Elrig, Port William
Smithy Croft is situated in the small village of Elrig in the picturesque Machars region of South West Scotland, 20 miles from Newton Stewart and from the Northern Ireland ferry terminal in Stranraer. The holiday cottage premises features a large, child friendly garden with two lawned areas, and a number of patio locations situated within the confines of the ruined smithy. The cottage itself benefits from a cosy wood burning stove. An attractive coastline with sand and shingle beaches is located about one mile from the cottage, close to the harbour village of Port William, where local amenities include a food shop, a small hotel, and a restaurant. With its low population density and peaceful, rustic ambience, the environs of Smithy Croft has appeal for people seeking a retreat from the stresses of everyday life. The many attractions of the surrounding area include a number of impressive gardens such as the acclaimed Logan Botanical Gardens, the lighthouse and nesting seabird populations on the spectacular cliffs of the Mull of Galloway, the early Christian archaeological centre at Whithorn, Wigtown, famed for its high concentration of second hand book shops, the mountain biking and walking trails in the forest reserves in the Galloway hills and the steep inclines of the St Medan golf course, straddling the green hillside adjacent to the sea. Cyclists are likely to be impressed by the quiet network of lanes threading through the Machars countryside. Shop and pub 3 miles.