The Beach Guide

Sandyhills Beach

Sandyhills Beach - Dumfries and Galloway

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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


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions.

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  • Toilets

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

NX 8928 5509

Water quality

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