Tripadvisor has rated the beaches of Lewis and Harris to be the best in Europe, bar none. Dalmore is the larger of the two beaches here, the other being Dalbeg, with “mhor” meaning “large” and “beag” meaning “small” in Gaelic. Both are situated just north of Carloway, on the west side of Lewis. Dalmore is the better surfing beach of the two, with experienced riders using the dangerous rip tides for a ride out back. It’s also sandy and has better parking. Dalbeg is more intimate, away from any hustle and bustle, with rounded, stratified boulders at the back of the beach. The Atlantic rollers here are nevertheless spectacular, as they erupt against the rocky headlands in the bay.
Rhoda’s eulogy to a beach that is precious to her.
The beach at Dalmore.
By the water’s edge at Dalbeg Bay.
Looking back from the cliffs to the beach at Dalbeg, on the Isle of Lewis.