|[Kilbride Bay, the Isle of Arran beyond]|
The quality of the sand isn't bad, but neither is it the finest in Scotland by any means. So what makes Kilbride Bay so special? It's got to be the wonderful view of Arran which opens up when you crest the final ridge of dunes, perfectly framed by the edges of the beach. Or perhaps it's the surprise factor: the Cowal Peninsula has a wealth of beautiful scenery, but something it doesn't have in abundance is sandy bays, which makes this one mile expanse (at low tide) all the more unexpected. The beach lies on Argyll's so-called "Secret Coast", but the row of cars at the layby on our March visit confirmed that the secret's well and truly out about Kilbride Bay despite the short walk required. There's no need to worry about crowds though. "Busy" in Cowal is a relative term, i.e. two or three other people on the beach at the same time as us.
📌 Kilbride Bay ★★★☆☆
Location: Off minor road 2 miles south of Millhouse, G.R.: NR 960669 ///expose.performed.parts
Anything else? From the layby at G.R.: NR 961683 ///shared.booms.making it's a 20-min walk (each way) to the beach on a good track and then a wide path which is boggy in places.
|[Track to the beach]|
|[Lochan on the way to the beach]|
|[Walking to the beach involves negotiating a path which can be boggy at times]|
|[View from the road to the east]|