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“Remote and beautiful beach” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sandwood Bay

Sandwood Bay
Kinlochbervie, Scotland
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Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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“Remote and beautiful beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

We visited this beach in winter. It is reached only by a 4 1/2 mile walk along a track. The track leads you through undulating moorland and past isolated lochs. From the path you get great views of Arkle and Foinaven mountains. This beach is a natural gem. Don't go here if you want amenities- there are none. The small car park that you must use is at least 1 hours drive from Ullapool.

Visited March 2014
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Staveley, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

Lovely walk across open moorland to find the best beach in Great Britain. We enjoyed the solitude and wildlife.

Visited September 2013
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El Paso, Texas
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“Sandwood Bay is a spectacular & scenic Highlands hike!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

If you make it up the northwest side of Scotland, be sure to plan a day (weather permitting) hiking to Sandwood Bay, just a short distance from Kinlochbervie. It is not a short walk - 14 km/8.5 miles roundtrip - but it is very easy and takes you through many open areas with wonderful mountain views. The trailhead has a nice parking area and toilets, which you will want to take advantage of before heading out! The trail begins on a gravel non-vehicular road for a couple of miles then becomes a path. It winds around several ponds and there are a few stepping stones to cross over streams, but nothing difficult. Shortly before reaching the bay, with its amazing beach, you pass an old stone homestead from way back, with stone walls delineating small pastures. A flock of sheep was there the day we were. As you round this point, the bay and cliffs up toward Cape Wrath come into view. Then you descend through beautiful rosy sand dunes draped with tall grasses to a wide clean beach. If the tide is out just enough you can lunch on the rocks and take in the views all around and listen to the crashing waves. Spend an hour to explore the area - head north along the beach to see where a wide shallow stream flows into the ocean and maybe even cross to the other side to explore the cliffs. A few people had set up tents back in the dunes and hikers may come by on their way from Cape Wrath. Enjoy!

Visited September 2013
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Hamilton, United Kingdom
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“Sandwood bay ....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

This is one of Scotland's hidden gem's , what an amazing place to see .
it's a 5 mile walk in but it's quite easy going and just wait till you see the views, you wont regret the walk infact you wont want too leave ,,,, it's a very special place ..

Visited July 2013
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Manchester
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“A walker's dream”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

You have to park up at the car park near the start of the trail that ends at Sandwood Bay. You will need to be fully prepared for several seasons along the 9 mile walk. We put the waterproofs on half way there only to be sweating in the sunshine 15 minutes later. Take a picnic or snacks and drinks because there's no facilities along the way or at Sandwood Bay. It's the most wonderful scene as you near the beach. Picture dark grey clouds hanging out at sea with shafts of sunlight bursting through onto the huge sand dunes ahead of you. It's a strenuous walk at times especially the dunes which are enormous and sap your energy. All the effort is worth it. You eventually reach the most sensational beach you're ever likely to see. Turquoise mountainous Atlantic waves crash forcefully on the beach and stop you dead in your tracks with their power. We spent ages on the beach just taking it all in. There were a few people about doing the same thing but you never really feel like there are any other people on the beach. It really feels like you are alone. There are huge craggy cliffs and rocks worn away by the sea. The sand is unpolluted and pure. This is what living is all about. You must make the effort to do the walk to this beach. You will not regret it.

Visited June 2013
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