Dumfries & Galloway


See nature in all its glory along the trails of one of Scotland’s prettiest stretches of coastline
The sea at Rockcliffe seen at dusk, with the moon in the sky. Rocks run into the still, almost purple-blue water.
  • Meander through meadows and enjoy coastal walks with beautiful views.

  • Discover a lost citadel at the ancient hilltop Mote of Mark.

  • Visit the bird sanctuary on Rough Island, accessed on foot at low tide.

  • Stay for longer in one of the Trust’s bestselling holiday cottages – and soak up the tranquillity of pretty Rockcliffe village.

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About this place

Rockcliffe is one of Scotland’s most beautiful coastlines, stretching along the Solway Firth on the southern edge of Dumfries and Galloway.

Part of a National Scenic Area, this National Trust for Scotland nature reserve is fringed with wildflowers and dotted with sailing villages. Further inland the shells and shingle give way to patches of ancient broadleaved woodland and meadows, rich with flowers, butterflies and birds.

The important Dark Age trading post of Mote of Mark stands on a rocky outcrop. The 6th-century ramparts are still visible, and the summit has lovely views.