Auchencairn is a traditional Scottish village consisting mainly of stone houses dating from the early 17th century. It is located on the heritage coastline of the Solway Estuary, an area of unspoiled hills, cliffs, islands, bays and beaches known locally as the Scottish Riviera.
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Often overlooked by visitors to Scotland in favour of the Highlands and Islands, the area has been described as 'Scotland in miniature' and has a great deal to offer walkers, cyclists, wildlife enthusiasts or those who just want to relax on a beach.
Auchencairn enjoys a particularly mild climate due to its coastal position and there is a lively and welcoming community that takes pride in the appearance and history of the village. Several craft and specialist businesses operate successfully here although it is predominantly a farming community.
First mentioned by name in 1305, as part of the lands of Dundrennan Abbey there is evidence that the area has been occupied for many millennia. A detailed account of the History of The Village has been included on this website. The village attained notoriety for the scale of smuggling in the days of Robert Burns, but is now more law abiding and offers a wide range of excellent accommodation
for visitors together with a very warm welcome.
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