I had only seen Farr Bay across snowy hills during my previous winter visit, so this was a long-anticipated return, which didn’t disappoint. The fine sand underfoot leads via a river to the sea and there are acres of space in front of the high dunes. Fine weather was the order of the day. There are beautifully textured and coloured stones at the back of the beach, as Jane explains below. This is a natural wonderland, a sensory masterpiece. These beaches along Sutherland’s North Coast have been under the radar for too long and those who stop during their North Coast 500 trip will reap the rewards.
Jane and her stones.
What the beach means to Emma.
Natural beauty at Farr Bay.
Farr Bay is one of many white sandy beaches on the unspoilt north coast of Sutherland. It forms part of the Clan Mackay heritage and featured historically in the Strathnaver Clearances. Nowadays it is the epitome of peace and quiet, yet easily accessed from the North Coast 500 tourist route, via a gentle walk down from the car park by the A836. The beach is popular in the summer months for surfing and other watersports. There are fine views out to sea and this area is a haven for wildlife, including golden eagles, other seabirds, otters and seals. Nearby Bettyhill has shops and facilities for visitors.
A snowy beach, set in a natural wonderland.