The Beach Guide

Cockle Shore Beach (Stranraer)

Cockle Shore Beach (Stranraer) - Dumfries and Galloway

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Cockle Shore is a sandy beach located to the east of the town and port of Stranraer, in the bay of Loch Ryan. It is a popular beach for having a paddle and fishing as well as watching the boats leaving the nearby port. Parts of the beach are also used by windsurfers and kite-surfers.

With a reputation of being one of the cleanest beaches in the area Cockle Shore is also a good place for wildlife watching with sea ducks and gulls wintering here.

Nearby Stranraer is the second largest town in the Scottish county of Dumfries and Galloway. It has a rail station with connections to Glasgow and a National Express service to London. The town caters well to tourists with a selection of restaurants and shops, a museum, and a medieval tower house.

The ruins of Kennedy Castle and its grounds are located nearby and are worth a visit. They are about a mile from the beach to the north of Castle Kennedy village, in between two lochs.

Type of beach

Sandy

Lifeguard service

No

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions.

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Activities

  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Facilities

    • Picnic area

    Nearest town

    Stranraer

    Postcode

    DG9 8QJ

    OS grid ref.

    NX 0807 6199