A long stretch of golden sand sheltered by flowing dunes – Irvine Beach is one of Ayrshire’s best assets and a well kept secret. On the edge of a protected site of special scientifc interest, at Irvine you’re as likely to see an Oyster Catcher or Pied Wagtail darting on the shore as you are to see a sandcastle. Irvine has miles of wide sandy beach – ideal for dog walking, running wild or riding. The beach is surrounded by the Irvine Beach Park, where well laid paths and cycle tracks make the area accessible for wheelchair users, scooters, prams and bikes. Families love the hundreds of free parking spaces as well as the lovely eateries, pubs and coffee shops near by.

Getting There

The beach is situated at the mouth of the River Irvine – easily accessible by road via both the A78 and A71. About half a mile from Irvine Railway station, visitors can travel from Glasgow in around 40 minutes. The Beach is situated on the Ayrshire Coastal Path which allows walkers to explore the full length of the Ayrshire Coast on foot. National Cycle Path Route 7 can be used to cycle to the beach from all over West Central Scotland.

Water quality information

This beach is a designated bathing water site. An electric sign displaying real-time bathing water quality predictions is available at this beach between 1 June - 15 September. You can also find out the daily prediction by visiting the SEPA website. Please observe local signage and only swim where it is safe to do so. 


Contact details

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