Find The Nearest Beach Orkney Islands
Planning a trip to the Orkney Islands and looking for the nearest beach. Orkney has a stunning and varied coastline across approximately 70 islands, of which 20 are inhabited, the islands are split into the largest island “the Mainland” and then groups of the North Isles and the South Isles.
- Bay of Skaill Beach is a white sandy beach near Westray airport in the Orkney Islands. The beach has views over to Papa Westray to the east. Just to the south, you have The Ouse which is also sandy at low tide and an excellent location for birdwatching. Not to be mistaken with Bay of Skaill on Mainland Orkney.
- Bay of Stove Beach is a sandy beach that becomes a large area at low tide but also no beach at high tide. The ruined farm behind the beach is unusual in the Orkney islands in that it represents early industrialised farming incorporating a steam-powered threshing barn and projecting byre with granary.
- Rackwick Bay beach is a sandy beach on island of Hoy. The beach although sandy has some large rounded pebbles and is overlooked by two high red sandstone cliffs at either side of the bay. Car parking but no other facilities so make sure you bring everything you need.
- South Bay Beach is a large sandy bay with white sand. The semi-feral flock of North Ronaldsay or Orkney sheep have evolved to live almost entirely on seaweed. They are confined to the shoreline by a 1.8 m (6 ft) tall drystane dyke, which completely encircles the island, forcing the sheep to stay on the shoreline.
- Warebeth beach is located on the western side of mainland Orkney with the beach being named after the large amount of seaweed or “ware” that can be found washed up, which during the 18th and 19th centuries harvesting this seaweed was big business for the locals. Warebeth beach is a large curving sandy beach with stone slabs and the beach is also well known for finding fish fossils. You have car parking at the beach and some toilets exist on the headland by the cemetery.
- Kettletoft Bay Beach is a sandy and stone sheltered bay to the east of the village of Kettletoft on the south coast of Sanday in the Orkney Islands. On the headland to the east, you have the Quoyness Chambered Cairn. Kettletoft is the main settlement on the south of the island and you have a choice of places to eat. The harbour at Kettletoft was the main harbour on Sanday during the 19th-century herring boom, although now the ferries arrive and depart from Loth to the west.
- Sands of Wright is a sandy sheltered beach. Venue for the annual South Ronaldsay Boys Ploughing Match, an event where children dress up in costumes resembling the harnesses of the horses which were once used to plough. Facilities include toilets and parking on the beach with St Margaret’s Hope being the closest location for shops and places to eat.
- The Sands of Evie is a sandy beach within Aikerness Bay, protected by the Point of Hellia headland. The beach is a sheltered, shallow shelving sandy beach, which is large at low tide. When the tide comes in provides excellent shallow water to play in. The beach overlooks the small island of Eynhallow and Rousay across Eynhallow Sound. Small car parks either side of the beach, toilets at the Western car park.
- Dingieshowe Beach is a south facing sandy beach backed by sand dunes. The beach is located in the south eastern corner of mainland Orkney and is also known as Taracliff bay. You also have on the other side of the road Sandi Sand beach that looks out into the shallow bay of St Peter’s Pool.