Strathclyde Swimming beaches

The beach guide has 8 swimming beaches listed in Strathclyde. Check here for all swimming beaches in the UK

  • Ardrossan (Boydston) ©

    1. Ardrossan (Boydston) Beach

    Ardrossan is a popular resort town on the North Ayrshire coastline. It has two beaches, a harbour, shops, cafes and a mysterious pre-historic shell mound close to the railway station. Boydston Shore, also known as North Beach or North…

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    2. Gourock West Bay

    Gourock West Bay is a shingle beach with excellent panoramic views out onto the Upper Firth of Clyde and of the surrounding mountainous peninsulas. The beach is rather narrow, and at high tide, it disappears underwater completely, but…

  • Gailes (New Town) ©

    3. Gailes (New Town) Beach (Irvine)

    Gailes, also known as Irvine Beach, sits to the south-east of the mouth of Irvine Harbour. The sandy beach offers outstanding views over Irvine Bay and the Firth of Clyde towards the mountainous Isle of Arran. The water is suitable for…

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    4. Helensburgh Beach

    Helensburgh Beach overlooks the Upper Firth of Clyde, sitting just outside the mouth of Gare Loch. It is backed by a promenade from where one can admire the views across the bay to the hilly Rosneath peninsula. Along the road opposite…

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    5. Singing Sands Beach

    This quiet, sandy beach is a haven for beachgoers looking for rugged landscape and seclusion. Singing Sands, also known as Camas an Lighe, gets its name from the sound the sand makes when visitors shuffle their feet across the soft, white…

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    6. Ayr (South) Beach

    South Beach is part of a long, partly urban beach stretching south from the mouth of the River Ayr with its harbour and dock, down to the more remote, scenic ruins of Greenan Castle, a 16th century tower house, which was probably once…

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    7. Ardentinny Beach

    Ardentinny Beach nestles among the trees on the western shores of Loch Long. It is a good-sized sandy beach with a beautiful backdrop and lovely views across the loch.

    Given its loch-side position the water here is very clear…

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    8. Kilbride Bay

    Kilbride Bay lies on the Cowal Peninsula, an area that is sometimes referred to as Argyll's Secret Coast. We're not too sure whether it really is a secret or just quite remote. Either way the chances are you won't be sharing this lovely…