Peter Finch

Follow in Peter Finch’s footsteps in South West Scotland

When top golf YouTuber Peter Finch came to Dumfries & Galloway, he discovered more than just a new place to play some great golf. As he explored south west Scotland, Peter not only had his fair share of challenges on the greens and fairways, but he also got to know some friendly local players and visited some top attractions and places to stay. Check out his video and discover why Dumfries & Galloway is a must-visit, unexplored land of golf!

More about where Peter played


Starting at Thornhill, a lovely mixture of park and heathland, Peter had a good test when he played a round with Taylor Kerr, club junior captain. As Peter puts it, Thornhill is a course which gives a player options, as well as having a club which offers a very warm welcome.


The second stop for Peter was Southerness Golf Club, a course that was much anticipated by the golf enthusiast. Golf pro James Erskine showed Peter his favourite holes on this championship course, majestically positioned on the Solway coast. Not only did Peter enjoy the play, but Southerness treated Peter to some rather breathtaking views at sunset.


Peter was rightly bowled over at Stranraer Golf Club’s signature hole, the elevated 5th, a par 4, when he played with course record breaker Katie Wright. Located in the west of the region, this links course was the final achievement of renowned golf course architect James Braid before his death in 1950.

Like the look of Thornhill? Why not try Newton Stewart, Colvend or Lochmaben Golf Clubs, or explore other courses on the Emerald Trail?

If Southerness appeals, you should also take a look at nearby Powfoot, Dumfries & County or, slightly further afield, Brighouse Bay, then check out the other courses on the Sapphire Trail.

If you plan to play Stranraer, don’t miss nearby Portpatrick, or discover more courses on the Sapphire Trail.

See more in Dumfries & Galloway

When he wasn’t playing golf, Peter made time to discover some of the brilliant attractions across the region, from the tasty delights produced by Cocobean Company in Twynholm, to the dramatic ruin of Dunskey Castle near Portpatrick. Discover the area’s beautiful beaches, dense forests and incredible visitor experiences, and find things to see and do.

Where to stay in Dumfries & Galloway

Peter stayed at Hetland Hall Hotel in Carrutherstown, near Dumfries and Cally Palace Hotel & Golf Course near Gatehouse of Fleet, two great options for anyone visiting Dumfries & Galloway on a golfing trip. As well as these hotels, there’s a huge range of accommodation across the region to choose from, from cosy self-catering cottages to welcoming guest houses.

More reasons to stay and play

Whether you are travelling through the region to attend the Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland or are looking for somewhere different for a great golfing break, make 2019 the year you play golf in Dumfries & Galloway. Like Peter, you’ll no doubt be impressed by the great value golf here – check out golf packages and plan your golf break. For additional inspiration, see more of Peter’s Dumfries & Galloway golf videos.