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.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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  • 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 »
  • A beautiful hike through the barren hills with pretty lakes on the way to the beach. The blues and greens are still amazing. The hike is relatively flat and easy, and the path is very easy to follow u...  more »
  • This beach can only be reached on foot or by boat. It is well worth the four mile walk from Blairmore car park. 
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Amazing place. Almost the best beach in the world.
  • 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.