Balnakeil Beach

Situated near the extreme north western tip of mainland scotland is Balnakeil beach, an expansive crescent of near white sand backed by grassy dunes. The beach forms one side of a narrow neck of land that stretches out to the rocky headland of Faraid Head.

Overlooking the beach are two buildings of interest; most obvious is the imposing white Balnakeil House which was built in the 18th century before many years of decline. From being a laird’s residence it became home to tenant sheep farmer and eventually derelict. Today it has been renovated and is holiday let.

Just across the road are the ruins of Balnakeil church and graveyard. Built in the 1600s the church was abandoned over 200 years ago and now stands as a ruin.

This is prime walking country and most of those frequenting the beach will be en route to the headland. Much of the year though, you will probably be the only person on the beach, and this is a great spot to get away from it all.

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NC 3925 6897

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