Find The Nearest Beach Outer Hebrides
Planning a trip to Outer Hebrides and looking for the nearest beaches. The Outer Hebrides are a collection of 200 islands strung out over 210 km with some of the best beaches in the UK. The main islands being Lewis, Harris, North Uist, South Uist and Barra. Luskentyre beach on Isle of Harris has been named as one of the top ten beaches in the world and if you visit on clear hot summer day you could be mistaken for being in the Caribbean.
- Garry Beach is packed with character! There’s a great scenic walk on the Heritage Trail here and Garry Beach is where you can start off on this 10 mile walk along the coast to Ness. Featuring sea stacks and caves (which you can walk through if the tide is out) this beach has lots to fascinate and enthrall you with. The dramatic scenery will have you reaching for the camera to capture the moment. Walk to the top of the beach and onto the moorland behind and you’ll find a river and freshwater loch, visited by swans and dotted with water lilies.
- Reef Beach sits by Kneep on the Isle of lewis. The beach is a sandy wide beach great for shell-seekers. In summer you can also soak up the lovely display of ‘machair’, the carpet of glorious wildflowers renowned in this part of the world. Behind the beach the dunes give way to cliffs, giving you magnificent views over the bay. This beach is a great spot for swimming in the calm blue waters or why not just enjoy a picnic on the sands.
- West Bay or Bagh Siar on the Isle of Vatersay is an unspoilt white sandy bay. The Annie Jane, a three-masted immigrant ship out of Liverpool bound for Quebec, struck rocks off West Beach during a storm in September 1853. In spite of the conditions, islanders tried to rescue the passengers and crew, but only a few survived. A small cairn and monument mark the wreck site, an inscription reads: “On 28th September 1853 the ship Annie Jane with emigrants from Liverpool to Quebec was totally wrecked in this bay and threefourths of the crew and passengers numbering about 350 men women and children were drowned and their bodies interred here.” As well as this beach you can walk to Vatersay Bay (East) beach. Facilities at the beach include car parking, toilets and campsite.
- South Bay is also known as Bagh a Deas (Deas Bay). This beach is a great unspoilt white sandy beach on the Isle of Vatersay backed by dunes and rolling hills. The south beach is more remote than the other Vatersay main beaches which is saying something when the whole island is remote.
- Luskentyre beach has been named as one of the top ten beaches in the world, a spectacular combination of beautiful white sand stretching for miles against a backdrop of calm blue waters and an unspoilt shell sand bay. Get to the beach by taking the narrow road along the north side of the bay and parking at the end near the cemetery. The beach can be reached by walking through the dunes. Stop and admire the fantastic view across the bay to the Island of Taransay. Car park and public toilets with disabled facilities.
- Scarista Beach on the west coast of the Isle of Harris is where the land meets the sea in spectacular fashion. Lovely golden sand stretches for over 3 miles in this quiet, secluded bay. Amble across the dunes and moorland, marvel at the carpets of wildflowers to reach the sparkling blue sea. From here you can see the deserted island of Taransay, made famous for the TV series ‘Castaway’. Public toilets with disabled facilities.
- Borve Beach, soak up the beauty of the Hebrides by strolling along the white sandy beach at Borve, one of the loveliest in the Outer Hebrides. If you want a fantastic view, climb the grassy slope behind the beach, past Macleods Stone and up to the top and you will be rewarded with some of the most stunning views! Facilities include public toilets with disabled facilities.