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The stretch of sand at Seilebost beach on the south side of Luskentyre Bay was once voted one of the top 10 best beaches in the world. Come here on a fine, sunny day and it won 't be difficult to see why. Whatever time of year you visit this is a perfect destination for spectacular photo shots or for those just looking to truly get away from it all.
Pure sands with rocky patches slope gently into the pristine, aquamarine waters of the sea. Fine views across the water to Taransay and Ben Luskentyre reward the visitor with that winning combination of clean sands, sparkling waters and mountain vistas.
One thing to note is that, whilst the view is iydllic, there is the possibility of quicksand in the area so walkers should avoid walking in the wet sand at low tide.
The beach can be accessed from the A859. Seilebost is on a promontory of land jutting out into the sea, north of the tiny village of the same name. Access to the beach from the road be a little difficult, but for those prepared to make the effort, the reward can be that you just might have this tiny bit of paradise all to yourself.
The Eastern end of the beach gives way to grassy dunes, a suitable starting point for long walks.
The traditional crofting village of nearby Seilebost (pronounced Shell-a-bost) has no facilities other than holiday cottages. There are no facilities near the beach, but restaurants and other amenities can be found in Tarbert.
During the Highland clearances, people living on the Western side of the Isle of Harris were forced to move east, so that cattle could be grazed in the more fertile West. Today Highland cattle and sheep still graze in the grassy slopes.
Type of beach
Dogs friendly beach?
- Diving & snorkelling
- Good fishing
- Disabled facilities
OS grid ref.
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