Sandwood Bay Beach, Kinlochbervie

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Sandwood Bay is a natural bay in Sutherland, on the far north-west coast of mainland Scotland. It is best known for its remote 1mi long beach and Am Buachaille, a sea stack, and lies about 5mi south of Cape Wrath. Behind the bay's large dunes, stretches the freshwater Sandwood Loch.Though remote, and with no road access, the bay can be reached by a 4mi path leading from the gravel car park at the hamlet of Blairmore. Sandwood Bay is part of the Sandwood Estate which is run by the John Muir Trust. The beach is considered to be one of the cleanest and most unspoilt beaches in the whole of mainland Britain.HistoryThe name Sandwood Bay probably derives from the Viking name 'Sandvatn' ("sand water") and it is believed longboats were dragged across the sands into Sandwood Loch. There are also remains of Pictish settlement in the area. The area has been largely uninhabited since 1847 when the land was cleared for sheep farming as part of the Highland Clearances. A number of shepherds huts remained and were occasionally occupied until around 1940. On 30 September 1941, Sergeant Michael Kilburn from 124 Squadron at RAF Castletown was flying a Spitfire south west of Cape Wrath when the engine failed. He crash-landed the plane on the beach at Sandwood, and managed to escape uninjured. The wreck remained on the beach and over time the entire bodywork was eroded away by the sea but its engine, a Rolls Royce Merlin, remains largely intact and occasionally emerges into full view whenever tidal and weather conditions permit.
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  • Walk quite long and samey to get there and not as spectacular as other beaches we visited in the area but still worth going for remoteness and lovely dunes etc. Our favourite beach was in the Kyle of ...  more »
  • Park your car at the Sandwood Bay car park and use facilities, as it's the last you'll see. Then start your 4.5 miles walk through what can only be described as tranquil and incredible moorland. The p...  more »
  • Visited this bay already having been to both Polin and Oldshoremore Beaches. The four half mile journey via foot after parking in the small car park combines track, moorland, boggy grass and marshland...  more »
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  • A remote and beautiful bay and beach with views of the Am Buachaille sea stack. There is small parking area at the start of the 4.5 mile track with a toilet and collection box for the John Muir Trust. (There's a small tea and snacks stand which may be open too.) The trail is broad and easy to follow leading to a walk across the Dunes and down to the beach.
  • There is a nice walk in/ bike that includes natural lochans and great challenging bike. As you get near their are some old ruins with a great view down to the beach. As you arrive on to the beach it is really worth walking along to far end because of a warm river making its though the beach from the loch that's fun to slide down. There are also coves to explore and the sea stack at the far end.
  • Wonderful beach - well worth the 9-mile round-trek to get there. Access via an unmade road (from Blairmore) and then a path. Not too demanding - easy to navigate and undulating rather than hilly. Three crossings of loch overflows have stepping stones and so no longer represent the morale-sapping bog-slog of old. The beach is deserted, windblown, amazing and bracing... one of the best beaches in the world. Recommended.
  • The most beautiful & secluded beach I have ever saw, was most definitely worth the 4.5 mile walk. There was 3 people & a dog there when myself & 3 friends got there, however, we camped there overnight. Early the next morning it was completely secluded, I managed to take the most stunning photographs, shall upload a few soon.
  • One of my favourite places in the world so far! The 4.5mile walk is fairly uneventful, but worth every step. Go towards the end of the day for the best light. You'll most likely be the only person there. Paradise!

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