Aboyne Beach is a favorite beach located along the shores of Saanich Inlet in the forested rural neighborhood of Ardmore, a Gaelic term referring to “homes beside the sea.” Aboyne Avenue lies east to west and is connected by a footpath along its length. The eastern end of Aboyne Avenue connects Ardmore Drive and Hartfell Avenue; the southern end of Hartfell Avenue ends at the waters of Cole Bay, near Cole Bay Regional Park. There is a concrete staircase that leads to the shale yet muddy shallow water of Cole Bay. When you head north along this short section of Hartfell Avenue across Ardmore Drive you’ll connect with Aboyne Avenue which continues west to reach the rocky shoreline of Saanich Inlet. Aboyne Avenue is a quiet rural roadway in this residential area that is connected by a footpath. The gravel path is bordered by maple and fir trees. There are also a fair number of blackberry bushes along this pathway. Once you’ve reach the next section of Ardmore Drive continue its intersection with Ardmore Drive. Strolling across Ardmore Drive look for the hiking trail marker that shows the way to the shores of Saanich Inlet. The gravel trail is about one hundred meters long through a forest of cedar and Douglas fir trees. Near the end of the trail there is a large arbutus tree and a set of staircases to the granite rock beach. The steep bank does provide a terrific view across the waters of the Salish Sea to the hills near Mill Bay and Cherry Point on Vancouver Island. It is also a good spot to watch a sunset. The beach is a mostly granite rocks with a few tide pools to explore.
Geographic coordinates N48° 37′ 55″ W123° 28′ 38″
You can get to Aboyne Avenue Beaches from Pat Bay Highway. Leave the highway at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, an unique and confusing series of roundabouts that make a multi-circle roadway overpass. Take the third exit onto McTavish Road then take the second exit to stay on McTavish Road. Follow McTavish Road past the East Saanich Intersection and continue until you reach West Saanich Road (BC 17A North). Turn right onto West Saanich Road and then the next left onto Ardmore Drive and its golf course. Stay on Ardmore Drive past the end of the golf course property and look for Aboyne Avenue and Hartfell Road on the right. There is roadside parking along Aboyne Avenue and Ardmore Road. The closest parking area is at Cole Bay Park which is down Inverness Road. While you are here make time to visit Th-kaut, the 1100 year old Douglas-fir tree on the third green of Ardmore Golf Course.