Carradale village

Carradale itself is a small village community of some 400 people tucked away in a quiet part of Scotland. There is a village shop and bakery, several comfortable hotels and a well used village hall.

Carradale BayJust beyond the harbour there is Carradale Bay, a broad sweeping beach just perfect for walking and in summer for bathing in the shallow water. There is also a caravan site here accommodating tourists as well as having log cabins and static caravans.

To the east of this lies Port Righ, another beautiful bay facing east across Kilbrannan Sound towards Arran. With sandy beaches, hill and forest walks and even a small golf course Carradale is a place well worth visiting, again and again.

And then of course there are the goats!

Goats in the sunshine

Just south of the harbour lies Carradale Point and a herd of feral goats have been living here for… well, longer than anyone can remember. They live in the harsh rocky coastal scrub feeding on rough grasses and seaweed.

Carradale lies approximately 15 miles north of Campbeltown and 25 miles south of Tarbert, on the B842 road. To find the harbour by road, pass through Carradale East village past two hotels, the shop and the post office. After a short distance the road descends quite steeply until suddenly the harbour springs into view. There is a sizeable car park here, public toilets and you can walk around the man-made wall that now acts as protection for boats inside. The views here are fantastic, as you would expect, and local visitors to the harbour include seals, eider ducks and it is not unusual to witness basking sharks and dolphins outside the harbour from time to time (usually peak or late summer).