Best beaches in Dumfries And Galloway

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Below are a list of the top 12 beaches in Dumfries And Galloway as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in Dumfries And Galloway is Rockcliffe. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in Dumfries And Galloway just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • 1. Rockcliffe Beach

    Rockcliffe © Ann Cook | BY-SA

    Rockliffe is a sandy beach located at the southern end of the Dumfries and Galloway coastline. It is part of a National Scenic Area and there are plenty of National Trust areas around the beach. In fact this is known for being one of the most beautiful areas of coastline anywhere in Scotland. As such…

  • 2. Sandyhills Beach

    Sandyhills © James Denham | BY-SA

    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…

  • 3. Dhoon Beach

    Dhoon © Ann Cook | BY-SA

    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…

  • 4. Carrick Bay

    Carrick Bay © James Bell | BY-SA

    Carrick is a small bay, with a sandy beach sitting at its north eastern end. Carrick Bay separated from the rest of the much larger Fleet Bay to the north by a rocky headland which is about 200 meters long. The small beach here is reached down the end of a track road and has…

  • 5. Southerness Beach

    Southerness © Walter Baxter | BY-SA

    Southerness is a wide, sandy beach, with some rocky areas. It covers the areas either side of Southerness Point, within the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is a perfect beach for walking, with dogs allowed all year round and the sands rolling on for many miles. At low tide mud flats are…

  • 6. Luce Sands Beach

    Luce Sands © Ann Cook | BY-SA

    Widely regarded as the finest beach in the Stranraer area, Luce Sands is an expansive stretch of sheltered sand. At low tide the beach here extends around three miles from the village of Sandhead, home to the Sands of Luce holiday park. The bay here is also rich in marine wildlife and is designated a…

  • 7. Powfoot Beach

    Powfoot © Les Hull | BY-SA

    Powfoot Beach is a stretch of coastline along the Solway Firth,consisting of mud flats, a salt marsh, and some sections of shingle.

    From the attractive village of Powfoot there is a path along the coast taking walkers to the east, towards Annan and a shingle area of the beach. However, it can be dangerous to…

  • 8. Monreith Beach

    Monreith © David Baird | BY-SA

    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…

  • 9. Mossyard Beach

    Mossyard © Ann Cook | BY-SA

    Mossyard is a small, sandy beach, slightly less than 100 meters long; located next to the Mossyard Holiday Park it sits at the northern end of the mouth of Fleet Bay. The beach is popular for boating, and small boats can be launched from the shore. On the rocky outcrops, visitors will find many rock…

  • 10. Ardwell Bay

    Ardwell Bay © Dave Smethurst | BY-SA

    Ardwell Bay is a remote, mostly sandy beach looking out towards Northern Ireland from its location on the the Rhins of Galloway peninsular. Aside from building sand castles, the beach offers opportunities for exploring rockpools and looking out for wildlife, including birds, seals and possibly even dolphins on the surf. Walking is popular in this…

  • 11. Annan Beach

    Annan © Les Hull | BY-SA

    To the south of the town of Annan, there is a large salt marsh at the mouth of the channel of the Rivers Esk and Eden, which acts as a haven for wildlife, particularly bird life. West of the mouth of the River Annan, a shingle beach runs along to Powfoot, offering visitors a good…

  • 12. Brighouse Bay (Borgue)

    Brighouse Bay © John M Wheatley | BY-SA

    The mostly sandy beach of Brighouse Bay is about 300 meters long with a number of rocky sections. It sits at the northern end of this long, narrow, and sheltered bay. 

    The beach here offers excellent views of the surrounding rural area, as well as the opportunity to explore rockpools on the outcrops that jut into…