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Wigtown Harbour

A small disused harbour at the mouth of the River Bladnoch in Dumfries and Galloway, Wigtown Harbour lies a half-mile (0.8 km) south southeast of the town centre and is accessed by Harbour Road which rises above the salt marsh on an embankment. The harbour provided a safe port for ships coming into Wigtown Bay, replacing an earlier harbour nearby which, like the bay itself, had become silted up by 1818. The new harbour was built 'at considerable cost' by the Town Council and was used to export agricultural produce and import of coal, lime and manure for fertiliser. This new harbour also suffered from silting and was disused by the middle of the 20th C. It was restored and cleared in the 1980s but by 2000 was filled once again with sediment. A hide is provided nearby to observe the abundant bird life in the vicinity.


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