Achnahaird Beach

Achnahaird Beach - Highland
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This beautiful expanse of pale golden sand is frequently cited as one of Scotland\‘s finest beaches. Set in a remote, granite lined inlet a few miles north of Achiltibuie the beach here is deeper than it is wide.

The backdrop to the beach is equally stunning. Beyond the grassy dunes are views of the mountains Canisp, Suilven and Stac Pollaidh.

Despite the stunning scenery it never gets busy in this area. This makes it something of a haven for wildlife with the Inverpolly Nature Reserve occupying much of the adjacent land. The reserve is home to wild cats, pine martens and golden eagles.

Achnahaird Bay was used as a filming location for the 2011 feature film The Eagle, with a horse chase scene shot across the beach.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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Nearest town


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NC 0189 1367

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