Portpatrick is renowned for its magical and unspoilt views as well as well as a haven for lovers of sports and the outdoors. In and around Portpatrick there are a number of attractions, gardens and parks all waiting to be explored especially for those who enjoy nature and walking. Families will find a whole host of activities to keep their children entertained. For those wishing to find out more about the rich cultural heritage of the area there is the opportunity to visit historic houses such as Culzean Castle and Burns Cottage.
Dunskey Estate features an 18th century walled garden and also 19th century glasshouses with fruit and exotic flowers. You can also find developing woodland gardens with lochside views and a host of native flora and fauna.
Dunskey Gardens is also known for its maze,thought to be the first planted in South West Scotland.
For keen horticulturalists it is possible to purchase plants grown at Dunskey Gardens. Seasons Tearoom in Dunskey Gardens features interesting murals and a terrace where you can enjoy light lunches and good home baking.
Insider's tip: The head gardener hosts an interesting tour every Wednedsay at 11.30 am for no extra charge.
Dunskey Gardens are open daily from Easter to October 10am - 5 pm and also at weekends in February and March for the famous Snowdrop Festival.
Price - £4.60 adults, £2 children, OAP Concs £4.00 (2012)
Culzean is a 600 acre estate that features one of Scotland's best loved Castles and much to see and do for all ages. The recorded history of Culzean properly starts in 1569 when Sir Thomas Kennedy was given the Culzean estates by his brother, the 4th Earl of Cassillis. Culzean Castle today is the result of years of careful restoration by the National Trust, displaying the different stages of Culzean's history - from Robert Adam's additions to the medieval tower house, to its heyday as one of the grandest houses in Scotland.
Admission Prices - Summer 2012
Thursday 29 March until Sunday 28 October 2012 inclusive
Combined Castle & Country Park Ticket -
Adult - £15.00
Child / Concession - £11.00
Family - £36.00 (max 2 adults and up to 4 children)
Single Adult Family - £28.00 (max 1 adult and up to 4 children)