Coach Trips: Portpatrick

There are few travellers who would go to the effort to visit the far south of Scotland - but not Student Tours Scotland. The Rhins of Galloway is the name given to the region at the very far south west of Scotland. Portpatrick is a stunning little beach resort town and it's larger neighbour of Stranraer has some good places to have lunch. The walks around both towns lead to some exciting castle ruins and have great views across the sea towards Northern Ireland. 

Photos from previous "Portpatrick" tours

March 2012: HERE

March 2013: HERE

Shallochpark Beach Cafe: Girvan Town Outskirts

Shallochpark is our first stop on this tour of the south west of Scotland. Although this is essentially a toilet and cafe stop there are some great views across the sea and the beach nearby - Student Tours Scotland will take you along the sand to a good viewpoint. The views over the sea to Northern Ireland and the volcanic rock - Ailsa Craig - are unparalleled in this part of the region.

Portpatrick and Dunskey Castle

Portpatrick is quite possibly the cutest part of Scotland. A small beach town it is still popular with holiday makers. The bay is closed on one side with the impressive ruins of Dunskey Castle which lead straight down into the sea behind it. On the other side one of the longest walks in Scotland begins. The Southern Upland Way runs from coast to coast and the start in Portpatrick has a few surprises for anyone willing enough to walk its route. On a sunny day the beach is usually full of families playing in the sea and on the beach. This is Student Tours Scotland's favourite place on any of our tours.


The golden rule with every Student Tours Scotland trip is to have fun. No exceptions. To do this you will need to take some information into account. Remember that Scotland has ‘interesting’ weather. It can be beautifully sunny one minute and then raining the next. It can be cold in the morning but warm in the afternoon. Every day is different. You need to be prepared. Always dress for the rain and the cold. Wear good shoes or at least a pair you are comfortable in. You can always leave things on the coach if the weather allows.

Remember your camera. The scenery in Scotland is among the most beautiful in the world. You won’t want to miss out on those precious memories.

If you have a smartphone or device with internet access remember to bring it with you. There will be social media competitions along the way.

Most importantly stay safe. Listen to your guide. You are responsible for keeping yourself safe when out and about. If you follow the advice and signs then you will be sure to have fun.