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  • An angler fishing at Big Sands beach, Gairloch
    Angler at Big Sands beach, Gairloch
  • A couple sit and admire Big Sands beach with the mountains of Torridon visible beyond
    Big Sands beach with the mountains of Torridon visible in the distance
  • Looking along the empty Dornoch beach
    Dornoch beach

The beaches in the Highlands offer some of the most beautiful coastline found in Scotland.

The Highlands are home to some of Scotland’s finest beaches, perfect for relaxing and enjoying Scotland’s beautiful coastal scenery. Without traveling too far from the bustling city of Inverness, you can stroll down the golden sands of Nairn, spot seals and dolphins at the Black Isle or scuba dive in the sparkling waters of the Moray Firth.

The northern town of Thurso is another must visit for those pursuing watersport adventures. Known as Scotland’s surfing capital, Thurso’s incredibly fast reef and beach breaks attract world-class surfing competitions and fans from all over the world.

Whilst visiting the northern Highlands, why not explore Scotland’s first Geopark? Covering one of the most sparsely populated parts of Europe, the North West Highlands Geopark boasts some sublime coastlines including magnificent Sandwood Bay, the ultimate secluded beach.

Some truly remarkable seaside locations can be found in the western Highlands. Head to Lochaber and discover the Silver Sands of Morar, a series of stunning white beaches dotted across the coastline with clear turquoise waters and striking views of the Isle of Skye. You may recognise the spectacular surroundings of Camusdarach beach, which featured in the classic movie Local Hero.

Use the listings of Highland beaches to plan your trip to the Scottish coast today.

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  1. Sandwood Bay

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    Kinlochbervie

    Reputedly the most beautiful beach in Britain, the wild and spectacular Sandwood Bay in Kinlochbervie is backed by huge sand dunes and a loch.

  2. Golspie Beach

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    Golspie

    Golspie beach is a long sandy beach with a mixture of sand and shingle.

  3. Clashnessie Bay

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    Lochinver

    Clashnessie Bay is a small sandy beach with a mild microclimate, due to the closeness of the Atlantic Ocean Gulf Stream.

  4. Cullen Beach

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    Cullen

    Cullen Beach is an attractive sandy beach with excellent water quality and plenty of space.

  5. Scourie Beach

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    Scourie

    The peaceful, sheltered beach at Scourie is the perfect place to spot many seabirds.

  6. Ceannabeine Beach

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    Durness

    Ceannabeine Beach is a beautiful, white sandy beach with rocky outcrops and crystal clear water.

  7. Sinclair's Bay

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    Wick

    Sinclair’s Bay, known locally as Reiss Beach is a stunning white sanded paradise with 16th century castles at both ends.

  8. Slaggan Bay

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    Aultbea

    Slaggan Bay is a quiet, sandy beach on the banks of the Minch.

  9. Portmahomack

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    Portmahomack

    This delightful broad sandy beach runs west from the historic pretty fishing village of Portmahomack.

  10. East Beach

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    Lossiemouth

    East Beach is found in Lossiemouth, the Highlands and is a popular location for surfers.

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