An explorer's guide to the islands of Britain

1. Kilmory Beach – a small island lane leads to this fabulous sandy bay where you can swim in the clear waters and enjoy views out across the Sound of Jura and over to the distinctive conical island of Ailsa Craig. Directions: From the carpark near Kilmory village hall (55.444479, -5.232107) follow the footpath signed Torrylin Cairn alongside Torrylin Water to reach the beach.

2. Sannox Bay – Goatfell Range offers a stunning backdrop to the curved, sandy Sannox beach. Directions: Park alongside the A841 in South Sannox (55.661606, -5.155376) and walk to the north end of the gravel area. Follow the path over the river using th stepping stones and continue for 5 minutes to the beach.

3. North Sannox – again backed by the majestic Goatfell range this wild beach has a flat grass area and access to twointriguing coastal forest trails to explore. You can wander through woodland next to the shore on an easy level track looking out towards Bute, or climb high through the trees to see stunning views over the Sleeping Warrior and the north end of Arran.Directionsleave the A841 justnorth of South Sannox, follow the lane signed towards ‘Sannox North Picnic Area’ and car park (55.672244, -5.159007)

4. Kildonan Shore -Perched on the southern-most tip of Arran with panoramic views to Alisa Craig, Pladda, Ayrshire and Kintyre this is Arran’s premier beach for watching wildlife with seals and pups often seen hauled out on the rocks with otters making frequent appearances and gannets galore plunging into the waters. Basking sharks and dolphins visit in the summer months along with an array of birds of prey. Directions: access the beach from the carpark at Kildonan (55.441993, -5.110442).

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