Uncover Scotland’s Hidden Gems: Top Beaches of the Kintyre Peninsula
If you’re staying at one of our self-catering cottages in Carradale, you’re in for a treat when it comes to exploring the Kintyre Peninsula coastline. The Kintyre Peninsula, the narrow finger of Scotland reaching towards Ireland, is a largely undiscovered jewel in the crown of Scottish tourism. Famed for its beautiful beaches, picturesque towns, diverse wildlife, and ancient historical sites, it offers a unique and tranquil experience for travellers. But it’s the beaches that are the real stars of the show. Let’s take a look at some of our favourite beaches:
This is the main beach in Carradale, and it’s a must-visit for anyone staying in the area. Carradale Bay, a sheltered sandy beach that offers stunning views over the Kilbrannan Sound towards Arran. This is a perfect beach for families, offering safe swimming and opportunities for rock pooling. The nearby village provides plenty of options for dining and accommodation, and there’s even a small harbour to explore.
Just a short drive from Carradale, Saddell Bay is a small, secluded and peaceful beach that’s perfect for a quiet day by the sea. Located on the East Coast Peninsula, the beach is surrounded by hills – a great spot for picnics and relaxing. It’s best known for its 12th-century Cistercian abbey and a collection of medieval carved stones.
This long, sandy beach is located about an hour’s drive from Carradale, but it’s definitely worth the trip. Known worldwide for its world-class golf course, Machrihanish Beach is a 3-mile stretch of golden sand that is popular with both locals and tourists. Renowned for its surfing and other watersports, this beach is a perfect blend of thrilling adventure and serene relaxation. There are also plenty of opportunities for walking and birdwatching in the surrounding area.
A sweeping 6-mile strand backed by sand dunes and Machrihanish golf course. It’s another excellent spot for surfing and kiteboarding. The panoramic views across to the islands of Islay, Jura, and Gigha are simply breathtaking.
Exploring the Kintyre Peninsula
Besides these popular spots, there are numerous other beaches dotted along the 100-mile coastline of the Kintyre Peninsula. All of them are worth exploring, especially for those interested in hiking, wildlife spotting, or just enjoying the peace and tranquility of this special part of Scotland. And it’s not just about the beaches; the peninsula is also famous for its whisky distilleries, seafood, local arts and crafts, and a rich history that includes Viking invasions and ancient standing stones. In short, a visit to the Kintyre Peninsula offers something for everyone.
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