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The best beaches in Dumfries and Galloway for you to discover.

- November 23, 2018 -

Dumfries and Galloway is an amazing place if you’re looking for sand and sea to explore. With an array of beaches up and down the coast line of Galloway you’ll never be short of places to discover. Here’s a list of our best beaches that you can visit whilst on your holiday with Galloway Escapes.



best beach Sandyhills

Located a stone’s throw from our Craigbittern property, Sandyhills is one of the best beaches for those looking to stroll side by side with the sea, with perfectly soft sand underfoot. A beautiful stretch of beach that, when the tide goes down, turns into an adventurers paradise. A grass path leads you to the cliffs where caves dwell. And for those that like to get a bit messy, follow the sea out and traverse the clay sea bed in search of treasures left behind.


Powillimount Beach

best beaches powillimount


Off the beaten track, this stretch of coastline is great for those looking for a more secluded area. Your four-legged friends will love this beach as well with it being dog-friendly all year round. It has a great combination of beautiful sand and shell where the sea meets the land. And with a natural rocky arch found at the end of the beach that makes for a perfect photo opportunity. For a perfect afternoon walk you can follow the coastline all the way to Southerness.



best beaches southernness

The most noteworthy attraction found on Southerness is the lighthouse which is the second oldest lighthouse in Scotland. Although it was decommissioned in 1936 during the summer months it opens at special times for visitors to get a closer look inside. The beach is a great combination of sand with rocky sections which at low tide make for great rock pools.


Rockcliffe Beach

best beaches rockcliffe

This small beach is aptly named for the reason that the majority of this is made of rocky outcrops with a small sandy shore. Rockcliffe attracts many visitors with its marked paths and interesting sights. A nature reserve in the way of a rough island can also be seen and, during low tide, reached by a natural tidal causeway making this the perfect place for a day out of new sights and adventures.


Carse Bay

best beaches Carse Bay

Stretching North from the picturesque village of Carsethorn, Carse Bay is a wide, sandy beach that has a strong history. Once an important port many immigrant ships destined for North America and Australia where launched from here in the 1700’s and 1800’s. The remnants of the jetty that they were launched from can still be found along its beach. For wildlife lovers this is a great spot to take a seat and look out for sightings of kingfishers and otters that have been seen living here.



best beaches moss yard

Located near Kirkcudbright, Mossyard is a small, sandy beach that is popular with boating. Boats can be launched from its unique dual shore where the sea comes up from either side. It also boasts many rock pools that your inner child will love exploring throughout the day. Laggan Outdoor Centre is also located near Mossyard. Combine the two and you have a perfect day out.



best beaches carsick

A fairly unknown beach being off the beaten track, Carrick is an amazing example of unspoilt coastline. On arrival the first thing you see is the glorious sea stretching out for miles and a separate island in the distance, which for the brave can be reachable during low tide. The rock pools are always filled with creatures waiting on the tides return. And walks along the cliffs give an even better experience of the wondrous views. 


Looking for more outdoor activities whilst on your stay? Visit the plan your stay section of our site to find out what else the region has to offer.


Happy Clients who have stayed with us

  • What a stunning house. We loved everything from the fully stocked kitchen to the cosy decor to the open fires and luxurious bedrooms. They've thought of everything - even a games room, x box, and treasure hunt for the kids!
    Jenny Fitzgerald-Craigbittern
  • We were very fortunate to stay at Craigbittern with our friends while we had a weekend in Sandy Hills. It's a gorgeous, well appointed house with everything thought out. The kitchen is fully equipped, there's a game room, a den, a nice sitting room, a living room with a fire place, a full-dining etc. Really recommended for a big group of friends or family. Craigbittern is big enough for people to go about their own thing - go for a walk on the beach, read, watch movies, enjoy the fire in the living room, play pingpong, nap, etc. Can't wait to go back and enjoy a weekend away from the city!
    Ben Yarker- Craigbittern
  • We stayed in the winter and it was a warm, beautiful and we'll equipped base from which to explore - really luxurious!! We will be back
    Thom Groot- Craigbittern
  • Okay, so the best thing about Craigbittern was the space, it was large enough not to be tripping over each other (we were three families, including 6 teenagers). We often go away together, but in other places we have been a bit cramped at some point (parking, kitchen, dining, whatever..). Actually the dinning room is fabulous and we all sat together at the table for dinner which does not happen very often any more. And the games room was a hit. Oh, and I got 4G (on Vodafone) which is a rarity in this part of the country. The wifi’s fine, but it was getting hammered by the kids. We had a very lovely holiday stay in a chilly mid-February and would very happily come back again
    Iain Forrest-Craigbittern
  • Perfect is the only way to describe this property and it's surroundings. The house itself set in a stunning location, with each room furnished to a very high standard is so warming and welcoming. If you can pull yourself away from the property, you are never short of things to do, with the beach across the road and coastal walk to the beautiful coastal villages Rockliffe and Kippford. Such an amazing place, perfect for a family get together or group of friends, can't recommend enough. Will definitely be back in the near future.
    Kristofer Lorimer- Craigbittern

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