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The Best Beaches In West Scotland

Looking for a beach holiday with a difference? Look no further than the west coast beaches, Scotland. With a diverse range of stunning scenery and outdoor experiences, the west coast of Scotland is a must-visit destination for holiday-goers. Whether you're looking for the best beaches west coast Scotland has to offer, or you want to explore the beaches in the west of Scotland, you'll find what you're looking for here. From west Scotland beaches with white-sanded havens to rugged treks, there's a beach to suit everyone's taste to help you plan your next coastal adventure.


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Southerness Beach

Size: 2.5 miles

Type of beach: Sandy

Suitable for: Families, couples and dogs

Facilities: Pub nearby.

Nearby attractions: Southerness Golf Club and Wreaths Tower.

Closest to: Queensberry Bay

Discover Southerness Beach for a walk along the west coast of Scotland. Surrounded by miles of wide golden sands, this beach is located within the Solway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beaty. The perfect beach for walking, bring your four-legged friend along for a beautiful coastal beach walk. With mudflats and rockpools prefect for exploring, the whole family will enjoy a day our at the beach. 

Southerness Beach

Southerness Beach

Rockcliffe beach

Type of beach: rocky/pebbly

Suitable for: Families, couples, and dogs

Facilities: Parking, toilets, and cafes

Nearby attractions: Castle Douglas trail, Threave Castle and Mabie Farm Park.

Closest to:Queensberry Bay

Rockcliffe is a small sandy, rocky beach in the picturesque village of Rockcliffe near Dalbeattie. Rockcliffe is perfect for walks, exploring, scenic picnics and local cafes. When it’s low tide you can walk across to Rough Island by a tidal causeway. 

Ayr Beach

Size: 2 miles

Type of beach: Natural beach with lovely views

Suitable for: Couples, families and dogs

Facilities: Putting green, crazy golf and children’s play area, Pirate Pete’s Family Entertainment Centre, and a local Café.

Nearby attractions: Ayr’s Low Green

Closest to: Viewfield Manor


Known for being one of the best beaches in Scotland Ayr beach is a great location for picnics, sandcastle building with plenty of space for playing. Enjoy the beautiful views of Ailsa Craig, the Isle of Arran and on a very clear day Pladda.

Ayr Beach

Dunure Beach

Size: 5 miles

Type of beach: Shingles

Suitable for: Couples, families and dog owners

Facilities: Picnic areas, toilets and shops

Nearby attractions: Local village of Dunure with a beautiful harbour with lots of local places for quality dining.

Closest to: Viewfield Manor Leisure Park


Dunure beach is in the village of Dunure. The beach is mainly made up of shingles and is surrounded by a harbour. Dunure is popular for boat trips, walking and quality dining by the sea.

Dunure Beach

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