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Knockdow House, situated on Argyll’s Secret Coast, is a gem of a property that used to belong to Clan Lamont, one of Scotland’s oldest clans. During the 600 years that it was owned by the Lamonts, it was ruled by the corresponding Laird of Knockdow.

Today, Knockdow House is privately owned, but the surrounding region is certainly worth a visit as there is so much to see and do in the area. The beaches along Argyll’s coastline feature golden sands, crystal-clear waters and outstanding backdrops. Many of them are also very isolated, meaning you may be lucky enough to have the entire beach to yourselves! 

If you’re visiting Argyll for water sports, there’s ample to choose from. From swimming to surfing and everything else in between, here are some of the many water sports options on offer:


Feeling brave enough to take a swim in the sea? There are many wonderful swimming spots to choose from in Argyll, including Ostel Bay on Argyll’s Secret Coast, as well as Calgary Bay on the Island of Mull.

Surfing and Windsurfing

The Hebridean island of Tiree is known as a surfer’s and windsurfer’s paradise. With calm waters and fabulous waves, this is a great opportunity to enjoy some wonderful windsurfing opportunities in a quiet and safe environment. For beginners there’s a large shallow, sandy-bottomed loch at Loch Bhaspol. The views surrounding the Loch are also incredible.

At Westport Beach there’s a six-mile stretch of sand along the west coast of the Kintyre Peninsula. The stretch is renowned for its Atlantic breakers, making it a popular spot amongst surfers. However, when the waves are particularly wild, surfing is only recommended for advanced surfers.

Check out the beach’s very own surfcam if you want to see how the waves look before you arrive. There is also a surfing school which is ideal for beginners looking to try their hand at surfing, while surf equipment/gear can also be hired.

Paddle Boarding

Explore Argyll’s coastline from a paddleboard! Featuring sandy bays, islands and sea lochs, there’s plenty to explore from your paddleboard. A great spot for paddle boarding is Ganavan Sands, near Oban. This easy-to-access, sheltered, sandy beach has fantastic views overlooking Kerrera and Mull. You can also head around the coast for views of Oban and Dunollie Castle.

Surf Kayaking Fancy something even more exhilarating? Then check out Machir Bay on the north-west coast of Islay for a wild and thrilling water sport experience. As a sport, surf kayaking is growing in popularity and it’s easy to see why. However, you’ll need to be quite experienced for surf kayaking here as the sea is known for its dangerous undercurrents.