Situated on the shingle shores of Loch Ryan, Finnart's Bay gives a wonderful view across the loch to the Rhinns of Galloway.
The cliffs past Garry Point to the north are excellent for experienced climbers, but there is limited access for walkers, even at low tide. Behind the bay is a large pine forest, with several small lochs, pretty burns and a standing stone relic. There is a beautiful walk along the Water of App, which runs into the bay, with an interesting old humpbacked bridge.
Access to the area south of the bay requires caution due to the rocky nature of the terrain. The car park has a path that leads directly onto the beach, there is a small patch of grass with several picnic tables for lunch and fishing is permitted in the area surrounding the bay.
Getting there by railway:- From Stranraer Railway Station, turn left onto Cairnryan Road (A717) and continue forward onto A77. After passing Cairnryan, park at the first large car park to the left.
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 Road, and continue forward into Ayr. After approx. 1.5 miles, at the roundabout for Ayr College, take the third exit onto Station Road. Take the second exits at the next two roundabouts, and then at the first junction, turn left onto Beresford Terrace (signposted Stranraer). After approx. 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. After passing Ballantrae, there is a long gradual ascent and a later descent, which eventually joins the coast.
Getting there by ferry:- The nearest ferry terminal is at Cairnryan (arriving from Larne, Northern Ireland). From the terminal, follow the A77 northbound, past Cairnryan, and park at the first large car park to the left.
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