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Scenic Views to Explore in South West Scotland

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Imagine charming villages, castles, golden beaches and outdoor adventure and you’ll have something close to South West Scotland. This area of stunning Scottish scenery is not only one of the most jaw-dropping family camping spots in Scotland, but also wonderfully peaceful because so many people are unaware of its wonderful charm.

With so many reasons to visit a caravan park in Scotland, such being Sands of Luce, it’s easy to overlook the many beautiful scenes during your time here. To ensure you make the most of your camping trip, we have put together a list of our favourite scenic views to explore during your stay in South West Scotland. These are some of our favourite day trips in the local area, so sit back, read on and let us inspire you to come and take your own pictures and create your own family holiday memories!



Rockcliffe Bay

See mother nature in all her glory as you ramble across the beautiful Rockcliffe coastline in Dumfries & Galloway. A photographer’s dream, you’ll be blessed with uninterrupted views on Rough Island, Hestan Island, the Solway Firth and sometimes, when the weather is at is best, the Lake District.

When the tide is low, you can also head over to Rough Island and visit the bird sanctuary. Often referred to as one of Scotland’ prettiest coastlines, you’re certainly in for some fantastic views in Rockcliffe.

  • Location: Dalbeattie (postcode: DG5)
  • Distance from Sands of Luce: 1 hr 30 mins
  • Entry fee: Free

What visitors are saying: “Wonderful beach. This is a fascinating place with ever-changing views across to the Cumbrian coast. There is some parking- a large free car park as you arrive at the top of the village- and public toilets.”


Mossyard Beach

Mossyyard Beach

As well as the spectacular views you get from your beachside camping pitches and Dumfries and Galloway holiday home, there are even more extraordinary coastal views to be seen at Mossyard Beach – because you can never have too many beaches! Quite off the beaten track (you’ll have to wander down a farm track to get there) this little beauty is quaint, tranquil and often dotted with boats, just the way we like our beaches.

The nearby town, Gatehouse of Fleet, is also worth a little amble round if you have the time, and offers the opportunity to take some colourful, vibrant village photos.


  • Location: Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas DG7 2ET
  • Distance from Sands of Luce: 45 mins
  • Entry fee: Free

What visitors are saying: “Wow. Don’t really want to review this place as it’s a hidden gem and don’t want everyone turning up. This is the most beautiful place I have been to so far the car park for the beach is £2 and it’s worth every penny. The beach is superb lots of adventures for the dog and children with large sand dunes and rock pools.”


Threave Garden and Estate

Threave Gardens


Referred as an ‘a garden for all seasons’ by the National Trust for Scotland: this wonderful bit of land offers some pretty spectacular views all year round. Bursting with flora and fauna, there’s plenty to see, do and explore here. Go on a quest for the secret garden, watch the ospreys flying overhead from the viewing platform and even take part in a nighttime walk to look for bats in the UK’s only bat reserve.

  • Location: Threave Estate, Castle Douglas DG7 1RX
  • Distance from Sands of Luce: 1 hour
  • Entry fee: Adult £8.50, Family £18.50
  • Amenities: Walks, disabled parking, self-guided trails, café & hot drinks, children’s activities, shop, toilets, disabled access, play area, buggy access.

What visitors are saying: “This is an excellent place to walk around, the gardens are well maintained, and the staff are very pleasant. We were there with our 2 sons age 8 and 6, they both loved being able to walk around themselves exploring the different paths and looking at the plants and flowers, our oldest took loads of pictures with his camera, he thought it was great.”


Sands of Luce Holiday Park

try a kite at sands of luce 2018

Perched right on the beachside, Sands of Luce offers fabulous views during your camping trip. We are ideally positioned between rolling emerald hills and vast golden coastline that Scotland does so well, take a look for yourself in our gallery! With a range of luxury holiday homes, static caravans and beachside spots for camping we have everything to suit all groups of all sizes.

For more information about our award-winning holiday homes in Scotland, or to book your next caravan holiday in Scotland, contact us today. We are looking forward to helping you plan your next adventure with us!