Clashwhannon caravan park stands within the southern part of the Rhins at Drummore. The Rhins is an area of rugged coastline, quiet beaches, woodlands and rolling hills.
Surrounded by water on three sides, the feel is more like living on an island. There is an added bonus in that the Gulf Stream flows right past the Rhins, giving us a mild, warm climate, a fact not lost on the horticultural world! Close at hand you will find the award winning RHS Botanic Garden at Logan, with the Logan House gardens next door to that.
Glenwhan Gardens at Dunragit is also well worth a visit with its garden paths, lochs and fascinating collection of unusual species. If you enjoy a round or three of golf, you will be more than well catered for – the Rhins offers no less than four golf courses! Stranraer Golf Course on the west shore of Loch Ryan, Lagganmore just outside Portpatrick, and Dunskey and Portpatrick Golf Course on the western side of the Rhins at the lovely village of Portpatrick.
Galloway is renown for its good local produce, and there are many places to eat out to suit all pockets, from haute-cuisine to take-away in a wide range of styles and cultures. Locally the area offers horse riding, mountain biking, great coastal walks, fishing, a safe and long beach at Sandhead, Scotland’s most southerly point at the Mull of Galloway, and friendly villages.
Every summer Clashwhannon hosts the annual , Tope Festival The event is a huge angling Event to catch and release as many Tope (local shark species) as possible.
August 2018 will see the inaugural Mull Of Galloway Sea Angling Festival. The festival is the brainchild of five like-minded boat owners, who, over the years, have committed themselves to chasing down the elusive species that inhabit these bio diverse fishing waters in an environmentally friendly manner.
The Mull of Galloway region features some of Scotland’s most spectacular coastline and because of the Gulf Stream boasts one of the highest variety of species in the UK. There are some 60 plus species that inhabit these waters with species hunts often producing twenty species in a day.
As committed conservationists, the organisers have tried to ensure the fish will be on board, for the smallest time possible, ensuring a successful catch and release. All species will be photographed on a measuring mat accompanied by a unique card to ensure reliability of catch reports.
The competition is to be fished, as a species hunt event, from two venues just four miles apart, this offers a completely different set of target species. They both face opposite directions, which mean getting to sea is less weather dependent than other competitions.
The picturesque Port Logan sits on the west side of the Galloway Peninsula with views on to the Irish Sea. The geography of the coastline and the dynamics of the seabed means the bottom drops away very quickly allowing many of the species that are found in Scottish waters to be caught within two miles of this launch site.
Drummore sits on the East side of the peninsula with views onto the renowned waters of Luce Bay. The warm shallow waters of Luce Bay are famous for its variety of small shark species, but are also home to an abundance of other species including Black Bream and Bass.
Drummore is also the site for the Festival HQ, which will be located in the Clashwhannon Caravan Park and Public House, known locally as The Clash. This is where anglers will meet the organising team and fellow competitors on the Friday ‘Opening Night’, share a few evening beers, discuss tactics and hopefully meet friends old and new. The HQ will also be used on the Saturday night where competitors can check their scores, keep themselves updated with weather conditions or rule changes and of course, share a few evening beers while talking about the ones that got away. On Sunday, the HQ will be used for the presentation and prize giving.
Please note, the harbour at Drummore is currently unused and very silted, not recommended as an anchorage! Tide times given for information purposes for beach combers and coastal walkers. The map below (give time to load on rural and small town broadband connections…..) shows where we are.