Solway wildlife

Solway wildlife

Throughout the seasons the Solway Firth is home to a wide variety of wildlife. It is the third largest estuary in the UK. The Solway Firth is renowned for its cultural heritage and archaeologicalsites, but wildlife is one of the most important features of the area. The Solway Coast in its present form is the result of man settling in the area. The Romans, Vikings and Border Reivers, and eventually modern day man, have shaped the region into what it is today. The Solway Wildlife part of the trail will give you a first hand insight into one of the most beautiful areas in the world.

The Border Reivers

The Border Reivers

The constant warring between Scotland and England changed the lives of the families living immediately north and south of the Border. Families in Gretna and surrounding areas were hell bent on causing as much damage as they could across the border. The period between 1296 and 1603 was one of the most incessant tribal warfare along the borders of Scotland and England. Raids often took place on moonlit autumn nights where families took anything of value and that could be carried back to their homes, sometimes even including people for ransom. The Border Reivers part of the trail will allow you to see where the battle ground was.

The Lochmaben Stone

The Lochmaben Stone

The Lochmaben Stone, together with a smaller stone is all that is left of a stone circle dating back to 300BC. It stands in a field almost a mile from the mouth of the River Sark. This impressive piece of weathered granite stands over 2 metres high and weighs approximately 10 tonnes. The smaller stone is a metre high and is positioned in the nearby hedges near to the Lochmaben Stone. 

Trail Info

This 4 mile walk will take around 90 minutes walking at an average pace.

This trail will take you out of Gretna and down onto the Solway Coast along country paths, tracks and lanes to the coast, where there is an abundance of wildlife.

This trail has slight gradients in places.

Some of the paths are muddy after rainfall so make you are suitably prepared for the weather conditions.

Please take great care at high tide and when walking on muddy lanes.

Members of the public should not venture down onto the sand banks and dogs must remain on leads when crossing farmland. 

The trail starts and finishes in Gretna town centre where there is ample free parking.

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Solway Wildlife

The Border Reivers

The Lochmaben Stone