It is what they say, when you haven’t done something before. Well I’ve never written a blog before so I guess I’ve got to start somewhere and it might as well be here.
Those of you who know me will already know that I have recently relocated from Dumfries to Stranraer by the shores of Loch Ryan at the western end of Galloway. To be honest some of my Dumfries friends have been somewhat surprised at my choice and, some, a little disparaging about Stranraer. They see the Clayhole as a drab, disused ferry terminal with nothing going for it.
There may just have been a hint of truth in that in the past but in recent times the town has been gradually re-inventing itself due to the hard work of a number of individuals. Recently Loch Ryan hosted the World Skiffie Championships which drew and estimated 30,000 visitors and over 200 rowing teams. Not to mention bringing an estimated 3.5 million pounds into the local economy. With both Stenna and P&O now sailing from Cairnryan the sea loch is a perfect venue for watersports and the marina seems to proving very popular.
A short walk west along the seafront allows you take in the marina which is quickly followed by the much improved Agnew Park. Younsters can enjoy a host of activities including: the adventure playground, boating lake with pedal boats, pirate ship, go-karts, and a 7.25″ narrow gauge railway to mention just a few attractions. The park also hosts events such as Parkfest, a rock festival that raises money for the R.N.L.I. A very worthy cause. Of course you also have the magnificent sea views up Loch Ryan where you can watch the ferries with the backdrop of Ailsa Craig.
On this occasion time limited my rambles so I headed back up a footpath to Leswalt High Road and then back past the High Kirk towards home. The kirkyard hosts some amazing headstones but that was something that can be investigated on another day.