Ballantrae Beach


    Ballantrae beach is a nature reserve that offers nesting grounds for a wide variety of birds in the nearby cliffs.

    A real nature spot, this shingle beach is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), boasts a mixture of tranquility and ruggedness and is especially important for breeding terns.

    Enjoy wonderful views of Ailsa Craig as you explore the shoreline from the harbour at the north end to the estuary of the River Stinchar at the south. There is a grassy area next to the car park with picnic tables, a small putting green, and plenty of room for the children to play. There are also some small grocery shops in the centre of Ballantrae.


    • Children Welcome


    • Picnic Area


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Special Requirements

    • Pets Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- From Stranraer Railway Station, turn left onto Cairnryan Road (A717) and continue forward onto A77 toward Ballantrae. Upon entering Ballantrae, a left turn (signposted "Nature Reserve") leads away from the A77 and onto a large car park.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- From the roundabout at Glasgow Prestwick International Airport, take the first exit onto A79, then at the next roundabout take the third exit onto Monkton Rd, and continue forward into Ayr. After approximately 1.5miles, at the roundabout for Ayr College, take the third exit onto Station Rd. Take the second exits at the next two roundabouts, and then at the first junction, turn left onto Beresford Terrace (signposted Stranraer). After approximately 0.5 mile, branch left onto St Leonard's Road (A79) and continue forward. At the end of A79, turn right at the T-junction onto A77. Continue straight on A77 (passing Maybole, Kirkoswald and Girvan), and follow signposts for Stranraer.

    Getting there by ferry:- The nearest ferry terminal is at Cairnryan (arriving from Larne and Belfast in Northern Ireland). From the terminal, follow the A77 northbound toward Ballantrae. Upon entering Ballantrae, a left turn (signposted "Nature Reserve") leads away from the A77 and onto a large car park.

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