Sandyhills Bay

Warm Sea, Soft Sand and Rugged Cliffs

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. Summer sea temperatures can even be Mediterranean! 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 Barend 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.

Walking Distance from the Lodges

On-site Swimming Pool

Exclusive use (booked in advance) of a small onsite swimming pool is included in your stay.

Coastal Walking

Spectacular coastal walking from Sandyhills to Kippford and beyond with a return bus service if you wish. Considered one of Britain’s best coastal walks.

Colvend Golf Club

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

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.

The Beagle

Enjoy drinks or a meal at the on-site ‘Beagle’, a few minutes walk away. Dine inside or in the attractive courtyard. View the menu and book online through their Website.

Bainloch Deer Park

A magical deer safari right on your doorstep! Take a guided 4×4 tour round the park, or visit for a ‘meal with a view’ at the visitor centre cafe. Visit website.