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 Wester Ross and Outer Hebrides
A large, sandy beach 3 miles north west of Lochinver that is accessed by a single track road and is perfect for swimming. A caravan site provides facilities for campers by the beach. Waterskiing, windsurfing and coasteering are all popular local activities.
A stunning, secluded, white sandy beach 23 miles north west of Ullapool, accessed by a single track road. A campsite by the beach has now closed, but the area is suitable for wild camping.
One of the Outer Hebrides’ most famous beaches, Luskentyre, on Harris, certainly desrves the reputation it has earned. Remote, only overlooked by a few farmsteads, this vast expanse of white sand and turquiose water is truly stunning. You’ll have to look out for the sign on the road as it is only in Gaelic, but there is easy access to the beach from a nearby car park.
Hosta Beach on the exposed west coast of North Uist is backed by sand dunes and attracts wildlife lovers with its Machair (Hebridean wild flowers) lining the dunes and surfers with its huge Atlantic swells. Easily accessible from the main road at Hosta.
A three mile, unspoiled white crescent on Berneray, a small island sttached to North Uist by a causeway. This is a fantastic spot for picnics and spotting wildlife including otters.
On the Atlantic coast of Barra lies this picturesque and secluded retreat from the outside world.
This beach is unique as it also serves as the only beach runway in the world used by scheduled flights.
A perfect white sandy beach – one of the nicest in The Western Isles. If you walk across the beach and take time to climb the grassy slope up to “Macleods Stone” and a little higher to the cairn you will be rewarded by spectacular views.
The beach faces out to the north west and large Atlantic rollers often crash onto the beach here making it a favourite place for surfers.
Explore the amazing caves and sea stacks when the tide is out then follow the Heritage Trail ten miles up the coast to Ness.
Situated near to Tolsta this is secluded and intimate and is enclosed by cliffs populated by fulmars. Follow the steep and windy path and check out the cave and jetty.
Sheltered, with an impressive machair, and scenic campsite this beach looks north to the Island of Taransay and the dunes of Luskentyre.
Idyllic and remote this Atlantic facing beach is perfect for finding a few moments of solitude while catching a glimpse of St Kilda or an otter.
Mangersta Beach is a SSSI and a popular location for experienced surfers, sand castle builders and rockpool explorers.
The calm seas around this sheltered beach are fantastic for swimming, climb the rocky outcrops for a rare chance to spot some eagles.
Within a few miles of the village there are at least 5 beaches to visit, each with its own character. For views of the Scarista beaches hike to the ruined Medieval chapel.
A brilliant long white sandy bay dotted with islands. The sheltered waters here are ideal for swimming and the sand dunes, typical of island beaches with their machair flowers and grasses, make great picnic spots.
Valtos has two main beach areas, both of which are quite magnificent. The larger of the two a mile long arc of white shell sand with a basic, scenically located camp-site.
Opposite the island of Scarp lies the perfectly peaceful sands of Tràigh Mheilein. Its relative inaccessibility means it will never be crowded, scramble up the path north of Huisinis and take in the amazing views as you traverse the cliffs.