Welcome to Auchencairn on the web!

ukmap.gifMain Street, AuchencairnAuchencairn 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 and facilities for visitors together with a very warm welcome.
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Hazlefield House

Farhills Farm

Bluehill Farm

The Old Smugglers Inn

The Old Smugglers Inn

As of midnight 13th February 2015, The Old Smugglers Inn has ceased trading.

This is not the end of the village pub. Further updates will be posted here and ongoing information is available at: www.savethesmugglers.beer

Community Noticeboard

Community Noticeboard

Local information and Contacts

Hire The Murray Hall

Details of how you can hire The Murray Hall can be found here:

The Murray Hall

More Walks in the local area!

There are several walks in the Auchencairn area that are not documented or are not readily available in book form.

Here you will find a collection of such walks that are all within a close proximity of Auchencairn and of an easy to moderate nature that can be enjoyed by anyone of a reasonable fitness. They can be downloaded, printed, and taken with you as a guide to some wonderful scenery that remains undiscovered for many walkers. Please note: new walks will be added as and when they have been written up. * New walk added 26th May 2012 - The Tidal River Dee.

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Auchencairn History Society - New Website


Auchencairn History Society website is now online - you can visit it here

The History Society now has its own website that will provide a direct link to its extensive archive of material relating the Auchencairn and the surrounding area.

Webcam online

The Auchencairn Initiative webcam is live. The new camera features better resolution and the ability for the viewer to move the camera to view 180 degrees from Torr Point to Maryport via Hestan Island

Users can also select their language from a choice of English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Japanese!

Another benefit of the new camera is that it works with any web browser (not just Internet Explorer) and even mobile phones!

You can view the webcam here