Big Sand Beach

Big Sand Beach - Highland
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This sheltered sand and shingle beach is protected from the prevailing winds by Longa Island. Beyond this are the mountains of Skye and Torridon to which there are spectacular views.

The beach is accessed via an extensive network of sand dunes. These offer some additional shelter from the Hebrides wind.

Despite its seemingly remote location there are some basic facilities at Big Sand Beach including toilets and showers along with a small shop at the campsite next to the beach.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No dog restrictions.

Highland dog friendly beaches »


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Nearest town



IV21 2DL

OS grid ref.

NG 7581 7823

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Big Sand Beach Reviews

1970 Caravan Tour

Lou Townson
Aug 07th 2020

First stopping point from Kinloss Moray
In those days not as developed as now. Caravan Site I believe was free!!
Saw a WildCat
Big Sand Beach was beautiful our children and Old English Sheepdog
really enjoyed the stay back cloth scenery was staggering.
One of the most favourite shots in our old 8mm cine films
Carried on down West Coast to Dumfries then The English Lakes
To Morecambe then back to Kinloss via Edinburgh and Perth.
I wonder did they shoot the beach scenes for Billy Conolly film
“What we did on our Holiday”

What did we get wrong?