Mull of Galloway & Clyde Approaches

North West Coast of the Mull of Galloway including Loch Ryan up to Heads of Ayr.

Apart from Loch Ryan and a couple of harbours, there is little shelter on the coast from the tip of the Mull of Galloway to the Heads of Ayr. The few harbours that exist on this coast are not accessible at low water or in strong onshore winds.

At the South of the Mull of Galloway, there is Port Logan and Portpatrick. Port Logan is only suitable for temporary shelter for small boats while Portpatrick has a better developed harbour and there are a few local amenities.

Continuing North, round Corsewall Point, there is Loch Ryan - the only natural inlet in this stretch of coast. It provides the best and easiest to access shelter south of Troon and has a well developed harbour at Stranraer for car ferries to Northern Ireland.

North from Stranraer and Loch Ryan, there are only a few, smaller harbours at Ballantrae, Girvan, Maindens and Dunure. Apart from Girvan, which can be busy with fishing boats, these harbours dry out at low water and are not suitable for most boats although there are proposals to improve several of these harbours.

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