Uiskentuie Strand, the name derives from Gaelic and means “water of the resting place”, can be found at the north end of Loch Indaal. You pronounce Uiskentuie as follows: Oosh-ken-too-ee.
Coming from Bowmore, Uiskentui Strand starts at Uiskentuie Farm, the farm right after the hill, at the junction with the Loch Gruinart RSPB reserve road. It ends at the Kilchoman road. The total length of the Strand is exactly 1.5 miles, ideal for a walk. The beach is part shingle and part sand, depending on the tide!
From my personal point of view I wouldn’t consider this a beach similar to The Singing Sands or Kilchoman Beach. It’s not the beach where you go for a day with the kids and build sand castles and do typical beach stuff. It’s not very sheltered and at high tide there’s not much sand left as the beach is very narrow. You can of course retreat to the grassy area if needed.
Uiskentuie is more a beach for a nice (dog) walk and you can do so on the beach itself or in the grassy area behind the beach where there are several tracks as well. It’s perfect for beach combing and you’ll find many shells here. Be careful in spring where you walk as birds consider this a great place to nest in between the grass and the many pebbles.
The spit at Uiskentuie Strand, towards the Kilchoman Road, juts out some 300 metres into Loch Indaal and is perfect for a walk at low tide. It’s great to walk all the way to the end and discover what’s lying around in between the shingles. Often you’ll see flocks of wading birds and the views all around are great!