Beaches & Lochs in the Outer Hebrides

The Outer Hebrides is almost completely lined with sandy beaches! Stunning machair frames them whilst wildlife and unusual birds can be spotted. Many of the beaches and waters here would give any Caribbean island a run for their money!


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.

luskentyre beach
hosta beach

Hosta Beach

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.

West Beach

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.

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tangasdale beach

Tangasdale Beach

On the Atlantic coast of Barra lies this picturesque and secluded retreat from the outside world.

Traigh Mhor

This beach is unique as it also serves as the only beach runway in the world used by scheduled flights.

traigh mhor
borve beach

Borve Beach

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.

Dalmore Beach

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.

dalmore beach
garry beach

Garry Beach

Explore the amazing caves and sea stacks when the tide is out then follow the Heritage Trail ten miles up the coast to Ness.

Ghioradail Beach

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.

ghairoadoll beach
horgabost beach

Horgabost Beach

Sheltered, with an impressive machair, and scenic campsite this beach looks north to the Island of Taransay and the dunes of Luskentyre.

Huisinis Beach

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.

hushinish beach
mangersta beach

Mangersta Beach

Mangersta Beach is a SSSI and a popular location for experienced surfers, sand castle builders and rockpool explorers.

Mealista Beach

The calm seas around this sheltered beach are fantastic for swimming, climb the rocky outcrops for a rare chance to spot some eagles.

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northton beaches

Northton Beaches

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.

Reef Beach

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.

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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.

Traigh Mheilein

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.

Traigh Mheilein