Bute Beaches

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Bute Golf
July 15, 2017
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Bute is renowned for its beautiful beaches with wonderful scenic vistas across to the mainland on the east of the island and across to Arran on the southwest. Whatever the weather, all of Bute’s beaches are worth a visit. Do not let the chance to see the beautiful view that never gets in another place.
Ettrick Bay

Ettrick Bay is a long, golden sandy beach reaching about a mile along the west coast of the island. It is a popular stop for all holiday makers with a tearoom serving food all afternoon with some lovely cakes. It also has a children’s play area, car park and toilet facilities. At the south end of the bay visitors will find a bird hide that is a great spot for sightings of waders and other sea birds. The water quality here is monitored by SEPA so you can often find people paddling and swimming in the clear water during the warmer summer months.

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Scalpsie Bay

Look out for wildlife when exploring Scalpsie Bay, located on the west coast of Bute, Argyll & The Isles. It is Once used for military purposes during the Second World War, today the isolated Scalpsie Bay is a tranquil place to relax and enjoy beautiful scenery. The reddish sand of Scalpsie Bay is set against the wonderful backdrop of the Isle of Arran, and two viewpoints help visitors spot the area’s fascinating resident wildlife and take in amazing landscapes. Head to Seal View where you can watch the large colony of seals on their rocky perches, and the other viewpoint is where you can catch the best scenery of Arran and the Holy Isle.

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St Ninian’s Bay (Straad)

St Ninian’s Bay that also called The Straad is a beautiful small bay on the west coast of Bute with a natural anchorage. The beach is covered with a sand of white cockle shells. The bay is protected by St Ninian’s point, a spit of land. From here you get views of Inchmarnock. It’s also a great place for bird watching. St Ninian’s Chapel, an early Christian site associated with Ninian, stands on the narrow promontory. The site is cut off from the mainland at high tides and during storms. The chapel is a ruin, with walls and foundations visible on the ground.

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Kilchattan Bay

There’s a reddish tinge to the sands of Kilchattan Bay – the rock around here is predominately red sandstone. The beach lies just north of the settlement of Kilchattan Bay and you can park your car just behind the beach past the row of beachside cottages which a lovely location for a house. Low tide brings acres of sand to explore and there are great opportunities for bird watching.

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Langalbuinoch (Stravanan Bay)

Stravannan Bay can be reached on foot by following the signs for the West Island Way from the west coast road to Kingarth or the road to St Blane’s Chapel from the airfield.

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