We have some spectacular beaches here in Scotland. Giant dunes, towering cliffs, powder white sand and mountain backdrops, Scottish beaches provide a diverse range of scenery in some dramatic settings. Mostly unspoiled and with massive areas of sand they are isolated and peaceful.

Here is a selection of 10 beaches easily accessible from Ullapool…

Ardmair

ardmair beach and bay with houses by the stone beach on a nice clear day

Ardmair

The only stone beach that makes this list. Great spot for fishing for sea Trout with fantastic views out over the bay to Isle Martin. Only a 5 minute drive away at 3.7 miles. With the beach being just a few steps away from where you can park your car. Ardmair has a campsite, caravan site and chalets, along with b&b’s.

 

Achnahaird

Achnahaird beach with a little mist over the waves

Achnahaird

A lovely beach with fantastic views of the Coigach mountains. The beach is a 40 minute drive to Achnahaird, at 21.8 miles away. With 12.1 of those, being a single track road. ( Post on single track roads ) The views by the road down this track are wonderful, passing along Loch Lurgainn and the base of Cul Beag and Stac Pollaidh.

 

Gruinard

aerial view of Gruinard beach

Gruinard

Lovely sandy beach meters from the road along the NC500 at Gruinard bay. From Ullapool, it is a 50 minute drive, at 35.1 miles away. From Gruinard Bay there are wonderful views across island studded waters to the Coigach Hills. The vast amount of beach at low tide shows a red sand beach often furrowed by deeply lined and rippled sand.

 

Achmelvich

aerial image of a sandy achmelvich beach and bay in sutherland

Achmelvich

The beautiful white sandy beach and turquoise coloured bay. Achmelvich bay is a 1 hour drive at 38.5 miles away. Highly regarded by many as one of the best beaches in all of Scotland. The bay is popular in the summer months, with canoes, kayakers and wind surfers. There is a car park at the end of the road to the bay, a youth hostel, camping and caravan site at the beach.

 

Clachtoll

the sand of Clachtoll beach in sutherland

Clachtoll

A popular beach 5 miles north of Lochinver in between Achmelvich & Clashnessie. From Ullapool, Clachtoll is a 1 hour drive, at 40.6 miles away. There is a popular campsite next to the beach, also a ranger’s hut where you can learn about the wildlife, geology and history of the beach.

 

Clashnessie

Clashnessie Beach is a small sandy beach 10 miles north of Lochinver.

Clashnessie

A small sandy beach 10 miles north of Lochinver. It is about an hour and 8 minutes drive to Clashnessie, 43 miles away. Usually quieter that Achmelvich and Clachtoll. Behind the beach, walk upstream to be met by a lovely 15 meter waterfall, that falls from the lochans above.

 

Mellon Udrigle

mellon udrigle beach with blue skies and a rubber inflatable dinghy

Mellon Udrigle

A beautiful white sandy beach. Mellon Udrigle is only an hours drive at 44.2 miles away. With 3 of those being a single track road. The bay is a lovely turquoise colour and it’s a popular spot with kayakers. Great views looking out from the beach over to the Coigach & Assynt landscape. Noticing the peaks of Suilven, the tip of Stac Pollaidh, BenMor Coigach and Ben Ghobhlach, with An Teallach further to the side.

 

Big Sands, Gairloch

big sands beach gairloch aerial view

Big Sands

The Big Sands is sheltered from the onshore wind by Longa Island boasting a magnificent view of the mountains of Skye and Torridon. Accessed through extensive sand dunes, which offer shelter from the wind, visitors can watch some of the most stunning and unforgettable sunsets over the Hebrides. A 1 hour 25 minute drive, at 56 miles away.

 

Oldshoremore

aerial voew of oldshoremore sand beach in sutherland during an orange sunset

Oldshoremore

A lovely sandy stretch with a rocky peninsula. The beach is about 1 hour and 30 minutes drive, at 60 miles away. There is toilets at the car park, then a short walk up a small hill path that reveals the beach and bay over the dunes.

 

Sandwood Bay

rocks in the foreground, sand in the middle and hills in the background at sandwood bay a top 10 in beaches

Sandwood Bay

A natural bay in Sutherland, on the far north-west coast of mainland Scotland. It is best known for its remote 1 mile long beach and Am Buachaille, a sea stack, and lies about 5 miles south of Cape Wrath. Reputedly the most beautiful beach in Britain, the wild and spectacular Sandwood Bay in Kinlochbervie is backed by huge sand dunes and a loch. This remote bay has no road access but can be reached by a 4 mile, well-trodden and fairly flat path leading from the gravel car park at the hamlet of Blairmore. A 1 hour 35 inute drive to the car park at 60.9 miles.

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