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

Dog Friendly Beach?

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

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


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Place Category: Beaches

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 4.4℃ to 5.6℃ with wind speed 13.1 m/sec (SSW)
Thursday, Feb 09partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 5.8℃ to 6.3℃ with wind speed 13.2 m/sec (W)
Friday, Feb 10rain
Expect a temp in the range 6℃ to 7.8℃ with wind speed 9 m/sec (SSW)
Saturday, Feb 11lightrain
Expect a temp in the range 8.8℃ to 9.1℃ with wind speed 11.1 m/sec (W)
Sunday, Feb 12fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 7.6℃ to 8℃ with wind speed 5.4 m/sec (SSW)
Monday, Feb 13cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 6.1℃ to 7.7℃ with wind speed 5 m/sec (S)
Tuesday, Feb 14partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 7.7℃ to 8.1℃ with wind speed 7.3 m/sec (SSE)

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.

Wed 08 Feb
   Low Tide at 00:09 (Height -0.01m)
   High Tide at 06:25 (Height 0.78m)
   Low Tide at 10:13 (Height 0.32m)
   High Tide at 15:45 (Height 0.71m)
Thu 09 Feb
   Low Tide at 00:39 (Height -0.02m)
   High Tide at 06:54 (Height 0.77m)
   Low Tide at 10:40 (Height 0.29m)
   High Tide at 16:14 (Height 0.73m)
Fri 10 Feb
   Low Tide at 01:09 (Height 0.00m)
   High Tide at 05:37 (Height 0.74m)
   Low Tide at 11:08 (Height 0.28m)
   High Tide at 16:44 (Height 0.74m)
Sat 11 Feb
   Low Tide at 01:35 (Height 0.06m)
   High Tide at 05:59 (Height 0.72m)
   Low Tide at 11:38 (Height 0.28m)
   High Tide at 17:18 (Height 0.74m)
Sun 12 Feb
   Low Tide at 00:28 (Height 0.13m)
   High Tide at 06:30 (Height 0.70m)
   Low Tide at 12:10 (Height 0.31m)
   High Tide at 17:53 (Height 0.72m)
Mon 13 Feb
   Low Tide at 00:40 (Height 0.19m)
   High Tide at 07:09 (Height 0.67m)
   Low Tide at 12:45 (Height 0.35m)
   High Tide at 18:30 (Height 0.69m)
Tue 14 Feb
   Low Tide at 00:49 (Height 0.26m)
   High Tide at 07:58 (Height 0.63m)
   Low Tide at 13:25 (Height 0.38m)
   High Tide at 19:09 (Height 0.64m)
   Low Tide at 23:44 (Height 0.29m)

Contains ADMIRALTY® tidal data: © Crown Copyright and database right.

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