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!


Loch Laidon

Just across the railway line from Rannoch Station is this small family friendly beach, completely surrounded by wilderness.

loch laidon
loch etive

Loch Etive

This majestic sea loch is best take in from a cruise, where you can spot eagles, deer, seals and the amazing peaks of Buachaille Etive Mor in Glencoe

Cuil Bay

10 miles from Glencoe village is the cobble beach at Cuil Bay. Convenience and ease of access make this a popular spot when the sun is out. The view down the loch is stunning and its also a reasonable spot to windsurf or just to sit and watch the sun go down round a driftwood camp fire.

cuil bay

Traigh Beach

Park next to the Golf course at Traigh to check out the amazing views over to The Small Isles then explore the silvery sands, sheltered bays and expanses of machair.

Loch Ossian

Loch Ossian is remote from public roads but it does have a railway station and an eco hostel. The perfect base for exploring the nearby hills.

loch ossian

Bourblach Beach

Bourblach beach in Morar Bay between Arisaig and Mallaig is particularly lovely at low tide, with its rocky outcrops, surrounded by low, undulating heather-clad hills.

Rhu Point Beach

A great place for a seashore safari, bird watching, botanising or just relaxing in a stunning location. Look and listen out for pipits, skylarks, twites, lapwings and plovers on the heath, and waders, sea ducks, cormorants and shags, ringed plovers and otters along the coast. If you are lucky you may also see an eagle fishing along the coastline.

rhu point beach
loch linnie

Loch Linnhe

Pull off the A82 to this popular spot for a picnic by the loch. Exceptionally photogenic, it is a great place to take some snaps – whether you’re a novice or a pro photographer wanting to hone your skills.

Camusdarach Beach

White sands and azure waters, with a backdrop of the Cuillin on Skye make this a truly special place. The beach is probably most famous for being the spot where Fulton Mackay lived in his upturned boat in the 1980′s film Local Hero

camusdarach beach