Balnakeil is an atmospheric beach, flanked by the ancestral burial ground of the Mackay clan, with its tumbled down church. It is a popular spot, handy to get to from nearby Durness and long enough for a good stroll. Today was ideal, with rampant late afternoon sun leading the way. Paddling by the gentle waves were children and adults alike. The beach has low, accessible dunes behind, an adjacent car park and excellent access, making this a jewel in the North Scotland coastal crown.
Peter and Jacqueline at the beach in summer.
A fine scene at Balnakeil in the afternoon.
There’s a spectacular setting for Balnakeil beach, located on the way to Faraid Head, near Durness in Sutherland. The sand is soft and white, with dramatic dunes behind and access is straightforward. As well as the spectacular sunsets here, the dunes offer shelter to varied bird life. You may see oystercatchers and terns, as well as seals in the bay. This is a fine swimming beach too; in short, there’s plenty here for nature lovers.
The scene at Balnakeil beach.