Portkil / Meikleross Beach

Portkil / Meikleross Beach - Strathclyde
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Portkil (otherwise known as Meikleross) is a long beach on a fairly remote part of the Strathclyde coastline overlooking Portkil Bay and the Upper Firth of Clyde. There are views across to the town of Greenock and the surrounding hills on the far side. The water is popular for boating, whilst the coast is popular for walkers. The pebbly beach is backed by a coastal path and hilly scenery.

It can be possible to park along the road at the western end of the beach and access the beach directly, but the closest car park is in the village of Kilcreggan, about a mile to the west. There is a coastal path from the village to the beach. The village has facilities such as shops, cafes, and a post office. There is also a pier. A ferry service operates from the village, to Gourock, from where visitors can travel to Glasgow by train.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

Strathclyde dog friendly beaches »

Nearest town



G84 0JQ

OS grid ref.

NS 2548 8045

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