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Embo Beach - Highland

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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

No

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed.

Highland dog friendly beaches »

Activities

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Shop

Nearest town

Dornoch

Postcode

IV25 3QD

OS grid ref.

NH 8179 9305

Water quality

Water quality star rating

Awards

Green Coast AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended