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TOP 10 BEACHES OF BUTE

The Isle of Bute has an incredible range of stunning beaches, from wide sandy shorelines to dramatic cliffs and awe-inspiring, far-reaching coastal views. Plus, there's literally hundreds of little bays and coves dotted around the circumference of this small, fertile and relatively sheltered island in the Firth of Clyde.

Whether you're into traditional bucket-and-spade activities, water sports such as paddleboarding or kayaking, wild swimming, wildlife watching or simply walking, there's a Bute beach that's perfect for you!

Bringing your four-legged friend on holiday couldn't be easier too - all of Bute's beaches are dog friendly, and there's plenty of moorland surrounding many beaches for those who prefer a good sniff. Our popular beach-side cafe at Ettrick Bay is dog-friendly too.

Bute's beaches are the perfect place to watch a glorious sunrise, a stunning sunset, or watch out for the mirrie dancers - aurora borealis, or Northern Lights. There's plenty of locations to park up a motorhome for the evening (with permission of course), wild camp or just sit round a BBQ with friends.

Here we introduce our favourite Top 10 beaches of Bute - we hope you enjoy, and keep coming back.

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1. ASCOG BAY

Small sheltered shingle and sand bay overlooking Largs and Great Cumbrae

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2. CHILDREN'S CORNER

Small shingle bay in Rothesay harbour popular since Victorian times due to its proximity to the town centre

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3. ETTRICK BAY (NORTH)

A mile-long extensive sandy beach with gorgeous views towards Inchmarnock and Arran

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4. ETTRICK BAY (SOUTH)

A mile-long extensive sandy beach with gorgeous views towards Inchmarnock and Arran

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5. GLENCALLUM BAY

Worth the 1.5 mile difficult terrain walk from Kilchattan, Glencallum offers perfect solitude and stunning views down across Arran

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6. KERRYCROY BEACH

Small but beautiful red sandy beach overlooking the Cumbrae islands

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7. KILCHATTAN BAY

Popular beach with visitors in this small village at the South of the island

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8. SCALPSIE BAY

Gorgeous secluded sandy beach famous for seal-spotting. Beach is accessed via a quarter mile gravel path OR via steps down a cliff side

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9. ST NINIAN'S (STRAAD)

Lovely quiet bay full of shells overlooking Inchmarnock and Arran

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10. STRAVANAN BEACH (LANGALBUINOCH)

Secluded beach accessed along a track alongside Bute Golf Club