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Isle Of Whithorn, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway (Ref. 1079230)

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  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi


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2 Customer Review(s)

  • Emily

    “Absolutely incredible place!”

    Just perfect in every way :)

    Just perfect in every way :)

    - Emily, September 2021

The property

Have a lovely escape to the Oystercatcher for a peaceful stay.

Resting in the quaint coastal village of Isle of Whithorn, is this lovely mid terrace, reverse-level cottage, Oystercatcher.

A Victorian (circa 1850) Grade B listed house, with Victorian internal features, in a beautiful conservation area.

Set out over three floors and sleeping up to six guests, Oystercatcher is an ideal family and/or friends setting for a getaway to this part of the beautiful Machars Peninsula.

There are also two ground floor bedrooms: a blue double bedroom to the front with storage for guests’ holiday apparel; a rear bedroom with wooden bunk beds, built in wardrobe and a large wooden mirror.

Access to the enclosed, private garden is from the rear ground floor level.

Climbing upstairs, there is a galley style kitchen with everything you need for a self-catering stay.

A spacious living/dining room, which can be warmed by the electric, mock-woodburning stove, as you enjoy an evening meal around the dining table.

You can also admire the views of the harbour & sea from the window seat or enjoy an evening in front of the television.

The first floor also boasts two bathrooms: one with a bath and one with a walk-in shower, so guests can get ready for another cracking day out or an evening at the nearby pub/restaurant.

Moving up to the second floor, indulge in the king-size bedroom, with a chair facing the lovely sea views from the window, and a CD player/radio, if you fancy.

Outside there is roadside parking at the front of the property and a gravelled garden, to the rear, where guests can get a barbecue sizzling.

The property is just a stone's throw away from the historical Isle Head and the thriving harbour, with the pub sitting on the shoreside (outdoor seating available).

The nearby café/shop, with views over the sea and harbour, is a great choice to grab any self-catering essentials, a lunchtime snack or a fresh coffee and homemade cake or two.

Nearby Wigtown is best known as being Scotland’s National Book Town with over 20 book related businesses.

There’s a fabulous, nearby golf course, which is perched right on the shoreline and has stunning views over to the Isle of Man and The Rhins of Galloway Peninsula.

You can also visit a nearby nature reserve, perfect for birdwatching.

If you like beach life, the nearby choices offer: sea fishing opportunities; sun-bathing beauty spots; pebble beaches with caves; pristine sand stretches, where you can see horses gallop from time to time; rockpools with superb marine life and much, much more.

Straight out the door of Oystercatcher is a fabulous walk along the rocky coastline which gradually rises to some stunning cliffs.

The flora, fauna and sea birds can be tremendous – so bring some binoculars.

If you’re lucky, you can spot grey seals, porpoises and even whales!

There are plenty of other excellent walks in the area.

For those of you who are active, there are many road cycling routes all around, with relatively quiet roads.

Mountain bikers have a world class range of choices including the nearby Glentrool and Kiroughtree (7Stanes) visitor’s centre and the Galloway Forest Park which is a “dark skies” national park – great for stargazers.

If you like playing in the sea, with the house being right on the coast, you can bring your kayaks, surf boards, wet suits, buckets and spades.

There’s a boat launching point at the harbour (by arrangement).

Local scuba divers go out from the harbour here - and you can even buy local crab or lobster for your dinner, from a licenced fisherman!

A little further away, you can discover the town of Newton Stewart with its museum, cinema, riverside eateries, and the nearby Knockman Wood - which is the largest natural reserve of ancient woodland in Southern Scotland.

If you like going for a day out, there are amazing (botanic) gardens, lighthouses and a wide variety of eating experiences to suit most preferences – including fish and chips - by the sea of course!

Also in the area you can discover the scenic St. Ninian's Cave, enjoy a day out at Monreith Animal World, or take a stroll around the 17th century seaside Galloway House Gardens.

For a picturesque trip to this part of Scotland, choose Oystercatcher as your home-away-from-home.

Once you discover it, you’ll want to come back time and time again!


  • Reverse-level
  • Over three floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x second-floor king-size, 1 x ground-floor double, 1 x ground-floor bunk bedroom
  • First-floor bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • First-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • First floor kitchen
  • First floor living/dining room with electric fire.
  • Electric central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment
  • TV, WiFi, table football, selection of books
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking available on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • Rear garden
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Sorry no children under 5
  • Shop 0.1 miles, pub 0.3 miles
  • Note: The laundry facilities are in an external utility
  • Note: Weekly bookings are Friday to Friday only.

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About the location


Newton Stewart 20 miles.

The picturesque village of the Isle of Whithorn, though no longer an island, nestles around its natural harbour on the southernmost tip of the Machars Peninsula, designated as an outstanding conservation area. The village has a long history of seafaring and trade, which dates back to the Vikings. The arrival in 397 of Ninian, Scotland's first missionary and saint, is thought to be the beginning of Scotland's Christian history, and the remains of the 13th century chapel can still be seen at the end of the harbour. A short, gentle climb will take you to the distinctive white tower - the Cairn - which has been a mariner's landmark for close on two centuries. Today the harbour is popular with visiting leisure sailors and with local boats fishing for crabs, lobsters and scallops. The area is steeped in history with numerous sites ranging from Mesolithic and Iron Age forts, standing stones and 'cup and ring’ markings, an 11th century chapel and castles from the era of Robert the Bruce. Wigtown, Scotland's first book town, can be reached within a short drive, and has over a dozen book shops in which one can easily lose an hour or two! With beaches, forests, golf courses, gardens and churches to visit, this is an ideal base for discovering this corner of Scotland.

Note: Weekly bookings are Friday to Friday only.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Christmas