Beaches in Argyll & the Isles

Scotland's Bucket List Coast

With the amount of coast line, golden sands, aqua seas and machair dotted with wild flowers: some of Scotland’s most beautiful beaches are to be found all around the coastline of Argyll & the Isles.

Despite the changing weather, the rugged landscapes still remain beautiful and in fact some are even more so on a crisp, calm winter morning, or perhaps the wind and rain will charge up the waves and you'll see some forceful spray crashing off the rocks. Either way you are in for a treat!

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Hawaii of the North

The beautiful island of Tiree is a haven for surfers due to its challenging waves, with thrill seekers from across the world flocking to the Hebridean isle during the summer months. There are acres of white sand (mostly free of seaweed), it’s safe to swim and the views are simply breath-taking.

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Westport, Kintyre

With over six miles of striking golden sand, Westport Beach is one of the longest and most beautiful beaches in the west coast. It boasts a backdrop of the biggest sand dune area in the whole of Argyll and is popular with locals and day-trippers looking to walk, relax or enjoy a picnic. It’s a golfer’s paradise as well – the beach is nestled against the famous Machrihanish Golf Course.

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Calgary Bay, Isle of Mull

Situated at the North-West of Mull, just 12-miles from Tobermory, Calgary Bay is a broad and sandy beach facing across to Coll & Tiree. On a nice day, the sea is an idyllic blue and worth a dip, whilst the beach provides argualy the fintest sunsets on the west coast. There are toilet facilities and informal camping opportunities nearby, enabling visitors to make a night of it.

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Machir Bay, Islay

With over 2 miles of perfect sand, Machir Bay on the southern Hebridean island of Islay is widely regarded as one of the finest beaches in the country. It’s pristine, clean and ideal for walkers (with a hillside trail offering dramatic views). It’s easily accessible with a car as there is ample parking, just a short walk from the golden sands.

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Ostel Bay, Tighnabruaich

Considered by many as the finest beach in Cowal, Ostel Bay is a hidden gem with golden sands and stunning views across Loch Fyne to the Isle of Arran. It’s a 15 minute from the road, but well worth the effort as you head through the dunes and onto the pristine sand. On a sunny day, it’s advisable to head along early as there’s no dedicated carpark and the roads get very busy.

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Ettrick Bay, Isle of Bute

This is Bute’s finest beach, sitting at the north of the island. It’s a lovely long stretch of golden sand. The facilities are great, with car parking, toilets, picnic areas and a children’s play area.

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