Best beaches in Orkney Islands

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Below are a list of the top 12 beaches in Orkney Islands as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in Orkney Islands is Tresness. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in Orkney Islands just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • 1. Tresness Beach

    Tresness © Chris Downer | BY-SA

    Tresness on the Isle of Sanday is one of the most beautiful and unique beaches on the Orkney Islands. The beach is formed of a strip of white sand which tenuously connects a grassy headland to the rest of Sanday. To one side of the high dunes, the North Sea, to the other the  Bay of…

  • 2. Grobust Beach

    Grobust © Garry Smales | BY-SA

    Grobust beach lies on the north coast of the island of Westray, itself one of Orkney's northernmost isles. A strand of pristine white sand punctuated by rocky outcrops this is a lovely spot, particularly when the sun is out and the deep blues of the sae contrast sharply with the pale sand.

    The beach is situated…

  • 3. Sands of Evie Beach

    Sands of Evie © Graeme Smith | BY-SA

    This sandy beach forms the southern boundary of Aikerness Bay and sites in the lee of the Point of Hellia. Just to the east is the Broch of Gurness, an Iron Age fort. The beach looks out over Eynhallow Sound to the island of Rousay beyond

  • 4. Sands of Wright Beach

    Sands of Wright © Callum Black | BY-SA

    Sheltered golden sand beach with car park. 

    The Sands of Wright are home to the annual Festival of the Horse and Boys' Ploughing Match. A bizarre event in which island boys dress up as horses and create furrows in the sand using miniature ploughs!

  • 5. Windwick Bay

    Windwick Bay © Kirsty Smith | BY-SA

    Picturesque rocky cove situated in the dip between the cliffs near Hesta Head. The bay is a great spot for wildlife with regular visits from seals and a variety of migratory sea birds. Windwick Bay was also the site of a naval tragedy during World War I. On the night of 12 January 1918, the…

  • 6. Dingieshowe beach

    Dingieshowe beach © Bob Jones | BY-SA

    The sandy stretch of Dingieshowe beach forms the narrow istmus connecting Deerness to the Mainland of Orkney. With easy access from the main road and toilets it is a popular choice but there is always plenty of room. Just behind the beach is an ancient \"broch mound\" which would have been some sort of defensive…

  • 7. Mill Sands Beach

    Mill Sands © Adam Ward | BY-SA

    This sheltered, shallow bay is a haven for wildlife and is particularly good for spotting waders. Turnstone, Redshank, Curlews and the occasional Bar-tailed Godwit can all be seen here.

  • 8. Sandside Beach

    Sandside Beach © Adrian Steen | BY-SA

    Crescent of sand with views of Sandside House and Hoy High Lighthouse beyond