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Vernon's review of holiday house Portpatrick
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holiday house Portpatrick Scotland - peaceful family holiday cottage in Galloway - sleeps 8


Spacious self catering cottage near the picturesque fishing village of Portpatrick.


As we travel further and further west, we feel as though we are driving to the edge of beyond and indeed we end up at just about the westernmost point of Galloway where Knockinaam, a splendid new holiday house, sits beside the woods and overlooks Port of Spittal Bay and the Irish Sea. Knockinaam promised to be peaceful (the nearest neighbour is half a mile away) and scenic, but with plenty to amuse the whole family - and it has delivered.

The house is modern and tastefully decorated and the rooms plentiful and spacious too. Four large bedrooms, two sitting rooms and three bathrooms mean that it's easy to cater for extended family of differing ages and the three acres of land surrounding the house and the extensive woodland, full of paths, mean that letting off steam and exploring can happen right on the doorstep while more sedate family members sit and watch the deer graze from the patio! Despite being large, we don't feel we're rattling around as there is a homely, cosy feel to the pace which is enhanced by lighting the fire of an evening.

We've brought bikes and this turns out to be a fantastic week weather-wise for cycling on these lovely, quiet roads. My main aim has been to reach Scotland's southernmost point, the Mull of Galloway which juts out into the sea in a dramatic fashion. Nine tides race around the Mull, stirred up by witches; on a clear day you can see across to Ireland and down to England and best of all, the RSPB reserve provides a home to some wonderful birds - guillemot, razorbill and the clown of all birds, the puffin! These are all in residence at this time of year and the binoculars were invaluable. It can be windy on the top and Gallie Craig Coffee House with its huge windows, is the perfect place to regroup and warm up over steaming hot chocolate while enjoying the amazing view.

Other highlights include the wonderful quiet beaches which are dotted all along the coast - bring a map or ask Elspeth - and seeing an otter, coat dripping as it padded up the road in front of my bike before diving into the undergrowth. There are great places to eat out in Portpatrick, which is only ten minutes away by car - we loved the seafood at Campbell's. Oh and definitely do not miss Logan Botanic Garden, full of exotic plants and blazing with colour.



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Enjoy the freedom and privacy of self-catering accommodation near Portpatrick at Knockinaam House. Bring the whole family – there are three double rooms and one twin – or indulge in a romantic holiday for just the two of you in the gorgeous scenery of Galloway.
You’ll love using the kitchen at Knockinaam House – airy, spacious, and filled with all the equipment you’d expect from a good quality self-catering holiday home:
Pots and Pans
Cutlery and Kitchen Tools
Washing Machine
Tumble Dryer
Living and Dining Space
Relax by the open fire in our comfortable, cosy sitting room. Watch TV all the Sky Freeview channels on TV or catch up with your emails – there’s high-speed wireless broadband available for you to use here at Knockinaam House.
When the weather’s good, open the French windows from the dining hall and eat al fresco – there’s a paved seating area and 3 acres of space outside to run and play. Or you could simply sit quietly and watch the visiting wildlife – deer, rabbits and birds – and catch the stunning sunsets over the sea.
Let us know if you need a cot and a high chair – we’ll make sure they’re waiting for you when you get here.

Our top five things to do while staying at these holiday house Portpatrick
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Birdlovers are in for a real treat. The RSPB reserve is home to a great variety of species – guillemot, kittiwake, peregrine and puffin.

close to gardens

Close to Scotlands Royal Botanic Garden called Logan, where there is a great display of plants from across the globe. Logan House Garden is another public garden close by as well as many nurseries. . Explore no fewer than six stunning gardens at the Rhins of Galloway

good area for walking and hiking

There are so many lovely walks in the area you could spend a lifetime exploring them. We have every kind of sea shore you could want, too, from beautiful sandy beaches, to spectacular cliffs and pretty coves. From the circular walk around the cliff tops, many people have been lucky enough to spot pods of porpoise in the bay.

good area for fishing

Get down to the old fishing village of Portpatrick and try your hand at sea fishing or ask about freshwater fishing permits.

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There are plenty of great restaurants, cafés and bars close by that serve delicious local food at prices to suit every budget. If you just want to sit down with a nice hot drink and a snack and enjoy the views then Gallie Craig Coffee House - an award winning cliff top coffee house on the Mull of Galloway is the place to visit.