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

Port Logan

Dumfries and Galloway
54° 43′ 23.34″ N 4° 57′ 23.18″ W

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Port Logan, once called Port Nessock, is a small village located on the Rhins of Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway.

The village was created by Colonel Andrew MacDowall (Douall), the laird of Logan, in 1818. MacDowall built a quay which included a bell tower designed by Thomas Telford, with a causeway road leading to them. This causeway blocked the view to seaward of the existing houses on the Lower Road, Laigh Row, whose inhabitants MacDowall expected to move to a new Upper Road. They welcomed the shelter as it provided from the brisk onshore winds, staying put. Subsequently most of them added a second storey to recovering some of the sea view and giving them more space.

The Logan Fish Pond, Botanic Garden and Logan House Garden are close by. The Fish Pond was built by the Colonel, originally as a fish larder for Logan House, around 1788 and it was completed around 1800, with a Keeper's Cottage and Bathing Hut.

On 27 July 1944, two Douglas C-47 Skytrain's of the United States Army Air Forces were on a flight from Filton, stopping at Prestwick before then flying on to the United States carrying wounded soldiers. They encountered bad weather, and the pilot of 42-93038 tried to gain altitude to clear the cliffs. Sadly, it crashed into the cliff side at Port Logan, where all 22 passengers and crew died.

The local Lifeboat Station was converted into a village hall. There is a tiny part-time post office, as well as a small market garden supplying local businesses and the public.

The village was used between 2001 and 2003 as the setting for a popular BBC series, Two Thousand Acres of Sky starring actress Michelle Collins. In 2017, 'The Vanishing' was filmed here, starring Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan and Connor Swindells.