Walk: Sandwood Bay - Britain's best beach?

[Sandwood Bay]

It's an ambitious claim, but many Scots reckon that Sandwood Bay is the UK's most spectacular beach. A mile of pristine sand, backed by a freshwater loch and overlooked by the lonely, dramatic sea stack of Am Buachaille. Beautiful, dramatic, unspoilt... so why do its visitor numbers more closely resemble the surface of Mars than a tourist hotspot? The answer lies in how you get there: four long miles of track (eight miles including the return journey) through barren moorland on foot from the nearest road is enough to put many visitors off, and its location in the most remote region of the UK in the first place doesn't help. But you must visit if you're spending significant time in the Northwest Highlands.

[Approach to Sandwood Bay]

Name: Walk: Sandwood Bay - Britain's best beach? ★★☆
Length: 13 km / 8 miles
Ascent: 150 metres
Points of interest: Sandwood Bay
Start / finish: Car park at Blairmore, G.R.: NC 194600 / remotest coffee stack

Route: Car park - Loch na Gainimh - Loch a' Mhuilinn - Sandwood Bay - return to start by outward route
Terrain: Good track across remote moorland.
Wildlife today: A few seabirds on the various lochs.
Weather today: Mostly sunny, but windy on the exposed moorland.

[Sandwood Bay]


Route credit: Walkhighlands

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