Weekend SweetSpot – Solway Firth… Solitude and shelter

Planning a quick getaway? To help you make the most of your outdoor leisure time, weathertrending picks out the Weekend SweetSpot – an area of the UK that we think looks one of the better placed, weather-wise, for the upcoming weekend.

The weather headlines this weekend will be all about colder, more wintry conditions.

But in the southwest corner of Scotland, the Solway finds unique shelter from those chill northerly winds. It’s an undiscovered gem of tranquil vistas and stunning wildlife. The third largest estuary in the UK, The Solway Firth divides Dumfires and Galloway from Cumbria. This Special Area of Conservation is comprised of coastal dunes, salt marshes and beautiful beaches.


If nature is your passion, then there’s no better time to visit. Migratory birds are flocking to this sheltered estuary for the winter. Almost the entire population of Barnacle Geese from Svalbard overwinter on the Solway – some 30-35,000 birds!

But perhaps you just need a break from the hustle and bustle. Then the miles of empty beaches will afford you just the rest and recuperation you may be looking for. You can wander or cycle for miles, without seeing another soul.

The weekend will be chilly but bright. Crisp sunshine is expected, with the mountains to the north blocking out the worst of the wind and wintry showers. Layers should be packed though. Nights and mornings will be white with frost, before the sunshine reveals this tranquil haven at its best.

Follow this link to the Visit Scotland website for lots more attractions in the area

Attractions all around the UK can be found here at the Visit Britain website