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Strathy Bay - Highland

© Richard Webb and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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

Sandy

Lifeguard service

No

Dogs friendly beach?

There is a dog ban on the beach during the summer months.

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Activities

  • Surfing

Facilities

  • Toilets

Nearest town

Armadale

Postcode

KW14 7SB

OS grid ref.

NC 8364 6612

Water quality

Water quality star rating

Awards

Green Coast AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended