A very tranquil scene in Islay, I always find being by the water so soothing – how about you?
A beautiful 2km sweep of the finest golden sand with rolling Atlantic waves backed by huge sand dunes, Machir Bay (also referred to as Kilchoman Beach) is on the west coast of Islay and is ranked amongst Islay’s most beautiful beaches. The straightforward walk explores the length of the bay and is a fabulous place for a sunset walk. Many ships have been wrecked on the rocks around Islay and the wreck of one can be seen in the sands (it is believed to be an early steamship called Patti and was wrecked in the 1840s, not much else is known). You wouldn’t want to go swimming in the sea at Machir Bay though, this is wild water with strong undercurrents and it is very cold! On the south end of the beach is a track going up the cliffs to Kilchiaran Bay, passing Dun Chroisprig, an Iron Age fort. Just above the bay is Kilchoman church which has fell into ruin but you can still walk around the old graveyard. A short walk from the church yard is the war graves belonging to the sailors who perished on the H.M.S Otranto in 1918. Not far from Machir Bay is Kilchoman Distillery one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland where you can sample and treat yourself to the distillery’s Machir Bay Whisky which is an excellant single malt Scotch Whisky.
A short walk over a bridge, along the grassy track and through the dunes to the beach.
Machir Bay parking area, Kilchoman.
Easy enough for old and young legs.