Maxwell's Otter

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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 McKenna.

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.

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