Lady Bay in the North Rhins of Galloway
We are so lucky to live in this beautiful part of the world. We are blessed with stunning scenery, green lush fields and a peaceful calmness that you don’t find in many other places.
The Rhins of Galloway peninsular can be wild at times and it can also be calm, warm and very bright. At this time of year, especially as the nights are lighter and the days are longer we get so much sunshine. One thing to consider though is that this is Scotland and it’s quite normal to get all four seasons in just one day! When I sat down to write this blog we had blue sky and sunshine now the wind has sprung up and I can hear the distant rumble of thunder.
I wanted to share with you one of our favourite walks, it’s only recently that we have extended our walk to take in the rugged track down to Lady Bay and I’m so glad that we have. As you wander down the rough track towards the bay you are surrounded by beautifully coloured fields and so much bird song. You can see the landscape across the Loch to Cairnryan with the ferry ports, sweeping fields, hills and wooded areas. It is simply stunning.
Once you reach the bay here you get the feeling of solitude, often we are the only people there. It’s wonderful to have this stretch of sandy beach all to ourselves. Today we wandered along, Abii had her paddle in the sea as we wandered. She only ever paddles, she would never swim and if a wave comes towards her she runs the other way! I was collecting bright green pieces of sea glass and shells as we wandered as I love to display these in my plant pots at home. The ferry from Belfast was just heading into Cairnryan as we arrived at the bay and P and O were heading out with all its passengers heading for Larne across in Ireland.
Although I say we were alone on our walk today, we were far from alone! There were eider ducks, which are large sea-ducks, just off the coast in the bay and floating around the rocks. We were accompanied by lots of wonderful oyster catchers wading on the sea shore and guillemots resting on the rocks in the sunshine. In the woodland behind the bay we saw two roe deer who suddenly bolted when they spied us and there were numerous rabbits.
From Lady Bay as you look out of the mouth of Loch Ryan northward towards the Firth of Clyde you can see the beautiful island of Ailsa Craig with Arran behind it. It’s wonderful to take some time to sit and take in the view and surroundings, it truly is breath-taking.
I always recommend that our guests take a visit to Lady Bay and to the other stunning secluded bays and stretches of coastline that are around the Rhins of Galloway and beyond. There’s over 200 miles of coastline in Dumfries and Galloway, perfect for exploring, walking and taking in the scenery.
If this sounds like your idea of paradise then the Rhins of Galloway in South West Scotland could be your perfect get-away for your next holiday and Dumfries and Galloway has just been voted destination of the year.