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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.Arrange your visit to Sandwood Bay Beach and discover more family-friendly attractions in Kinlochbervie using our Kinlochbervie trip website .
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Remote - though well-known and popular so you are unlikely to be quite alone. Accessible from 3.5 mile walk along good path from the car park. White sand, peaceful. Very pleasant visit. more »
Dauer der Wanderung (eine Richtung): 45 min - ca. 6km (von Parkplatz Blairmore - zügiges Tempo) Weg ist gut begehbar, allerdings ist festes Schuhwerk empfehlenswert. Teilweise sind kleinere Bäche per ... more »Duration of the hike (one-way): 45 min - 6km (from parking lot Blairmore - brisk pace) way is well accessible, however, substantial footwear is recommended. Smaller streams via stepping stones are partial to cross. Weather can change quickly, good rain gear and wind protection recommended. The beach itself is beautiful and every meter value hike! Visit when you're in the vicinity!
I've always wanted to visit Sandwood and have put it off in previous years, but the more I heard and saw of the beach, I was determined to make the trip. And, I'm so glad I did! It's mythological - me... more »
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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