Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available SSSI Dog friendly

Season: summer

Thurso is a town beach and makes no bones about it.  As a result, locals predominate, as you would expect, and it was refreshing to interview a visitor on this occasion.  There is excellent access to the beach and of course the town is adjacent, with all that you’d expect to find.  It must be a wonderful pleasure to live in a town where you can wander easily and quickly to an expanse of sand like this, a daily tonic in the form of the sea air and the sound of the waves.  Ideal.

Summer visit photo gallery


What the beach means to Tracy.


The beach in Thurso.

Season: winter

The River Thurso, which runs down to the beach, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and the beach is popular with fossil hunters.  This is Caithness’ main town beach, so facilities, access and parking are all excellent.  The beach itself is a mixture of sand and rocks.  The offshore reefs make this a popular surfing location too.  Thurso town museum is well worth a visit, from a historical point of view.  Scrabster Harbour is a mile to the north, one way to get across to the Orkney Islands.

Winter visit photo gallery


What the beach means to Aileen and Shane.


Low tide at Thurso beach.

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