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Four great beaches on Argyll's Secret Coast

Four great beaches on Argyll's Secret Coast
The coastline of Argyll's Secret Coast is dotted with rocky beaches and sandy bays. Here are four of our favourites. Alternatively, why not head out and discover your own secret cove?

Glenan Bay
Glenan Bay is just round the coast from the ferry terminal at Portavadie. You can follow the forest path there and come back via the coastal path. Both lead you through beautiful native oak woods. The bay is wild, rocky and unspoiled and is a lovely spot for a picnic or a beach fire. There’s a fresh water burn at the far end.

Ostel Bay
Ostel Bay is a beautiful crescent-shaped sweep of sand. Cycle in or park your car in the big lay-by at the side of the road. From here it’s a fifteen minute walk to the beach, crossing springy machair, which is covered in flowers in spring and summer. Climb over the dunes and the beach stretches out ahead of you with Arran on the horizon. On a sunny day it’s a fabulous place to spend the day paddling, sun-bathing and swimming. There’s plenty of room for a game of rounders or football, especially when the tide’s out

Otter Bay
Otter Bay at Otter Ferry is a wonderful pebbly beach with fabulous views over Loch Fyne. The huge Otter spit stretches right out into the loch and is always teeming with birdlife. While away the hours watching the yachts sail by, paddling and beachcombing. And if you get peckish, the wonderful Oystercatcher pub is right on the beach and serves up delicious fare, local ales, perfectly chilled beer and wine.

Ascog Bay
You can walk here from Portavadie across the headland or follow the farm vehicle access path past Stillaig Farm. A narrow isthmus separates two shallow bays, which are both great places to beach comb at low tide and lovely for a summer swim. Eilean Aoidhe is joined to the mainland via the isthmus.
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