Sandwood Bay Beach

Sandwood Bay is a natural bay on the far north-west coast of Scotland and lies about 5 miles south of Cape Wrath. Spend time exploring the mile of golden sand and dunes, with rocky cliffs and the Am Buachaille, a giant sea stack. The large sandstone stack, Gaelic for The Herdsman, was first climbed in 1968 by Tom Patey and Ian Clough.

Behind the bay’s large sand dunes, stretches Sandwood Loch – a freshwater loch full of brown and sea trout.

This beach is remote with no road access but is easily reached by a 4.5-mile long walk from the hamlet of Blairmore along a bleak fairly flat moorland track.

The beach is a good place to spot dolphins and other marine mammals.

Local legends include a sighting of a reclining mermaid of ravishing beauty on the rocks in the bay in 1900.

No facilities and the car park is at Blairmore and then the beach is a 4.5-mile walk.

Dog Friendly Beach?

Sandwood Bay Beach has dog restrictions.
Sandwood Bay beach, dogs allowed but must be kept on lead as sheep roam free.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 41 beaches in The Scottish Highlands, or check our list of The Scottish Highlands Dog Friendly Beaches.

Planning your visit to Sandwood Bay Beach


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Place Category: Beaches

Sandwood Bay Beach 7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 11.6℃ to 12.2℃ with wind speed 8 m/sec (SSW)
Thursday, Sep 21cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 11.5℃ to 12.1℃ with wind speed 16 m/sec (SW)
Friday, Sep 22rain
Expect a temp in the range 10.8℃ to 11.6℃ with wind speed 10 m/sec (NW)
Saturday, Sep 23cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 9.6℃ to 9.9℃ with wind speed 9.6 m/sec (NW)
Sunday, Sep 24lightrain
Expect a temp in the range 10.6℃ to 13.4℃ with wind speed 6.1 m/sec (SSE)
Monday, Sep 25cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 13.3℃ to 14℃ with wind speed 9.9 m/sec (SW)
Tuesday, Sep 26rain
Expect a temp in the range 12.6℃ to 13.1℃ with wind speed 13.2 m/sec (SSW)

Kinlochbervie weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Sandwood Bay Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Sandwood Bay Beach is at Kinlochbervie 10.09 km (6.27 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height, helping you to plan the best time to visit Sandwood Bay Beach. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Wed 20 Sep
   Low Tide at 03:56 (Height 1.17m)
   High Tide at 09:55 (Height 4.31m)
   Low Tide at 16:08 (Height 1.40m)
   High Tide at 22:05 (Height 4.24m)
Thu 21 Sep
   Low Tide at 04:31 (Height 1.44m)
   High Tide at 10:39 (Height 4.10m)
   Low Tide at 16:50 (Height 1.66m)
   High Tide at 22:55 (Height 3.96m)
Fri 22 Sep
   Low Tide at 05:16 (Height 1.77m)
   High Tide at 11:39 (Height 3.88m)
   Low Tide at 17:46 (Height 1.94m)
Sat 23 Sep
   High Tide at 00:12 (Height 3.69m)
   Low Tide at 06:22 (Height 2.10m)
   High Tide at 13:06 (Height 3.73m)
   Low Tide at 19:14 (Height 2.13m)
Sun 24 Sep
   High Tide at 02:01 (Height 3.58m)
   Low Tide at 08:11 (Height 2.25m)
   High Tide at 14:41 (Height 3.78m)
   Low Tide at 21:10 (Height 2.00m)
Mon 25 Sep
   High Tide at 03:42 (Height 3.76m)
   Low Tide at 09:56 (Height 2.05m)
   High Tide at 15:59 (Height 4.06m)
   Low Tide at 22:32 (Height 1.59m)
Tue 26 Sep
   High Tide at 04:49 (Height 4.11m)
   Low Tide at 10:59 (Height 1.67m)
   High Tide at 16:55 (Height 4.44m)
   Low Tide at 23:26 (Height 1.12m)

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