Kippford Village

Kippford is a holiday village and popular for sailing. Positioned along the banks of the River Urr.  The waterfront is lined with pretty, whitewashed cottages and, from here, you can walk along the shore road to the beaches. Kippford is home to the Solway Yacht Club who hold a sailing regatta here annually.  Beyond Kippford is the “Muckle”, a forest with a network of paths that lead you to Rockcliffe.  The village also has two pubs serving local ale and food, a chandlery and slipway, a village hall, a gift shop which also sells coffee, cake and ice cream, a family run craft pottery and a family friendly nine-hole golf course and tea room.

Golf Courses

There are 3 excellent golf courses very close to Kippford Bay Caravan Park-Craigieknowes, Colvend and Dalbeattie golf course. Set in superb countryside with spectacular coastal views these local courses offer you the chance to play at various handicaps suitable for a range of abilities, from beginners to the more experienced players. Within a short distance, there are numerous golf courses in Galloway and South Ayrshire. In the Rhins of Galloway, there are two of the Top 100 Courses of Scotland, Portpatrick, Dunskey which has a clifftop setting and offers spectacular views across the Irish Sea and Creachmore, Stranraer on the shores of Loch Ryan.

Mersehead Nature Reserve

Situated on the scenic north shore of the Solway coast, Mersehead boasts a wide variety of different habitats and wildlife from barnacle geese in the autumn and winter and lapwings and natterjacks toads in the spring and summer. It is a stunning example of freshwater wetland habitats, set adjacent to wide expanses of intertidal sand and mudflats wetlands, woodland, inter-tidal sandflats, farmland and of course a fabulous beach. Mersehead is an extensive wetland and saltmarsh area, a haven for breeding waders, wintering waterfowl and year-round bird and wildlife-watching.

Dalbeattie Forest

Dalbeattie is one of several beautiful forests around the Solway Coast. Close to Dumfries, there are tree-lined hills and glens. It’s just a few miles to Palnackie and the soaring Doach Wood where you’ll find some of the tallest trees in south-west Scotland. The trails here are short but steep, rewarding your efforts with stunning views of the Solway coast. The 7stanes are world-class mountain biking centres that span the south of Scotland. Their award-winning trails offer some of the best mountain biking in the country and attract riders from all over the UK and beyond. It is also a perfect place for walking and hiking, with trails following graded paths so you can find one that’s just right for you. All trails have clear signs so you can follow the route even if you’ve never visited the forest before.