The Big Strand


Directions: A few miles past the airport on the low road from Port Ellen (A846), you see a wee pine forest in the distance and some buildings on both sides of the road. Just before these buildings is a wee track on your left belonging to Laggan Estate. Continue on the track, keeping left at first and pass through a few gates until you see a wee parking space on your left after half a mile or so. Please note that the end of the track can be very wet with a lot of standing water.

Walk: From the parking space you can walk over the dunes to the beach, which are a habitat for rabbits and birds. You can explore the tranquil beach at your leisure. When you head north (right) you end up at River Laggan where it flows into the sea. Go left (south) and you can walk all the way to the airport and further south to Machrie and Kintra if you are able to cross a few burns.