Great Coastal Pub Walks in Scotland – ‘Balcary Bay and Rascarrel’

Scotland has some stunning coastline, many great walks and a wonderful selection of pubs. Why not combine and enjoy all three, get out and explore the coastline delights, fresh sea air followed by a well-earned refreshing reward at a lovely pub. This particular walk is listed as one of the ‘13 Beautiful Coastal Pub Walks in Scotland’ on the VisitScotland website.

Balcary Bay & Rascarrel Coastal Walk

Balcary Bay & Rascarrel Coastal Walk – 4.75 Miles

We are so lucky to have one these great pub walks right on our doorstep – ‘Balcary Bay & Rascarrel’. In fact, this popular circular walk, circumnavigates all the way around Destination Balcary and takes in some of the best coastal walking in the area. Tracking along the top of cliffs offering superb sea views across the Solway Firth, watching the numerous sea birds soaring in the breeze. Then walk along the craggy shoreline between Balcary Point and Rascarrel. Don’t forget to take your four legged friends with you, they will absolutely love it too.

Great Coastal Views & Photo Opportunities

If you start from the hotel car park and go clockwise round, the route will take you up past the Balcary Bay Hotel to a lovely view point. This is an ideal first photo opportunity. Look left back across Balcary Bay and over to the backdrop of Auchencairn Bay and hills beyond.

Balcary Bay & Balcary Inn Hotel

Balcary Bay & Balcary Inn Hotel & Views Beyond

Soon you will head through a kissing gate that leads into the woods and up past the impressive Balcary Tower, an historic coastal residence, then onwards up to Balcary Point.  Another opportunity to get the camera out as you will see across to Hestan Island with its automated lighthouse, the Robin Rigg wind farm out at sea, and over to Castle Hill Point at Rockliffe. Then round the headland, past the delightfully named Lot’s

Wife, Adam’s Chair, Airds Point, two ancient forts, by Big and Little Airds Hill and down to Rascarrel Bay.

Balcary to Hestan Island

Balcary to Hestan Island

Finishing Up at Balcary Bay Hotel (The Pub) for a Rewarding Refreshment

From Rascarrel you turn inland, through woods, by the dam at Loch Mackie and through a kissing gate and across the open countryside. Over to Balcary Bay finishing up at the Balcary Bay Hotel (the Pub!). All this depends up on where you choose to start (see below walk information below).

This lovely walk can be easily started from Destination Balcary. Either follow the road trail back up towards Balcary Bay or head south between Big and Little Airds Hill to the cliff top past an old disused mine. Whichever way you go round you can include the pub stop at the Balcary Bay Hotel where dogs are welcome (and loved).

Enjoy this lovely walking route, we do. Please send us your pictures too.

Wildlife & Birdlife at Destination Balcary

Wildlife & Birdlife at Destination Balcary

Route & Walk information: Balcary Bay and Rascarrel

Start: Either direct from your doortsep at Destination Balcary and walk up towards The Kennels and turn right towards Balcary Bay or start at the car park at Balcary Bay Hotel. Open the start point in Google Maps for directions and guidance.

The Terrain: Sections of fairly rugged coastal path, woodland, field paths and trails, not too hilly. Please be aware that some of walk can be a bit muddy in places.

Start & Finish at the Pub Car Park – The Balcary Bay Hotel

  • Distance – 7.5km / 4.75 miles
  • Time – 2 – 3 hours
  • Ascent – 208m
  • Start Grid ReferenceNX820495

Useful Links:

Balcary Bay & Rascarrel – OS Maps


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