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The Moorings

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Isle of Whithorn, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside

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44 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a great holiday so relaxing a beautiful place the apartment was lovely and clean we want to go back next year"

    Thank you and I’m so glad you had a fabulous time, I see you have already booked for next year look forward to seeing you then Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2023

  • "Fabulous location."

    Great little apartment and very dog friendly.

    Reviewed by Tracy3.8Sep 2023

  • "Position looking out over harbour was great, private parking area practical, location enabling immediate access to shoreline good."

    For 2 people roomy. Chairs by table not comfortable and Wi-Fi only available outside by next door pub inconvenient.

    Thank you for your comments, I don’t have Wifi and that is stated in the booking particulars Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kate4.7Sep 2023

  • "An annual holkiday choice for many years now, and never disappoints."

    Located in the harbour of the beautiful and fascinating community that is the Isle. Well and thoughtfully appointed. Everything you, and your pets, need is to hand. The minimal but cosy kitchen/diner has stunning views over the harbour, with spectacular sunsets guaranteed. The owner , Janine. is always availlable to help if needed. The aprtment is next door to the extraordinary Steam Pacvket Inn, where yyou can enjoy cask ales brewed aroung the corner, or superbly cooked meals featuring local produce - especially swafood. A comfortable and relaxing home from home to which we will certainly return!

    It’s always a pleasure to see you both and the two woofers, glad you had a lovely time and look forward to seeing you again next year Property Owner

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Aug 2023

  • "Great place to stay."


    Glad you enjoyed your holiday Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Jul 2023


    Glad you enjoyed your visit to the Isle Property Owner

    Reviewed by M5.0Jul 2023

  • "It was a pleasure to be there wonderful place and the owners were lovely and ..."

    It was a pleasure to be there wonderful place and the owners were lovely and friendly people will definitely go back to there we really enjoyed our stay thank you All

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, look forward to seeing you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2023

  • "All fine and no unnecessary clutter, like a breath of Galloway fresh air."

    we would be happy to stay here again

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Sep 2022

  • "Had an amazing stay ."

    Apartment clean and comfortable in a perfect site literally next door to a lovely pub and restaurant. Views from apartment beautiful . Jannine made us very welcome on arrival, she was on site but not intrusive. We will definitely be going back.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.7Sep 2022

  • "We've been coming to the Isle, and to this property, for 15 years or so, and have never been disappointed with either."

    . The location is stunningly beautiful, especially in the sunshine. The apartment is always immaculately clean and well equiipped, with great views from the living/dining area. Both the area and the apartment are very dog friendly. Another brilliant stay in what has become for us a very special place.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Aug 2022

  • "Property was spotless, very well equipped with anything you might need and our hostess was lovely and very knowledgeable of the area."

    Our dog was very settled and enjoyed his wee gift of treats. Hopefully we will be back as soon as we can! Chris and Scott.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Aug 2022

  • "The tiny dining table was adequate however the chairs were extremely uncomfortable."

    The tv needs an upgrade it was frustrating trying to change channels. The filter on the cooker hood was thick with grease. The frying pan handle was dangerously loose, I tightened it with a screwdriver. The village was lovely and I would love to go there again, but not at Nubians Landing !

    Reviewed by Keith2.2Jul 2022

  • "Lovely property and not short of anything to make the stay a pleasure"

    Thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jul 2022

  • "Only thing missing is wifi"

    Reviewed by Hazel4.7Jun 2022

  • "We loved the Moorings it was spotless and well position for the sea."

    Everything was provided for us and the owner very helpful

    Thank you glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Jun 2022

  • "Friendly, helpful owner."

    Spacious accommadation in a beautiful spot.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0May 2022

  • "A lovely, clean flat with a great view of the Harbour."

    We missed having wifi and a clock would have been nice. All in all we enjoyed our stay and would thoroughly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Lorraine4.7May 2022

  • "As always at this apartment, everything was absolutely fine."

    The apartment was spotless and well equipped and the location superb. We are always happy to return to the Isle and to these apartments.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Aug 2021

  • "Excellent location."

    Nice and quiet. Clean modern apartment. Ideal for 2.Only negative to say is that lack of Wi-Fi could be an issue for some but wasn't an issue for us.

    Reviewed by Adrian4.7Aug 2021

  • "We had a great relaxing time with excellent pub next door serving top food and real ales"

    Reviewed by David4.7Aug 2021

  • "Excellent property, very helpful owner offering good advice about the local area and especially about pre booking the restaurant next door in advance !"

    Very friendly area with amazing walks and views.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jul 2021

  • "A fabulous apartment with views across the harbour."

    Janine was a great host leaving us treats for our dog Charlie who was very impressed.

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Jul 2021

  • "Wonderful comfortable compact apartment, had everything we needed Beautiful ..."

    Wonderful comfortable compact apartment, had everything we needed Beautiful tranquil picturesque village with lovely walks & coastal drives

    Reviewed by Pamela5.0Jul 2021

  • "Generally a well kept property in a beautiful location but in need of some ..."

    Generally a well kept property in a beautiful location but in need of some updating in terms of appliances and kitchen items

    Reviewed by Russell3.8Jun 2021

  • "The appartment was modern and comfortable enough for a break."

    Well positioned with lovely views. The owners were very pleasant and informative and the local people were very friendly. The premises were very clean and tidy and the appartment was reasonably well appointed with sufficient utensils. The district has lots of good scenery and there are plenty of interesting places to visit. Overall we enjoyed our stay very much and would definitely revisit.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7May 2021

  • "The Moorings at Ninian's Landing on the Isle of Whithorn was the perfect holiday destination for us : the flat's main feature being the stunning view of the little harbour directly across from us, where you can watch the sunrise, sun set - the sea birds, the tide going in and out - people passing by and the boats that are moored there."

    It is pet friendly ( treats were left for our dog, Charlie. ) In fact, for dog lovers, the Isle of Whithorn is a dream. The landscape is rugged, but walkable - the scenery is as beautiful as anything you would see in the Highlands - St. Ninian's Chapel is a magical place, beautifully kept and still a place of pilgrimage to those who wish to leave a stone on the cairn in memory of a loved one. The sea view is stunning. The flat is very sparsely decorated which calls attention to the beautiful view ( what more do you need! ) and the light quality is good because of its locality. Simply furnished, sparkly clean and warm, it was a lovely place to stay and comfortable. This hidden gem of a place is so worth a visit - this area is safe ( we spoke to many locals who took pride in this ) and not far from St Ninian's Cave, and the wonderful Wigtown where my husband and I met the author of the books "Diary of a Bookseller" and "Confessions of a Bookseller" : Shaun Bythell - visited his shop and met some of the local people described in the book! The friendliest town in Scotland.

    Reviewed by Kathy4.7Oct 2020

  • "This is our second visit to the moorings and we liked it just as much as the first time will no doubt visit again"

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2020

  • "Excellent accommodation and location."

    We felt totally safe regarding covid19 in the accommodation and within the local businesses. When things are this good you don't really want to shout about them, so that you can keep them to yourself. However, anyone going to The Moorings or The Isle Of Whithorn will not be disappointed. It's a very dog friendly area, just don't be one of those owners that don't clean up after them! Things to make it better would be Wifi. The digital phone network is sketchy. EE 3/4g was not available. O2 seems to be the strongest provider. There's Wifi available in the pub next door.

    Reviewed by Graham4.7Aug 2020

  • "This cottage is in a perfect location on the harbour and next to the Steampacket Inn."

    It was immaculately clean and has lovely walks close by which was ideal for the dog as well as us. Janine made us feel very welcome and was contactable if it was necessary. Only issue was the lack of WiFi connection. Would recommend and we hope to be back again

    Reviewed by Nancy4.7Jul 2020

  • "Lovely location, right on the harbour."

    Short walk to look out to sea. Do try the village hall shop/cafe which is beautiful, friendly and very good value

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2019

  • "Perfect stay in the Isle of Whithorn."

    Jannine the owner was very helpful and gave us some great tips on where to visit and places to eat. The apartment was spotless and perfect for myself, my husband and Monty the dog. Comfy sofa, Comfy bed, nice and quite, great kitchen, powerful shower, everything you could need was there and Monty enjoyed his complementary chews!. The best property we have rented so far from Sykes. Would love to return one day and if we do we would choose The Moorings, just delightful in a wonderful spot!

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Jul 2019

  • "Lovely clean, everyone was very friendly."

    Most relaxing will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Geraldine5.0Jul 2019

  • "Fantastic accommodation in the beautiful Isle of Whithorn, apartment was perfect for the two of us and the dog with everything we needed including a great pub right next door serving amazing food and great beer from their own brewery."

    If you are looking for a holiday with the dog this is perfect with walks straight from the front door or days out in the local countryside and coast. Would love to visit again

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0May 2019

  • "Another excellent week at the Isle."

    As always, the apartment was spotlessly clean and well equipped. The location and the view are absolutely stunning. Always look forward to coming back.

    Reviewed by Keith4.7May 2019

  • "Lovely quiet location and appartment."

    Great pub close by & shop/cafe within 5 mins walking Beautiful clifftop walk

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Oct 2018

  • "Brilliant location great apartment good weather can't ask for much more than that"

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2018

  • "This was a beautiful place to stay we had a really relaxing time."

    Would definitely recommend this holiday.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Aug 2018

  • "No wi fi in apartment."

    This would help as no mobile signal either.

    Reviewed by Michael4.1Aug 2018

  • "Lovely accommodation, clean, comfortable and a great location over looking the harbour and next door to a real ale pub that serves excellent food."

    Reviewed by Mel5.0Jul 2018

  • "This is a compact modern clean and practical apartment which suited the 2 of us and our dog."

    We were made to feel very welcome when we arrived and if any information or advice was needed the owner was available. I would recommend the apartment and hope to return however you must be prepared to travel for shopping which suited us as we did it returning after our days out

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jun 2018

  • "Having booked a downstairs harbour apartment we could not have had a better view of the harbour."

    Whilst this was great at first, it soon became apparent that every dog walker, hiker and passer by could not resist staring through our living room window. As we have a nervous rescue dog this caused him to bark at every person passing. To prevent this we had to close our roller blinds. In late afternoon the roller blinds were no good in direct sunlight.We would recommend an upstairs apartment to any pet owners. If you have a 50 inch plasma tv you will struggle with the small tv in the living area. Isle of Whithorn is a lovely fishing village with a pub and a post office. If you are looking for a quiet, clean self catering apartment the moorings is the place to stay. However, be careful when exiting the rear car park as drivers pass by at excessive speed for the road conditions. A 10 mph limit needs to be set or else an accident is just waiting to happen .

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Jun 2018

  • "It was a brilliant location right by the sea & next to a pub Clean & spacious ..."

    It was a brilliant location right by the sea & next to a pub Clean & spacious accommodation Isle of Whithorn is beautiful and we would highly recommend it as a ‘get away from it all’

    Reviewed by Anne5.0May 2018

  • "Lovely apartment, everyone very friendly and welcoming."

    Thank you.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0May 2018

  • "Very well presented unit in a stunning location."

    Very friendly and helpful owner.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0May 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • One double bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Electric heating
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 2 minute walk, shop 5 minute walk
  • Note: Adults only.

The property

This is a delightful harbourside apartment in Isle of Whithorn in Scotland.

With its charming features and excellent location, this is the perfect spot for a romantic couples' retreat.

Enter The Moorings through the communal entrance and be welcomed by the homely sitting area with a cosy couch and a TV, accompanied by picturesque views across the adjacent harbour.

This opens out conveniently into the kitchen dining area, providing your equipment in stunning, modern fixtures and fittings.

This apartment also showcases a sumptuous bathroom with a contemporary wetwall, as well as a homely and fresh double bedroom ensuring that you have the most comfortable night's sleep.

Isle of Whithorn is a lovely village to spend a peaceful holiday with its picture postcard scenery and a small selection of amenities to make the most of.

Whithorn itself is nearby, offering a wider range of shops and restaurants.

Further afield sits the Galloway Forest Park for you nature lovers, boasting great walking, cycling and scenery to take advantage of.

The Moorings is a lovely apartment in a beautiful little village.

EPC Rating: Band D

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: DG-00787-F

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About the location


Whithorn 4 miles; Garlieston 7 miles, Wigtown 14 miles; Newton Stewart 22 miles.

Referred to locally as 'The Isle', the Isle of Whithorn is designated an outstanding conservation area. The graceful crescent of shore and neat houses that make up the harbour presents a perfect spectacle in any camera’s viewfinder. Already in existence 1600 years ago, the community was at the very beginning of Scotland’s Christian history when Ninian, Scotland’s first missionary and saint, founded his church at Whithorn. The Isle Church itself, a former Free Kirk, stands prominent in defiance of the highest of tides. The Isle harbour, once the host of cargoes of coal, fertiliser and timber is now busy throughout the year with local boats fishing for crabs and lobsters, as well as catches of scallops brought in by the visiting Manx fleet. However, some of the best goes straight in through the doors of the award-winning Steam Packet Inn on the waterfront! Take a walk along the Harbour and enquire about local sea-angling opportunities. At the end of the Harbour, follow the signs for St Ninian’s Chapel and shortly you’ll come to the Witness Cairn. Just a short distance away stands the 14th century ruin of St Ninian’s Chapel, once a place where pilgrims were welcomed and now in the care of Historic Scotland. It’s an easy climb up the Cairn to the distinctive white tower which has been a mariner’s landmark for close on two centuries. At the top you can behold the majestic expanse of the Solway and the Irish Sea. Across the water lie the great peaks of Cumbria’s Lake District, while due south lies the Isle of Man, its nearest point just 18 miles away. The Isle is a welcoming port for visiting leisure sailors and bowlers too. So please bring your boat and your bowls! At the Isle you will discover a tranquil place that is much more than just a view. Welcome to the Isle!

Note: Adults only.