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Machrihanish Bay has just missed out on being named Beach of the Year.
The bay, which is the beginning of the longest continuous stretch of sand in Argyll, extending all the way to Westport, was second only to Sandown Bay on the Isle of White in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2019.
After a long and detailed judging process to determine the shortlist for each category, the magazine’s readers and website visitors were given a month to vote for their favourites, with winners announced last week.
The magazine’s editor, Fergus Collins, said: ‘Congratulations to each of the winners – and all the people and places who were shortlisted.
‘The aim of our awards is to celebrate the best of the British countryside and shine a light on lesser known places, projects and people who are doing great work.’
Westport beach looking towards Machrihanish Bay. 50_c11westport01