Kintyre's west coast

[Gigha and the Paps of Jura seen from A' Chleit beach, just north of Muasdale]

In contrast to the rest of Scotland, Kintyre's flattest ground is on its west coast. The scenery is less intricate here than on the eastern side, instead featuring some long, sandy bays with uninterrupted views of Gigha, Islay and Jura. These beaches practically cry out for exploration, preferably on a day when the peninsula isn't being battered by a stormy southwesterly.

[Glenbarr Abbey (photo from a few days earlier)]

Name: Glenbarr Abbey
Description: 18th century house and visitor centre for Clan MacAlister.
Location: Off A83 at Glenbarr village, G.R.: NR 670363 ///
Open (2016): Wednesday to Sunday, Easter to September - no info for 2018 at time of update
Cost (2017): £5 (adults) for house tour

Name: Machrihanish Bay
Description: Huge sandy beach and dunes overlooked by a famous golf course.
Location (south end)East end of Machrihanish, G.R.: NR 641208 ///flute.basically.ants

Name: Muasdale Beaches ☆☆☆
Description: Long roadside beaches with superb views of the Paps of Jura - best at the north end.
Location (north end): North side of Muasdale, G.R.: NR 681417 ///incur.part.ruffling
Anything else? Limited parking at Muasdale (south end) and possibly by the church at the north end.

[West coast near Muasdale]


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