Port Logan is a small village in
southwest Scotland - Dumfries and
Galloway, 14 miles southwest of Stranraer town, 8 miles north
of the Mull of Galloway,
furthest south point in Scotland.
The village is a number of houses
looking over the bay and beach. Top
attractions are the Logan Fish Pond,
sea kyaking, Logan Botanic
Gardens 2 miles north, shore fishing,
and is a popular spot for fishermen to
reverse their trailers with small sea
angling boats into the sea. The large
images show the boats.
See also a large Click On Map for the
area Top Attractions.
The image top is of Port Logan Pier and
Village Hall. The hall is in a former life boat
The image second top is from the pier
looking over the sandy area used for launching
sea kayaks and small angling boats. You can
reverse a trailer into the sea here.
is popular down this coast from the pier,
beach, rocks around the Fish Pool, and most
popular of all, the rocks south of Port Logan
Fish caught in this area include Mackerel,
Launce, Pollack, Ballan Wrasse, Cuckoo Wrasse,
Turbot, Dab, and Grey Gurnard.
The image third top is looking along Port
Logan Main Street from the south. This road was
raised when they built the new pier, blocking
the sea views from some cottages.
The image of the long sandy beach shows
Logan Fish Pond about one mile in the distance.
You can walk out to the Fish Pond, or drive out
the narrow road that is a bit rough in
The Logan Fish Pond reception sits high
above the pool, with a castelated wall around
Steep steps lead down to the pool where
there is also a cave with a tidal flow.
This is a natural hole in the slate rock
created during the ice age. It was enlarged in
the late 1700s for Lt Colonel Andrew McDouall,
the Laird of Logan, to serve as a sea-fish
The pond used to be refreshed by the tides,
but now has a valve that controls the flow of
water in either direction.
There used to be a huge conger eel in the
pond, but this had to be taken out a few years
back after it began miss-behaving.
The fish are fed when visitors are there,
leading to the largest swimming up from the
deep to devour their meal.
Next to the fish pond is the Victorian
Bathing House complete with a fire.
1295 - the McDouall's gained control of
large areas of land here for their suport of
John Balliol. This led to them building Castle
Balzieland 2 miles northest of Port Logan.
1700s - the original pier was in ruin. It
had been used for gathering kelp and samphire.
The village name at that time was Port Nessock.
It is unclear when this pier had been built,
and when the name changed to Port Logan.
1682 - the McDouall's built the new pier and
raised the road around to the pier, this
blocking the sea views from many of the
1702 - Logan House mansion was completed for
the McDouall's to replace Castle Balzieland
that had been destroyed by fire.
1788 - work on the Fish Pool began for
Colonel Andrew McDouall.
1800 - the Fish Pool is completed to store a
wide range of seafish for the McDouall's of
1869 - the marriage of Agnes Buchan Hepburn
to James McDouall, lead to her transforming the
walled gardens with plants and trees from
around the world.
1944 - a US Douglas C-47 Skytrain carrying
wounded soldiers crashed into cliffs by Port
Logan. Bad weather led to the crash killing all
22 passengers and crew. The aircraft was on
route to Prestwick Airport to refuel for its
flight to the US.
2001 and 2003 - Port Logan was used for the
filming of the BBC series Two Thousand Acres
of Sky starring actress Michelle Collins.
The series was about a single mother form
London moving to a remote area in Scotland.