The coastal village of Bowness on Solway is charming mix of pretty traditional Cumbrian cottages, house and farms, hugging the shoreline of the Solway Firth - part of the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Beauty.
Allonby enjoys some beautiful far-reaching views over to Scotland and the Isle of Man. Its sand and shingle beach follows the edge of a wide crescent-shaped bay that is ideal for windsurfing and kite surfing.
The sand and shingle spit north of Skinburness is renowned for its bird life. Throughout July, August and September, special bird watching walks to Grune Point take place every Thursday morning from the Tourist Information Centre. All walks led by RSPB members.
Solway Coast Discovery Centre
Explore the landscapes, history and heritage of the Solway Coast and its wealth of wildlife. Admission charge to exhibition. Permanent and changing displays of artwork by Solway artists.
Bank Mill Nurseries
Discover the wealth of wildlife to be found at Bank Mill Nurseries. The centre is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its own nature reserve consisting of ponds, wetlands and flower meadows. A heated glasshouse provides suitable habitat for tropical butterflies and reptiles.
- South Solway Mosses National Nature Reserve
- Campfield Marsh Nature Reserve, Bowness-on-Solway
- Bowness-on-Solway Nature Reserve
- Finglandrigg Wood National Nature Reserve
- Grune Point
- Mawbray Banks Nature Reserve
- Crosscanonby Carr Nature Reserve
Walks & Trails
- The Silloth Sea, Sand and Shingle Stroll
- The Solway Villages Trail
- The Eden Estuary Trail
- Solway Coast Rambles
- The Smuggler's Route
- The Allerdale Ramble
- The Cumbria Coastal Way
- Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail
Holm Cultram Abbey, Abbeytown
Founded in 1150 by Cistercian monks from Melrose Abbey, the Abbey enjoyed widespread power and prosperity for many centuries until its dissolution in the 1530s. The wool from the Abbey's 6000 sheep was a valuable commodity that was exported across Europe. Periodic Scottish raids, including a devastating one by Robert the Bruce in 1319, prompted the monks to keep their most treasured items at Wolsty Castle for safety.