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The Rhins of Galloway Coast Path is an ambitious project to improve access to the coast and create an 83-mile circular walking route. When complete you will be able to experience all the stunning scenery of Scotland’s south west coast from the windswept cliffs of the Mull of Galloway to the sheltered waters of Loch Ryan

Route Development

In Scotland the right to responsible access to the countryside allows people to enjoy the coastline for recreation as long as you follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Although there are many popular coastal paths in the Rhins there are also sections which have obstacles and no obvious route.

Our project is tackling existing barriers by providing way-markers, installing gates, building bridges and clearing vegetation. Dumfries and Galloway Council are working in partnership with local farmers and communities to develop the route with an aspiration to link the Rhins of Galloway Coast Path to a wider network of long-distance routes, including the Southern Upland Way and the Ayrshire Coastal Path, to become one of Scotland’s Great Trails.


Improvement works are taking place in multiple locations along the trail. The way-marked route will be divided into sections to provide a recommended 6-day walking itinerary. This website will provide information about each section as they are completed.

In addition, we have started a programme of events to raise awareness of the wonderful qualities of the Rhins coast. Look out for a series of community archaeology events associated with the trail, production of a range of publications and local exhibitions to help you enjoy your visit to the Rhins of Galloway Coast Path.

We also have plans to involve local businesses, volunteers and community organisations with the promotion and management of the route. Look out for information and opportunities to volunteer and get involved in an unforgettable coastline on this magical peninsula.