Ganavan Beach

Ganavan Beach - Strathclyde
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This lovely string of rural beaches, nestling around the clear waters of Ganavan Bay can be found a few miles north of Oban.  This is the perfect place to come if you are looking for a tranquil, sandy beach with stunning scenery.

There are views around the craggy coastline of Ganavan Bay, across the Firth of Lorn and towards the isles of Lismore and Mull. The beauty of this place will take your breath away.
There are plenty of good walking routes in the area and dogs are allowed on the beach at any time of year. 

A car park can be found at the end of Ganavan Sands Road and there is a small holiday village nearby.
The partial ruins of 13th century Dunstaffnage Castle, where Flora MacDonald is said to have been held captive, is just a few miles up the coast and is well worth a visit.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions.

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  • Rock pooling


  • Toilets

Nearest town



PA34 5TB

OS grid ref.

NM 8620 3277


Parking is available.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Ganavan Beach Reviews

Extinction of Ganavan Beach

Nov 21st 2019

Houses to be built along the full length of the Ganavan car park rear wall up to the rock outcrop where the kids abseil will further destroy the environment and value of the beach and surrounding land which is used every day by Obanites for their health and stress free recreation

Who made this decision to destroy Ganavan Beach?

Tell me more

Aug 14th 2020

Hey can you tell us more about the new houses?