Berriedale bay

Highland | Berriedale | Beach | ★★★

[Mouth of Berriedale Water]

Good progress along the A9 coast road is rudely interrupted by the deep gorge at Berriedale Braes. Lorries used to be reduced to a crawl as they negotiated a series of tight hairpin bends on the northern side, though a new section of carriageway opened in 2020 to bypass the worst one. With new road layouts and interesting scenery, it's easy to miss the village nestling in the valley folds. A lack of signposting seems to suggest that the locals like it this way, but the secluded bay by the mouth of Berriedale Water is an exquisite spot well worth seeking out. A whitewashed row of houses and tumbling burn here is overlooked by ruined Berriedale Castle on the cliffs above.

[Berriedale beach, with Berriedale Castle on the cliffs above]

Location & info

📌 Berriedale bay ★★★
At the mouth of the Berriedale Water, Berriedale village, G.R.: ND 120225 ///tracks.backup.chiefs

💬 Access is by an unsigned minor road on the right when heading north on the A9, just before the bridge over the Berriedale Water. Once you've found somewhere to park responsibly, a suspension footbridge accesses the beach on the other side of the river.

[Sea caves at Berriedale bay]


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