The story goes that if you take a pebble from the Claggain Bay Beach and take it home with you, you’ll come back to Islay. I dare to say that you easily leave the pebble on the beach as you’ll be back anyway. So far I’ve never heard from anyone that they didn’t consider coming back for a second visit. And many folk keep coming back to this magical island.
If you read the post about Ardtalla Beach you can find out about the many things to see and do when you drive up to Claggain Bay. Just so you know, this beach can be found half a mile or so before Ardtalla Beach.
This bay is stunningly beautiful. It has a lovely sandy beach at the south-end, the part you’ll see first when you drive down towards the sea. Further on you’ll find many pebbles, from small to large. It’s a joy to stroll over this beach and try to find beautiful coloured pebbles. There are many, so don’t worry if you’ll take one with you. As long as you come back to Islay.
For me Claggain Bay was always the place to drive to, and either sit in the car or outside on a rock, and watch the world go by. Looking over the tranquil sea and listening to the waves gently rolling onto the beach can even calm the most stressed soul. If you walk further on towards the hill you’ll find a bridge over the river. There is a track following the river inland. It’s a lovely sheltered wee walk. You’ll hear the sea and birds singing whilst enjoying a very quiet part of Islay. Enjoy!