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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. Farr Bay

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    Bettyhill

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

  2. Achnahaird Beach

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    Achiltibuie

    Achnahair Beach is a lovely crescent of sand in Wester Ross that is considered one of Scotland’s best beaches.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Tarskavaig Bay

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    Skye

    A small, white sandy beach, Tarskavaig Beach has spectacular views over to the Small Isles and the mountains of Skye.

  7. Melvich Beach

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    Melvich

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

  8. Ardtoe Beach

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    Fort William & Lochaber

    Lying on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, Ardtoe Beach is a stunning sandy beach split into various parts by rocky outcrops.

  9. Strathy Bay

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    Strathy

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

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    Durness

    Balnakeil Beach is a wide, white beach with large dunes, situated near Cape Wrath in the very north of Scotland.

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