Beaches to Visit in Argyll Skools out for summer! and one of our favourite pastimes is to go to some of our fantastic beaches for the day, rain or shine you will not be disappointed. If you wait patiently you may get to see some of our favourite creatures such as seals and porpoise, maybe if you’re out in a boat basking sharks.
Ostel Bay Kames
This crescent-shaped sweep of sand is the jewel in the crown of Argyll’s Secret Coast. Cycle in or park your car in a layby, from which it’s a fifteen-minute walk to the beach. Walk over the dunes and the beach stretches out ahead of you with Arran on the horizon. On a sunny day it’s a fabulous place to while away the hours paddling, sun-bathing and swimming. There’s plenty of room for a game of rounders or football when the tide’s out.
Take the B800 from Tighnabruaich and Kames to the crossroads at the village of Millhouse. Turn left towards Ardlamont and follow the single track road with passing places a few miles until you reach a parking lay-by just past Kilbride Farm. If it is a nice day the chances are that there will be some cars parked on the grass verge and that is the clue that you are at the right place.
Cross over the chain across a Private Road beside the farmhouse and keep walking until you come to a gate with a ‘Beach’ sign. Go through the gate and you follow a path on springy machair, which is covered in flowers in spring and summer until you come to the back of the small sand dunes.
Through the dunes and there is no doubt you have arrived. Depending on the tide you will be met by a crescent of beautiful white sand, or else an even greater expanse of sand topped off with uninterrupted views of the whole of the north of Arran.
If you want to explore further you can head west along the beach and follow a river until you come to a footbridge. There are rough tracks that will take you along the craggy sea shore of Loch Fyne. Wild scrambling in a total unspoilt landscape. Just you and the birdlife.
Scalpsie Bay – Isle of Bute
Scalpsie Bay on Bute’s west coast is a beautiful, secluded stretch of reddish sand. Once used for military purposes during the Second World War, today it’s a tranquil place to relax and enjoy beautiful scenery.
There are two viewpoints to help you spot the area’s wildlife and scenery. Watch the colony of seals from Seal View.
Scalpsie Bay Seals
Scalpsie Bay is also on the west coast of the island. It is a beautiful and secluded bay with reddish sand. Scalpsie was used for a variety of military purposes in WWII. The timber posts sunken into the sand are the remains of WWII anti-glider defenses as the area was thought to be a possible landing site for a German invasion. The small cottage above the beach was more recently used up until the Cold War as a listening post for enemy submarines patrolling the Firth of Clyde. Scalpsie has two viewpoints; one is called Seal View below the road from which a colony of some 200 seals can be observed on the rocks to the north of the bay. The other viewpoint is set above the road and commands a fantastic panoramic view of Arran and the Holy Isle. The whole area is waymarked and pathed to all the sites of interest.
Carradale Bay is a stunning big sandy south-facing beach. You reach it by following the single-track B842, which winds its way along the east coast of Kintyre. It’s a stunning journey, with jaw-dropping views of Arran and the Kilbrannan Sound along the way. Carradale Bay is ideal for visiting by boat too.