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Rockcliffe in Galloway

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Rockcliffe Village is in Dumfries and Galloway southwest Scotland, 66 miles east of Stranraer, 20 miles southwest of Dumfries, 6 miles south of Dabeattie.

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 Castle Point 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 second top. If this is full, there is large car park at the east side entrance to the Village.

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The images right show Rockcliffe from the Beach. The Village is mainly a row of houses around the Bay, most of which are painted white. These images were taken when there was a School Trip at a High Tide with many children swimming. The large images are real good.

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 in a scenic estate a few hundred yards up a single lane road from the west side car park in Rockcliffe.

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 Hotel.

The Rockcliffe Gallery was an Art Gallery in the Hotel, with Art from Local Artists and world wide. The Gallery closed with the Hotel.

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 Website.

The walk also passes an Iron Age Fort, dated from the 400s to 700s, known as the Mote of Mark.

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