Dhoon Beach

Dhoon Beach - Dumfries and Galloway
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Dhoon, sometimes known as Goat Well Bay, is a small sandy beach situated in a pleasant, wooded area looking out onto Nun Mill Bay at the mouth of the River Dee. The water is relatively shallow, and there are plenty of rock pools which can be fun to explore.

The tide range here can be very high, with frequent ranges of up to 10 metres between high and low tide.  At low tide large areas of sand and some patches of mud are exposed and it is possible to see the wreck of the “Monreith”, a two mast wooden schooner which was wrecked here in 1900. The crew managed to reach the shore and there were no known casualties.

Behind the beach is a large grassy area that makes a good spot for a picnic. There is also parking here, with direct access to the beach and public toilets. The beach is easily reached by car, lying next to the B727 south west of Kirkcudbright.

The area is popular for walking, with the Senwick Shore walk easily accessed from the beach to the south of the car park. Galloway Forest Park is also nearby. A good range of facilities can be found a short drive away in the town of Kirkcudbright to the north of the beach. As well as shops, restaurants, and places to stay, a number of interesting museums can be found in the historic town.

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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

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NX 6578 4859


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Dhoon Beach Reviews

Quiet and Unspoilt

David West
Jul 12th 2021

We visited here at low tide recently and were blown away by the beautiful surroundings. The place wasn’t busy and having a free car park was a bonus.