Rockcliffe village is situated in
Dumfries and Galloway southwest Scotland,
66 miles east of Stranraer, 20 miles
southwest of Dumfries, 6 miles south of
Rockcliffe attracts visitors for its
beach, seating with views out to Rough
Island, scenic walks, mobile ice cream
van that is there most summer days, and
Caravan and Camping Site on the east
side of the village.
There is parking at the west end of
Rockcliffe where the road ends, as seen
in the image top. If this is full, there
is large car park at the entrance to the
See also a large Click On Map for the
area Top Attractions.
The images right show Rockcliffe from the
beach. The village is mainly a row of houses
around the bay, most of which are painted
At low tide, you can walk about one mile out
towards Rough Island. At a really low tide, you
can actually walk to the island along the
beach. This should only be attempted if you
know the tides.
There is also a causeway from Kippford
village just over one mile north that leads to
the island. The causeway is under water for
about 5 hours a day.
Rough Island is owned by the National Trust
for Scotland, run as a bird sanctuary.
Visitors are advised to avoid visiting the
island during the months of May and June to
avoid disturbing nesting birds such as
oystercatchers and ringed plovers.
Baron's Craig Hotel is situated in a scenic
estate a few hundred yards up a single lane
road from the west side car park in
The hotel was closed in late 2016, there
seems to be little information if it will
re-open as a hotel of as a holiday home.
This was a Victorian mansion built around
1880 with local granite for an English
businessman? There seems to be little
information when it was converted to a
The Rockcliffe Gallery was an Art Gallery in
the hotel, with art from local artists and
world wide. The gallery closed with the
There is an information board at the west
side car park giving information on the popular
walk to the scenic village of Kippford around
one mile north. Walk
The walk also passes an Iron Age Fort, dated
from the 400s to 700s, known as the Mote of