The Beaches: List of beaches
Back Bay, Monreith
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Type: Sandy bay with cliffs
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There are several walks around the Monreith area including Maxwell’s Otter and Monreith Beach (6 miles, 9.8km). Starting at the public car park by St Medans Golf Club, this lovely walk takes you to the Otter memorial to Gavin Maxwell who wrote Ring of Bright Water, then through the village of Monreith and back along the shoreline where there are extensive seascape vistas over to the Mull of Galloway lighthouse and Scares Rocks. Go to for more details or pick up ‘Walking in and around the Machars’ brochure from the nearest Visitor Information Centre.

Local Attractions

Isle of Whithorn, a village with fishing harbour, shops, hotels and pubs. Whithorn, an ancient town with visitor centre and museum based of the town’s early Christian heritage. A walk to St Ninian’s Cave takes you to a shingle bay with an ancient Christian site.


Back Bay is a south facing beach beyond St Medans Golf Course. It is unusual because it combines a short length of sand dunes abuting high cliffs with dramatic rock formations and small caves as well as areas of boulders ideal for rockpooling. At low tide it is possible to explore the next bay but take care not to get cut off. To the north is Front Bay which has a sandy beach with a graveyard on the cliffs behind.