Machir Bay

Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available Dog friendly

Season: autumn

The beach at Machir Bay, also known as Kilchoman, runs for almost two miles of exquisite soft sand, backed by dunes and machair, which is resplendent with wild flowers in the early summer.  It is located in the south western part of Islay.  Access is via the stream that runs into the beach, where you’ll find a car park.  Swimming is not advised here, due to the strong currents.  Facing west, this is a fine place to enjoy a sunset.  Alternatively, there’s a track at the southern end of the beach, which leads to Kilchiaran Bay, Dun Choisprig, which was an Iron Age fort and Grannie’s Rock.  Highly recommended.

Autumn visit photo gallery


A wild day at Machir Bay on Islay.