This area of Dumfries and Galloway offers the best of coast and country, and we hope that you enjoy exploring the local area.
The woodland between Rockcliffe and Kippford is managed by the National Trust for Scotland (nts.org.uk/visit/places/rockcliffe). There are two main paths connecting the villages through the woods, and lots of smaller paths to explore, including great views from the Mote of Mark and the Muckle. For the shore path, walk to the end of the access track and turn left before the toilet block. For the jubilee path, walk to the end of the access track, continue past the parking and up the hill, turning left at the top. It is about a mile to Kippford.
There is a lovely six mile coastal path between Sandyhills and Rockcliffe. The bus service connecting Rockcliffe to Dalbeattie, Kippford, and Sandyhills can be used to do the coastal path in one direction.
There is also a shorter one mile walk to Castle Point. Walk to the end of the access track and follow the beach road around the bay, turning right before the hill to walk along the Merse and follow the signs for the coastal path to Castle Point.
The walk around Almorness Point to White Port beach and Horse Isle Bay is lovely. Drive through Palnackie (the Old Mill, harbour, and the Glenisle Inn worth a visit) towards Almorness House for closer parking.
Further afield, we can recommend Screel Hill and Criffel.
Dalbeattie forest is one of the ‘7 Stanes’ biking trails, with two main trails (blue and red graded), a skills area, and taster loop. Four other 7 Stanes forests are nearby. forestryandland.gov.scot/visit/activities/mountain-biking/7stanes
Watersports, Archery, and Laser Tag at the Galloway Activity Centre lochken.co.uk
Sailing at the Solway Yacht Club in Kippford thesyc.co.uk
Bird and Wildlife watching at RSPB Mershead Reserve rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/mersehead/
The Old Mill, Palnackie art gallery and cafe theoldmillpalnackie.com
Threave House and Gardens nts.org.uk/visit/places/threave-garden
Chocolate workshops at Cocoabean thecocoabeancompany.com
Golf at Colvend Golf Club colvendgolfclub.co.uk/
Themed tours tailored to your needs at Solway Tours solwaytours.co.uk/
Each of the local towns have a unique personality and lots to do.
Dalbeattie is the Granite Town; Dumfries is known as the ‘Queen of the South’; Castle Douglas is a designated food town; and Kirkcudbright is an artists town.
Find out more at visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/dumfries-galloway/