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Ganavan Beach

  • Oban
  • Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Beaches

Attraction Information

Ganavan Beach also known as Ganavan Sands is a Green Coast Awarded sandy beach popular with families offering safe shallow swimming (though there is no lifeguard cover) and also featuring plenty of rock pools for exploration. It's also Marine Conservation Society Recommended so there are plenty of shells to collect and the rock pooling should in theory be nicely productive for a change… Plus on a clear day you can get views out to Mull, Lismore and Morven. Lovely!

Immediate vicinity amenities are limited to public toilets, camp site and a jetty. A great coastal walk passes through here if you fancy a serious stroll to Dunstaffnage, though! Because it's so isolated you need a good kit bag for this one, so be sure to take along beach toys like buckets and spades, sand boules, frisbees, kites and whatnot. And don't forget your little nets and wellies for the rock pooling! If the rock pooling is your main draw here then be sure to check the tidal timetable ahead of schedule and ensure that they're not completely under water, which they often are!

Opening hours

Year round access. No lifeguard cover at any time.


No fees. Parking may charge.

Travel & Contact Information


, Oban, Argyll and Bute, PA34 5TB, Scotland

Phone number

01631 563122



Click here to visit Ganavan Beach's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets.

There are public loos beachside but we've heard they're often a bit understocked on the old loo roll, so might be best to bung one in the kit bag!

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Ganavan Beach has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Ganavan Beach has not told us about their dining options.

There's often an ice cream van beachside in high summer, but otherwise you've got a significant trek to the nearest refreshments, so bring a picnic and a thermos!

No, Ganavan Beach is not wheelchair friendly.

No, Ganavan Beach have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

Ganavan Beach has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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