Scotland’s west coast has many stunning beaches. Here are some of our favourites:
Has stunning views across the Firth of Clyde, which have inspired painters, poets and seafaring folk for generations. The beach is sandy, shallow and great for paddling on any fine Scottish summer day.
Ayr beach and promenade has been beautifully revamped over the last few years. There is plenty to entertain the children with a great outdoor adventure playground, crazy golf and mini golf for all ages.
The smooth pathways are great for cyclists and skaters and for walking dogs. There is also a small number of cafes and take away food places dotted along the promenade so you won’t go hungry.
Ayr Beach is worth a visit early in the morning or late in evening just when you can catch the sun setting behind Arran – a sight that is truly spectacular and romantic. There is easy access to Ayr beach from the Ayr town centre.
Maybe one of the best in Ayrshire and features white sand stretching over a mile. There are impressive views to Ailsa Craig and the Kintyre peninsula, and from the harbour area you can stroll to the south end and clamber across rocks, or stop at the picnic seating area for refreshments.
Local boat owners offer trips to or around Ailsa Craig.
A beautiful stretch of sandy beach with views of the Isle of Arran and the Firth of Clyde.
Popular pursuits include windsurfing and sailing, and there is easy access to Troon Harbour where there is a wealth of good restaurants.
The beach is fringed by a wide grassy area and there are nearby swing parks for the children. During the summer, there are great views of arriving and departing ferries to Ireland and the occasional cruise liner.
A long sweeping stretch of sand that is a favourite of windsurfers and kite enthusiasts and has a popular esplanade. The beach is easy to access and is well served by ice-cream vendors on sunny days! There is a nearby play park for children with lots of good local shops, some excellent restaurants and several great chip shops!
The view from Troon beach towards Arran creates a silhouette known as ‘The Sleeping Warrior’. Troon Yacht Haven is in close proximity and has excellent facilities for visiting yachtsmen.
Troon Beach is well maintained, partly because there is a ban on dogs from May to September.
A nature reserve with nesting grounds for a wide variety of birds from the nearby cliffs, and has a shingle beach that is especially important for breeding terns.
Look out for the old arc bridge that crosses the banks of the River Stinchar, which runs into Kinniegar shore – it was once visited by Mary Queen of Scots when on a pilgrimage. The shoreline from the estuary of the River Stinchar northwards is well worth exploring.
Kennedy’s Pass: is a coastal route close to Girvan that features many fascinating rock formations, with rocks that are over 450 million years old!
The beach is rocky so it’s not somewhere to spend a day sun bathing, but for rock poolers and fossil hunters, it’s a great choice. Access to the beach must be on foot, but there are several lay-bys on the A77 where it is possible to park.
Long sandy shores that are perfect for romantic strolls, with the island of Ailsa Craig providing a breathtaking backdrop. Nestled in the colourful hills behind the Lendalfoot village is Carleton Castle, a spooky setting which is said to be haunted by the ghostly screams of the seven wives of the baron who once lived there – folklore says he murdered each one by pushing them over the cliff!