View towards Bennane Head, Ballantrae

Ayr

Ayr is the county town of Ayrshire and lies about halfway between Ballantrae and Glasgow. It has a wealth of interesting shops and areas to investigate. It is the largest of the south west holiday towns with long stretches of golden sand on the promenade It also has a racecourse with key meetings throughout the year - including the Scottish Grand National in April and the Ayr Gold Cup in September. Robbie Burns memorials are scattered in and around the town. Ayr

Stranraer

Situated about 17 miles South of Ballantrae, Stranraer lies at the head of the Rhinns of Galloway and is a main ferry port to Belfast. It is one of the the larger towns in the south west and provides a range of shopping. Stranraer

Edinburgh

The capital of Scotland is some 114 miles north east of Ballantrae and is famed for its shopping, festivals and cultural activities. Edinburgh

Glasgow

The largest city in Scotland is about 70 miles north east of Ballantrae and offers everything you might expect of a city. Glasgow

Girvan

12 miles North of Ballantrae Girvan is a small seaside town with a harbour, local golf course, shopping and a long stretch of sandy beach. Trips to the island of Ailsa Craig can be arranged from here. Girvan

Mull of Galloway

Stretching south from Stranraer this is the most southerly point of Scotland and contains a number of towns and attractions worth visiting including Port Patrick, Port Logan (of 2,000 acres of sky fame)Sandhead and the Corsewall Lighthouse. Mull of Galloway

Ailsa Craig

This small island is some 10 miles west of Girvan and it dominates the views from the surrounding coasts. It's appearance varies according to the local weather and can be softly cocooned in wispy cloud or be sharply delineated with the harbour detail clearly shown. Day trips to the island can be arranged from the harbourside in Girvan.

Newton Stewart

This country town is a key gateway to the New Galloway forest area and is some 31 miles east of Ballantrae. It offers a range of shops including a Small Sainsburys and a variety of local shops. The river Cree runs through the centre and there are a number of riverside walks along its banks. It has a golf course, a museum and some excellent restaurants. Newton Stewart