Sandwood Bay, Scotland

So, what is it that makes a great beach ?  Is it fine golden sand, remoteness, great surfing waves, dunes, does it have to be deserted, or all of the above ?  I’d read about how fabulous Sandwood Bay was in all the travel literature and therefore made it one of my ‘Must see before I die’ locations.

However, although Sandwood Bay ticks all but one of these boxes, (there were more people there than on all the other beaches we’d been to on this holiday put together), I couldn’t help but feel a little short changed.  Maybe it was all the hype and my expectations were so high that it could never meet them.  Maybe it was just that the weather was slightly dull, or that you have to walk 4 miles across featureless landscape (save for a few lochs) to get there – and 4 miles back of course.  But, for me, there are much better beaches around – at least one of them covered in a previous post, which also has the advantage of a great view – of the Cuillins on Skye and the islands of Raasay and Rona.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s OK, but I don’t think it’s worth the effort of travelling THAT far to get to it.

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