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Rockcliffe

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.

Walks here

Rockcliffe coastal trails

Difficulty
Easy to strenuous
Time
20 mins to 2.5 hours
Distance
0.5 mile to 5 miles
Facilities
Parking; public toilets

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