Highlands & Islands Supporters

manonabeach® is proud to have financial support from the following businesses in the Highlands of Scotland, plus the Isles of Skye, Mull, Lewis, North & South Harris, Berneray, North & South Uist and Vatersay, listed by supported beach page.  Please use the send your answer menu  or email info@manonabeach.com to find out more.  Click on each Supporter’s banner, below here, to learn about their business.  Also, see what the beach means to them, above their banner.

Benefits to new and renewing Supporters now include the following:

  • access to beach lovers in largely urban areas (24% London) who are looking forward to their return to your area and to enjoying your services and online products, with hundreds of thousands of hits to the site and being seen in 142 countries.
  • access to 2,000+ films from the archive, including over 1,200 narrative interviews, to use in your social media for customer retention and in your blog, like this example.  Why not use the manonabeach® question to engage with your customers?
  • a complimentary manonabeach® Interview Highlights DVD, to use in your business at your discretion, either in-house or for your customers.

Camusdarach, Sands of Morar and Arisaig, Highlands:

Achnacarry Holiday Accommodation

Borve and Scaristavore,  Isle of South Harris:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

It doesn’t matter what the question is, the answer is the beach!  A place of beauty, transient light, energy, excitement, reflection and possibilities.  This boundary between the elements, the ever changing fringe, where the otters run, the porpoises hunt the waves and the eagle soars above.  The sound of the surf on Borve beach calls me to return to this place, a tonic to the body and the soul.  It uplifts the human in us all and reminds me to just be.

…Alison, Harris Holiday, below:

Bay at the Back of the Ocean, Isle of Iona and Interview Highlights:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

For me the Bay at the Back of the Ocean represents a place to stop and consider life’s journey as America is the next stop. I think of all the stones being tumbled over and over in all their myriad colours and combinations. I think of the shipwreck there in the late 1800’s and what the weather must have been like, waves breaking high over the rocks. I always look for the jet from the spouting cave, nature’s power being expressed in a very dramatic way. The golf course passing over the area and the tracks over the machair make me think of different people and the many times I have been here. I think of my parents with a picnic and my brothers and I seeing who could jump furthest out off the edge of the sand dunes at the edge of the beach.

So the beach means beauty, finding unexpected treasures amongst its stones, family holidays every summer and being at the edge, where weather can be experienced at its rawest.

…Rob, Argyll Hotel, Iona, below:

Luskentyre, Isle of South Harris and Interview Highlights:

Dalhanna self-catering cottage

Fionnphort and Ardalanish, Isle of Mull:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Sanctuary. The sanctuary between sky and water, and I the pivot. The edge that the seesaw balances on: the world of life and food beyond the shore. A rugged Scottish fishermen hauling his creels by hand. One small beach, white, Hebridean, and all of us dancing through the sour salt and sea of it.

…Carla, Ninth Wave Restaurant, Ross of Mull, below:

Ninth Wave Restaurant

Huisinis, Isle of North Harris:

Harris Holiday Home

Gairloch, Wester Ross, Highlands:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Peace, happiness and tranquility.

Marie, Sands Caravan and Camping, below:

Sands Caravan and Camping

Clachtoll, Assynt, Highlands:

Torran Grianach

Clachan Sands, Isle of North Uist:

Hebridean Smokehouse

Ganavan Sands, Oban, Highlands:

“What does the beach mean to you…?”

… it is whatever I want it to be, in whatever place I want it to be and with whosoever I want to be with. In essence, it is all things at all times and in all places to all people.

Jan, at Tralee Bay Holidays, Benderloch in the Highlands of Scotland, below:

Tralee Bay Holidays

Tangasdale, Isle of Barra:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

The beach means escape and relaxation to me – escape from the busy world to a place of fresh air and wonderful vistas, with a wide white sandy bay and a hidden rocky cove. I love exploring the rock pools and just unwinding listening to the sound of the ocean as it ebbs and flows. The uncrowded beach is ideal for my grandchildren to play on – collecting shells, building sandcastles and paddling in the clear blue water. It is just magical to watch the sun setting over the ocean at the end of a perfect hebridean day!

…Diane, IOB Cottage, Isle of Barra, below:

Gairloch, Wester Ross, Highlands:

Ardnamurchan Point, Highlands:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Growing up and living on the West Coast of Scotland I have been really fortunate to have access to fantastic beaches – some of the best in Scotland. Many of my best memories take place on our local beaches, family picnics, swimming and camping with friends, and now enjoying the beaches with my son and nieces and nephews. Getting to see how much pleasure they get out of a day at the beach is really special. Ardnamurchan Point is such a special spot – not only the most Westerly point on the British Mainland but a great location to see out to Coll, Tiree and the small Isles, the Island feel so close. If you are really lucky in the summer months basking sharks can be seen off the point.

…Susan, Garmoran Square, Acharacle, below:

Northton, Isle of South Harris:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Standing on these beautiful, often empty beaches at Northton gives me a sense of great energy. It is not always peaceful, it is rarely the same as last time, but it is always very present and immediate. Just standing and watching waves, sand patterns, foam, racing seabirds, the hill with blue sky and ever changing cloud colours,  races through all of the senses and brings  you back to here and now.

Colin, at 31 Northton, below:

31 Northton

Camusdarach, Highlands:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

The beach a place where I’m reminded that all my problems are so small that they’re not worth worrying about – it puts everything into perspective. The waves will come and go, the tide-line will move and no amount of worrying will stop them. Flinging off my shoes and losing a couple of hours throwing a ball for the dog or paddling about in rock pools is like therapy, I always leave the beach happy and content with the world.

…Emily, at Pure nuff stuff, below:

Pure Nuff Stuff

Clashnessie, Assynt, Highlands:

Animal Aunts

Claigan Coral Beach, Isle of Skye:

Calgary Bay, Isle of Mull:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Calgary is a beautiful bay with crystal clear turquoise waters and sparkling white sands.  I am very lucky because it is part of my daily life – we drive down here twice a day during term time to drop off and collect our daughter from the school bus, giving us plenty of opportunities to walk on the beach!!   It might be first thing in the morning when the rising sun colours the sands a warm pink at low tide and Oystercatchers run along ahead of me.  Or later in the day when the sun is setting on the horizon and casting shadows at the waters edge.
There is something very exhilarating when a storm is raging and the wild waves roar as they tumble up the beach.   Something very peaceful when the sea is still and calm and quiet with barely a wave and no one else around.  And in the height of summer, when the tide is out and the sands are dotted with family groups all enjoying a day on the beach, there is still room for me to walk and enjoy being there too.
If you are lucky you might see an Otter on the shore, or a White tailed eagle soaring high above you, or a pod of Dolphins breaching in the bay.

Carolyne, at Treshnish & Haunn Cottages, below:

Homore, South Uist:

“What does the beach mean to you..?”

Kilpheder beach and the long peaceful shoreline that runs to Daliburgh and far beyond
has a very special place in my heart. As a child, it had a magical feeling, its silver sands
and the fact it was so undiscovered by people made it the perfect spot to imagine I was
Robinson Crusoe on his deserted island with the dunes as a place to shelter.
Now, as an adult I appreciate the seclusion and tranquility for so many other reasons.
To stand on the water`s edge and see all the wildlife-seals, dolphins, seabirds,makes me
feel calm but also energized, it’s a place to reflect and contemplate, this long stretch of beach
is also a wonderful spot to go running when the mood takes me.
Just a little way in from the shore itself are the remains of Round House dwellings or the Wheelhouse
as we knew it. Dating back to the Bronze Age, another fascinating spot with a wealth of history
and an area of the beach I always make a detour to.

…Angus, at Aite MhicCealaig, Kilpheder beach, below:

Staffin Bay, Isle of Skye:

Applecross, Wester Ross, Highlands:

One thought on “Highlands & Islands Supporters

  1. Clare

    I have enjoyed reading your supporter’s views, especially how Angus feels about Kilpheder beach. Thank you, Angus, for making today special.


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