The Beach Guide

Best beaches in Strathclyde

Below are a list of the top 10 beaches in Strathclyde as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in Strathclyde is Dunure. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in Strathclyde just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • Dunure Beach © Mary And Angus Hogg | BY-SA

    1. Dunure Beach

    Dunure is a picturesque village on the Ayrshire coast, built around a small, historic harbour. The harbour area has an inn, popular with diners and a number of picnic tables. The beach at Dunure is mainly shingle, with some areas of dark…

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  • Whiting Bay © Alan Walker | BY-SA

    2. Whiting Bay

    A very pleasant village with all the amenities and facilities close at hand. The beach itself has a sand / pebble shoreline and is a great spot for rock-pooling.

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  • Ganavan Beach © Peter Amsden | BY-SA

    3. Ganavan Beach

    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…

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  • South Beach (Troon) © Mary And Angus Hogg | BY-SA

    4. South Beach (Troon)

    Troon is a bustling seaside town in Ayrshire. It has two good, sandy beaches, a harbour and lots of good quality cafes, restaurants and shops, and the vicinity boasts no less than seven golf courses. South Beach is the area of wide, flat,…

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  • Fairlie Beach © Thomas Nugent | BY-SA

    5. Fairlie Beach

    The small town of Fairlie lies on the east shore of the Firth of Clyde. The long strip of beach is mainly sandy with some areas of rock and shingle. From the beach there are views towards Great Cumbrae Island and down towards the Isle…

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  • Gourock West Bay © Thomas Nugent | BY-SA

    6. 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…

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  • Lunderston Bay © Thomas Nugent | BY-SA

    7. Lunderston Bay

    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.…

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  • Culzean Beach © Humphrey Bolton | BY-SA

    8. Culzean Beach

    This lovely, secluded beach nestles under spectacular Culzean Castle on the Ayrshire coastline. The beach at Culzean is made up of sand and rocks and is backed by areas of dense woodland and cliffs. This is a good place to come rockpooling…

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  • Gailes (New Town) Beach (Irvine) © Mary And Angus Hogg | BY-SA

    9. 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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  • Turnberry Beach © Wfmillar | BY-SA

    10. Turnberry Beach

    Turnberry is a wide sandy beach in a rural surrounding, backed by the famous Ailsa Golf Course, a regular spot on the Open Championships. It looks out over the Firth of Clyde, with views across to the mountainous Isle of Arran. The beach…

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