The south west of Scotland is home to a true natural wonder… the solway firth.
An incredible stretch of British coastline that is unspoilt and quiet. The lack of public transport, and the sheer size of the solway coast means you are bound to find a spot away from the crowds. Compared to the average UK beach, this is incredibly unique and a place perfect for those looking for some peace.
If you’re looking to holiday in the Solway Firth, here’s a snapshot of everything you need to know.
Backstory of the Solway Firth
The Solway Firth is the UK’s 3rd large estuary, located between Dumfries and Galloway and North West England. In fact, you should be able to spot the peaks of the Lake District when you’re there.
It is a Special Area of Conservation, prized for its sand dunes and salt marshes. Due to the isolation, these have avoided being developed upon, unlike a lot of UK coastline. The result is also a rich habitat for wildlife, particularly birds.
There’s plenty of other natural areas surrounding the Solway Firth too, such as Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve and RSPB Merseheard reserve.
There’s also plenty of coastal towns and villages to spot off at, including Kippford, Kirkcudbright, Gatehouse of Fleet, Wigtown and Whithorn.
Solway Firth Camping
As we’re in Scotland, wild camping is an option. This is great for any true adventurers who want to go really off the beaten track. Remember to get permission from the land owner first though, to avoid any issues when you arrive.
2 popular campsites include:
Castle Point Caravan and Camping Site
Very highly rated campsite, suitable for RVs, motorhomes and campers. It also has a selection of static caravans you can rent.
The campsite has coastal views and easy access to the waters.
Electricity, hot water and showers included in the price. Pets are also allowed.
Solway View Holidays
Solway View Holidays is another great camping option. It is located at Balmangan Farm offers a great setting to enjoy the area.
West Moss-Side Livery & Campsite
With easy access to the water, this campsite is worth considering too.
Solway Firth Activities
As with any beach, activities include; swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding and other beach sports.
Due to the winds, it’s also popular with windsurfing and boating.