Winds SW to WSW are cross-on and can be fun when there is a bit of rolling swell.
West to WNW is cross shore, quite flat but often choppy. This direction seems to be accelerated by the topography. Auchenmalg on the A747 north of Port William: Work with the same wind directions as Monreith.
It has ample parking on the grass in front of the beach and is sailable from low to high tide.(As long as you don’t mind the shore break at high tide). Wide sandy area at low tide (round pebbles at high tide) between two rocky points.
Garlieston on the east coast of the peninsula can also be sailed but is usually very gusty and not very recommendable as it is working with the same winds as Sandhead.
Info kindly provided by Jean-Noel and Aileen.
Parking is a problem. There is a track along the beach but it is private as it is the access to a house and you cannot park in it. There is the main car park up the steps and a lay-by in the bend on the Port William side at Barsalloch Fort. Both involve walking a bit.
It is best at low to mid-tide (up to 2,5 hours before and after high tide) as there is loads of stone at high tide. Once these stones are uncovered, there is no danger and it is all sand as long that you do not sail to close to the reef to the right of the beach. Also avoid the extreme spring low tides as weeds and a few rocks appear just under the surface.
lots of rocks! Very tight for launching/landing kites