Dunure Beach

  • Dunure Beach - Strathclyde
    © Gordon Montgomerie
  • Dunure Beach - Strathclyde
    © Mary and Angus Hogg and licensed for reuse under this Licence
  • Dunure Beach - Strathclyde
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  • 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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    • Toilets
    • Shop
    • Pub nearby
    • Picnic area

    Nearest town



    KA7 4LN

    OS grid ref.

    NS 2532 1594


    Parking available.

    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.