Endless coastlines

The shoreline of Arran carves its way around the island, past sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and boulder fields. The beaches on Arran are varied and plentiful, and if you don’t fancy a swim or SUP-ing, they are just perfect for spotting seals, crabbing in rock pools, or building sandcastles on!

All of the beaches are on the bus routes, so just ask the drivers. Many don’t have any facilities, so please be sure to leave no trace, and leave these lovely beaches as you would expect to find them!

If you’re in Brodick head further north to Strabane for lots of sand and clear waters. Car Parking is available at the Mountain Rescue Hut at Cladach (please leave the cordoned area clear for rescue access). Lamlash has several small sandy coves, and shallow waters, particularly at the south of the village. Public toilets are nearby, and car parking is available at various locations in the village.

Whiting Bay beach stretches from Sandbraes southwards to the main village. Public toilets can be found at both Sandbraes and in the village, where there is a large car park.

Kildonan’s ‘Silver Sands’ is one of the most beautiful beaches and is accessed from the clifftop path. Parking there is limited. Toilets are available at the south end of the village, by the hall, where opposite there’s also a little sandy cove. Kilmory beach is a hidden gem (so shhhhhh…). It’s accessed via the farm track at Torrylinn, or by parking at the village hall and taking the footpath past the chambered cairn. Toilets available at the village hall.

Arran does have its own nudist beach – so if you’re feeling brave, Cleats Shore is just south of Lagg. Blackwaterfoot is one of the longest beaches, with fine sand and a stunning backdrop of Drumadoon. There’s a car park adjacent at the Golf Club. Pirnmill also has a long beach, and there’s a small car park at the Immacher end, and parking nearer the village centre too.

Sannox beach is accessed via stepping stones and offers lovely sand dunes. Car parking nearby.