Sandwood Bay is a very popular beach – there is a car park but be aware that the walk is about 4 miles. There is supposed to be a War plane buried in a sand dune there.
You don’t actually see the bay until you are virtually on top of it, a steep crag protects a direct entrance onto the southern end of the beach and you descend to find yourself in the middle of a long sandy bay. Behind the high beach dunes lies Sandwood Loch, nearly 2 km long and obviously isolated from the sea by the deposits of sand laid down by the sea. This is a popular walk. In this northerly location the Atlantic comes crashing in unhindered by any land mass, on a stormy day it is an impressive sight that only a truely unprotected western aspect can give – the nearest equivalent is on the west coast of Harris in the Outer Hebrides – but Sandwood Bay scores highly on all counts and is better.
Sandwood Bay is a natural bay on the far north-west coast of Scotland. It is best known for its mile-long beach and Am Buachaille, a sea stack, and lies about 5 miles south of Cape Wrath. The four-mile hike across rough moorland is worth it, though – pink-hued sands, silver-blue seas, imposing cliffs, a huge sea stack and a limpid blue loch behind wild dunes all combine to confirm that Britain does indeed have wilderness of the highest quality. Excellent for solitude, surfing (though beware of currents), walking and wilderness camping. The sound of the surf at night would lull you to sleep plus the lovely solitude.
Fisherman’s Mission down at the harbour at Kinlochbervie
The Fisherman’s Mission down at the harbour at Kinlochbervie is very popular and they serve a good mug of tea! It’s been a busy time down at the harbour with yachts visiting and making use of the new pontoon moorings over the Solstice weekend. At one point there were four visiting vessels, pretty much filling up the available spaces. If things carry on this way we’ll be needing to extend them.
It still lands white fish and shellfish but has also diversified by importing fish from the Faroe Islands. Set amid spectacular scenery, the area is ideal for those seeking a peaceful holiday location. However it is also ideal for those looking for more active outdoor pursuits. There are many opportunities for loch and sea fishing. Hill walkers and climbers are also well catered for – looking inland from Kinlochbervie the skyline is dominated by the mountains of Foinaven, Arkle and Ben Stack. Much of the coastline is rocky, but there are also many sandy beaches and bays such as Oldshoremore. Wildlife enthusiasts are well catered for and if you are patient it is often possible to spot otters, seals, dolphins and whales around the coastline. Walking distance to the local pub, cuisine, fish and seafood, shop and post office. Nearby Kinlochbervie Hotel, heather & bracken cottages are good accommodations.