Ardrossan (Boydston) Beach (North Shore)

Ardrossan (Boydston) Beach - Strathclyde
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Ardrossan is a popular resort town on the North Ayrshire coastline.  It has two beaches, a harbour, shops, cafes and a mysterious pre-historic shell mound close to the railway station.

Boydston Shore, also known as North Beach or North Shore, is a sandy beach to the north of the harbour.  Just off the beach one can see Horse Island, an uninhabited island which is now a bird reserve, at the southern end of which is an iconic 52-foot stone tower built in 1811. 

Beyond that there are lovely views across the Firth of Clyde towards the peaks of the Isle of Arran.

Also known as:

North Shore

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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  • Swimming/bathing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Town centre nearby
  • Shop
  • Pub nearby

Nearest town



KA22 8DH

OS grid ref.

NS 2274 4324


Limited parking available

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