Highlands & Islands Supporters

manonabeach® is proud to have financial support from the following businesses in the Highlands of Scotland, plus the Isles of Skye, Mull, Lewis, North & South Harris, Berneray, North & South Uist and Vatersay, listed by supported beach page.  Please use the send your answer menu  or email info@manonabeach.com to find out more.  Click on each Supporter’s banner, below here, to learn about their business.  Also, see what the beach means to them, above their banner.

Benefits to new and renewing Supporters now include the following:

  • access to beach lovers in largely urban areas (24% London) who are looking forward to their return to your area and to enjoying your services and online products, with hundreds of thousands of hits to the site and being seen in 139 countries.
  • access to 2,000+ films from the archive, including over 1,000 narrative interviews, to use in your social media for customer retention and in your blog, like this example.  Why not use the manonabeach® question to engage with your customers?
  • a complimentary manonabeach® Interview Highlights DVD, to use in your business at your discretion, either in-house or for your customers.

Camusdarach, Sands of Morar and Arisaig, Highlands:

Achnacarry Holiday Accommodation

Borve and Scaristavore,  Isle of South Harris:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

It doesn’t matter what the question is, the answer is the beach!  A place of beauty, transient light, energy, excitement, reflection and possibilities.  This boundary between the elements, the ever changing fringe, where the otters run, the porpoises hunt the waves and the eagle soars above.  The sound of the surf on Borve beach calls me to return to this place, a tonic to the body and the soul.  It uplifts the human in us all and reminds me to just be.

…Alison, Harris Holiday, below:

Bay at the Back of the Ocean, Isle of Iona and Interview Highlights:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

For me the Bay at the Back of the Ocean represents a place to stop and consider life’s journey as America is the next stop. I think of all the stones being tumbled over and over in all their myriad colours and combinations. I think of the shipwreck there in the late 1800’s and what the weather must have been like, waves breaking high over the rocks. I always look for the jet from the spouting cave, nature’s power being expressed in a very dramatic way. The golf course passing over the area and the tracks over the machair make me think of different people and the many times I have been here. I think of my parents with a picnic and my brothers and I seeing who could jump furthest out off the edge of the sand dunes at the edge of the beach.

So the beach means beauty, finding unexpected treasures amongst its stones, family holidays every summer and being at the edge, where weather can be experienced at its rawest.

…Rob, Argyll Hotel, Iona, below:

Luskentyre, Isle of South Harris and Interview Highlights:

Dalhanna self-catering cottage

Fionnphort and Ardalanish, Isle of Mull:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Sanctuary. The sanctuary between sky and water, and I the pivot. The edge that the seesaw balances on: the world of life and food beyond the shore. A rugged Scottish fishermen hauling his creels by hand. One small beach, white, Hebridean, and all of us dancing through the sour salt and sea of it.

…Carla, Ninth Wave Restaurant, Ross of Mull, below:

Ninth Wave Restaurant

Homore, Isle of South Uist:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

The beach is a life saver for me.  It’s a place to take my dog for a walk and to relax and take in the beauty of the surroundings, and listen to nature.  With the stresses of work and life, it’s a place to go to recharge and take in the fresh air.  I love the sound of the sea, it relaxes me.

…Karen, Lochboisdale Hotel, South Uist, below:

Lochboisdale Hotel

Huisinis, Isle of North Harris:

Harris Holiday Home

Gairloch, Wester Ross, Highlands:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Peace, happiness and tranquility.

Marie, Sands Caravan and Camping, below:

Sands Caravan and Camping

Clachtoll, Assynt, Highlands:

Torran Grianach

Clachan Sands, Isle of North Uist:

Hebridean Smokehouse

Ganavan Sands, Oban, Highlands:

“What does the beach mean to you…?”

… it is whatever I want it to be, in whatever place I want it to be and with whosoever I want to be with. In essence, it is all things at all times and in all places to all people.

Jan, at Tralee Bay Holidays, Benderloch in the Highlands of Scotland, below:

Tralee Bay Holidays

Tangasdale, Isle of Barra:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

The beach means escape and relaxation to me – escape from the busy world to a place of fresh air and wonderful vistas, with a wide white sandy bay and a hidden rocky cove. I love exploring the rock pools and just unwinding listening to the sound of the ocean as it ebbs and flows. The uncrowded beach is ideal for my grandchildren to play on – collecting shells, building sandcastles and paddling in the clear blue water. It is just magical to watch the sun setting over the ocean at the end of a perfect hebridean day!

…Diane, IOB Cottage, Isle of Barra, below:

Gairloch, Wester Ross, Highlands:

Ardnamurchan Point, Highlands:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Growing up and living on the West Coast of Scotland I have been really fortunate to have access to fantastic beaches – some of the best in Scotland. Many of my best memories take place on our local beaches, family picnics, swimming and camping with friends, and now enjoying the beaches with my son and nieces and nephews. Getting to see how much pleasure they get out of a day at the beach is really special. Ardnamurchan Point is such a special spot – not only the most Westerly point on the British Mainland but a great location to see out to Coll, Tiree and the small Isles, the Island feel so close. If you are really lucky in the summer months basking sharks can be seen off the point.

…Susan, Garmoran Square, Acharacle, below:

Seilebost, Isle of South Harris:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Seilebost beach means ‘peace and tranquillity’ to me!  There are a lot of memories here.  It is where I go to appreciate life when there is joy in my heart but also when there is sorrow in my heart.

…Nina, The Corncrake Cottage, below:

The Corncrake Cottage

Uig SandsIsle of Lewis:

Heather Isle Chalets

Northton, Isle of South Harris:

31 Northton

Camusdarach, Highlands:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

The beach a place where I’m reminded that all my problems are so small that they’re not worth worrying about – it puts everything into perspective. The waves will come and go, the tide-line will move and no amount of worrying will stop them. Flinging off my shoes and losing a couple of hours throwing a ball for the dog or paddling about in rock pools is like therapy, I always leave the beach happy and content with the world.

…Emily, at Pure nuff stuff, below:

Pure Nuff Stuff

Valtos, Isle of Lewis:

Taigh Nandag Self Catering Cottage

Clashnessie, Assynt, Highlands:

Animal Aunts

Applecross, Wester Ross, Highlands:

Claigan Coral Beach, Isle of Skye:


Calgary Bay, Isle of Mull:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

…text to follow.

Carolyne, at Treshnish & Haunn Cottages, below:

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