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  Southerness main street and lighthouse
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  • Southerness main street and lighthouse - Dumfries and Galloway
      Southerness main street and lighthouse
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  • Southerness lighthouse - Dumfries and Galloway
      Southerness lighthouse
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  • Southerness - Dumfries and Galloway
    by nickandchris

I must say, we found Southerness, albeit on a wet and wild day, tacky and somewhat run down.

We purely visited to see what was there and to look at the lighthouse, one of the oldest in Scotland.

The village consists of one huge static caravan and chalet park that also takes tourers. This is a full blown facility site with amusements and cafes and god knows what else. Definitely not our cup of tea and we hated the sight of it but I daresay it is Paradise to many!!There is also a dreadful looking pub.

The lighthouse is built on a concrete plinth on the shore and was built in 1749 as a marker for those navigating the Nith estuary in the Solway Firth, here.A light was added in 1800 but by the 1940's it ceased operating.
We could see into the lighthouse, there were information leaflets and signs but unfortunately it was all locked up, rather annoyingly.

There are vast expanses of sands in both directions at Southerness, but being an estuary, the tide disappears at low tide.

Address: Southerness,Dumfries and Galloway
Directions: From the A710 south of Dumfries, take a right a couple of miles past New Abbey, to Southerness.
Website: http://www.scottish-places.info/features/featurefirst17134.html

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  • Updated Sep 10, 2010
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