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.

Planning your visit to The Big Strand Beach


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Place Category: Beaches

The Big Strand Beach 7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 12℃ to 12.4℃ with wind speed 11.7 m/sec (WSW)
Wednesday, Oct 04heavyrain
Expect a temp in the range 12℃ to 12.9℃ with wind speed 11.2 m/sec (SW)
Thursday, Oct 05rain
Expect a temp in the range 11.6℃ to 13.3℃ with wind speed 3.5 m/sec (SSE)
Friday, Oct 06rain
Expect a temp in the range 13.7℃ to 15.5℃ with wind speed 7.4 m/sec (SW)
Saturday, Oct 07cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 14.5℃ to 15.7℃ with wind speed 6.3 m/sec (SW)
Sunday, Oct 08cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 15.3℃ to 17℃ with wind speed 5.3 m/sec (SSW)
Monday, Oct 09cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 9.9℃ to 12.3℃ with wind speed 2.6 m/sec (N)

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, helping you to plan the best time to visit The Big Strand Beach. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Tue 03 Oct
   Low Tide at 00:37 (Height 0.24m)
   High Tide at 04:22 (Height 0.89m)
   Low Tide at 10:59 (Height 0.14m)
   High Tide at 16:40 (Height 0.75m)
   Low Tide at 23:12 (Height 0.27m)
Wed 04 Oct
   High Tide at 05:04 (Height 0.90m)
   Low Tide at 11:13 (Height 0.22m)
   High Tide at 17:03 (Height 0.76m)
   Low Tide at 23:30 (Height 0.27m)
Thu 05 Oct
   High Tide at 05:49 (Height 0.85m)
   Low Tide at 11:34 (Height 0.32m)
   High Tide at 17:22 (Height 0.76m)
   Low Tide at 23:49 (Height 0.29m)
Fri 06 Oct
   High Tide at 06:39 (Height 0.77m)
   Low Tide at 11:50 (Height 0.41m)
   High Tide at 17:03 (Height 0.77m)
   Low Tide at 23:40 (Height 0.31m)
Sat 07 Oct
   High Tide at 07:39 (Height 0.67m)
   Low Tide at 11:52 (Height 0.49m)
   High Tide at 16:30 (Height 0.81m)
   Low Tide at 23:33 (Height 0.33m)
Sun 08 Oct
   High Tide at 09:30 (Height 0.61m)
   Low Tide at 12:03 (Height 0.55m)
   High Tide at 16:59 (Height 0.80m)
Mon 09 Oct
   High Tide at 02:48 (Height 0.42m)
   Low Tide at 05:39 (Height 0.36m)
   Low Tide at 12:37 (Height 0.62m)
   High Tide at 17:31 (Height 0.73m)

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