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 Mid and East Sutherland
Dornoch, sat on the east coast of Sutherland, is a National Scenic Area and a popular seaside resort thanks to its famous 4km long white sandy beach. With a play park, caravan and campsite and golf course nearby, this is a popular destination for holidaymakers and day-trippers. Located within the town with car parking nearby, the beach is conveniently located. A SEPA designated bathing area.
Golspie Beach is a typical gradually curved long east coast beach with a mixture of golden sands and shingle. Panoramic views across the Moray Firth make it an excellent destination for long beach and coastal walks, you can continue all the way up to Brora if you are feeling fit.
This broad beach of golden sand stretches north from the village of Embo to the mouth of the River Fleet. Behind the beach there is a network of paths through the high sand dunes, a good place to take in the fantastic views. The car park, overlooking the beach, is at the north east corner of the village.
Loch fleet is an RSPB reserve, the shores are rocky but worth a visit as in addition to birds you can see deer, pine martins and an abundance of rare flowers.
This loch, close to the main road near Bonar Bridge features an Iron Age Crannog and excellent trout fishing in season.
A long drive down a single track road but an an excellent and secluded wild swimming spot, fishing permits are available in the Contin filling station.
A small picturesque loch set within sloping birch and oakwoods, not far from Contin. At the far end of the loch is a charming pebble beach with quiet picnic places hidden amongst the silver birch, rowan and heather
On the Contin road this easily accessible loch is famous for its pike and perch fishing and the legend of the Kelpie who lives beneath it’s waters.