There Scotland it has many attractions. But you certainly don’t come here for the sea or to do the bathroom. Yes, because the things to see are of a very different nature: green hills and mountainslakes, castles, villages and legends. Stories of monsters and cities full of life like Edinburgh or Glasgow. Bagpipes and whiskey. Yet a trip to this slice of United Kingdom allows you to discover a lesser-known side of the islands and the Highlands: that is, that of Scotland beaches. A surprise for many since, often, we are dealing with expanses of golden sand certainly not suitable for sunbathing. But full of charm.
Many of the beaches in the Scotland are located near famous towns and villages and therefore can be discovered effortlessly during a tour from north to south. But others, on the other hand, are hidden in secluded corners, along often uninhabited coasts and in the center of protected nature reserves. These are best for those who love walking and trekking. And to experience a lesser-known corner of the country.
Scotland’s queen of beaches: Sandwood Bay
For many it is the most beautiful beach on the United Kingdom: and maybe they don’t exaggerate. Sandwood Bay is a spectacular mile-long strip of pink sand near a Kinlochbervieand is surrounded by sand dunes and a deep freshwater lake. The other side however is pure Atlantic: towards the open sea, in fact, there are whimsical waves and cliffs where i gulls and other seabirds. However, the symbol of the beach is Am Buachaillea rock that comes out of the sea for more than 60 meters on the tip of the promontory of Rubh’a Bhuachaille, at the southern end of the beach.
To get to the beach you have to walk a few miles after leaving the car in a nearby parking lot Blairmore. The trail is flat and meanders through the heath where sheep graze: better to have comfortable and resistant shoes. Once you arrive you can have a picnic overlooking the sea. Sandwood Bay is a magical place and the views are splendid. But remember that legend says it’s at home here a ghost.
The colors of the beaches: Camusdarach Beach:
Located south of the estuary of Morar lies this extraordinarily attractive beach – a wide crescent of white sand that can be reached by effortlessly climbing over the dunes. Camusdarach it is surrounded by rocky peninsulas which are covered with gods in summer thousand colors of flowers and is very popular with the locals, especially after a film was shot here in 1983 starring the Hollywood legend, Burt Lancaster.
Here too, as in the others Scotland beaches, make no mistake: the green waters are splendid but it certainly isn’t easy to swim. Even if you enjoy sunbathing. The children will then be able to play and many come for a summer picnic also because it is located along the so-called “Road to the Isles”. From Camusdarach they are enjoyed nice views over the islands not far from Rum and Eigg: and their peaks, wrapped in a bluish mist, at certain moments offer glimpses of the perfect selfie. In the distance then the Cuillin Hills of the ialone on Skye make these panoramas among the most suggestive in the whole of Scotland.
For the more sporty around there are paths that wind around the beach and inland up to the Loch Morar. And local couples are said to love these places to promise each other love and fix the wedding.
The beach and the castle
Seacliff Beach besides the beach it offers much more. And here is a residential complex, a port and even a castle. To get there, you take a private road and access requires the payment of an entrance ticket. But it’s money well spent also because this corner of Scotland it is steeped in history. In fact, the Tantallon castle, a ruined mid-14th century fortress that was the last medieval walled castle built in the country. A little further on the stands out instead the small port which dates back to the end of the 1800s and was built by digging the red limestone rock.
Then the beach that attracts surfers, canoeists but also knights and summer picnic freaks. At least with the low tide: because when the sea rises most of the beach is submerged. When the sand re-emerges, like the rocks around it, it has a shade reminiscent of the rusty metal which derives from the prevalence of red limestone in the area.
After the stop at the beach and the visit to the aforementioned Tantallon castle go visit the remains of the Auldhame castleanother reminder of Seacliff’s historical importance in the past as also evidenced by what remains of Seacliff House. Originally built in 1750, this once stately home is now just abandoned ruins. If we exclude the usual ones ghosts.
Between dunes and sand: the island of St. Ninian’s
The island of Saint Ninian it is a little jewel tossed about by the waves. But it deserves to be discovered when looking for the beaches of Scotland: But not only. It’s about a small island of just about seventy hectares connected to Mainland Shetland from a sand tombolo, the largest in the UK. Basically a huge sandbar which comes out of the sea during the summer months and which is transformed into a beach about half a kilometer long which can be reached on foot. We have said that there is more than just the beach: in fact, on the island – which would then be a peninsula – there is what remains of a 12th century church under which, in 1958, a little boy found a treasure trove of medieval objects.
On the island do not expect to find clubs or tourist services. You come here looking for a dive into nature, into the wind and at least to admire the vaulting of the sea birds, including the funny puffins. If you want you can go through the paths that climb the cliff and admire the sea or enjoy the sun (when it’s there). Remember that in winter the beach is almost always swallowed up by the waves.
Magical Luskentyre Beach
We are in Scotlandit is obvious, indeed for the precision on theIsle of Harris in Outer Hebrides. But on certain sunny mornings the shallow turquoise waters that lap the beach at Luskentyre they are so bright that you can find yourself thinking that deep down it is a bit like being in one beach of the Greece. And all of this in a place that is still little traveled, in a natural dream yet to be discovered and explored. But certainly not where to swim. And herein lies the difference with Mykonos or Crete.
The cold temperatures ofAtlantic Ocean make Luskentyre a destination to play and walk or for walk the long stretch of sand enjoying the view around. In addition to the shoreline, in fact, there is a convenient one path of more than 4 km that winds through the dunes. And for keen cyclists there is also a track which connects to the road leading to Harris. On the beach, remember that there are no services and to find shops or places to eat you have to head towards the town of Northon. Another tip: if you love i tweed fabrics this is the right place to go shopping. The fabrics woven here are unique in the world.
And finally fresh water: Loch Morlich
We finish our little trip between the beaches of Scotland most beautiful arriving at a splendid beach which is located on the banks of the Loch Morlicha lake in the heart of the mountain range of Cairngorms. It is a lake surrounded by forest and also a much-loved spot for water sports enthusiasts.
In fact, during the high season here you can practice thesailing, windsurfing, stand up paddleboarding, kayak and canoe but there are also opportunities for those who love to keep their feet on the ground. For fans of mountain biking there are paths through the Glenmore forestwhere it is also, of course, possible to do hiking on a dense network of trails.
And the lazy? They too will find their little paradise lying on the sand in absolute stillness. The place is beautiful, clean air and if the sun is out it’s the best. And then get a tan in the middle of the Scottish Highlands it is certainly an experience that should not be missed.