Coastal areas of South West Scotland


Sailing around Galloway is highly popular.The coastline of the Rhins of Galloway is rugged, with many caves and sandy beaches scattered along its length. A haven for wildlife and wildflowers alike, the coastline offers much opportunity for photography, painting and drawing, walking and water-based activity. Wildlife watchers are well catered for, the coastline teems with Oystercatchers, Gulls, numerous species of waders, migrants and rare visitor species. Inland keep an eye out for Roe deer, Buzzards, Geese migrating, Fieldfares, plus a large range of other bird life such as Kestrels and – along stream banks – Kingfishers.

The coastline has a varied amount of plant life and seaweeds, plus a range of geological features. The raised beaches in the Rhins have provided some interesting archaeological finds, and numerous iron age forts too.

The growing popularity of kayaking offers an opportunity to explore the coastline from the sea – the more sheltered Luce Bay side is good for those with less experience, whilst the Irish Sea coast should only be attempted by veterans.

Along the coast there are a number of places to visit, each with its distinct characteristics; Corsewall Point in the north, Killantringan Bay and lighthouse, Larbrax Bay, Portpatrick, Ardwell Bay, Port Logan, the Mull of Galloway, Drummore, New England Bay, Ardwell, Sandhead, Bareagle Point. There is a coastal path around the Rhins of Galloway, which provides a great vantage point from which to view the seascapes. Whether by foot or water, the Rhins are a great place to explore and discover.

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The copyright on these images are owned by Tony Page and Douglas Wilcox and are licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license. Image of Portpatrick Harbour, Grounded Ferry c.SRWD. Image of Mull of Galloway c.Fred Findlay.