Wake up your senses by experiencing the natural beauty of the Machars Region: a magical place where forests meet the coast, beaches extend for miles, the past meets the present, and nature lives in harmony with human communities.
Here you will find a diverse range of birds including buzzards, gannets, guillemots, kites, geese, waders, curlews, and oyster catchers. Along the rugged coastline you might see badgers, foxes, hares, and rabbits. Even a normally elusive otter was seen walking down the street in Whithorn! With luck you may see a pod of harbour porpoises or some seals.
The coastline is testament to the region’s history. One of our most famous sites, St Ninian’s Cave, is protected by a pebble beach, nestled between steep, rugged cliffs. The first view of the cave is breath-taking: as you head toward the beach down a woodland path alternately carpeted with masses of snowdrops, bluebells, and wild garlic, you will lose all sense of time. For many, it is a place of religious importance, telling the story of Christianity’s arrival in Scotland.
Not to be forgotten inland are pockets of ancient woodland surrounded by smooth rolling and relatively flat topography. Again, the diversity of species could send even the most amateur naturalist into a frenzy. It is no surprise that many areas are of environmental interest and protected.