Sandhead

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Sandhead is a village in southwest Scotland - Dumfries and Galloway, 7 miles south of Stranraer town, 8 miles southeast of Portpatrick, 12 miles north of the Mull of Galloway, furthest south point in Scotland.

The village is mainly a number of houses along Luce Bay with a vast grassland and long beach.

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The image top is looking along Sandhead Main Street from the south with the Sandhead Tearoom on the left.

The Tigh Na Mara Hotel is situated on the Main Street in the centre of the village. The hotel is a popular spot for meals and drinks.

Sandhead beachside has a large grass area with kids play and parking for many cars.

The beach at Sandhead Bay is about 2 miles long from the Sands of Luce hoilday park in the north, to the high point in the south.

The Sands of Luce Holiday Park is situated about half of a mile north of Sandhead. The park offers holiday homes, touring, camping, watersports and beach sports.

Balgreggan Motte and Sandhead War Memorial are situated on the north side of Sandhead, between the village and Holiday Park. The Motte is about 60ft high, thought to have had a wooden fort for protection against Viking raids in the 600s & 700s.

A castle was built for the Clan MacDowall a short distance further inland, known as Castle MacDowall, or Castle Freugh. This castle / tower house was destroyed by Cromwell troops in the 1650s.

The MacDowall's built Balgreggan House in the late 1600s close to where the castle stood. Balgreggan House was destroyed by fire in the 1960s.

Kirkmadrine Church is situated 2 miles southwest of Sandhead. This small late 1800s church is built on the spot of a much earlier chuch.

There are a number of stones on display at the church that were discovered in the early 1800s. These stones date from the 400s to 1100s AD. Three of the stones are among the oldest Christian monuments in Scotland.

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