From our cottage we were staying in, just outside Stranraer, we headed to Sandhead, to see the stunning beach in Luce Bay. Wow!! What an absolutely amazing beach!!! It was a stunning sunny morning, the tide was on its way out, the sand was still wet and we were hit by an icy cold bracing wind!!! But the views were incredible!!
It was amazing weather for January, definitely much colder than it looked but the perfect blue sky’s were beautiful.
Our dog Daisy isn’t always great with other dogs but this beach was perfect!!! Pretty much deserted so she was able to get off her lead and run around with her friend Molly (golden retriever pup). They ran around and had an amazing time chasing each other and birds!!
The kids loved it too. They spent time running with the dogs and exploring amongst the rocks. This beach looks stunning with all the sunshine but the winds were incredibly strong and icy cold!!!!
Luce Bay is a large bay in Wigtownshire in southern Scotland. The bay is 20 miles wide at its mouth and is bounded by the Rhins of Galloway to the west and the Machars to the east.
From the 1930s to the 1990s it was a bombing range used for training purposes by RAF aircraft (and later allied aircraft on a leasing basis) based at West Freugh. Discharged bombs were retrieved by a retired minesweeper based at Drummore. It is still a licensed MOD Range with Byelaws restricting access during Test and Evaluation activities conducted by QinetiQ on behalf of the MOD.
Once an important commercial fishery, Luce Bay is now seldom used for this purpose. It contains important marine and littoral life, however, and has been declared a Special Area of Conservation by Scottish Natural Heritage
It’s crazy to think they used this beautiful area for bombing practice and I’m please to see it is now declared a Special Area of Conservation. I really would recommend visiting if you are ever in the area, it’s such a beautiful and quiet beach. I would assume in the warmer weather it is much busier, but in colder seasons it was absolutely perfect for us with our dogs.
Once we finished here we headed down the coast to Mull of Galloway, Scotland’s most Southern Point