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Mark Hill

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COVID-19 update

Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our COVID-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.
  • Take care on or around open water. Find out more on our Water Safety page.

About

Soak in the Solway scenery and wander through wildlflowers

Head to the coast and discover a lovely trail through coastal woodland to the modest summit of Mark Hill, with its superb views over Kippford Bay and across the Solway. On a clear day, the panorama stretches from the rolling Dumfries & Galloway Hills to the peaks of England’s Lake District.

The circuit includes The Jubilee Path, named to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887, linking Rockcliffe and Kippford, which is cared for by the National Trust for Scotland. In summer, the wildflower meadows here are a riot of colour and abuzz with insects. Check out the Trust’s leaflet for more trails around Rockcliffe.

Activities

Wildlife watching

The coast and woods above Rockcliffe are wonderful for wildlife. The woodland and meadows attract a host of birds, reptiles, butterflies and other insects, especially in early summer when the wild flowers are in bloom.

The merse (saltmarsh) and coastal islands here are a haven for birds. Rough Island is a bird sanctuary, accessible on foot at low tide, where oystercatchers and ringed plovers nest. The Rough Firth is also a great place for bird-watching in winter.

Facilities and access

Walking
Walking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint

The essentials

You’ll find plenty of places to eat and drink in Rockcliffe, Kippford and Colvend, and there are some small shops in the villages too. You’ll find public toilets at the beach car park in Rockcliffe.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

More about parking

Getting here

Park in Rockcliffe and then follow the track past the Baron’s Craig Hotel to the forest and the start of the waymarked Muckle Trail.

Using SatNav?

DG5 4QF is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Dumfries is the nearest railway station. There are regular buses from Dumfries to Sandyhills, where you catch a connection to Rockcliffe and Kippford. Check Traveline Scotland for details.

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Nearby forests

Moss on tree

Wander in the shadow of Scotland's tallest trees

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Distance from 'Mark Hill': 2.86 miles
A heart shaped stone sculpture surrounded by boulders and smaller rocks

A mountain biking classic with gorgeous lochside trails 

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Mountain biking
Mountain biking
Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Wildlife hide
Wildlife hide
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Mark Hill': 3.13 miles
Two people in woodland with daffodils growing

Bluebells, bumblebees and blackbirds, with a view over Kirkcudbright

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Distance from 'Mark Hill': 6.14 miles

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