The Location: Considered the most unspoiled beach in Britain, Sandwood Bay is located on the westernmost side of the north coast of mainland Scotland.
The Activity: Camping
A four-mile trail through exposed moorland provides the only access to this spectacularly wild beach. Start at the hamlet of Blairmore in the gravel parking lot, which, like the beach, is owned and maintained by the John Muir Trust. The trail itself is nothing to speak of — gently undulating with an ocean view only at the very end. But Sandwood Bay is well worth a lackluster hike: The pink-toned sand stretches for more than a mile that’s bookended by cliffs and backed by large dunes. Beyond the dunes you’ll find Sandwood Loch — a freshwater body of water full of brown trout. Wild camping is completely legal in Scotland, just be sure to leave no trace. If you’re keen on building a campfire, you’ll need to haul in your own wood.
What Else to Do: Jutting up from the ocean, about a mile west of the bay, stands a 213-foot tall sea stack known as Am Buachaille. Made of Torridonian sandstone, the pillar is considered one of Scotland’s classic sea stack climbs, with four rock climbing routes identified. This one may be best done with a guide considering the tricky access: You have to swim to the base.
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