© Roger McLachlan and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
The red-hued sandy beach at Firemore, near Poolewe, is where the locals come for summer bathing and watersports. The secret of this lovely destination is the water temperature. The gulf stream runs close by, so the waters here tend to be as warm as you're going to get on the western highland coast.
Given its remote rural location it is probably no surprise there are no facilities at the beach and no lifeguard.
The tidal beach is mainly sand with some attractive rocks and rock pools. Just opposite the beach is the tiny rock and sand island of Ewe. At low tide it is possible to walk out to the island, but take care not to be cut off when the tide comes in.
At low tide, visitors are likely to spot sea-anglers and locals gathering mussels from the rocks. Highland cattle graze nearby.
Sit on the golden sands and take in the breath-taking scenery. If you're prepared to wait long enough there's a good chance of spotting wildlife. As well as the usual sea-birds, eagles, seals, whales and dolphins have been spotted from the beach.
In peak season you'll probably be able to spot campervans parked next to the beach.
There are plenty of good walks in the area with great views. There is no restriction on dog walking but livestock graze near the beach so dogs should be kept under control.
A campsite is to be found alongside the beach. Payment for a spot is just a couple of pounds payable via an honesty box. There is no running water or toilets here so campers need to bring along whatever is needed for the duration of their stay.
To access the beach, take the B8057 north of Poolewe towards Cove.
Type of beach
Sand & rock
Dogs friendly beach?
Dogs allowed all year round
OS grid ref.
NG 8174 8834
Submit a correction