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See nature in all its glory along the trails of one of Scotland’s prettiest stretches of coastline

Things to do

There’s always something to see at Rockcliffe. Spring brings a stunning display of bluebells, with warblers and other birds arriving to breed. In summer butterflies arrive in the meadows.

As the autumn colours appear, the swallows depart and wildfowl numbers begin to build. The cold winter months see large numbers of ducks and waders congregating in the Rough Firth. Seals and other sea mammals are often seen around the coast throughout the year.

Visitors can access Rough Island, home to a fantastic bird sanctuary, on foot at low tide – it’s a haven for oystercatchers and ringed plovers. Please do not visit in May and June when the birds are nesting.

You can also check out our wildlife spotter’s guide for Rockcliffe, and see how many you can spot during your next visit:

Wildlife spotter’s guide: Rockcliffe

Walks here

Sea pink flowers cover the grass before the lichen-covered rocks on the shore at Rockcliffe.

Rockcliffe coastal trails

Easy to strenuous
20 mins to 2.5 hours
0.5 mile to 5 miles
Parking; public toilets