Accessibility at Mersehead

Summary accessibility statement

Before you visit

Download a full accessibility guide below.

RSPB Mersehead

A short film about disabled access at the RSPB's Mersehead Reserve in the Solway Firth.

This short film was produced by Experience Community and gives details of the wheelchair accessibility for the Mersehead site. 

Mersehead accessibility video screenshot

How to get here

By train

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.

By bus

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.

By road

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.

Access to facilities

Visitor centre
  • Visitor Centre on one level with viewing window.
  • Entrance step-free with slight threshold.
  • Floor level and step-free throughout.
  • Up to 4 small tables and chairs.
  • Staff and volunteers on hand to give any assistance when manned.
  • Family Wildlife Explorer backpacks available for hire when manned.
Car parking
23 spaces
2 Blue Badge spaces
  • Spaces situated 20 m from Visitor Centre.
  • Drop-off for Blue Badge holders outside Sulwarth education centre.
Toilet and baby changing

Baby changing facility accessible from a seated position.

Nature trails access
  • Wetland Trail, 2 miles (3 km). Wide and hard surfaced. Hide access tracks narrower and can be muddy. Seating on fallen logs/in hides.
  • Coastal Trail, 2.5 miles (4 km) route with some soft grass and sand surfaces. Restricted access dependent on tides. Two narrow kissing gates. Two benches.
  • No steps or stiles.
Viewing points

Two hides with step-free, ramped access on Wetland Trail.
Blue Badge parking bays 400 m from hides. Ask in Visitor Centre.

  • RSPB Scotland welcomes responsible access, in line with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
  • During the ground-nesting bird breeding season (1 April to 15 August) we would ask that you keep your dog close to you, preferably on a short lead and please clean up after your dog.
Educational facilities

Step and ramp-free level access and throughout.

Additional accessibility information

Full accessibility information (external website)