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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. Brora Beach

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    Brora

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

  3. 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.

  4. Sango Sands

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    Durness

    A beautifully formed cove Sango Bay offers panoramic views of the North Minch.

  5. Big Sand Beach

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    Gairloch

    The Big Sand beach is sheltered from the onshore wind by Longa Island and boasts magnificent view of the mountains of Skye and Torridon.

  6. 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.

  7. Nairn Beach

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    Nairn

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

  8. Mellon Udrigle Beach

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    Wester Ross area

    Mellon Udrigle is a stunning white sandy beach offering unparallel views of some of the spectacular Highland mountains.

  9. Melvich Beach

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    Melvich

    Melvich beach is the most attractive beach at the mouth of the River Halladale.

  10. Torrisdale Bay

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    Bettyhill

    Torrisdale Bay is a fabulous mile-long beach, with clean golden sands, on the north coast of Sutherland.

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