Monreith Wreck

The Monreith was a two mast wooden schooner, shipwrecked on 12 November 1900 in Nun Mill Bay on the West section of Kirkcudbright Bay.

Based in the port of Wigton, it was carrying a consignment of granite kerb stones from Newcastle (Northern Ireland) to Silloth in England. During a storm the captain sought shelter in Kirkcudbright Bay but it was low tide and not yet deep enough, causing the Monreith to ground on a sand bank. The crew managed to row ashore and there were no reported casualties.

Figure 1: Wreck of the Monreith, Nun Mill Bay, Kirkcudbright. Taken September 2015, © DAJ 2015

The area is also known as Goat Well Bay, but locally as Dhoon Bay.


The whole Solway coastline is renowned for its massive tidal system - often as much as 10 metres between high and low water. During low tide you can walk the 300 metres/1,000 feet from Nun Mill Bay shore out to the wreck. Some places nearer the wreck will have soft sands underfoot so wear suitable boots.


Town/Village near Kirkcudbright
Region Dumfries & Galloway
Country Scotland
Grid Reference NX659484
Longitude -4.08821
Latitude 54.81288