The west side of Fleet Bay – 3 miles of beach after beach….

A bit wet during the night followed by a grey day with a few spots of rain here and there – not enough to put us off! Today we are bound for the West side of Fleet Bay (we did the East side yesterday) and albeit under completely different light, it did not disappoint. We found an empty (good sign!) car park down at Mossyard (just a few houses, a farm and a relaxed holiday park) and were almost immediately in our first little sandy cove aptly named Mossyard Bay!

The tide is in its way out but for now we had to do a bit of a scramble over the rocky outcrop separating this beach from the next one Newton Bay though the photo was taken on the way back after the tide had gone out!

Along a bit further and looked over by some holiday lodges and caravans is the pretty sandy Dalavan Bay.

Next along is Chapel Bay, small but perfectly formed, but wait what is that perched up on a rock?

How lovely a little Chapel, built in 1768 by Sir David Maxwell as a place for prayer and quiet contemplation, though in Victorian times it became known as the ‘Bathing House’ for the ladies to get changed in!

The current owners of the Cardoness Estate have done an amazing job of restoring it to a beautiful little Chapel and indeed services are held during August – how magical!

At the end of the line are the vast sands revealed as the tide recedes of Skyreburn Bay, though muddy in places as you get nearer the Water of Fleet (river).

Time for us to head back and chase the outgoing tide which has now gone beyond Mossyard Bay and opened up the way for us to enjoy White Bay a fabulous wide stretch of sand opening up from the mouth of Fleet Bay

to the seaward side at Ringdoo Point – just lush!

On the way back we bobbed down to take a look at Carsluith Castle and to take a quick look at Kirkdale Sands in Wigtown Bay, but they looked to be more muddy and marshy and fairly inaccessible so we will pass!

What a day – 6 miles of beach walking for me and 4 hours of running around like a thing possessed for Poppydog as she was off lead all the way (can you believe that no one else was about?) – we shall both sleep well tonight!

Two thoughts of the day:

Imagine how these beaches would have looked in the sun!

I am going to have to find some new adjectives to describe the beauty of these beaches! Stunning, beautiful, wow, fabulous have all been over used me thinks!

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