Main road of Kippford
|Population||140 (2001 Census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
It is home to the most expensive properties in Dumfries & Galloway and is known as the Solway Riviera.
Kippford stretches along the banks of the Urr estuary and in places is only one house-wide, being hemmed in between the forested Mark hill (locally known as the Muckle) and the sea. Kippford can only be accessed by car by a 3⁄4-mile (1.2 km) road from Barnbarroch which passes by Craigieknowes Golf Course and two campsites.
Kippford is also linked to Rockcliffe, which is 1 1⁄4 miles (2.0 km) away, by a scenic track known as the Jubilee Path. The path passes parallel to the coast (and the village of Kippford) but at a higher elevation. The path can be used to access Mark hill and the Mote of Mark, a 5th-century hill fort.
Visitors may cross the sands to a small island called Rough Island when the tide allows.
Kippford is a popular sailing village, with many small yachts moored in the tidal estuary of the River Urr, and events organised by the Solway Yacht Club. The RNLI has maintained a station, now fitted with a D class lifeboat, in Kippford for the past 40 years. The lifeboat service share use of the village's public slipway. Kippford was also involved in the shipbuilding industry, albeit on a very small scale. A Chandlers still exists, and sheds can be found behind it, which indicate the boat building activities.
Between Kippford and Rockcliffe lies the Mote of Mark, a hill fort. Victorian Kippford had interests in the granite quarrying industry; the pier used now by the Solway Yacht Club being a former handling yard for a small railway line running into the hill to the East where a quarry was located.
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