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Lunderston Bay is the nearest sandy beach to Glasgow, and is popular with families, walkers and picnickers. Not surprisingly it can get pretty busy when the sun is shining, although there is usually plenty of space here to let off steam.
There is a large, free car park, near which is a wide, grassy area with picnic tables and space for games. The grass leads down to the beach which is a good mix of sand, pebbles and rocks. You will find plenty to keep children amused here, from building sandcastles and splashing in the waves, to hunting for sealife in the interesting rockpools. A good ranger service leads a variety of educational and family activities here.
The beach lies within the Clyde and Muirshiel Regional Park and there is a choice of good walks in the area. From the beach a small footpath leads to Inverkip to the south or to the Cloch Point lighthouse and beyond to Gourock to the north. There are fine views over the Firth of Clyde towards Dunoon and down towards the Isle of Bute. This is a good place to sit and watch the boats sailing by.
There is quite a lot of wildlife to be found here, including a variety of birds, occasional seals and jellyfish. Most of the jellyfish in the area are harmless, but some have a nasty sting so the advice, if you see one, is to look but not to touch.
The facilities at the beach are very good with toilets with hot and cold water (open from 10am to 4pm), plenty of bins and good disabled facilities. Across the road from the beach is a large garden centre with a coffee shop