Irvine Beach

IF you’re ever visiting Ayrshire in Scotland, make sure a trip to Irvine beach is on your to-do list.

This hotspot, also known as the Gailes, is situated at the mouth of the River Irvine near the railway station.

Is Irvine beach worth visiting?

Irvine beach has everything you need at the seaside from golden sand to picturesque picnic spots.

As you soak up the sunshine, you can enjoy the views over Irvine Bay and the Firth of Clyde towards the Isle of Arran.

The golden sand stretches for as far as you can see – all the way down to the nearby town of Troon.

As well as that, the beach is backed by a beach park which is popular with the locals and visitors.

Irvine beach in Scotland is popular with dog walkers (Credit: KC2000 /Flickr)

The park has plenty of room for picnics and there is even a boating lake.

If you fancy stretching your legs, there are plenty of walking and cycling paths to explore.

Parking is not an issue at Irvine beach and the public toilets are located near the car park.

Around half-a-mile away from the beachfront you will find the town of Irvine – which has plenty of shops, restaurants and quirky cafes.

If you fancy spending the night in the area, check out the popular Marston’s Red Squirrel.

Even if you have never visited Irvine beach, you might recognise a few parts of it when you arrive.

This location was used to film part of Paramount+’s show ‘The Chemistry of Death’.

Is Irvine beach dog friendly?

Unlike other hotspots nearby, Irvine beach is dog-friendly all year round.

Dogs love a nice trip to the seaside, just like their human companions. 

But there are a number of rules and tips to consider when heading to the beach.

These include: 

  • Check with beach management to see if dogs are allowed
  • Take poo bags to clear up their mess
  • Bring a lead – dogs have to be on a leash on some beaches at all times
  • Avoid the big crowds
  • Consider some people may not like dogs
  • Take plenty of fresh water and a bowl for your dog
  • Take a first aid kit in case your dog becomes injured
  • Check for local vets in case of emergency
  • Make sure your dog is wearing their collar and ID tag
  • If they are wear a GPS tracker, make sure it is fully charged
  • Take spare towels to dry them
  • Keep an eye on your dog at all times

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