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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  • It is a 4 mile walk to Sandwood Bay but once you get there, you realise it is worth every step. Enormous sand dunes welcome you and the size of the beach and bay is jaw dropping. Take lunch with you a...  more »
  • Great walk to sandwood beach , after parking the car and giving my apple to the pony at the gate it was a brisk walk along the path after 70min the view came into sight and what a view after a walk do...  more »
  • The four mile walk under swirling skies left us concerned as to how our overnight stay would be (40mph winds were forecast from 10pm and showers from 1am). We weren't disappointed; the walk was long b...  more »
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  • With sunset closing in, and only accessible by foot, we took an energetic, fast-paced 4.5 mile walk - followed the trail through barren moorland, surrounding lakes and small pebble beaches to reach this remote beach. It took an hour and 15 minutes to reach the spectacular Sandwood Bay..... with its breathtaking views.
  • Probably the most atmospheric beach in Britain.
  • The most stunning beach, we are young and it took us an hour and a half each way at a good pace to get there. Spent an hour there with a picnic lunch. Absolutely beautiful, scenery is a great reward for the walk.
  • Owned and protected by the John Muir Trust. Their work is much appreciated.
  • 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.