Sun, sea, sand and surf... What could be better?
BEACHES IN KINTYRE
If you’re suffering from City fatigue and are desperate to get some fresh sea air into your lungs, the fantastic coastline surrounding Kintyre offers it in abundance! Whether you’re an adult or a wee bairn, with a multitude of golden sandy Argyll beaches to choose from there’s no excuse not to ‘play at the seaside’. Kintyre usually receives around 40% less rainfall than the rest of the west of Scotland, so you should have plenty of opportunities to enjoy it all.
Killean Estate beach
The beach at Killean offers over a mile of undeveloped natural coastline to explore at your leisure. It is a sandy beach, strewn with rocks in places upon which you will find seals basking in the sunshine on a daily basis. Other wildlife is in abundance, we’ve had otter sightings and are regularly visited by seabirds such as swans, oyster-catchers, terns, gulls, shearwaters and ducks.
We also host migrating geese in the winter. The sand dunes which separate the beach from the farmland host a myriad of rabbit burrows, which often dart about when you walk through the grasses – great entertainment for your wee ones. They’ll also enjoy fishing about in the rock pools for crabs and perhaps sorting through the various items that the Gulf Stream washes up on our shore – it’s amazing what we get from far off distant places! Guests are welcome to use the boat house and jetty by prior arrangement, should you have a small boat or surf boards, etc with you during your stay.
Westport Beach & Machrihanish Bay
Located 15 minutes south of Killean, Westport is a fantastic sweeping sandy bay that in turn leads into Machrihanish Bay. With crashing waves, it’s the perfect place for the water-sport fan or beach-lover. A calm summer’s day will offer almost 4-miles of lovely sandy beaches, with clear turquoise waters gently lapping the sand. However, should the weather change, this is also the place for fantastic Atlantic breakers to come crashing in – ideal for the more adventurous to take to the water! It is ranked in the top ten of Scotlands best surfing hotspots. There is a large purpose-built car park available off the main road, behind the sand dunes. Surfing supplies can be purchased in Campbeltown if required.
Isle of Gigha
Perfect for smaller children, Gigha offers several sheltered sandy coves which are ideal for playing in the gently lapping sea. There is a fantastic cafe right on the beach-front near the ferry terminal, so you can sit and have a drink or meal whilst looking out onto the views, as well as keeping an eye on the kids!