Temperatures in Scotland reached record levels in July, whilst August is continuing very warm but more changeable. You may think it is too hot to walk, but the sunny Galloway Coast has two refreshing elements: sea breezes and lovely beaches where you can take a swim or at least enjoy a cooling paddle.
Our dog loves visiting the coast, for beachcombing and sightseeing as well as for walks. She’s fascinated by splashing waves and is always on the lookout for new friends. One of the more unusual was this otter, part of the Gavin Maxwell memorial near Monreith in The Machars.
While walking, keep an eye out for butterflies, bumblebees and wild flowers, especially along the sun-baked clifftop paths. Other wildlife, such as roe deer, brown hares and hedgehogs are more likely to be seen around dawn and dusk.
After your walk, why not relax at one of the many cafés and pubs that have outdoor seating with restful views over the lush green countryside or sparkling blue sea?