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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. Shandwick Bay

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    Tain

    This beautiful expanse of golden sand is located within the seaboard villages of Shandwick and Balintore.

  2. Camusdarach Beach

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    Fort William & Lochaber

    Camusdarach Beach is an arc of white, glistening sand and clear water just south of the estuary of River Morar, thought to be the shortest river in Britain - the River Scavaig on the Isle of Skye is another contender.

  3. Nairn Beach

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    Nairn

    Nairn Beach is backed by low sand dunes and a promenade with an open, grassy links area.

  4. Coldbackie Beach

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    Tongue

    With stunning white sands and miles of untouched tranquillity, Coldbackie Beach is a peaceful and spectacular place.

  5. Claigan Coral Beach

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    Dunvegan

    Claigan Coral Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Isle of Skye, with stunning views over Camas Ban.

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    Gairloch

  7. Gruinard Bay

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    Laide

    Rocky coves and pink sands characterise the Gruinard Bay beaches, with spectacular views and scenery.

  8. Culbin Sands

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    Moray

    This RSPB coastal reserve in Morayshire, the Highlands is full of wildlife to look out for.

  9. Farr Bay

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    Bettyhill

    Farr Bay is a sheltered, white sandy beach only a short walk from the main road.

  10. Golspie Beach

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    Golspie

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

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