North Beach (Golspie)
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About 1 hours' drive from Inverness, nestling in the shadow of Ben Bhraggie, is the attractive seaside village of Golspie. It has shops, cafes, public toilets and all the facilities to be expected in a small seaside destination. The place has an interesting history. In the 19th century the original fishing village was expanded to accommodate families evicted during the clearances.
The North Beach is a mixture of sand, shingle and rocks, which curves gently round the bay. There are good views over the Moray Firth.
There is an attractive harbour with a tidal pier stretching out into the Dornoch Firth. The pier divides the North Beach from the sandier South Beach.
Just north of the village is spectacular Dunrobin Castle, one of the finest houses in northern Scotland. The formal gardens are well worth a visit.
Free parking is available around Golspie. Driving into the village on the A9, follow signs to the beach car park.