Kinlochbervie - the most northerly port on the West Coast of Scotland
Looking down to Loch Innis
Shortlisted by the Oxford English Dictionary as the definition of ‘remote’, you can’t get much further away from it all than in Kinlochbervie – just 20 miles from mainland Britain’s most northwesterly corner. Yet despite its location – 60 miles from the nearest supermarket – Kinlochbervie is a thriving village home to a welcoming community. Situated on a rugged coastline among thousands of acres of wild land, Kinlochbervie makes the perfect base to get away from it all and explore Scotland’s spectacular northwest.
As a major Scottish fishing village, Kinlochbervie is the most northwesterly port in mainland Britain, and the transporting of fish landed here means that despite its seclusion, it benefits from surprisingly good road links.
The area has two stunning sandy beaches – Oldshoremore and Sandwood Bay. Sandwood Bay is the more remote of the two, accessible only by a 4-mile long track across the moorland – yet is extremely rewarding to those who make the journey. Oldshoremore can be reached by road – albeit a winding, single track road! – yet is by no means crowded, and you may well have the beach to yourself.
The area is a haven for mountaineers and walkers, with the unique, quartzite-capped Foinaven to the east and coastal walks both north and south.
There are two small, well-stocked shops in Kinlochbervie where you can buy supplies. You can also stock up in supermarkets in Ullapool if you’re coming from the south, or Thurso if you’re coming from the east – although we highly recommend shopping local and supporting the small, local shops where possible.
The drive to Scotland’s far northwest corner may be long but you’re guaranteed seclusion, wild landscapes and a welcoming community when you arrive. If you’re looking to kick back, relax and experience Scotland’s wild landscapes, head for Kinlochbervie!
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