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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!

 

Shandwick Beach

Convenently located in the seaside villages of Shandwick and Ballintore, this is compromised of sandy and rocky sections – meaning both rockpools and sandcastles. Free parking, public toilets and easy access to the villages make this a convenient family day out.

shandwick beach
rosemarkie beach

Rosemarkie

One of the finest beaches on the Black Isle, its is accessible, offers a wide range of facilities nearby and at Chanonry point the finest place in the UK to view dolphins.

Eathie

If you tire of white sandy beaches then head to Eathie for a refreshing change, Follow in the footsteps of Hugh Millar and collect fossils, look out for dolphins and if the weather gets bad head for shelter in the newly restored bothy.

eathie beach
nigg beach

Nigg beach

Hop off the ferry from Cromarty and you are directly on this sandy beach at the entrance to the Cromarty Firth.

Loch Eye

Loch Eye is Easter Ross’ finest wild brown trout fishery and It is situated in rolling farmland near Fearn between the Cromarty and Dornoch Firths. It is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest as it is an important winter roosting site for internationally important numbers of waterfowl. In summer visiting ospreys can be seen regularly through the day, as well as the occasional otter.

loch eye
portmahomack beach

Portmahomack

If you don’t mind a wee bit of a rocky scramble then a walk around the Tarbat Ness headland from Portmahomack offers the opportunities to check out a lighthouse, medieval castle and breeding seabirds.