Sandyhills is a large sandy beach located along the southern coastline of Dumfries and Galloway. The beach slopes gently so the water is shallow and it is a popular beach for paddling and exploring rock pools. However, there are water quality issues at Sandyhills so it is recommended to check latest updates on the water pollution if you are intending to enter the water.
At low tide, vast stretches of sand are exposed which make it an excellent beach for walkers.
Behind the beach there are car pay for parking spaces, a small shop and a café and public toilets. More facilities can be found in the adjacent holiday park and the village of Colvend, a few miles drive from the beach.
This area of coast is renowned for its natural beauty and is a paradise for walkers, especially as dogs are allowed on the beach all year round. To the west, visitors can enjoy the wonderful cliff- top coastal scenery on the way to Rockliffe. To the east, Southerness lighthouse, one of the oldest lighthouses in Scotland is a few miles away along Southerness beach.
Type of beach
Dogs friendly beach?
No dog restrictions.
- Rock pooling
OS grid ref.
NX 8928 5509
Parking available next to the beach.
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Sandyhills Beach Reviews
Great for walking along the sea shore
JustinOct 03rd 2020
Lovely walks westwards towards Brandy Cove and Portling Bay.
Plenty to see - interesting caves and Needle’s Eye along with the old Salmon fishermen’s nets.
Stunning along the Solway Coast. Well worth a visit on fine weather.
Sea can disappear for miles at low tide!
Parking is £3.50 and easy to justify in the right weather.
£5 to use the beach?!
J DavisOct 24th 2023
Love walking our dogs here even in winter, but sadly we need to use the car to get there & carpark now has barriers & you have to pay £5 regardless of the duration of your stay. Great in summer if you want to spend the day, not so great if you want a 40 min dog run a few times a week! Bit greedy in winter & certainly not the most attractive beach in Scotland.
Wendy MichallatJul 05th 2023
The beach is always beautiful. No amount of money grasping on the part of the estate can flatten the joy of being there. The car park is now shielded from the road by trees & a steel barricade through which one passes to be charged a flat fee of £5 to park there. It leaves a bad taste, as do the cones ; double yellows down the hill. If you want to visit Sandy Hills be prepared to pay through the nose to do so.
Nice beach, just need to be careful of the high tide coming in. £5 for car parking though which let it down…
Classed as dog friendly, with no restrictions for dogs, however we were challenged by another dog walker, and his wife, who were quite aggressive, to have our dog on a lead.
No sign advising this on or near the beach, there was a sign in car park advising to keep dog on lead, so I assumed this meant within the car park.
We only went to the beach to let the dog have a good run about, and a play in the water to destress as she is a guide dog, and has been working in an unfamiliar area as we are in this area on holiday.
Good for a walk
The biggest downfall is the cost for Parking. I live reasonably local and walk my dog down here regularly however it is extremely frustrating when u have to pay £4.50 for an hour or 2. Water quality is fairly poor and had a few run ins with people who allow dogs to approach you even though there is a sign saying to keep dogs on leads
AnitaAug 13th 2021
Be very careful just one rubbish sign about tides.
We walked to the left of beach tide was out by miles,within ten minutes the water level had risen by the rocks up to our waistlines.
We made a joke of it but really it was very dangerous and urge anybody reading this to take care.
We had a large golden retriever with us and only just managed to get back to safely.
£3.50 rip off car park!!
JaneSep 06th 2020
Only wanted to park 30mins to run dogs about,
Complete rip off car park,
Cones down road way to make sure you dont park,
They dont even clean the beach dead sheep very smelly on beach, other than that was a clean beach,
Manage to park by toilets in end, so had 30mins free, certainly wont pay to park, neither do i want to spend all day there,
Public beach Closed to the public!
Unfortunately beach this is no longer available to the public. Which is extremely sad. It’s a lovely small beach. The beach car park has been barricaded. No explanation given other than the owners want it this way.