5 best Island Beaches in Scotland
Scotland is home to some of the most spectacular beaches in the world.
We may not have the temperatures of tropical islands, but when the sun comes out and the clouds part we have our own spot of heaven – turquoise water, soft white sands, deserted lands and spectacular views. After doing a bit of research into island beaches in Scotland, these were the most popular ones I came across. I am happy to say I have had the pleasure of visiting a few of them myself. Enjoy this little mix of hidden treasures and popular sandy spots in Scotland.
Beaches in Scotland
Isle of Skye – Coral Beach
This glorious beach is in an unspoilt setting on the north west coast of the island, easily reached by a 20 min wander down a coastal track. The softest of white sand caresses the beach line, and the turquoise water view takes your breath away on approach. As well as horizon views of the Outer Hebrides and islets not far from the shore, the nature you can spot here is tremendous. With sightings of seals, otters, sea eagles and oyster catchers nesting you can be sure to experience the best of Scotland’s sea life when visiting this beach. This is the perfect spot to spend a day – explore hidden coves by canoe (if you have one), beach comb for abandoned treasures, paddle in the shallows or if you are brave enough jump in (!) This is as remote as you can get!
Property Feature: N936 – Camus Cottage – A cosy little cottage in the south of Skye, recently renovated and modernised. It is ideally placed to explore both north and south of the island and is fully equipped with everything you could need for your visit. Sleeps 4 from £475/week
Isle of Harris – Hushinish Beach
Hushinish in one of the nicest beaches in Scotland with it’s gorgeous wide white sand beach perched on a western tip on the Isle of Harris, a remote island in the north of Scotland. Having visited myself last year, I can safely say this beach is a little drop of heaven – secluded and sedate, it sits untouched. I could not get over the fact that there was not one other person in sight (even with the little cluster of holiday homes at the far end!) The Isle of Harris may seem quite desolate at first with its rocky landscape and little sign of trees, but when the hot sun and blue skies come out there is no place more magical! You can reach this beach easily by car, on route enjoy the old whaling station and the impressive Amhuinnsuidhe Castle, and hours can be spent admiring the fabulous surroundings and views over to the isle of Scarp. I took a swim here in August 2015 and boy was it choppy and cold – so I suggest if you set yourself a challenge like mine, to swim in the sea at every beach you pass, make sure you have a life jacket on, and a friend nearby with a warm towel after!
Property feature: N876 – Arran Cottage N877 – Coll Cottage N878 – Inver Cottage. A little hamlet of modern luxury holiday homes, all with saunas, set in a delightful part of the island with beautiful sea and river views. These can be booked together or apart and are in the perfect location for fishing, birdwatching and walking. All together sleeps 18. Individually from £1,000/week.
Isle of Mull – Ardalanish Beach
A white shell–sand gem of a beach, on the charming Isle of Mull – deserted and wonderful. When the sun is out and the sky is blue we would not blame you for thinking you were in Barbados when spending time here. It has a lovely open bay, with some rocky parts to explore after enjoying a picnic in the sand. On nice days the shallows are perfect for paddling and and making sand castles, and the surrounding wildlife makes for good entertainment. Easily reached by foot from the carpark, this beach not only provides fun for the kids, but also for those who are interested in geology with it’s dramatic ancient rock formations and ruined fort.
Property feature: A1031 – Puffer Cottage & Smiddy Cottage – These two little cottages are set together in the small friendly village of Salen on the Isle of Mull. Recently renovated they provide cosy comfortable self catering accommodation for those out all day exploring. They can be booked together or apart. Both houses sleep 4 from £250/week
Brodick Beach – Isle of Arran
Brodick beach is a beautiful long stretch of sand along the east of the Island. With a mix of rocky parts and grassy dunes this beach is extremely family friendly and can entertain the whole family for hours. On sunny days this is the perfet spot for a picnic or a couple of hours of beach games and there is also a large grassy area equipped with child play facilities. With the lovely village of Brodick being on the shoreline you have ample options for grabbing a bite to eat from a local café or restaurant which makes it an easily accessible family destination.
Property Feature: AR081 The Shore House Cottage – a gorgeous little cottage, sleeping 4, on the Isle of Arran. It can provide top notch holiday accommodation as well as stunning views out to sea. Whether it be exploring in the countryside or enjoying an evening in the local pub, this is the perfect base to return to. Sleeps 4 from £445/week
Uig Beach – Isle of Lewis
Uig Beach lies on the south western side of the Isle of Lewis and is one of the largest beach areas in Scotland. This is where the discovery of a viking chess set happened. It was found in a small stone chamber at the edge of the beach and inside were 93 chess pieces made of morse ivory, from the husks of walrus teeth! Perhaps you will find your own treasure when exploring this vast beach, if not surely some rest and relaxation on the white sands of Uig will be enough. Enjoy kite flying on the beach and paddling in the sea (and swimming if you feel brave.) Try some kayaking round the coast discovering sea life in all the hidden rock pools. This is a great family beach equipped with its own toilets.
Property Feature: P108 Uig Lodge – A magnificent holiday home set right on the white sands of Uig Beach. What better way to spend the summer than to wake up to turquoise water and views of distant wild mountains? The house sleeps 15 and if fully equipped with everything you need and presents a high standard of luxury accommodation.
Surely all these lovely pictures of beaches in Scotland has really got you in the mood to start thinking about your summer holidays! If you haven’t already planned your holiday, why not pop over to our website today and start by picking a fantastic holiday home to stay in. For assistance call our helpful sales team on 01738451610
Until next time,