Sandy Irvine Beach is wild, beautiful and seems to go on and on forever! In fact it stretches 3 miles along to Barassie therefore this walk can be up to 6 miles in length should you complete the entire return route. Lined with high sand dunes and the Isle of Arran visible to the west, the beach here is popular with locals out for some fresh air and exercise.
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Parking at shorefront at end of Beach Drive (KA12 8PP)
Route: Starting from the parking area walk along the sandy beach for as far as you wish before turning around and re-tracing your steps. Barassie is reached approx 3 miles along – you are there when you reach a residential area on your left! It is possible to do the return leg by following a cycle track and some woodland – a much longer walk – click HERE for details.
WALK REVIEW: 7th January 2016
If you are a fan of wild sandy beaches you will love this walk. From the car park some steps lead directly down onto the beach. Straight away I was welcomed with the stunning rugged coastline view which I know this beach so well for. It’s a bit of a favourite of mine, an old haunt. Before I had the kids I used to walk here often, even took up jogging along it at one point. When I was training for the West Highland Way a few years back this was my stomping ground. Its just so beautiful, untouched, and best of all – not busy!
I loved that today I had the place pretty much to myself apart from the odd dog walker. This was thanks to the brisk wind and the fact that it had been a particularly rainy morning so most people had opted to stay away! Armed with my woolly hat, gloves and full waterproofs I was quite happy. Even more so that I could walk at a good pace since I had no kiddies with me 🙂 My first child-free walk of 2016!
Features to look out for along the way are the natural sand dunes which align the beach, the stone dragon which sits up on the hillside (excellent for kids and also one of my favourite vantage points in Ayrshire), Ailsa Craig and the Isle of Arran.