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We recently noticed some lovely photos of Portacree and Logan Mill on Facebook and couldn`t believe that we`d never been there after more than 15 years living on the Rhins of Galloway.
Occasionally when driving back from Port Logan, we have caught a fleeting glimpse of a distant tower and wondered what it was. We now know! And its fairly easy to get to if you are up for a three mile walk.
While access point to the Mull of Galloway Trail nearest Portpatrick is the car park just south of Ardwell, using New England Bay as a starting point means that the walk in to Logan Mill is along the shore line – much more pleasant.
There is a picnic area with ample parking at New England Bay, just before the Caravan Site from which our destination is just under 1.5 miles. Follow the Mull of Galloway Trail above the shoreline and enjoy the delightful coastal scenery. There are usually several species of sea birds to admire along the way including oyster catchers and shags. Soon you pass a few houses, one of which would be described as a “bach” in New Zealand and is decorated with fishing paraphernalia. Carry on over a bridge across a stream and soon a track goes inland towards the mail road and passes below Logan Mill. You cant access the tower itself as it is in a field full of cattle but you get fairly close and also pass by St Agnes`s Chapel ( now a house).
It is more pleasant to retrace your steps back to the carpark. An option is to carry on along the truck until it meets the road but this involves a longish walk along the road, which can have fast traffic on it, to return to your car.
The remains of Logan Windmill are an interesting example of a type of early Scottish windmill dating, probably, from the late 17th century.
The stone tower is around 25 feet high and would have carried the sails. The windmill is thought to have operated until the mid 19th century.
The corn and meal would have been handled via the entry in the basement which provided safe access to the tower when the sails were turning. Battlements were added after the mill stopped functioning and it became a feature of the landscape.
The watermill is about a quarter mile to the south of the windmill operated as a sawmill but is now closed.
St Agnes`s Chapel close to the watermill was built for the convenience of his estate workers by James McDouall, the Laird of Logan. It dates back to the late 19th century.
The chapel was named after his wife, Agnes Buchan Hepburn who may have used it as a private chapel and is now a private house.
New England Bay is only a couple of miles from Logan Botanic Garden and Port Logan is a couple more miles along the road. Both are delightful places to relax after your walk.