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
The village is mainly a number of
houses along Luce Bay with a vast
grassland and long beach.
See also a large Click On Map for the
area Top Attractions.
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
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.