PORT LOGAN STRANRAER
OPEN Daily until end of OCTOBER
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, the Logan Fishpond was partially created from an incredible Ice-Age blowhole - a natural fissure through the slanted slate rock with a shallow pool at then end
which was shaped 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 fish and marine life 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
Come feed the fish by hand! Its fun!
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..