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Auchencairn on the SWC300

Auchencairn close to Balcary Bay

Auchencairn is an attractive village of whitewashed stone cottages, mainly dating from the early 17th century. It is located on the heritage coastline of the Solway Estuary, a National Scenic Area of unspoiled hills, cliffs, islands, bays and beaches known locally as the Scottish Riviera.

Auchencairn village is on the A711 coast road from Dalbeattie to Kirkcudbright and is on the South West Coastal 300. The village provides a quiet and pretty base for exploring all that the area has to offer walkers, cyclists, wildlife enthusiasts or those who just want to relax on a beach.

Auchencairn enjoys a particularly mild climate due to its coastal position and there is a lively and welcoming community that takes pride in the appearance and history of the village. Several craft and specialist businesses operate successfully here although it is predominantly a farming community.

Children will find a well maintained play ground and playing field at the bottom of the village.

Services in Auchencairn include a well stocked village shop and Post Office from which supplies and newspapers can be ordered in advance. Also a welcoming pub, hotel restaurant, Church of Scotland church and a garage for servicing and repairs. The nearest fuel stations are to be found in Kirkcudbright and Dalbeattie. For more shops, check out nearby Castle Douglas where a remarkable number of independent shops line the main street.

Five miles to the west of Auchencairn lies Dundrennan with its magnificent abbey ruins dating back to 1142.

Also close to Auchencairn is Orchardton Tower, a medieval circular tower dating back to the 1400s.  , It is possible to climb to the top of the tower.

Between Auchencairn and Palnackie, Screel Hill (344m) makes for a challenging walk and excellent views. Information on walking route from Walk Highlands

There are welcoming holiday cottages and bed and breakfasts in and around Auchencairn.


Main Image of Auchencairn from the Bay by Mark Chambers

Photo of Screel by Ann Aitchison



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  • Orchard Cottage

    Self Catering - Sleeps 6
    • Three bedrooms, three bathrooms
    • Outdoor play areas for children
    • Near local beaches
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