Marine Life Centre
PORT LOGAN STRANRAER
Open 7 days per week
Come and enjoy our Unique Centre!
Snatcher's photo - cod taking food
Port Logan harbour
Cod being fed (Snatcher's photo)
On the South Rhins Tourist Trail on beautiful Galloway sits the UK's, if not the world's, oldest and most unique natural marine 'aquarium'. Set deep in rocks on the shore and dating back to 1800 as a
sea-fish larder for the local Laird, Logan Fishpond was partially created from an incredible geological blowhole - a natural fissure through the slanted slate rock with a shallow pool at the end
which was shaped much wider, rounder and deeper by the use of explosive gunpowder by Lt Colonel Andrew McDouall the Laird of Logan who wanted a 'fish preserve'. So it is essentially man-made from the
blowhole made by nature. The pond used to be refreshed via natural tides but now the tidal flow is controlled with a modern valve. See our wide range of sea fish and marine life - cod pollock
turbot mullet wrasse starfish and hermit crabs to name only a few - and feed them by hand before enjoying a stroll at the adjacent safe, sandy beach and dunes. Enjoy a picnic or BBQ at our site
looking over the beach, to Portlogan harbour and distant Ireland, before a leisurely walk to the old stone pier built in 1818 with its lighthouse designed by Thomas Telford, the famed Scottish
road, canal and bridge engineer. A visit to the wonderful scenery and flora at Logan House Gardens and Logan Botanic Gardens is a must, before a leisurely 20 minute drive to the Mull of
Galloway with its breath-taking panoramic cliff-top views, scanning over the sea to the Isle of Man and beyond. An interesting and enjoyable visit to Logan Fishpond's Marine Life Centre and an
all-round great day is guaranteed.
Fishpond from above
Feeding the fish
Portlogan harbour and Lighthouse
A Unique Marine Life Centre
Come see the oldest marine life pond in the UK. Established in 1800. A fish larder stocked with salmon for decades for the Big House of the estate at Logan, until refrigeration came along. It has been a quaint tourist attraction since..