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
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.
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.
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
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.
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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