For the best access to the beach at Strathy Bay, continue on the road to the east of the village, then turn up a narrow lane, which leads you to a car park, high up above the tall dunes. Park by the visitor centre and walled burial ground, then enjoy a superb view as you descend via the machair through the dunes to the right hand end of the beach. Linger a while here, if the tide allows, as the eroded cliffs are a spectacular distraction. At this point, the beach is yours, with acres of space to enjoy by the rolling breakers. Highly recommended.
What the beach means to Brendan and Sandra.
A spectacular scene at Strathy Bay.
The cliffs to the east of Strathy Bay funnel the waves towards the beach, making this a popular surfing location. The geography here is varied, from the River Strathy running into the white sandy beach from the west to the sea stacks and caves around the beach. Behind the strand is machair, with wild flowers in early summer. Facilities are good at Strathy Bay, including a car park and toilets, plus an information centre. The nearby hillsides are great for walking and the nearby inn is handy, whatever the weather.
Late on a winter day at Strathy Bay.