Naturist / Nudist Beaches in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland


North Ayrshire


Official. SE of Glasgow. Long beach. Gritty sand backed by concrete breakwater.

Official naturist beach

Ardeer lies at the head of the Ardeer peninsula,of Stevenston in noth Ayrshire and is home to the only 'official' naturist beach on the south west Scottish mainland. It was also home to one of the largest explosives factories in the world!.

Getting There

Satnav: KA20 3PW

Stevenston is on the A78 trunk road to the north-west of Irvine. Leave the dual carriagway at the Stevenston exit, taking the A738 and then joining the B752 for Ardeer at the second roundabout. After passing over the railway bridge, at the next roundabout take the exit for Ardeer village.

Once in the village, turn right and proceed to the church before turning left and then right (signposted Beach Point) at the end of which is the Beach Park car park. From the car park, drive or walk south past the public lavatories and toward the headland, beyond which is the naturist beach.

Naturists frequent the part of the beach beyond the first rock groyne, but almost anywhere on this section of the beach (beyond the Burns memorial mural on the seawall) is said to be OK. In total, it's a 15-20 minute walk from the car park.

Access is not possible (on foot or otherwise) from the Irvine direction.


The beach is a large expanse ("about 2 miles long") backed by a sea wall, dunes and the former Nobel/ICI works.


Sandylands Holiday Park  at nearby Saltcoats has been suggested.



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