Barsalloch Fort is situated in Galloway
southwest Scotland, 24 miles southeast of
Stranraer, 66 miles southwest of
Dumfries, 2 miles south of Port William village. Postcode DG8
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This is known as the Whithorn Peninsular, or
the Machars, with a number of historic
attractions and villages. The drive around is
about 45 miles, a full day when visiting the
The image top is from the car park next to
the main coastal A747 road south of Port
William. There are a number of steps up to the
top, where there are great views all
This was an Iron Age fortified farming
settlement dating to around 2,000 years back.
There is a D shaped ditch around three sides,
and a steep side on the west for defense.
The enclosure is thought to have held four
or five houses.
The image third top is looking north towards
Port William village with the information
The fourth image gives a good sense of the
depth of the ditch. A high wooden fence would
have been all around next to the ditch, making
the fort fairly secure.
The image second bottom is looking south
towards the headland at Front Bay, where the
statue of Maxwell's Otter can be found.
The views are great from this fort, but from
the high point at Maxwell's Otter, they are even
The image bottom is looking down to the car