There are no end of stunning beaches and lochs to be seen across the Highlands and Islands. Many are easily accessed but some will require a sturdy pair of walking boots! Whether fishing, swimming or relaxing with a book, bear in mind that the Scottish weather can change in the blink of an eye, so a backpack with towel, waterproof and sun cream should cover all bases!
Beaches & Lochs in Aviemore and Cairngorms
8 miles from the skiing town of Aviemore and 300 m above sea level yet with a perfectly sandy beach. Freshwater, shallow and SEPA designmated make this a perfect spot for swimming. The Loch is also the location of a water sports facility if sailing or kayaking appeal.
Loch Caoldair, on the western edge of the Cairngorms is only a mile from the road (three and a half miles south of Laggan) but it’s completely wild and hidden among birch woods, with a lovely little beach.
There are some great waterfalls a mile down the road at Strathmashie Forest, with a perfect place to pitch your tent right by the edge of the water, ready for that early morning skinny dip.
Loch an Eilein
A beautiful location just south of Aviemore with nice walking and biking and easy parking. The water around the beach on the northern shore is crystal clear and perfect for swimming.
A truely remote Loch at 750 meters in a stunning location underneath Ben Macdui. So remore it is ideal for a skinny dip with a nice shingle beach at the eastern shore.
Lochindorb is a freshwater loch north of Granton and features the ruins of a castle built on an artificially created island, once home to the infamous Wolf of Badenoch. It is a popular spot with fishers and birdwatchers, the latter of whom come to see the local black-throated divers and greylag geese.