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Wigtown Bay LNR is the largest local nature reserve in Britain with just under 3000ha. Two important rivers connect to the estuary, bringing fresh water. The River Cree is protected for its salmon in the spring. The sand flats and mud bounded by the merse, also known as a salt marsh, is to the East and West.

There are several notable species found nearby, including Pinkfoot, Greyleg and Barnacle geese, and Wigeon, Shoveler and Pintail species of duck. There are numerous curlews and Oystercatchers that make their home in the bay, and we have also had Otter sightings.

From November to April, the bay is a tremendous place to see various species of geese and breeding birds in summer. The landscape the surrounds the bay is superb.


We are situated just two miles from the village of Creetown and six miles from the town of Newton Stewart, where you will find supermarkets, a cinema and plenty of cafés, shops and takeaways. We are situated with easy access to the main A75 route which runs from Gretna to Stranraer, and just 90 mins drive from Carlisle. Cairnryan Port takes you by ferry to Ireland in two hours.

We sit not far from the UK’s first Dark Sky Park and near to the Southwest 300 route.

Wigtown, Scotland’s book town, is located on the other side of the bay and has walks, picnic areas, bird hide and wheelchair access at Wigtown harbour. The Cree Estuary is a fantastic area for walks and wildlife spotting.

Places of Interest

  • Gem Rock Museum, Creetown
  • Wigtown Book Town
  • Bladnoch Distillery
  • Crafty Distillery
  • Cream O’ Galloway
  • CocoaBean Chocolate Factory
  • Galloway Activity Centre
  • Ryan Leisure Centre
  • Logan Botanic Gardens
  • Mabie Farm Park
  • Portpatrick Beach
  • Dumfries Ice Bowl
  • Whithorn Priory and Museum
  • Cardoness Castle
  • Kirroughtree Visitor Centre – 7stanes Kirroughtree
  • Barstobrick Riding Centre
  • Threave Castle
  • Castle Kennedy Gardens
  • Mossyard Beach
  • Dromore Beach
  • Mull of Galloway lighthouse and visitor centre

There’s plenty more to do and see, VisitScotland is a great place to look if you’re searching for something in particular. All places of interest above are between 40 minutes and and hour and a half from Cree Valley Lodges.

"It has all been said already, but it is worth repeating how wonderful this lodge is. Excellent location and Jane and Alan most friendly and helpful. We will be back."
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