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Argyll & Bute

Ganavan has two sandy beaches a few miles north of Oban. Secluded and with wonderful views this is a peaceful beach destination.

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Water Quality

Annual classification:

2015 Excellent

Today's Forecast

Pollution risk forecasts are not made at this site.

Facilities at Ganavan beach



Parking is available with charge.

Dog restrictions

Dog ban on beach. Dog bins in car park area.

Beach cleaning

No current information



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Exploring the beaches and rock pools

Wildlife and Walks

Oban is within walking distance. See Marine Wildlife sightings at this beach

Beach type: sand,

Beach Location

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Water Quality

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, during the bathing season, from 1st June to 15th September. Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land. Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2015 Excellent

What’s does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either-

Excellent – the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
Good – generally good water quality
Sufficient – meets minimum standards
Poor – You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

These new European standards are based on the latest health advice and are roughly twice as tough as the old ones. They use the latest four years of data, rather than a single year. Find out how they compare.

Safety, Weather & Tides

Displaying nearest weather point within 10 miles of Ganavan

This weather forecast is generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Potential hazards at this beach


Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach:

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Beach Cleans

We need you!

Our volunteers have been surveying rubbish on  UK beaches for over 20 years. In that time shoreline litter had more than doubled and plastic has gone up by 180%!

MCS beach cleans are run all year round All year round Beach Clean events with our flagship event 'Great British Beach Clean' Great British Beach Clean - 18th to 21st Sept in September.

Volunteers record the litter they find - we use this information to help Governments and industry understand how to stop the rubbish getting there in the first place. We also promote behaviour change among the public using the data collected.

MCS Beach clean events

Within 10 miles of Ganavan beach

There are currently no beach cleans within 10 miles of this beach!

All of our cleans are run by volunteers so why not organise your own? We’ve got loads of information to help you get started.

Click here to see all events around the UK.

Beachwatch graphic - our success

Small changes, big differences

litter bin icon Take your rubbish home - don’t try and cram more stuff into already overflowing beach bins

recycle icon Don’t leave litter behind - take it away and recycle it

Toilet icon Only put the 3P's down the loo - Pee, Poo and Paper - everything else goes in the bin!

Fancy a fish dish?

Find an eatery with a Fish2fork sustainable seafood rating within 10 miles of Ganavan beach


We rate restaurants according to the impact the seafood they serve has on fish stocks and the health of our oceans.

Along with MCS we want all seafood served in the UK to be sustainable.

Visit Fish2fork website

Sustainable Blue fish - serving sustainable seafood
Sustainable Red fish – one or more fish options on the menu is an MCS Fish to Avoid

The Oban Fish and Chip ShopSustainable

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Wildlife Spotting

You never know what kinds of wildife you'll come across at the beach. We're interested in what you find - especially if you come across jellyfish, basking sharks or turtles. Tell us what you find.

Find out the latest news and information on marine wildlife from around the UK.

Note: This page shows reports of sightings of jellyfish, basking sharks and turtles ONLY, as MCS holds national databases for these species. Don't be alarmed if it looks like there are lots of jellyfish in the area, they are fascinating creatures. We always advise "look but don't touch".

Latest reported sightings

Within 10 miles of Ganavan beach

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Francesca Weal
on 28 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by John Mckenzie
on 23 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Kim Ball
on 15 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Nicole Knight
on 12 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Kirsty Whyte
on 6 Aug 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Eleanor Snape
on 29 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Ray Howie
on 29 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Lorna Wylie
on 24 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Dawn Brange
on 20 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Dawn Brange
on 20 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Ian Thomson
on 4 Jul 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Clare Mckenzie
on 29 Jun 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Kevin Ilsley
on 26 Jun 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Mary Godfroy
on 25 Jun 2016

Jellyfish sightedJellyfish seen here by Jens Thomas
on 3 Jun 2016

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