The Big Strand Beach

The Big Strand beach is the largest beach on Islay and stretches for some 12km (7ml) along Laggan Bay from the Oa Peninsula in the south past Islay airport to Laggan Point in the north.

The beach can be exposed which results in some good and often quite high sand dunes.

No facilities and access can be one of 3 ways:

  • Kintra Farm in the south
  • An unkept bumpy track to the north of the airport
  • Laggan Estate in the north

We have no current information on dog restrictions for The Big Strand Beach.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 4 beaches at Isle of Islay, 30 beaches in Inner Hebrides, or check our list of Inner Hebrides Dog Friendly Beaches.

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7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 2.5℃ to 3.2℃ with wind speed 3.6 m/sec (NNE)
Friday, Dec 09partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 3.7℃ to 4℃ with wind speed 4.6 m/sec (NNW)
Saturday, Dec 10clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 1.4℃ to 2.7℃ with wind speed 3 m/sec (NNE)
Sunday, Dec 11clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 1℃ to 1.9℃ with wind speed 3.4 m/sec (NE)
Monday, Dec 12lightrainshowers_night
Expect a temp in the range 2.3℃ to 3℃ with wind speed 3.1 m/sec (SE)
Tuesday, Dec 13partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 2.5℃ to 3.6℃ with wind speed 7.2 m/sec (ESE)
Wednesday, Dec 14fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 1.5℃ to 2.2℃ with wind speed 5.1 m/sec (ENE)

Isle of Islay weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

The Big Strand Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to The Big Strand Beach is at Port Ellen 7.74 km (4.81 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Thu 08 Dec
   High Tide at 02:16 (Height 0.81m)
   Low Tide at 08:34 (Height 0.43m)
   High Tide at 14:21 (Height 0.82m)
   Low Tide at 22:46 (Height 0.27m)
Fri 09 Dec
   High Tide at 03:07 (Height 0.84m)
   Low Tide at 09:02 (Height 0.44m)
   High Tide at 14:44 (Height 0.85m)
   Low Tide at 23:18 (Height 0.25m)
Sat 10 Dec
   High Tide at 03:55 (Height 0.87m)
   Low Tide at 09:31 (Height 0.45m)
   High Tide at 15:10 (Height 0.87m)
   Low Tide at 23:48 (Height 0.24m)
Sun 11 Dec
   High Tide at 04:38 (Height 0.88m)
   Low Tide at 10:00 (Height 0.47m)
   High Tide at 15:36 (Height 0.87m)
Mon 12 Dec
   Low Tide at 00:13 (Height 0.25m)
   High Tide at 05:16 (Height 0.87m)
   Low Tide at 10:28 (Height 0.48m)
   High Tide at 16:01 (Height 0.86m)
Tue 13 Dec
   Low Tide at 00:26 (Height 0.27m)
   High Tide at 05:52 (Height 0.84m)
   Low Tide at 10:57 (Height 0.51m)
   High Tide at 16:21 (Height 0.85m)
Wed 14 Dec
   Low Tide at 00:31 (Height 0.28m)
   High Tide at 06:27 (Height 0.80m)
   Low Tide at 11:25 (Height 0.53m)
   High Tide at 16:37 (Height 0.83m)

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