Southwick Coast

Southwick Coast is a stretch of coastline with wooded cliffs and extensive saltmarsh. A viewpoint in the meadow provides breathtaking views over Mersehead and the Solway. A path leads through the Needle’s Eye, a natural wave-cut arch, to the saltmarsh.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Fascinating woodland
  • Great views over the Solway
  • Good birdlife
  • Amazing geology

Best time to visit?

  • Apr to Sep for butterflies
  • May to Jul for rare plants
  • Oct to Mar for wildfowl

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • woodlands
  • grasslands
  • wildflowers
  • coasts
  • geology
  • scenery

Other information

In summer, wildflowers flourish in the meadow, attracting butterflies, and during winter, large numbers of greylag, pink-footed and barnacle geese arrive.


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How to get there


The reserve lies to the south of the A710 Solway Coast scenic route between Caulkerbrush and Sandyhills Bay. There are laybys present along the A710 and space for one car by the minor road junction to Nether Clifton, opposite the reserve entrance.

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Getting onto the reserve

The reserve entrance is opposite the minor road junction to Nether Clifton.

Access restrictions

A short section of path with viewpoints and benches is maintained in the meadow at the top of the cliff. There is also a path down to the merse through the Needle’s Eye, a natural wave-cut arch. Beware of steep cliffs, soft ground and hidden water channels on the merse. Cattle may also be grazing here during the summer.

Nearest town
Dalbeattie (7 mi / 11.3 km)
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