Sandy Beaches

Because the estuary of the River Fleet is very shallow, tides go out typically for half a mile, and in sunny weather come in over warm sand, which warms the sea quickly. There are few currents of any consequence apart from the river itself. All the bays about Gatehouse of Fleet are very clean. At low tide, many walk out over the sands.

Starting to the west of Gatehouse:



1
Mossyard Shore boasts three sandy beaches. Many boats, dinghies, etc, are launched from these and kept on moorings or above high tide, but trailers need the assistance of the farmer who keeps an old tractor for the purpose.
Phone: (01557) 840226 www.mossyard.co.uk. There is a parking charge.


 


2
Cardoness Shore boasts six sandy bays, although some are only accessible at high tide to those living in the caravans or chalets there. There are two principle entries:

a. By parking at the large lay-by near the Skyreburn Café, and walking along the shore, generally only possible when the tide is a quarter out.

b. Driving into the Cardoness estate, and buying a day ticket at the estate office. The Cardoness Estate car park gives easy access to the main bay.

From the Estate car park, dinghies, etc, can by launched from trailers. There are also public toilets available at Cardoness Shore.
Phone: (01557) 840288



3
Sandgreen Bay is a wide bay backed by a large caravan site, the bay divided by buoys into sections for motor boats, sailing boats and wind surfers, and for swimming. Parking and toilets are available at Sandgreen. There is a parking charge.
Phone: (01557) 814351 www.sandgreencaravanpark.co.uk


4 Carrick Bay again is a fine sandy bay, backed by chalets, with a rather stoney bay on each side of it. It has exceptionally easy access for launching dinghies, surf-boards, canoes, etc. Free parking.


 

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Special Places

Clints


The Clints of Dromore
The Clints are a striking granite escarpment at the top of the valley, best visited from Scottish Natural Heritage's visitor centre at Dromore.  The Big Water of Fleet Viaduct is close by. More.  

Cambret Moor


Cambret Moor
A stone circle consisting of a central stone and circle of 28 smaller boulders.  The interior of the circle was strewn with smaller cobble-sized stones. More.
 

Carsluith Castle


Carsluith Castle
Another local castle to the west of Gatehouse, a 16th century towerhouse, very well preserved and in the care of Historic Scotland. Historic Scotland:read more.  

The Bakehouse


The Bakehouse
Formerly a bakery, and still featuring the original oven, the Bakehouse in the High Street is an arts venue promoting the literary arts live.  Poetry readings and associated events take place most months.  More.  

Cairnholy


Cairnholy
There are two burial sites at Cairnholy dating from Neolithic times, both very well preserved and commanding fine views over Wigtown Bay.  Cairnholy I is notable for the impressive facade, in front of which, archaeological evidence suggests, ceremonies took place.  More.  


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