During low tide it is possible to walk to Rough Island (except May/June due to bird breeding). There are also several footpaths starting from this location, the most popular ones include: Rockcliffe to Sandyhills – the reverse of the walk described for Sandyhills Beach. See www.walkhighlands.co.uk
Rockcliffe to Kippford -The Jubilee Path (2 miles, 3km) Starting from the public car park, the walk follows the main path between the two coastal villages and was named to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. The land is managed by the National Trust for Scotland and you will see beautiful flowering meadows along the route which support the local butterfly population. See www.walkingbritain.co.uk for details.
Rockcliffe to Castle Point (2 miles, 3km). Starting from the public car park, turn left at the sign for the coastal path. The walk follows the beach along to Castle Point at the head of Rough Firth which was occupied during the Iron Ages. The area is rich in wildlife with views across to the Lake District. Go to www.walkingscotland.plus.com for details.
Kippford –village shop, hotel and pubs
Rockcliffe beach is a sandy beach with rocky outcrops located in the picturesque village of Rockcliffe. The village has a hotel and antiques/collectables shop and footpaths provide several scenic walks.
Signs include information about wildlife, water quality and show footpaths.