After a warm and still night the day was quite cloudy but warm with a light coastal breeze – perfect. We parked up in the same place as yesterday and after a runaround in the grassland for Poppydog….We walked northwards and down onto the lovely expanse of sand that is Stevenston Beach.
A lovely strip of soft sand, backed by dunes and low grassland, with a few stony patches but mostly just powdery sand or wet sand. After a play we wandered up onto the dunes for a better look, towards Saltcoats….
And back towards Ardeer….
Even Poppydog sat for about 10 seconds to take it all in!…
As we approached Saltcoats the wooden groins added a certain drama, with Arran in the distance and some fairly dusky clouds – the overall effect I think you’ll agree is quite something.
In Saltcoats the harbour feels a bit abandoned with not a boat in sight.
And just around the corner a series of old bathing pools with spectacular views across to Arran.
Leading on to another large crescent shaped sandy bay – Saltcoats Beach, with Ardrossan and the Ferry to Arran at the far end.
Half way along the beach Stanley Burn runs out to sea providing a suitable bathing area for the seagulls and Poppydog (not at the same time!).
Another play on the beach before we start our walk back.
Two very fine beaches and a splendid 7.5 mile walk.
Two thoughts of the day:
Ayrshire – a dog walkers paradise with beach after beach and very few people around.
Time for bed!