Port Logan

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Port Logan is a small village in southwest Scotland - Dumfries and Galloway, 14 miles southwest of Stranraer town, 8 miles north of the Mull of Galloway, furthest south point in Scotland.

The village is a number of houses looking over the bay and beach. Top attractions are the Logan Fish Pond, sea kyaking, Logan Botanic Gardens 2 miles north, shore fishing, and is a popular spot for fishermen to reverse their trailers with small sea angling boats into the sea. The large images show the boats. Port Logan Map.

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The image top is of Port Logan Pier and Village Hall. The hall is in a former life boat station.

The image second top is from the pier looking over the sandy area used for launching sea kayaks and small angling boats. You can reverse a trailer into the sea here.

Shore Fishing is popular down this coast from the pier, beach, rocks around the Fish Pool, and most popular of all, the rocks south of Port Logan by Muldaddie Campsite.

Fish caught in this area include Mackerel, Launce, Pollack, Ballan Wrasse, Cuckoo Wrasse, Turbot, Dab, and Grey Gurnard.

The image third top is looking along Port Logan Main Street from the south. This road was raised when they built the new pier, blocking the sea views from some cottages.

The image of the long sandy beach shows Logan Fish Pond about one mile in the distance. You can walk out to the Fish Pond, or drive out the narrow road that is a bit rough in places.

The Logan Fish Pond reception sits high above the pool, with a castelated wall around the pool.

Steep steps lead down to the pool where there is also a cave with a tidal flow.

This is a natural hole in the slate rock created during the ice age. It was enlarged in the late 1700s for Lt Colonel Andrew McDouall, the Laird of Logan, to serve as a sea-fish larder.

The pond used to be refreshed by the tides, but now has a valve that controls the flow of water in either direction.

There used to be a huge conger eel in the pond, but this had to be taken out a few years back after it began miss-behaving.

The fish are fed when visitors are there, leading to the largest swimming up from the deep to devour their meal.

Next to the fish pond is the Victorian Bathing House complete with a fire.

1295 - the McDouall's gained control of large areas of land here for their suport of John Balliol. This led to them building Castle Balzieland 2 miles northest of Port Logan.

1700s - the original pier was in ruin. It had been used for gathering kelp and samphire. The village name at that time was Port Nessock. It is unclear when this pier had been built, and when the name changed to Port Logan.

1682 - the McDouall's built the new pier and raised the road around to the pier, this blocking the sea views from many of the cottages.

1702 - Logan House mansion was completed for the McDouall's to replace Castle Balzieland that had been destroyed by fire.

1788 - work on the Fish Pool began for Colonel Andrew McDouall.

1800 - the Fish Pool is completed to store a wide range of seafish for the McDouall's of Logan House.

1869 - the marriage of Agnes Buchan Hepburn to James McDouall, lead to her transforming the walled gardens with plants and trees from around the world.

1944 - a US Douglas C-47 Skytrain carrying wounded soldiers crashed into cliffs by Port Logan. Bad weather led to the crash killing all 22 passengers and crew. The aircraft was on route to Prestwick Airport to refuel for its flight to the US.

2001 and 2003 - Port Logan was used for the filming of the BBC series Two Thousand Acres of Sky starring actress Michelle Collins. The series was about a single mother form London moving to a remote area in Scotland.

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