The 'spectacular' Scottish beach where Paul McCartney filmed iconic music video

Saddell Bay
Even if you aren't a McCartney fan, Saddell Bay is well worth a visit -Credit:ChrisSampson87, CC BY-SA 4.0

A pristine Scottish beach where Paul McCartney filmed the music video for one of his biggest hits has been named one of the most "spectacular" in the country.

After a few days of heavy wind and rain across Scotland, things are set to improve once more this week. As reported by the Daily Record, parts of the country are expected to bask in temperatures as high as 22 degrees Celsius.

If there is one thing that Scots love doing when the sun is shining, it is heading to the nearest beach. While there is no shortage of scenic sandy bays from the Borders to the Highlands, Condé Nast Traveller have rounded up 19 of the best.

One of the beaches singled out by the travel experts is Saddell Bay, which is found along the eastern side of the Kintyre Peninsula. The picturesque beach is part of the Kilbrannan Sound, which separates the peninsula from the Isle of Arran.

Unsurprisingly, one aspect of Saddell Bay that was singled out by Condé Nast Traveller is its "prime" views out towards the island. The experts also called it "splendidly sandy" and praised its "startling blue seashore".

If you're a music buff, you may be hit with a sense of deja vu when looking at pictures of Saddell Bay. This is because the stunning beach is where Paul McCartney filmed the music video for his band Wings' smash-hit single Mull of Kintyre.

Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, the beautiful video shows McCartney performing the song alongside bandmates Linda McCartney and Denny Laine as the three look over the bay and walk down to the beach. Here, the Campbeltown Pipe Band can be seen marching and playing before the video ends with a bonfire singalong that features local extras.

As the title suggests, the song itself is a tribute to the Kintyre peninsula as a whole. McCartney is a particular fan of the region, and has owned the property High Park Farm there since 1966 — situated around just seven miles from Saddell Bay.

KINTYRE, SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM: Antony Gormley sculpture GRIP of an abstract human form looking out over Saddell Bay, Kilbrannan Sound to Arran, Saddell Castle in background in Kintyre, Scotland"n.  (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Antony Gormley's sculpture is one of the most unique features of Saddell Bay -Credit:Tim Graham/Getty Image

Meanwhile, Saddell Bay is also home to a unique cast-iron sculpture created by celebrated artist Antony Gormley, who is famous for his iconic Angel of the North in Gateshead. The abstract artwork, which looks like a man gazing out over the water, is as beautiful as it is mysterious.

The full list of the 19 most spectacular beaches in Scotland can be found on the Condé Nast Traveller website.

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