Around our holiday homes, there is plenty to do and see!
Mid Float Farm Holiday Cottages are located about 4 miles from the coastal village and harbour of Portpatrick. There, one will find numerous places to eat at such as at The Crown, The Harbour House Hotel, The Downshire Arms, Mount Stewart Hotel, The Waterfront and Campbell’s Restaurant. Many have al-fresco dining facilities in spring/summer. All offer fresh local produce in season with daily specials on a frequently changing menu. Portpatrick has two village stores, with ATMs, a fair range of goods and one has sub-post office facility. The harbourside is a great place to monitor the boats arriving and leaving whilst you enjoy a meal or drink. There is an amusement arcade with an adjacent cafe to the southern end of the village and a fish’n’chips outlet on the free car park to the northern end of the village.
The village of Sandhead is about 3 miles to the east, offering a village store with sub-post office, ATM, bowling green, two churches, restaurant with lounge and public bar at the Tigh Na Mara Hotel, a village green, an internet centre and miles of beautiful sandy beaches on the shores of Luce Bay.
Slightly further afield, around 10 miles south, is the Mull of Galloway – Scotland’s most southerly point. The lighthouse is open to the pubic; atop 300 foot high cliffs, it provides a great viewing platform. There is also a large RSPB nature reserve at the Mull, and the Hobbit-like Gallie Craig restaurant.
The local town, Stranraer, is around 10 miles north of Mid Float Farm Holiday cottages. Stranraer has two supermarkets (Morrissons and Tesco), a range of shops and newsagents, and numerous dining places, from snack bars to bistros to restaurants. There is a large leisure complex (the Ryan Centre) with fitness suites, cafe, indoor sports pitch, ‘Ryan’s Den‘ play area for the little ones and a theatre, there is also a swimming pool which has flumes and a health suite facility which offers a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. Visitors welcome. There are also several banks in the town (RBS, HBOS, LLoyds, Clydesdale) and a number of ATMs. Most offer currency exchange. There is a large main Post Office within Tesco’s supermarket.
Within 14 miles of the holiday cottages at Mid Float, there are several golf courses – at Portpatrick there are two courses on the clifftops (and a pitch’n’putt in the village at the north end of the harbour), one an 18 hole and the other a 9-hole. The club house serves both courses. On the way into Portpatrick is Lagganmore 18 hole golf course and club house. In Stranraer, on the western side of Loch Ryan, one can find the Stranraer Golf Course (designed by James Braid) and club house. Visitors welcome at both – handicap card required for Portpatrick 18 hole course.
If you ponder the views of the Irish Sea and wish to make a venture, the ferry terminal is located 18 miles away, towards the Ayrshire coast. Day trips are available to Belfast Zoo as well as non-landing trips. Prior bookings are advised.
Finally, with very little artificial light about, it gets very dark around here after sunset…bring a telescope or a good pair of binoculars, the stars here are spectacular!