About Leswalt Parish, Wigtownshire, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland

About Our Church Building

Leswalt Parish Church was built in 1828 and has a capacity of approximately 200. Major renovation work was carried out in 2006. In 2011, the vestibule was enlarged and, at the same time, the balcony was reinforced. 

Using money from grants, loans and our funds, £63,000 has been spent in the last ten years to keep the church fabric in good condition and our Fabric Convenor continues to quickly identify and deal with any issues to maintain the structure to a high standard. 

In the church, there are comfortable pews, wheelchair access, toilet facilities, effective heating and lighting and a sound and hearing loop system. We have a digital organ as well as a piano.

About Our Congregation

There are currently 264 on the church roll. We regularly have about 40 people attend Morning Service on Sunday, around 70 for each Communion Service and increased numbers for special services. 

Many of the congregation live in the village, but we also attract a significant number from nearby Stranraer who also choose to worship with us. There are 17 elders in the Kirk Session and a further 10 Board Members. Meetings are held regularly throughout the year. 

During the last 2 1/2 years, there have been 13 baptisms, three weddings and 17 funerals in the church. Our minister also conducted a number of funeral services in other churches.

About Our Parish

The Parish and village of Leswalt lie in the far south-west of Scotland. 

This scenically beautiful area is rich in history, equally rich in flora and fauna and enjoys a particularly mild climate and a wonderful sense of peace and tranquillity. The area has a particularly low crime rate.

There is a strong sense of community within the local population and an active Community Association. The excellent and thriving primary school has an increasing number on its roll, currently standing at about 50 pupils. This school received high praise in its recent official inspection. 

Leswalt also has a well-stocked village shop and a well-appointed village hall frequently used by groups for meetings, quiz nights, craft days and a range of other events.

Among the various local groups is the Thursday Club which attracts a number of mainly older adults, while Brownies and Rainbows cater for the children and ‘Little Acorns’ for mothers and toddlers. 

Aldouran Wetland Garden, now a significant visitor attraction, offers a range of activities, events and opportunities for people to become involved in its maintenance and development. Lochnaw Home Farm offers riding lessons and Creachmore Golf Club is also close by.

Stranraer, the second largest town in Dumfries and Galloway, lies 3 miles from Leswalt and 6 miles from Kirkcolm.

Stranraer Academy, the secondary school, lies on the outskirts of the town and there is also a Further Education College.

The town has a modern hospital and medical centre, several dentists and opticians and three pharmacies. There is also a veterinary practice and all other amenities that one would expect in a sizeable town including a range of supermarkets and shops and ample free parking.

There is a good selection of places to eat out, ranging from small cafes, ideal for a coffee or light lunch, to excellent, high class restaurants and hotels. 

Stranraer has good road links to Ayr, Glasgow and Dumfries and also has a rail link to Ayr while the ferries to Belfast and Larne in Northern Ireland run regularly from nearby Cairnryan. There are airports at Prestwick, Glasgow and Edinburgh.