Balcary Bay - Loch Mackie - Rascarrel Bay - Balcary Bay

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Balcary Bay - Loch Mackie - Rascarrel Bay - Balcary Bay

Balcary is south-east of Auchencairn, in the old Stewartry of Kirkcudbright. There is stunning coastal scenery on this superb short walk, though care must be exercised on the climactic final lap around Balcary Point.

Park in the public car park and take the Airds of Balcary footpath, with views of Screel Hill and Bengairn, to reach Loch Mackie. Here make for Rascarrel Bay and walk the foreshore, then climb to Adam's Chair. Next you must decide whether to take the footpath inland back to the car park, or opt for the narrow path atop sheer cliffs around Balcary Point with spectacular coastal views.

For local weather forecasts and other relevant information and services go to for Galloway Mountain Rescue's excellent website.

Scotland - South Scotland - Dumfries and Galloway - Solway Coast


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Moor, Pub, Sea, Wildlife, Woodland
8/1/2023 - Patricia Daw

What a fab walk with the most wonderful views. Very well directed. We are two 60 year olds who do walk a lot but aren't mountain goats and the cliff stretch was fine as the day was dry. We had a picnic lunch on the beach at the end. Wonderful!

9/15/2020 - John RICHARDSON

We did this walk 15th Sept 2020. It is a lovely interesting walk. Dog owners be aware of cows with calves, sheep etc. But most of all adders. Our dog was on a lead but she was bitten by an adder. 40 mins later the vet administered a steroid injection and a coarse of medicine and she is recovering well. It was a sunny September day!

7/19/2018 - keith wright

A beautiful walk with scenery to match. We had lunch on the beach not realising what was to come, a couple of places with benches where we could have sat gazing out to sea whilst eating. A lovely area I would recommend anyone reading this review to do...