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There’s something special about going for a walk along the beach. From the smell of the ocean and the sound of the waves crashing against the shore to the feeling of sand beneath your feet, there’s something intrinsically peaceful about the entire experience, and very powerful.

Knockdow House is situated in Argyll, western Scotland, and is home to some of the most beautiful beaches. From sheltered bays with shallow, turquoise waters to lengthy stretches of sand, there are some magnificent beaches to explore in Argyll. What’s more, many of these beaches are surrounded by ancient forests and rugged mountains, which make for some outstanding beach walks.

No matter what time of year it is, the beach is the perfect place to be enjoyed. Here’s our pick of some of the best beaches in Argyll:

  1. Calgary Bay

Calgary Bay is a stunning stretch of sand on the island of Mull. It could easily be mistaken for a tropical beach in the Caribbean, with its crystal clear waters and ancient forest surroundings. This beach is easy to access with plenty of parking, but once you’re there you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away from civilisation. This is also a wonderful location for wildlife spotting.

  • Ostel Bay

This is a crescent-shaped beach that is largely undiscovered – and unvisited – and as such it is likely that it will be empty when you visit! To reach it you can either cycle down or park your car in a layby, then you will need to take the 15-minute walk to get there. Once you walk over the dunes you will be greeted by a glorious, deserted beach with soft white sand and picturesque waters. Take a seat and soak in the majestic views that abound!

  • Shell Beach

For something a little more unusual, visit Shell Beach. This is a small, very pretty hidden beach that is made up of broken shells. The remote location combined with hypnotic waves lapping in the background and outstanding views will leave you feeling in a complete state of relaxation and bliss.

  • Ardentinny Beach

This is a popular beach with families and a great location for a picnic. It’s also easy to access with free parking, toilets and plenty of picnic tables. Take a stroll along the beach and bump up your collection of pretty shells and coloured pebbles. While you’re there, you may even be lucky enough to spot a seal or two!

When you’re done, head to the Argyll Forest Park for some lovely walking trails, which are particularly beautiful during spring when all the bluebells come out.

  • Scalpsie Bay

Nature lovers need to take a visit to Scalpsie Bay, not just for the secluded stretch of reddish sand, but also for the colony of seals that can be found here during the winter months!

While Knockdow House is famed for its history and splendour, there is so much on offer in the surrounding region of Argyll. Anyone craving a natural stress relief needs to take a visit to one of Argyll’s idyllic beaches!