Ardwell Gardens has an array of beautiful plants and many interesting features such as the Japanese garden, pond walk, and the walled garden. Logan Botanic Garden, famed for its rare and exotic plants, is just a short distance from Port Logan with its famous Fish Pond built into the rocks.
Sandhead, the nearest village, has a small well-stocked Post Office/shop, whilst the Tigh na Mara offers meals and drinks. A beautiful 7 mile stretch of sandy beach on Luce Bay makes a great playground for children and adults alike. Kirkmadrine Church has some of the earliest Christian burial stones, and is located directly between the cottage and Sandhead.
The Mull of Galloway, Scotland's most southerly point, is an RSPB nature reserve. You can visit the lighthouse, wander round the rugged coastal paths, enjoy the great views, or visit the Gallie Craig coffee house/shop by the car park.
Portpatrick, approximately 8 miles from the cottage, is a beautiful little town, with a quaint and natural harbour. It has several antique/gift shops, and is the end of the Southern Upland Way which crosses Scotland. Both sides of the harbour offer fantastic walks along the cliff edge. On a sunny day, holidaymakers can sit outside the many hotels and guest houses and relax. A cliff-top walk leads to the ruins of Dunskey Castle, and to the north the walled garden, woodland walk, maze and Tearoom of Dunskey Estate are well worth visiting.
Stranraer is the nearest large town, and has many shops, including Tesco, Morrisons, Boots, and Argos, and parking is free. The Museum and St John's Tower are major attractions, whilst Agnew Park boasts an adventure playground and miniature railway, and Stranraer Golf Club is open to visitors. Ferries to Ireland leave from Cairnryan, 6 miles to the north.