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Welcome to Auchencairn on the web!

ukmap.gifMain Street, AuchencairnAuchencairn is a traditional Scottish village consisting mainly of stone houses dating from the early 17th century. It is located on the heritage coastline of the Solway Estuary, an area of unspoiled hills, cliffs, islands, bays and beaches known locally as the Scottish Riviera.

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Often overlooked by visitors to Scotland in favour of the Highlands and Islands, the area has been described as 'Scotland in miniature' and has a great deal to offer walkers, cyclists, wildlife enthusiasts or those who just want to relax on a beach.

Auchencairn enjoys a particularly mild climate due to its coastal position and there is a lively and welcoming community that takes pride in the appearance and history of the village. Several craft and specialist businesses operate successfully here although it is predominantly a farming community.

First mentioned by name in 1305, as part of the lands of Dundrennan Abbey there is evidence that the area has been occupied for many millennia. A detailed account of the History of The Village has been included on this website. The village attained notoriety for the scale of smuggling in the days of Robert Burns, but is now more law abiding and offers a wide range of excellent accommodation and facilities for visitors together with a very warm welcome.
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A charity which offers a vital lifeline of friendship to older people who live alone is appealing for guests as it gets set to launch its first group in the Auchencairn area which will also cover Dundrennan and Palnackie.

Kind-hearted people in the local community have signed up as volunteers to drive older people to and host free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties. The group will launch in the coming months and hopes to help more older people in the local community who would enjoy an afternoon out of the house at a time where they might otherwise have nowhere to go and no-one to see.

The demand from volunteers in and around Auchencairn has led to the creation of the new group.

Morna O’May, Development Officer at Contact the Elderly, said: “Our tea parties are great fun for everyone involved. The chance to get out the house and enjoy an afternoon of tea, sandwiches, cake and, often most importantly, lovely company and shared chat, is so important to the older people we support. “I understand it may feel daunting to get in touch about joining a new group and planning to meet new people but our parties are very informal and everyone is there to have a nice afternoon and make friends. “Our guests at parties throughout Scotland have told us hundreds of times how much the friendships they make through their Contact the Elderly groups mean to them and how they would encourage others in their position to pick up the phone and enquire about joining. Sunday is the loneliest day of the week for many people, particularly those who live alone and are unable to get out as much as they would like and our free parties are a great way to spend the afternoon.”

Contact the Elderly supports more than 900 older people throughout Scotland and the charity recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. The parties tend to welcome up to six older people and three or four volunteer drivers in volunteer hosts’ homes. Volunteer drivers collect one or two older people and join them at the parties and take them safely home afterwards.

If you, or someone you know, would like to find out more about becoming a guest of Contact the Elderly in Auchencairn, please contact Morna on 01786 871264 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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More Walks in the local area!

There are several walks in the Auchencairn area that are not documented or are not readily available in book form.

Here you will find a collection of such walks that are all within a close proximity of Auchencairn and of an easy to moderate nature that can be enjoyed by anyone of a reasonable fitness. They can be downloaded, printed, and taken with you as a guide to some wonderful scenery that remains undiscovered for many walkers. Please note: new walks will be added as and when they have been written up. * New walk added 26th May 2012 - The Tidal River Dee.

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Auchencairn History Society - New Website


Auchencairn History Society website is now online - you can visit it here

The History Society now has its own website that will provide a direct link to its extensive archive of material relating the Auchencairn and the surrounding area.

Webcam online

The Auchencairn Initiative webcam is live. The new camera features better resolution and the ability for the viewer to move the camera to view 180 degrees from Torr Point to Maryport via Hestan Island

Users can also select their language from a choice of English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Japanese!

Another benefit of the new camera is that it works with any web browser (not just Internet Explorer) and even mobile phones!

You can view the webcam here