This beautiful stretch of coastline on Rough Firth, 7 miles south of Dalbeattie, is a wonderful place for a day out. Contained within a National Scenic Area, it has miles of unspoilt landscape to explore including meadows, woodland, mudflats, sandy beach, rocky shore and marshland. The diverse mix of habitats attracts a huge variety of wildlife, including butterflies and reptiles. There is a bird sanctuary on nearby Rough Island to which you can walk out at low tide. Another walk from Rockcliffe takes you to the Mote of Mark, a late 6th- to 7th-century Dark Age trading post that offers stunning views over the Dumfries and Galloway countryside and across the Solway Firth, sometimes even to the Lake District.
Did you know?
In 2011, an extremely rare species of ladybird in Scotland was discovered at Rockcliffe. Its official name is Subcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata, which refers to the 24 spots on its wings.