Silver Sands Beach Isle of Arran
Isle Of Arran,  Scotland

Silver Sands: The Best Beach On The Isle Of Arran

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Last Updated On 6th February 2024 By Lauren | Wild Lovely World

With it’s golden shore, grassy banks and secluded nature, Silver Sands is easily the best beach on the Isle of Arran.

Silver Sands (Kildonan Beach) On The Isle Of Arran

Where Is Silver Sands Beach

Silver Sands Beach is situated on the south east on the island. It is also known as Kildonan Beach as Kildonan is the closest village to the beach.

Things To Do Near Silver Sands Beach

Close by to Silver Sands is Whiting Bay, the Giant’s Graves and Glenashdale Waterfalls, and Eas Mor Waterfall.

How To Get To Silver Sands Beach

Traveling To Kildonan Beach By Car

Silver Sands is around a 30 minute drive from Brodick along the A841. Brodick is the main town and ferry terminal on the island.

There is parking just by the roadside near this beach. There is space enough for 2 or 3 cars. From there, steps will lead you down to the beach. You can walk along in either direction to explore the bay.

Traveling To Kildonan Beach By Bus

You can also get there by bus. Take the Stagecoach 323 bus from Brodick to Blackwaterfoot and get off at Kildonan.

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Silver Sands (Kildonan) Beach, Isle of Arran

What To Do At Silver Sands Beach

Out to sea you will see the intriguing, uninhabited Pladda Island with its lighthouse.

A short walk along the beach are the ruins of Kildonan Castle. It is just visible from the walled garden of a private residence.

Across the road from the castle is a tiny art gallery and shop which is quite sweet. Pop in and have a look at all the locally made arts and crafts.

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Pladda Island

Where To Stay Near Silver Sands (Kildonan) Beach

Looking for accommodation recommendations? Check out these options. I didn’t stay in any of these hostels or hotels myself but they all look fabulous to me and get great reviews.

Recommended Campsites On The Isle Of Arran

Wild Camping

Silver Sands is a great place to wild camp on the Isle of Arran! I wrote a post about that here where you can find out more about wild camping on the Isle of Arran.

Seal Shore Campsite

Close by to Silver Sands is Seal Shore Campsite. It’s right on the beach!

Recommended Hostels On The Isle Of Arran

Lochranza Youth Hostel (Hostelling Scotland)

Lochranza Youth Hostel* is perfect for solo travelers, families and groups. You can even take your dog! There’s comfy beds, WiFi, laundry and a drying room. On-site parking and a cycle store is also available. There are dorm rooms and private en-suites. All have lockers and bedside lights. There’s an option to pre-book breakfast or cook your own meals in the large, well-equipped kitchen. Rated 4.5/5 on reviews from guests.

Recommended Hotels On The Isle Of Arran

The Douglas Hotel

Situated in Brodick, the Douglas Hotel* is just a 2-minute walk from the Ferry Terminal so it’s perfect if you’re traveling on public transport. There’s traditionally Scottish home-cooked food and a bar on-site. The rooms are elegantly decorated and each has a luxury bathroom. Breakfast is included. Rated 9.4/10 on reviews from guests.

Auchrannie Resort

My friend makes a yearly pilgrimage to Auchrannie Resort* once per year. It looks absolutely fabulous and she raves about it! This beautiful resort features gorgeous rooms, lodges and suites. There’s a spa and pool and dining options. You won’t want to leave! Rated 4.5/5 on reviews from guests.

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Discover More About The Isle Of Arran With Your Free Guide Map

I have created this Free Guide Map of the Isle of Arran. Happy traveling! 🙂

Have you every been to the Isle of Arran? What beaches do you recommend?

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Lauren is a coffee and cat obsessed travel writer from the U.K., specialising in solo female, couple travel and budget backpacking. She has previously lived in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, England and Scotland. Follow her adventures around the world on her blog

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