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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. Embo Beach

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    Dornoch

    The clean, white sands are edged by a belt of dunes and the clear water has earned Embo Beach a blue flag for the second year running.

  2. Strathy Bay

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    Strathy

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. Portmahomack

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    Portmahomack

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

  7. Scourie Beach

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    Scourie

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

  8. 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.

  9. Loch Morlich

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    Aviemore

    Loch Morlich is a fresh water loch surrounded by sandy beaches and home to a water sports centre and yacht club.

  10. Gruinard Bay

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    Laide

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

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