Plan your visit
COVID-19 update: The car park, hides, toilet, play area and trails are open. The visitor centre's viewing area is open, unfortunately refreshments are not available at this time.
Please note that Mersehead nature reserve is prone to flooding during periods of high rainfall and/or strong winds and tidal surges. To avoid disappointment at these times, please contact the reserve in advance of your visit by email in the first instance at email@example.com or check the RSPB Dumfries and Galloway facebook Page for daily updates.
Festive opening times:
From 23 December - 4 January the visitor centre (including toilets) will be closed at this reserve. The car park, hides and trails will remain open with the exception of the dates below.
- Christmas Day: Visitor centre, car park, hides and toilet closed
- 26 December: Visitor centre, car park, hides and toilet closed
- New Years Day: Visitor centre, car park, hides and toilet closed
- 2 January: Visitor centre, car park, hides and toilet closed
- Free entrance to RSPB members
- Car park cost
£3 car-parking charge for non-members.
Refreshments facilities are closed
Guided walks is closed
Educational facilities are closed
How to get here
Dumfries is the nearest station. There are regular trains to Dumfries, however to continue to the reserve on public transport a bus will be required.
The nearest bus stop is at Caulkerbush (Southwick) approximately 1 mile from the visitor centre. Bus 372 Dumfries-Dalbeattie approximately every two hours. Visit the Dumfries and Galloway Council website for timetable information.
From Dumfries, take the A710 Solway Coast road, passing through the villages of New Abbey, Kirkbean, Prestonmill and Mainsriddle. The reserve is signposted just before the village of Caulkerbush, on the left. A single-track road with passing places runs for a mile down to the car park, adjacent to the visitor centre. From Castle Douglas, take the A745, then the A711 to Dalbeattie before joining the A710 Solway Coast road, passing through the villages of Colvend, Sandyhills and Caulkerbush. The reserve is signposted just after Caulkerbush bridge, on the right.
Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.
Group booking information
Groups are welcome to visit. Please contact us directly for more information.