Maxwell's Otter is situated in Galloway southwest
Scotland, 24 miles southeast of Stranraer, 66 miles
southwest of Dumfries, 3 miles south of Port
William village. The postcode map link is for St
Medan Golf Club.
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This is one of the most scenic spots on the
Whithorn peninsular (the Machars). The drive around
the peninsular is about 45 miles, a full day if
visiting all the attractions.
The image top is from the car park next to the
single lane road that leads toSt Medan Golf Club, highest point in
the road that cannot be missed.
The image second top is of the Otter Statue on the
rocks, sculptured by Penny Wheatley, an amazing spot
for views all around.
The Otter statue is in honour of Gavin Maxwell,
best known for his book Ring of Bright Water,
published in 1960.
A film was made in 1969 based on the book,
starring starring Bill Travers and Virginia
Maxwell was born in 1914 at Elrig, a country
setting a short distance northeast of Port William.
He was living in a remote area of northwest Scotland
with the Otter when he wrote the book.
The Otter died after the house caught fire.
Maxwell died in 1969, his ashes were scattered at the
remains of the house. Many tourists still visit the
remains of the house each year.
The image second bottom is looking south to the St
Medan Golf Club. This is the most southerly golf club
in Scotland, in an amazing location.
The image bottom is looking north to Monreith
village. There is a good path up from this very small
village for walking.
On a clear sunny day, this has to be one of the
most peaceful and scenic areas in Scotland.