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“Our standout best experience on the whole north coast 500 trip”
Review of Sandwood Bay

Sandwood Bay
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Reviewed July 8, 2017

WELL WORTH THE TREK. We spent almost a full day walking to this beach and it was well worth it. The views are breathtaking as you come over the summit to finally see across the beach and sea. It took us about 2 hours to walk there and 2 hours to walk back, we don't stop much but go at a steady pace. It's very secluded as it's only accessible by walking, not road so it's very quiet. It would make a very memorable place to wild camp in the massive dunes. We walked along the beach, had a picnic, took a lot of photos and wandered back.

It's a relatively easy walk, the final stretch down to the beach is downhill so you have to climb back up the hill. But if you couldn't face it then the view from up there is great too without going down to the sand. Look left to see a wonderful stack next to the cliff tops.

By far the best day for us on the north coast 500 trip, this beach sums up the stunning west coast that we love.

1  Thank Kel1202
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Reviewed July 4, 2017

We parked our car at Blaimore car park and took to trail to Sandwood Bay. Quiet easy walking there, and coming round the last hillside see the stunning bay and dunes. Such a fantastic place, beautiful sand and scenery. The walk back was a bit more strenuous especially getting back up to the trail from the beach which is quite steep.

Thank 375russyg
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Reviewed July 3, 2017

Park at the Blairmore car park Toilets Follow the signposted path. Good firm path over bleak moorland and once you reach Sandwood Bay you can enjoy fabulous views of the sand dunes and the most stunning white fine sand beach you can imagine. The day we visited the sun was trying to break through but sadly it did not manage to. None the less it is a magical place and so worth a visit. If you are lucky enough to visit on a sunny day do take a picnic and relax and a place to spend a few hours of bliss soaking up the view

1  Thank ajkedar
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Reviewed June 25, 2017

We were walking the Cape Wrath Trail and arrived at Sandwood Bay on a grey rainy afternoon. We put up our tent and enjoyed a walk along the beach. We thought the place was nicely remote, not very different to other beautiful Scottish west coast beaches though. But the place has a welcoming touch about it, it makes you feel at home immediatly. We enjoyed exploring the cliffs and the dunes. Then suddenly the sun came out and we were to experience the most beautiful sunset. It was magical, one of the best moments of our trip! The next day we had to leave because we wanted to reach Cape Wrath the same day, but to be honest we were quite reluctant to leave. It's like the beach was trying hard to make us fall in love with it. The views back from the cliffs at the end of the beach were very nice, too. I'd definitely recommend going there if you are in the area, it's not a long walk from Oldshoremore, where you can also leave your car. But I would rather spent a night there than just go for a day trip - and keep my fingers crossed for good weather and a stunning sunset! Also it is very nice if you are alone and on your own there, too many people and the feeling of the place might change. I'd like to visit again one day.

4  Thank Cianalas
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Reviewed June 18, 2017

4 miles out to the beach, and 4 miles back, it's an easy walk with barely any gradient changes. Surprisingly uninspiring walk though, passing mostly though low shrubs and alongside small lochs. We were blessed with an absolutely gorgeous day, but it's not until you get near the beach that you really feel like it's worth the effort. It's truly stunning, and because of it's size never really feels full. There were other people there when we were, and we passed people both coming and going, but while we were there, we really felt like we had the place to ourselves. The water is absolutely freezing (yes, it was warm enough for us to have a paddle!) and we didn't see any ghosts. If you're not put off by the walk this is well worth making the effort to get out to. Peaceful, secluded and just your own little slice of heaven.

Thank JamesandKirsten
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