The Beach Guide

Ardwell Bay

Ardwell Bay - Dumfries and Galloway

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Ardwell Bay is a remote, mostly sandy beach looking out towards Northern Ireland from its location on the the Rhins of Galloway peninsular. Aside from building sand castles, the beach offers opportunities for exploring rockpools and looking out for wildlife, including birds, seals and possibly even dolphins on the surf.

Walking is popular in this remote area, with a number of paths, including one which takes visitors to the remains of Doon Castle, whose origins are thought to date as far back as the year 2000 BC.
The beach has its own car park, reached along a country road, past East High Ardwell Farm. Thanks to its relatively remote location it is rarely busy.

The beach can be reached down a short path from the car park. There is a small picnic area, but otherwise there are no facilities to be found here.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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  • Picnic area

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

NX 0707 4499

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