Carrick Bay

Carrick Bay - Dumfries and Galloway
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Carrick is a small bay, with a sandy beach sitting at its north eastern end. Carrick Bay separated from the rest of the much larger Fleet Bay to the north by a rocky headland which is about 200 meters long.
The small beach here is reached down the end of a track road and has a very much unspoilt feel to it. It offers excellent views of the surrounding wild and mountainous headlands and coastline.

The sheltered bay, about 100 meters wide, can be used for bathing and water sports such as canoeing. However, most visitors come to the area for the fantastic walking opportunities. There are many coastal paths and the Galloway Forest National Park is nearby. Dogs are allowed on the beach.

Some roadside parking is available near to the beach. Thanks to its remoteness, the area is rarely busy. However, facilities are few and far between, so it might be a good idea to bring a picnic.

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)

Dumfries and Galloway dog friendly beaches »

Nearest town

Gatehouse of Fleet



OS grid ref.

NX 5770 5061


Limited roadside parking

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Carrick Bay Reviews

Hidden Gem

Jul 28th 2020

We found this little hidden gem after a visit to Cream o Galloway and then had a picnic lunch at Sandgreen beach and we found Carrick beach quite by accident whilst looking for Knockbrex hill and bay.

Carrick beach is a sandy cove but can get quite windy.

One of my favourite beaches.

Roads appalling

Apr 23rd 2022

The tracks to Carrick beach are full of pot holes and I wouldn’t take my car down there again. As for facilities, there are none.

Aug 09th 2020

Shame now littered with rubbish and human faeces from irresponsible wild campers.