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.
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 to St Medan Golf Club,
highest point in the road that cannot be
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 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
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
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