Rigg Bay / Galloway House Gardens / Cruggleton Castle
You cannot visit Garlieston and not take a trip to Rigg Bay and Galloway House Gardens which are favourites of many people to walk their dogs. The dogs can run free on the beach and it is safe for dogs to be off the lead and relax. (see directions for places where there may be cattle).
Bonnie and Skye love this beach and gardens, which is such a short walk from the site. if I am driving there, they know when I turn into the lane from the road where we are going and get very excited. it was the first place we visited on our very first to Garlieston in the motorhome and was one of the reasons we kept coming back time and time again. This place has special memories for me, which I won’t bore you with but you must pay a visit.
The amasing thing about Rigg Bay and Galloway House Gardens is that no matter what time of year or the weather, it never seems to be that busy. You can always find some solitude and peace and quiet to enjoy the beach, the history, wildlife and fabulous gardens. You will be unlucky if you find many other people on the beach, most times you will find yourselves the only people there.
Rigg Bay has a beautiful sandy beach, a wonderful place to swim and is a place of historical interest linked to the D Day landings Mulberry harbours, as this was a test site. I am told Seals can be seen in the bay but I have yet to see them, hopefully you will see them if you go
The beach is accessed through the Gardens of Galloway House which are now managed by Galloway House Gardens Trust. The gardens have a network of footpaths taking you though approx. 50 acres of woodland, wild flowers, rhododendrons, azaleas and a mature handkerchief tree. You can sit on a bench and take in the wonderful fragrance of the gardens around you, visit the burial site of the previous owners of the house and gardens, or walk through the woods opposite the beach, where you are likely to bump into some deer!
From Rigg Bay you can take the path to walk to the remains of Cruggleton Castle, the walk takes you along the shore line and through Cruggleton Woods. Watch out for Sliddery Point the view is amasing over the cliffs. Also stop at Cruggleton Lodge and saviour the magnificent views.
Directions for the path to Cruggleton. When stood on the path above the beach at Rigg Bay. If you are looking to the beach, turn right along the path, over the little bridge and stay on this path which is not marked but the path is obvious. There may be livestock in the field next to the castle. There is a large style to access the ruins, I had to carry my dogs over the style. Approx. 4 mile walk from Garlieston
There is so much information about these places that I recommend a visit to the following web sites
or look at the side of the village hall in the village for more information about the Mulberry Harbour
There are several ways to access Rigg Bay and Galloway House Gardens
1. Walk. Go to the harbour in the village and with the derelict Building in front of you, take the path on the right, go past the bench on your left and cottage on your right. Keep following the path along the shore line and go through 2 gates. As you go through the 2nd gate there may be cows grazing, so check before letting dogs off the lead at this gate. Follow the path and at the bird hide you can take the left hand path along the shore to Rigg Bay or the right hand path to go through Galloway house gardens. This path can be muddy in parts when wet. 20 minute walk
2. Walk. Leave the site by the rear gate by the pigs. Turn right and follow the lane. At the top of the lane turn right along the track (cattle may be in the fields to your left and right and may be going to milking along this path) (this track can be very muddy when wet) and proceed to the road and turn left and then follow the sign to the car park. Walk past the car park on your left and follow this path to the beach at Rigg Bay or deviate on any of the paths into the gardens. 15 minute walk
3. Drive or walk. Go out of the main gate of the site, travel down to the end of main street and turn left into B7004. Take 2nd left and follow this lane and the signs to the car park, then see no 2 above. There is a £3 charge to park in the car park, no time restrictions. 5 minute drive or 30 minute walk
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