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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. Firemore

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    Wester Ross area

    With warm Gulf Stream waters and red sand, Firemore Beach offers the warmest swimming on the west coast of Scotland.

  2. Coldbackie Beach

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    Tongue

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

  3. Strathy Bay

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    Strathy

    The beautiful, sheltered and enclosed Strathy Bay is a wide sandy beach

  4. Gairloch Beach

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    Gairloch

    The beach is situated to the north west of the village of Gairloch, with free parking available beside the golf course.

  5. Sanna Bay

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    Fort William & Lochaber

    Sanna Bay is situated at the most westerly point in mainland Britain on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula.

  6. Achmelvich Bay

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    Lairg

    Alchmelvich Beach is a stunning, white sandy beach with a popular caravan and camping spot nearby.

  7. Brora Beach

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    Brora

    Brora beach is a small golden sandy beach with Jurassic rocks and sloping sea front.

  8. Glen Brittle Beach

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    Drynoch

    Glen Brittle Beach is a sandy beach at the head of Loch Brittle and in the shadow of the Cuillin

  9. Culbin Sands

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    Moray

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

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    Fort William & Lochaber

    The Silver Sands of Morar are a celebrated series of beautiful sandy beaches, which pepper the coastline from Arisaig to Morar.

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