Achmelvich Bay

Beautiful Achmelvich Beach looks across the bay to the coastal village of Lochinver with the islands of Lewis and Harris just offshore.

This is a beautiful sheltered beach on the rural west coast. A large crescent of white sands with granite outcrops that divide the beach into sections. The Blue Flag awarded beach is edged with rocks and grassland with a mountain backdrop. Just north of the main beach is a smaller sandy cove reached along the beach at low tide.

Popular with families, windsurfers, water-skiers and kayakers in the summer months. Free parking is available nearby and well-behaved dogs are welcome.

Fishing enthusiasts can catch cod, haddock, whiting, pollack, saither and mackerel in the bay while hikers can explore the surrounding mountain trails with breathtaking scenery.

Climb the rocky outcrop of An Farad Bheag and enjoy stunning views in all directions. There’s a 1950s landmark building on the headland, now abandoned, which is known as Hermit’s Castle.

Achmelvich is accessed along a single-track road from the B869, it is rarely crowded although there is a campsite and caravan park nearby.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are not permitted on the beach during the peak tourist season and neither of the camping and caravan sites allow dogs.

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Good fishing
  • Sailing


  • Toilets

Nearest town



IV27 4JB

OS grid ref.

NC 0568 2494


Free parking

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Achmelvich Bay Reviews

Beautiful White sand beach

Phil Taylor
Jun 11th 2021

This beach was absolutely the nicest, cleanest white Sandy beach I have ever come across. Better than the Caribbean!! Only downside is it’s very windy at times.

Worth a visit 100%

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