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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New Minister for Auchencairn

Auchencairn & Rerrick Church, Bengairn Parish


The Rev. Stephen Ashley-Embury was ordained in Castle Douglas Church on Thursday 28th August.

Within his charge are the following - Castle Douglas - Kelton - Auchencairn

The new times for services will be:

Auchencairn - 2nd & 4th Sundays at 9.30am

Kelton - 1st & 3rd Sundays at 9.30am

Castle Douglas - every Sunday at 11am

His first service at Auchencairn will be on Sunday 14th September at 9.30am to be followed by tea and biscuits.

A very warm welcome is extended to our new Minister and his wife together with the wish for a happy and long stay here in The Stewartry.

Bengairn Parish - 1910 to 14th August 2014

It is with much regret and sadness that the committee and remaining members have made a decision to call a suspension of The Guild. Due to failing membership and the declining years of most of the members, we have been finding it increasingly difficult to continue.

The Guild has been very central to the life of Auchencairn, with members always willing to help out with their wonderful baking skills for any occasion. The Soup and Sweet event with Sales Table was a very popular day with, I am sure, most people there to see what selection of mouth- watering desserts was on display. I understand that this event started out as a Ploughman’s Lunch on the same day as Margaret and John Taylor’s sheep-dog trials. However, due to health and hygiene rules it was changed to soup and sweet.    

Another very popular event has been the Carol Service, held in conjunction with the school. Always a very lovely moving event, with the Christmas tree and decorations around the Church, coupled with the very enthusiastic entertainment by the children. And of course, and all the pews were filled. At the end of the service it was the race down to the hall for mince pies and shortbread!

There have been many events over the years that The Guild has supported and credit must go to the many committees and members who, over those years, have given their hard work, loyalty and support. Thanks must also go to the Church members who have been very loyal to us, and to the village inhabitants who have always taken an interest.

It was Jack Owen who suggested that we refer to the cessation of The Guild as a “suspension” rather than closure, in the hope that at sometime in the future it may revive. We can only hope and pray that it may happen.

Freda McCubbin, Leader

Committee;     Carole Ashton, Agnes McWilliams, Mary Gordon, Marian Makins,

June Cavanagh

Notice to visitors

Visitors to the area please note:

There is no longer parking available at Rascarrel Bay. Despite the submissions made as part of the Planning Application for chalets at Rascarrel (see here) the landowner, with the agreement of D&G Council, has renaged on the provision of 16 parking spaces for public use (note: this information is within the public domain). There is a very limited amount of parking (2/3 vehicles) approx. 1/2 mile prior to Rascarrel at the entrance to "Rascarrel Moss". Alternatively, if walking the circular cliff route, there is still parking available at Balcary Bay.

Community Council Minutes for August 2014

The Community Council Minutes for August 2014 can be viewed here:

August 2014

Community Council Minutes AGM 2014

The minutes of the Community Council AGM 2014 can be viewed here:

Annual General Meeting 2014

Community Noticeboard

Community Noticeboard

Local information and Contacts

New Menu at The Smugglers!

Visit The Old Smugglers Inn


New Menu for 2014 now available:

click here for details


"Cask ale or cask-conditioned beer is the term for unfiltered and unpasteurised beer which is conditioned (including secondary fermentation) and served from a cask without additional nitrogen or carbon dioxide pressure. Cask ale may also be referred to as real ale, a term coined by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)."

Derek has already been presenting some pleasent alternatives to the usual "keg" beers and lagers (Fraoch and Innis & Gunn)and is now pleased to be able to serve hand-pulled cask ale to the discerning drinker.There are 2 taps, one selling Belhaven brews and the other changing regularly from a range of Scottish, English and Welsh breweries.

More info. together with all the services provided at Auchencairn's "local" can be found at www.solwaysmugglers.co.uk

Visit Kirkcudbright



Whether a visitor to the area or a local Galloway resident, you must make a visit to Kirkcudbright this Summer. It might only be a small town but it "punches above its weight" in terms of the variety of events and exhibitions that are being held as part of the annual "Summer Festivities" programme.

For full details visit the Kirkcudbright website here: Visit Kirkcudbright

Hire The Murray Hall

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

The Murray Hall

Castle Douglas - Scotland's Food Town
Castle Douglas has been rated in the Top 10 Culinary Destinations in Britain.

Read more by clicking this link : Castle Douglas
Summer Beaches
Auchencairn receives many visitors during the Summer, many of whom are children. Here is a list and description of the beaches within the general area of Auchencairn that should prove very popular with our young visitors.
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.


The fortnightly informal get together will now be held in The Old Smugglers Inn, between 10.30 and 11.30 am. Why not come along and have a blether with old and perhaps some new friends. There are no meetings, no memberships and no commitments, Just come when you like.
The pub is donating £1 per person attending to the Community Car Scheme - a very well appreciated gesture.

Next Coffee Morning - Thursday 19th June 2014


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