Sinclairs Bay - Reiss Beach (Golf Course)

Sinclairs Bay - Reiss Beach - Highland
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On a sunny day, the beach at the southern end of Sinclairs Bay, known locally as Reiss Beach, is spectacularly beautiful.  The long stretch of pure, white sands alongside the azure waters of the North Sea will take your breath away.

Take a walk along the endless beach, or amongst the gentle sand-dunes.

Come here in summer to experience the amazing light- in June the sun does not set until almost midnight,  Come here in winter and you might be lucky enough to see an unforgettable display of the Northern Lights.

The waters are too cold for swimming, and there is no lifeguard.  The occasional surfer can be seen enjoying the waves in the more sheltered part of the bay.
The village of Reiss, about 15 miles south of John O’Groats, has an 18-hole golf course.  Opposite the golf course is a free car park and from here visitors can make their way down to the beach.  There are no facilities.

Walking south will bring the visitor to Ackergill Tower, now a discreet, luxury hotel, and further round the bay are the ruins of 15th Century Sinclair Castle, and a little further on, a former lighthouse.

There are no restrictions on dog-walking at any time of year.

Also known as:

Golf Course

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

No Dog restrictions.

Highland dog friendly beaches »

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

ND 3454 5565


Parking available next to the beach.

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