Sandyhills Bay



Lying peacefully on the mouth of the Solway Firth on Scotland's most southern coast, Sandyhills Bay combines unspoilt beauty with a unique selection of things to do for the family.


Without doubt the main attraction is the beach itself. The wide arc of soft sand suits sunbathers and castle builders alike, and is gently lapped by shallow waters at high tide. When the tide goes out, miles of sand flats appear and demand to be explored - but make sure you get back before the tide turns!


Set back from the beach, about 5 minutes walk away, is the site where you will find Thistle Lodges. Everything on this page can be found within walking distance of the lodges. See the Attractions page for lots more to do a little further afield.




  • On-site Swimming Pool

    Free and unlimited access to a small onsite swimming pool with sauna is included in your stay, just a few minutes walk from the lodges.

  • Coastal Walking

    Spectacular coastal walking from Sandyhills to Kippford and beyond (see the map above), with a return bus service if you wish. Considered one of Britain's best coastal walks.

  • Bainloch Deer Park

    Take a unique and informative guided 4WD tour round Bainloch Deer Park, and get close up to herds of Red, Fallow and Sika deer and wild Roe deer.

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  • Colvend Golf

    Sitting above Sandyhills Bay, our local 18 hole mature parkland course welcomes individual or group visitors.

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  • The Loch

    Take a stroll around the private loch, watching out for badgers and red squirrels, ducks and swans. Free grass carp fishing for lodge occupants.

  • Bar and Restaurant

    A welcoming bar and family restaurant on site, serving good quality home-cooked food. Takeaway meals also available from the main menu.

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  • Wild Oak Woods

    An untouched area of woodland and natural meadows adjacent to the lodges - explore this 'land that time forgot' or try an organised nature activity.

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