? Windy days!
Embrace the salt of the air with the exciting world of power kiting in and around Sandhead. This is a definite must-try for all the family!

Walk up Southern Upland Way

Distance from Sands of Luce: 0 miles
When? All year round
Not so much of a walk, but more of an experience, walking The Southern Upland Way is a popular attraction for our visitors at Sands of Luce Holiday Park. As Britain’s first coast-to-coast long distance foot path, the length of the challenge can be decided by you.

Discover our top 7 walks in Dumfries and Galloway here.

Get booky in Wigtown!

book festival wigtown

Wigtown is renowned as ‘Scotland’s National Book Town’ and home of the annual Wigtown Book Festival with a wide range of much-loved independent bookshops. As well as an array of novels and paperbacks, there are also plenty of places to eat out within the town. Being just over 30 minutes from Sands of Luce Holiday Park, Wigtown makes a perfect day out for the family during your stay. You may have to make more than one visit to do all that you’d like!

Creetown Gem Rock Museum

Distance from Sands of Luce: 9.8 miles
When? February – December
Discover the origins of crystals and identify organics, colours, gemstones and more in a magical day out to the gem rock museum. “An experience you will treasure forever” makes the ideal family day out with a lovely little gift shop to take a little piece home with you.

Laggan outdoor

Distance from Sands of Luce: 36 miles
When? All year round
Zip wiring, segwaying, water balling, dirt scooters, archery and much more is all going on at Laggan Outdoor! The ultimate place to discover an array of recreational family experiences, the location and activities are second-to-none. Don’t miss out!

laggan outdoor from sands of luce

Do the 7stanes mountain bike trail at Kirroughtree Visitors Centre

Distance from Sands of Luce: 26 miles
When? All year round
At each of the stunning 7stanes locations, you’ll find a unique stone sculpture that reflects a local legend or myth of the area! These mountain biking centres are based in prominent locations in forest trails. If you’re a keen cyclist, this makes the perfect outdoor adventure for families and people of all ages.

7 stanes kirroughtree

Visit Garlieston Beach and Wigtown Bay

Distance from Sands of Luce: 26 miles
When? Open all year but best in Spring
A wide sweeping beach with interesting walks and attractive coastal paths, follow the ruins of the Cruggleston castle and take a picnic to admire scenic views and fresh, Scottish air!

Visit the Cocoa Bean Chocolate Factory

cocoa bean factory
Distance from Sands of Luce: 45 miles
When? All year round
For a full day of fun, the cocoa bean chocolate factory will certainly not disappoint. The kids can create in interactive workshops and play in the indoor and outdoor areas while adult and children’s chocolate workshops are available. If you’re a chocoholic, head down to Sands of Luce and get your choc-head on!

Visit the Wigtown Book Festival

Distance from Sands of Luce: 29 miles
When? Dates to be confirmed (September time)
According to The Guardian, this is the “sort of festival that people become obsessive about”, so if you’re a bookworm, head down to immerse in the history of Galloway and choose from thousands of books to indulge in. This is a book lover’s paradise and an incredibly popular 10-day literary celebration that keeps guests returning year after year.

Visit Bladnoch Distillery

Distance from Sands of Luce: 25 miles
When? All year round
This popular whisky facility is home to 200 years of scotch and boasts the country’s finest distillery and is one of the longest standing productions in Scotland. Perhaps a trip best for adults, The Bladnoch Distillery makes an educational and cultural trip when staying with Sands of Luce.

Book your holiday with Sands of Luce in 2017

With Sands of Luce, it’s all about the beaches, the on-site activities and things to do nearby. We’re in for a brilliant year, and hold an extensive Summer programme designed to keep all the family entertained. Regarded as a top quality holiday destination, we’d love to see you at Sands of Luce this year.

Call us or fill out our booking form to make arrangements for your next trip!