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MACHRIHANISH

One of the best windsurf beaches on mainland Britain. Solid Atlantic swells roll in at up to mast and a half high, not for the faint hearted. The curved beach works well in SE through to SW winds. In the town of Machrihanish the beach faces NE and can only be sailed in cross shore with a SW wind. However, the middle of the beach provides the best sailing with SE or Southerly winds. The north end of the beach can be rocky at low tide; the sand bars move a great deal depending on winter storms, so beware of submerged rocks. The south and middle of the beach offer the best sailing. Rips are strong, but with little or no tidal range, once you’re on the beach it’s only a short walk to launch. In the summer the beach is good for slalom and long boards but care must be taken due to some very strong currents just off shore. As with any top surf spot Machrihanish works best on an incoming tide so find some tide tables before you take the trip. Access can be difficult. From the town end in the south you must have permission to cross the golf course with your vehicles. Access to the centre of the beach is found by driving past RAF Machrihanish, past the base on the left hand side you will find a farm, with a bottle of whiskey you can gain access across the farmers fields, four wheel drive recommended!

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Getting there: From Glasgow, take the A82 to Tarbet on Loch Lomond side then A83 Campbeltown, approx 2 hrs from Glasgow. In Campbeltown, follow signs to Machrihanish

Parking: At N end of beach

Ideal Wind: SE – SW

Accomodation: Caravan Park near airport

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Water Quality: Not tested

Suitable for: Intermediates and above

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