Mellon Udrigle Beach

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  • The stunning beach at Mellon Udrigle offers one of the finest views of this part of the coast.  It is a little off the beaten track, but well worth the detour.
    Just off the A832, a single track road leading out of the village of Laide heads towards the remote settlement of Mellon Udrigle. Visitors should leave cars in the parking area just before the village and take the wooden boardwalk down towards the beach. 

    Fine silver sands, backed by gentle dunes and grassy areas, slope gently into the crystal clear waters of Gruinard Bay.  In the right light the waters can appear a stunning shade of turquoise blue.  Rocky promontories add interest to the terrain. This place is a mecca for budding artists and photographers.

    What makes the view particularly good is the view of the distant mountains across the bay.
    The wide stretch of sand is the perfect spot to walk, picnic, or sit and watch the wildlife.  Interesting sea birds and seals are a common sight here.  On a calm, summer day, the beach is an ideal destination for families with young children, who can enjoy hours playing in the sand or hunting for crabs, starfish and shells amongst the rock pools. 

    A campsite can be found adjacent to the beach but there are no facilities for day visitors, so beachgoers are advised to bring everything that they might need.

    There are no restrictions on dog-walking, but sheep regularly graze on the shoreline so dogs need to be kept under control at all times.

    Type of beach


    Lifeguard service


    Dogs friendly beach?

    Dogs allowed

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    • Good fishing
    • Sailing

    Nearest town



    IV22 2NT

    OS grid ref.

    NG 8929 9580


    Parking available by the beach.

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    Mellon Udrigle Beach Reviews

    Fabulous beach with amazing view of mountain ranges
    Aug 12th 2019

    Not on the list but equally wonderful is Achnahaird Beach near Achiltibuie

    Top notch

    Boaty McBoatface
    Aug 03rd 2023

    Mellon Udrigle is a picturesque location with breathtaking scenery and awe-inspiring vistas.
    The landscape of Mellon Udrigle is a stunning blend of rugged terrain, towering cliffs, and shimmering waters. The interplay of light and shadow across the landscape creates a mesmerizing effect that is truly a sight to behold.

    Another fantastic beach on the northwest coast of Scotland

    Jim Devlin
    Apr 20th 2022

    Its a little off the beaten track and has little to offer in the way of facilities but for sheer beauty and awesomeness the beach and campsite at Mellon Udrigle is probably the best in the world (IMHO), sitting on the beach in late summer with a few beers and a good malt and the world truly feels really good , give it a try , you won’t be dissapointed

    Natures best

    Jul 09th 2021

    Fantastic beach, the views are stunning.
    There is parking, although not a big area to park.
    Sheep wandering, so if you are worried about deposits and nature, dont go but you will be missing out on natures beauty at its best.