From The Neolithic To The Sea: A Journey From The Past To The Present


Dumfries and Galloway
54°41′23.42″N, 4°53′36.64″W

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Drummore is a village at the southern end of the Rhins of Galloway in Wigtownshire, Dumfries and Galloway.

The village lies where the Kildonan Burn runs out to the sea, north of the Mull of Galloway. It is the most southerly village in Scotland, and further south than the English cities of Durham and Carlisle.

Drummore's underlying name is clearly the Gaelic "druim mòr" or "big ridge"; it has been suggested that this reflected the motte associated with the castle of the Adairs of Kinhilt, whose lands were granted in 1602 by King James VI.

A railway branch line was proposed in 1877 linking to the Portpatrick Railway. It was opposed by the feudal landowner, the Earl of Stair, and finally abandoned after the failure of the City of Glasgow Bank in 1882.

The harbour, facing north and shielded by the Rhins from the prevailing south-westerly wind, was developed with a jetty in the early 19th century to serve a lime manufacturing industry. The Ministry of Defence then used the port for access to bombing range and weapon development area offshore in Luce Bay. It was sold in 2004 for a nominal sum to the Drummore Harbour Trust Ltd, which announced the aim of developing its use for pleasure boats.

The harbour development was plagued by disputes over the rights of access for fishermen. This was debated in the UK Parliament, due to, and because of a subsequent Court of Session judgement, it confirmed a Victorian precedent that no right of harbour existed.

The Drummore Harbour Trust failed to attract investment and new membership beyond the initial two individual members causing concern to the Dumfries and Galloway Council . However, in July 2008, the Council decided to seek an Empowerment Order under the Harbours Act 1964 which would enable the Council to take over the harbour land and operations, following the precedent of a number of successful harbours along the Solway coast, although they failed.

In 2015 the Harbour Trust became liable for a £15000 personal injury claim, and it then dissolved itself, so the harbour reverted to the Crown Estate. As of June 2018 the Drummore residents are attempting to buy the harbour, via the Kirkmaiden Community Harbour Trust.