Thursday, May 05, 2011

A distinct lack of nudists at Cleits Shore.

The SW shore of Arran is  superficially less dramatic than its neighbours. A boulder beach is backed by a raised beach which in turn is backed by a line of now dry wave cut cliffs. However, a series of basalt dykes run out to sea for distances of up to a kilometre from the shore.

They are particularly prominent in the region of the Cleits Shore, where they extend for a considerable distance, just under the surface of the water.  You need to give them a wide berth, especially when kayak sailing at speed, with laden kayaks!

I mentioned to David that this shore was a nudist beach, the only legal one in Scotland. Despite David being anxious to get to Kildonan in time for the 3:30 in the Scottish Grand National horse race at Ayr, he now seemed keen to take a break on the shore.

Despite it being legal, there was not a single nudist in sight and neither of us felt like disrobing from the warmth of our dry suits, just to exercise our legal rights.

From the sands at the south end of Arran, we had a fine view of Ailsa Craig, some 22km away to the SSE. We had done this crossing from Ailsa to Arran exactly two years previously.

Twenty eight km to the SW we saw Sanda, with Rathlin Island in the distance to the SSW. There was also a decent wind, which held the promise of a quick sail to Kildonan.


  1. Douglas you're an Ailsa Craig fan so you might like to speak with your bank manager:

  2. Cleats ?
    I feel a visit to Arran coming up :)

  3. Looks like a great trip! I used to be able to see Arran clearly from my house in Kilmarnock. (still for sale if anyone is interested! :-))

    Port Philip bay is nice enough, but I miss the Scottish West coast.

  4. David I saw that, it looks like a bargain!

    Make sure its a warm day Alex!

    Suzuki, I used to see Arran every day when I cycled along the shore to school,it was really good to paddle round it after all these years!


  5. Alex - no one seems to bother the nudists at Ardeer, it's quite a shock when you're running along at 30mph in the kite buggy and they suddenly stand up to see what's going on.... Not a pleasant shock I might add.

  6. Hi Jim I forgot about the Ardeer beach but I do not think it is official anymore!