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Kilchattan Bay (Kilchatten Bay)

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Kilchattan Bay - Strathclyde

© Phil Williams and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Kilchattan Bay is a wide, sandy beach, with some pebbly areas, looking out onto the mouth of the Upper Firth of Forth from the Isle of Bute. Across to the mountainous Clyde Muirshiel National Park on the mainland, are some excellent views of the Island of Great Cumbrae.

At low tide, the beach offers wide sand flats and the occasional rock pool to explore, whilst at high tide, it is mostly covered. The bay is sheltered from the westerly winds by a steep hill known as Suidhe Chattan.

A jetty next to the village of Kilchattan Bay offers an excellent spot with panoramic views for a family picnic, as well as parking spaces and toilets. The beach can be accessed via a slipway. In the village, further facilities include a hotel and restaurant overlooking the bay, and a village shop.

Also known as:

Kilchatten Bay

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

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

Strathclyde dog friendly beaches »


  • Donkey rides


  • Toilets

Nearest town



PA20 9NL

OS grid ref.

NS 0989 5573