Embo Beach

The vast expanse of clean, golden sands makes Embo Beach a good destination for families and walkers.

Finding the access to the beach can be tricky.  Park in the car park in the north-east corner of the former fishing village of Embo.  Ask a friendly local for directions if necessary.

The beach is backed by tall, grassy dunes which give some protection from the winds.

From the beach there are views over Ben Bhraggie and the Dornoch Firth. The dunes, mudflats and beaches of the Dornoch Firth provide a habitat to a wide variety of resident and migratory birds, including terns, geese and waders and many species of butterfly.
In the waters off the beach dolphins have been spotted.

A series of paths running through the dunes behind the beach can be fun to explore. There are also quite a few rock pools containing some interesting animal and plant life.

Grannie’s Heilan Hame camping and caravan site is close to the beach.  It offers campers a small heated pool and a variety of entertainments and amusements.

Plans by American developers to create a new golf course at Coul Links, to the west of Embo Beach have aroused opposition from various conservation and community groups.

Type of beach

Sand & rock

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year round

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  • Shop

Nearest town



IV25 3QD

OS grid ref.

NH 8179 9305


Free parking

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Embo Beach Reviews

Stunning beach

Sep 07th 2020

My family and i just love the beach and scenery here. We have been lucky enough to spot Dolphins, seals, starfish, mackerel and many birds over the 3 years we have visited. The beach is stunning and clean.

the most perfect beach I know

Sep 16th 2019

We just love this beach - at low tide the sands just seem to stretch out forever. So peaceful.

Quiet even on a bright sunny day in June

Jun 27th 2019

Once you find the small car park the beach is everything if you want a long quiet walk with the dogs.  The sand is pristine.

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