Kirsty is Marketing Manager at HAGGiS Adventures. At weekend's she is often found camping by a loch, trying a new open swimming spot or heading out on her gravel bike. She's a massive fan of Scotland men's football team and has traveled all over Europe to see them play. She's also loves Scotland's amazing food and drink scene so when she's not away for the weekend she'll be checking out a new distillery, tap room or restaurant.
Best Beaches and Coastline on the North Coast 500
Mainland Scotland has 6000 miles of coastline, and with a further 900 islands, we have some of the most epic beaches, sea cliffs and coastlines in the world. Many of the best spots are along the North Coast 500 and with all that coastline you can spot wildlife, surf on some of Britain’s best waves, see stunning sunsets and if you’re feeling brave, take a dip in some crystal blue waters.
We are big fans of the NC500 and many of it’s stunning beaches can be found on our 8-day Orkney, Hebrides and North Coast 500 tour.
Best Beach for Surfing
Brims Ness - Thurso
No trip along the North Coast 500 would be complete without a stop at Thurso, the most northerly town on mainland Scotland. Brims Ness, 5 miles from Thurso is well known for its surf breaks, hosting the Scottish National Surfing Championships every year.
Best Beach for Drama
Often said to be one of Scotland’s best beaches, Sandwood Bay is looked after by the John Muir Trust, who maintain the 4-mile footpath to the beach. As it is only accessible by foot you can expect one of Britain’s most unspoiled beaches, with beautiful white sand and stunning sea stack, Am Buachaille, keeping an eye on visitors.
Best Coastline for Sunset
Sitting on the banks of (sea) Loch Broom, Ullapool is another must-visit stop on the North Coast 500. Much like the rest of the west coast of Scotland, you’ll find epic sunsets over the loch. So why not find a bench, settle down with fish and chips from the local chippy (and maybe a dram) and watch the sun set at one of Scotland’s most picturesque towns.
Ullapool is also one of our best-loved stops on our 6 Day Isle of Skye & Hebridean Hopper tour!
Best Coastline for Spotting Wildlife
On the east of the Black Isle peninsula, Chanonry Point is a hot spot for bottlenose dolphins and grey seals, and if you’re lucky enough you might see some whales.
Best Beach for Visiting a Famous Stone Age Village
Bay of Skaill
Take a step back in time at Skara Brae, an amazingly well-persevered 5000-year-old village which sits on the Bay of Skaill. With stunning views out to the Atlantic Ocean, a cliff with a sea-worn hole (Hole o’Rowe) and breaks that attract surfers, it’s a must-see spot on any trip to Orkney.
You can visit stunning Skara Brae on day 3 of our trip to Orkney and the North Coast 500!
Best Beach for Swimming with a Jaw-dropping Backdrop
Luskentyre Sands is one of Scotland’s most famous beaches, and for good reason. It could be mistaken for the Caribbean, if it wasn’t so cold! With white sands, crystal-clear blue water and views to die for, Luskentyre Sands is a must-visit beach on any trip to Scotland, especially if you enjoy open water swimming.