I ate at the Harbour Inn at Garlieston last night and the food and beer was excellent. It seemed quite popular especially as it is close to two camping & caravan sites.
In the Second World war, Garlieston Bay was used to test the first Mulberry Harbours. These were artificial harbours that could be assembled quickly to allow troops and equipment to disembark onto the beaches. The area was ideal due to its remoteness and the rise and fall of the tide.