Monreith Beach

Monreith Beach - Dumfries and Galloway
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Monreith is a long, wide, sandy beach backed by a rocky area and cliffs which lead up to the small village bearing the same name. The beach is popular for swimming in the summer and fishing throughout the year. There are also many rock pools that can be explored as well as many exciting caves which line this area of coast, the most famous of which is known as “Butcher’s Cave”.

This area of coastline is also popular with walkers, particularly at low tide when large stretches of sand are exposed, suitable for taking long, bracing walks.  Historic Barsalloch Fort can be found just to the north of the beach. It is possible to see many species of bird along this stretch of the coastline.

Parking is available next to the beach, which is reached down a long flight of steps. Toilets can be found at the bottom of the steps.

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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  • Swimming/bathing


  • Toilets

Nearest town




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NX 3583 4075

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Monreith Beach Reviews

Oct 01st 2022

Fabulous beach, very clean,great views, good swimming too, fishing is also a plus, Seabass, flounders, Pollock .Great place to live.

Monreith beaches

Roy Hirst
May 30th 2019

Monreith boasts 4 sandy beaches that can all be accessed at low tide by walking around a couple of headlands. From north to south you can find Black Rocks, 106 steps down from a parking layby. Monreith Bay is found by walking down Mill Lane. Cross Clarksburn at the southern end to round the headland for St Medan’s beach. Alternatively use the road signed to the golf course. At the far end of the road is a car park and toilet with a path onto Back or Lag Bay. Further exploration is possible, but watch the tides.
Really unspoiled area with a children’s play area in the village and camp site at Knock School Caravan Site.