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Shore to impress: Argyll's best beaches

With the promise of an upcoming heat wave, the end of summer is fast approaching. What better way to embrace the sunshine over the holidays and to make the most out of pent-up annual leave, than to head to the beach to enjoy an ice cream, embrace that sand in between toes (and paws) feeling, whilst listening to the gentle lull of the waves?

Whether a seasoned beachgoer or an enthusiastic outdoor adventurer looking for the next spur-of-the-moment weekend away, Scotland's array of urban beaches, sandy coastlines and plethora of over 900 offshore islands make for the perfect year-round getaway.

Paddle boarding in Oban
A group Stand Up Paddleboarding lesson by Basking Shark Scotland at Ganavan Bay, Oban

With a variety of beaches scattered across Argyll's 3,000 miles of coast to explore, you can make memories to last a lifetime from of our sand-sea escape recommendations below.

Ganavan Sands, Oban

Those looking to turn it up a gear can explore Oban and Argyll by bike with the launch of the new Scotrail Highland Explorer service, running directly from Glasgow Queen Street to Oban. The three-hour journey, is the first train in the UK to have active travel carriages, providing passengers with the space and storage needed to comfortably take their bikes, skis, or other sporting gear with them on their adventure.

With an abundance of routes to choose from to explore and enjoy the coastline, be sure to stop off at Ganavan Sands, located a mere 12-minute bikeride away (approx. 2.4 miles) from Oban train station. Pause to take in breath-taking sights at viewpoints along the way before arriving at Ganavan bay - which boasts picturesque sandy beaches, with easy access and great views out to Mull, Lismore and Morven.

Calgary Beach, Mull

Influencing the name of the Canadian city, Calgary in Alberta, Calgary Beach is nestled on the north of Mull and is flanked by cliffs with views overlooking Coll and Tiree, the crystal-clear waters and stretches of silver sands are sure to take visitor’s breath away.

This peaceful haven is ideal for families and their four-legged friends to appreciate the stunning surroundings of the region of Argyll and the Isles. No matter the time of year; rain, hail, or shine, the beaches on the Isle of Mull are the perfect place for an afternoon walk, followed by a refreshing coffee or ice cream crafted by locals in the boat converted ice cream hut that looks out over the bay.

Balephuil Bay, Isle of Tiree

Known as the ‘Hawaii of the North’, Tiree provides a tranquil paradise for holidaymakers to relax and unwind. With white-shell beaches and turquoise waters, Balephuil Bay is the perfect place for a swim and a firm favourite for surfers, thanks to the warm waters brought in by the Gulf Stream. When visiting this idyllic spot, be sure to take binoculars, as this is a favourite place amongst nature-lovers, with a wealth of wildlife living around this part of the island’s north-west coastline.



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