The Solway Coast has numerous clean and safe sandy beaches as well as some great rocky coves for rock pooling. The following are some of our favourites.
Just 3 miles from the Ship Inn to the west is Mossyard, which boasts three sandy beaches.
Phone: (01557) 840226 or visit www.mossyard.co.uk. There is a parking charge.
Also to the west of Gatehouse is Cardoness shore. There are six sandy bays at Cardoness, although some are only accessible at high tide to those living in the caravans or chalets there. There are two principle entries:
- By parking at the large lay-by near the Skyreburn Café, and walking along the shore. This is generally only possible when the tide is a quarter out.
- Driving into the Cardoness estate, and buying a day ticket at the estate office. The Cardoness Estate car park gives easy access to the main bay.
From the Estate car park, dinghies can by launched from trailers. There are also public toilets available at Cardoness Shore. Phone: (01557) 840288.
On the east side of the Big Water of Fleet estuary lies Sandgreen, a wide bay backed by a large caravan site. The bay is divided by buoys into sections for motor boats, sailing boats and wind surfers, and for swimming. Parking and toilets are available at Sandgreen. There is a parking charge, but if you have bikes, you can cycle the 4 miles to the beach through Cally Woods.
Phone: (01557) 814351or visit the website at www.sandgreencaravanpark.co.uk
Carrick is another fine sandy bay, backed by chalets, with a rather stoney bay on each side of it. It has exceptionally easy access for launching dinghies, surf-boards, canoes, and so on. It also has free parking.