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!


Traigh Hogh

Stroll past the RSPB reserve and onto shell-white beach, marvel at the summer colour as the flowers bloom along the sand dunes, and keep your eyes peeled for the most elusive of birds. You’ll probably hear the corncrake’s distinctive rasping call between May and July – but will you see one?

feall bay

Feall Bay

For surfers on Coll, Feall bay is the most reliable spot with an exposed beach break where it is possible to surf most of the year. Rarely crowded.

Crossapol Bay

One of Coll’s 23 beaches this one is famous for its 100ft sand dunes, you wont find donkey rides, ice creams or kiss-me-quick hats, in fact you will probably have the place to yourself.

crossapool bay
traigh mhor bay

Traigh Mhor Bay

A great starting point to enjoy some of the more interesting attractions on Tiree. Stroll up to the the Ringing Stone and Dun Mor Broch then relax on the the white sands of Traigh Mhor.

Balevullin Beach

The most popular beach on Tiree has long sheltering dunes is great for sitting and paddling or picnics. A preferred beach for wind surfing at the annual Tiree Wave Classic.

bailevullin beach
laig bay

Laig Bay

On the north-west side of Eigg lies a little piece of paradise. Laig bay, a quarter of a mile long white shale beach, faces an awe-inspiring view of the Rum Cullin. Low Tides expose kelp laden reefs and many species of seabird can be spotted on the shoreline.

Cleadale Beach

The perfect grains of sand at Cleadale beach make a whistling sound when you shuffle them with your feet – but you may be too taken with the crystalline sea and the gorgeous views of Rum to notice.

cleadlae beach

Loch Scresort

An otter hide sits nestled in a corner of a pebbled beach along the footpath on the southern edge of Loch Scresort, where you can also visit the mysterious abandoned settlement of Port na Caranean.

Kilmory Beach

Kilmory Beach on the north of Rum has a hide for observing deer and amazing views over to the Skye Cuillin.

kilmory beach
gallnach beach

Gallanach Beach

Horse Island, which is only accessible at low water, lies just of Gallanach Beach and is home to many nesting sea birds including the island’s Puffin Colony.

Camus Mor

This dramatic stretch of shore has slabs of Jurassic sedimentary limestone visable at low tide. As a result this beach is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Small numbers of Manx Shearwater have been seen nesting here in recent years.

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Isle of Canna

In one long day you can complete a coastal circuit of the entire island. It takes in the wild and rugged clifftops of the northern and western coastline, with magnificent views of sea and mountain throughout.