Achnahaird beach is in an isolated spot, on its own promontory below the main Assynt peninsula in Sutherland. On approach, there is the feel of a North Cornwall beach, with two long headlands that shelter the long, deep expanse of sand. On this occasion, the tide was out, emphasising the geographical feature. Closer to the beach, evidence of erosion by the sea showed in the sculpted stones and rocks by the shore. The atmosphere is wild and elemental, with Stac Pollaidh and its fellow hills to the north and dunes at the very back of the beach.
The variety on offer at the beach for Phil.
A view from above Achnahaird beach.
The beach at Achnahaird faces north west and is sheltered from the prevailing winds. The sand is white, washed regularly by a strong tide, but it’s safe to bathe here. This part of the Highlands is isolated and exquisitely beautiful, with some of the most stunning beaches in these islands. The beach is approached via a short walk through hillocks that lie behind the sandy beach and its rock pools. Time stands still here, ultimately relaxing, re-balancing and energising. Highly recommended.
What this and other beaches mean to Paul and Lucy.
A distant view of the beach, from the headland on a stormy day.
A closer view, from beside the beach.