The Beach Guide

Brora Beach

Brora Beach - Highland

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This wild, unspoiled beach, running alongside the local golf course is a hidden gem. It offers spectacular views over the North Sea and the Moray Firth. Beautiful sunsets over the hills can be seen from the beach.

The sea waters here are crystal clear but, not surprisingly, usually very cold. In addition there is no lifeguard so care should be taken if you do intend to swim.

Brora beach is an excellent spot for wildlife watching. As well as inquisitive seals, otters, heron and Arctic tern, visitors have a chance of spotting dolphins and even minke whale out at sea. There is even prehistoric wildlife in the form of fossils which might be found at the mouth of the river.

At low tide the stretch of clean, golden sand north of the river Brora is good for beach-combing and kite-flying. Attractive shells can be found, and the clean sands and opportunities for spotting wildlife combine to make this an excellent destination for a day out with children. On the southern side of the river the beach is rockier and more exposed to the winds. Basking seals are a common sight in this area of the beach.

Free parking is available at the golf club car park. There are also toilets and a café.

The beach is an excellent destination for a bracing walk and is dog-friendly. There are bins for dog waste.

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NC 9118 0397

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