The Beach Guide

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?

Restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Facilities

    • Pub nearby

    Nearest town



    KA22 8DH

    OS grid ref.

    NS 2274 4324