Rockcliffe, Dumfries and Galloway
Looking across the Rough Firth to Rockcliffe
Rockcliffe shown within Dumfries and Galloway
|Population||137 (2001 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Council area||Dumfries and Galloway|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Dialling code||01556 630|
|UK Parliament||Dumfries and Galloway|
|Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale|
|Scottish Parliament||Galloway and Upper Nithsdale|
Rockcliffe lies on the eastern side of the river Urr estuary, and gives access to Rough Island by way of both firm mud exposed at low tide and a natural, tidal causeway. Hestan Island can be safely reached on foot from Rockcliffe if you are prepared to ford the knee-deep, lower reaches of the river Urr at low tide. It's a two-mile walk across firm, sandy mud. For lots of info on Hestan Island go to www.hestan.co.uk
Road access is from Dalbeattie (6 miles) and Dumfries (20 miles); although Kippford is nearby there is no direct road route. However, the excellent and well-laid 'Jubilee Footpath' runs between the two villages.
Rockcliffe is also linked to Castle Point (site of a Roman fort), Glenstocken, Portling and Sandyhills by footpath.
There is little business in Rockcliffe other than the rental of holiday cottages, one tea room and a caravan site.
The village has a car park and a public toilet, but no other facilities to speak of. But an ice cream van can usually be relied upon to be open for business in the bay on even the cloudiest days.
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