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!


Nairn Beach (Central and East)

The small town of Nairn contains two large sandy beaches, both are SEPA designated bathing areas and come with with the possibility of sighting the famous Moray Firth dolphins. Easy access to the town with public toilets, restaurants, cafes and shops.

Nairn Beach
loch moy

Loch Moy

Walk or cycle the 7km circuit of this scenic loch just off the A9 south of Inverness. Swim to the island if you are feeling particulary adventurous.

Whiteness Point

Whiteness point west of Nairn has views across the Moray Forth where you can spot seals and Dolphins if you are lucky. Victorian visitors used to believe in the healing properties of the water here and would use horse-drawn bathing machines, a practice somewhat frowned upon these days.

whiteness beach
culbin sands


If sand dunes are your thing then head to the RSPB reserve at Culbin just east of Nairn, where you can spot rare waders and geese while playing in one of the biggest dune systems in the UK.