Crakaig Beach

Crakaig Beach - Highland
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This lovely sandy beach backed by low sand dunes and fields is set on the remote north east coast of Scotland. This whole section of the Sutherland coast is one big stretch of golden sands. What makes Crakaig stand out from the rest of the coast is the fact is a designated, official naturist beach.

This makes Crakaig mainland Scotland’s only official nudist beach (or at least parts of it). The naturist part of the beach is to the west of Lothbeg Point - from the river mouth, up to the rocky outcrop near the point. By the river there is a pool big enough to swim in.

The owner of the beach also runs the campsite behind. Whilst this isn’t a naturist camp there have been special naturist weeks in June.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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  • Toilets

Nudist/naturist beach


Nearest town


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NC 9601 0957

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Crakaig Beach Reviews

Great site

John geddes
Jan 14th 2022

I stay there for a few night while fishing on Helmsdale river as I have my dogwith me and just sleep in my van - this site is very basic - a couple of toilet/ shower blocks but your left to your own devices otherwise - can’t be seen from fthe roads so totall y private——a bonus is it beside a stunning Sandy beach