Sandwood Bay Beach, Kinlochbervie

Categories: Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.9/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web
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.The farmstead of Strathchailleach, around 1mi east of the bay, was built in the mid 19th century. This was occupied by James MacRory-Smith, a hermit known as Sandy, from 1962 to 1994. Both Strathchailleach and a similar cottage at Strathan, 3mi south-east of the bay, are operated as bothies by the Mountain Bothies Association.
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  • I have travelled an average amount for work and for pleasure in various countries, this is without a doubt right up there with the most beautiful places I have ever seen/visited. 4 mile walk in blazin...  read more »
  • I loved everything about this place, from the drive past little houses with great scenery, and stunning beaches, to park and start the hour and a half walk to get to this magnificent beach along a wel...  read more »
  • I have travelled far, but as a beach, there like Sandwood Bay only very, very, very rarely in this world. Sure, there are 15km on foot (there & back), but worth every meter. Pure nature. Clearly, not a food stall there, no couch Chair & umbrella rentals, no toilets, but we are looking for exactly. Peace, seclusion (less than 5 persons per kilometers of beach ;-) and just the raw, pure nature.) No matter how the weather is (we were rained out completely on the way), Sandwood Bay offers spectacular natural (and we were on the beach Super Sun).
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  • It's a long walk but it is 100%💯 worth it we as a family had a great night stay there it was empty. And when you start and finish the walk the is a coffee van and toilets and fresh water tap
  • About a couple of hours to reach by walk through wind and rain. It's one of the remotely, spectacular and amazing beach in the north-west. It's a wonderful treasure. It's an epic journey.
  • Beach is deffo haunted it really does feel it too. When I arrived I was their all alone for 45 mins b4 people arrived two peoples were just leaving as I arrived. So all this meant it was bliss way more, I on own and being only one there was me braved the elements and left on the walk from car park way way b4 anyone else for it was slightly rainy or threatening rain and I hard, plus only had water seep trainers on and socks never got wet at all just a tad couple (a) times ever so slight on edge, there are two stepping stone crossings and on way back someone tampered wid last one wot a rottter but I still accomplished greatness and stayed dry. NEVER TAMPER WID THE STEPPING STONE CROSSINGS, R U SERIOUS!
  • Heaven on earth
  • Well worth the walk .Best Beach in the World .Views Fantastic
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