Borve Beach

Borve Beach - Hebrides
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Borve beach on the Western side of the Isle of Harris offers visitors yet another stretch of pristine white sands, big open skies and endless views of the Atlantic Ocean.

The beach slopes gently into the aqua-marine waters.  The colour of the water makes for a stunning contrast to the red-hued rocks at one end of the beach which stretch out into the sea. Immediately behind the beach are low, grassy dunes, giving way to sandy grasslands.

This is a good spot for wildlife watching.  As well as the usual crabs and jellyfish, look out for seals, wading birds and the several species of dolphin that are found in the waters off the Western Isles.

Access to the beach is from the car park just off the A859.

Above the beach, signposted from the road is the Macleod Standing Stone/ Clach Macleoid.  This impressive, dramatically positioned structure is thought to be all that is left of a Neolithic stone circle.  From here there are fine views across to Taransay and beyond.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Good fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing


  • Toilets
  • Disabled facilities
  • Slipway

Nearest town


OS grid ref.

NG 0245 9436


Free parking

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