Historically, Clan Kennedy long held the south west from their ancestral home at Culzean Castle. Over the centuries, a host of earls, lords, barons and Scottish clan chiefs Agnew, Hay, MacDowell, Nielson and Adair have fought to carve out their place in the region. Stately Scottish castles and houses feature prominently in the history and heritage of the region. Most are still private homes but several offer fantastic landscaped gardens and seasonal events for the public.
Bordering the Irish Sea, and being the closest land to Ireland, the western Galloway area is renown for its beaches, bays and ports that drive tourism in the local area. Within an hour's drive lie a whole host of stunning and often empty locations with huge sandy beaches, great rock pools, seaside pubs and bracing Scottish waters.
It is not surprising that an area of such beauty would be home to lovely golf courses. Within an hour's radius, you can expect to be swinging your clubs amidst the glorious Scottish countryside at a whole host of club and championship courses. And for those that don't play golf, the walking in the local area is plentiful and beautiful enough to entertain and amuse while members of the party are at the course. The Southern Upland Way (from Portpatrick to Cockburnspath) passes close to the Estate, and the Glentrool area offers hearty walking and stunning scenery from the top of the Merrick, south west Scotland's highest point.
Although rare, Bottlenose Dolphins and Harbour Porpoise can occasionally be seen off the west coast of Scotland. Sometimes whales too! Best places for observing include Dunskey, the Mull of Galloway and Cornwall Point. All within an hour's drive.
The Mull of Galloway Nature Reserve is a 'site of special scientific interest' as a nesting place for various species of seabirds. See the puffins, razorbill and guillemot as they jostle for best nesting place on the cliffs of Galloway.
Red deer are Britain's largest land mammals. Speak to the gamekeeper at certain times of year to spot a herd or two on the Estate. Keep your eyes peeled when walking.
Red grouse remain on and off the estate, and can be heard amongst the heather on walks.
Pheasant are more common in the area as very many shoots still take place in the area.