Strathy Bay

This remote, wide, sandy beach sits on the very northern Scottish coast. The River Strathy runs into the bay to the west of the beach and it is enclosed by cliffs to the east. Strathy Bay is surrounded on all sides by magnificent, hilly scenery. The bay is also home to many caves around the beach and a number of sea stacks. 

The beach is a popular place for surfing as it sheltered from the biggest winter swells and strong winds. Walking along the nearby hilltops is also a popular pastime, particularly in the months of May and June when many wildflowers will be blossoming just behind the beach.

There is a small car park along Strathy East with a log cabin that acts as an information centre and some toilets. The beach is reached from the car park by walking on the path past the cemetery, over the small hilltop.

The area is quite remote and facilities are limited, but the nearby Strathy Inn does food, including a children’s menu, as well as providing accommodation. There is a dog ban on the beach during the summer months.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Responsible dog owners and their pets are welcome all year round. However the dunes are often grazed by sheep and cattle from late autumn through to early spring, so dogs should be kept on leads.

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  • Surfing


  • Toilets

Nearest town



KW14 7SB

OS grid ref.

NC 8364 6612


Free parking

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Strathy Bay Reviews

Elizabeth Merza
Dec 14th 2021

This is my all-time favourite beach! Wide and sandy with the tiniest, most beautifully patterned scallops I have ever found. A secret gem. Visited often as a child and revisited several years ago on a wonderfully sunny summer evening. It was just as I remembered it.  The bothy is an excellent addition near the carpark.

Best beach in scotland

Jul 29th 2021

Probably the best beach I have been to in the uk well worth a visit.

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