Dunure Beach

Dunure is a picturesque village on the Ayrshire coast, built around a small, historic harbour.  The harbour area has an inn, popular with diners and a number of picnic tables. 

The beach at Dunure is mainly shingle, with some areas of dark sand and has a number of rocky outcrops. 

Next to the beach can be found the romantic ruins of Dunure Castle thought to date back to at least the 13th century.  This was once the seat of the Clan Kennedy and Mary Queen of the Scots is said to have stayed here in 1563.  The castle has been in ruins for over 300 years.

In clear weather there are good views over the Firth of Clyde towards the Isle of Arran and beyond that to the Mull of Kintyre Peninsula.

Cars can be parked near the castle and there is a children’s play area here.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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  • Picnic area

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

NS 2532 1594

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Dunure Beach Reviews

Dunure beach

Jul 10th 2019

Picturesque friendly area. Great harbour cafe.

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