Kippford

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Kippford village is situated in Dumfries and Galloway southwest Scotland, 64 miles east of Stranraer, 18 miles southwest of Dumfries, 4 miles south of Dabeattie.

Kippford attracts visitors for its cafes, local ice cream, seating areas with great views, coastal walk, golf, boating, bar meals and a holiday park.

There is parking down the main street as seen right, but this can be full on summer days, so you may have to park at the north end of the village at the Village Hall and Marina.

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The image top is of The Ark cafe at the south side of Kippford. This is also a gift shop selling local craft. There is outside seating with good views over the River Urr and out to the Solway. The Ark also sells local ice cream.

There is a popular coastal walk from The Ark south to the scenic village of Rockcliffe, about one mile south. Walk Website.

The Kippford Slipway is situated by The Ark with parking and seating in the area. The slip is used by people for getting their vessels and jet skies into the water. The Kippford Slipway stocks boating equipment.

The Anchor Hotel is situated close to the slipway with views over the river and marina. The hotel has outside seating, sells local ales, and has a seasonal menu using local produce.

The Rosemount Guest House is also situated on the main street with river and marina views.

The Mariner Hotel - Bar - Restaurant & Coffee Shop is also situated on the main street with views over the marina.

The Kippford Village Hall and Millennium Cross are also situated on the main street overlooking the marina. The hall is used for events throughout the year, all listed on the website.

The Solway Yacht Club is situated next to the hall. The website has a list of events held throughout the year, well worth watching.

There are great views from the marina up the River Urr and south out into the Solway.

Craigieknowes Golf Club is a scenic 9 hole - par three golf course on the outskirts of Kippford.

Kippford Forest Lodges are also situated on the outskirts of Kippford with a range of lodges available for holidays.

Kippford History

400s - an Iron Age Fort is built about 1 mile southeast of Kippford, thought to have been used up to the 700s.

1700s late - a village named Scuar is built up around a harbour here for ships transporting granite from quarries and a paper mill at Dalbeattie, also for passenger trade.

This is the furthest north point fairly large ships can reach up Urr Water, taking ships about 350 to 400 tons.

Shipbuilding and ship repair companies also began operating here with ships having to be launched sideways into the water.

1860s - the Caledonian Quarry Company built a pier to load crushed granite into ships.

1870 - a post office was opened under the name Kippford, the name the village has become known as today.

1900 - the Solway Yacht Club was formed.

1900s early - shipbuilding ceased in the area.

1900s early - Craigieknowes Golf Club is opened.

1914 - the slipway for launching boats was disposed of.

1920s - ship repairs stopped.

Today - Kippford is a popular village for holidays and day visitors.

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