Sutherland Beaches – Peace on Earth…

28 08 2012

When Richard and I went to Sutherland a couple of years ago to do the two Munros up there and also for me to do some Corbetts, we were impressed by how beautiful and peaceful all the beaches up there were. We were based around Durness and the local village beach, Sango Bay, was the best of the lot in our opinion. Here are some of the highlights starting with the beaches around Keoldale…


Standing Stone at Kyle of Durness


Balnakeil Beach


Smoo Cave (photo above by Richard Wood)

Traigh Allt na Chailgeag…

We took the 4.5 mile walk out across the moorland to Sandwood Bay – this is everyone’s favourite beach but we didn’t find it all that stunning – the weather was awful though and these are the best three photos I got:

It didn’t help Sandwood Bay’s popularity with us that we had this beach, Sango Bay, just a few moments’ walk from our holiday let…


A little arete I used to like to play along…

3 of Richard’s Sango Bay Photos:

It’s a very long drive right to the very northern coastline of Scotland but, as you can probably see, it’s worth it for the quality of the beaches alone!

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18 responses

21 09 2012
Tango

Head I thinks???, Its not that bad really, just dont take deaf dogs who are 13 years old & Jack Russels because you are forever throwing him up onto rocks…!!!!,..but isnt that bad at all you will be fine!!! but it is a very nice hill/mountian..My favourite to date!!!.

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24 09 2012
mountaincoward

LOL! Well at least I don’t have to throw Richard up onto rocks!

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20 09 2012
Tango

Hello Carol yeah I did manage to get to the west/true summit, a little cheeky with 3 dogs”1 which is deaf” & 1 Missus in tow, Aly & the Mutts stayed just before the step & I bagged the top, 1 of my favourite mountains I thinks??.Small but very exciting…Cheers Terry.

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20 09 2012
mountaincoward

I’ve seen various detailed routes of the scramble up to the true summit – it looks quite exciting – I gather it’s exposure rather than difficulty? Did you take the side route over the huge drop or tackle it head on (my preferred option when I get there I think)?

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8 09 2012
Tango

Some lovely photos there Carol, I was up that end of the world last month with the Missus doing some Munros….visited Smoo caves etc.. .

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8 09 2012
mountaincoward

I’m thoroughly jealous! Have you written any reports anywhere?

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9 09 2012
Tango

No sorry not a member of any forum so all the pix are just sat on my computer!!!! shame that. I also climbed Stac Polly an excellent mountain to do!!!.Cheers Terry

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9 09 2012
mountaincoward

I’m dying to get to Stac Pollaidh – did you manage to get to the true summit? I believe it’s quite hard

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29 08 2012
Paul Shorrock

Great pics Carol.

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29 08 2012
mountaincoward

Thanks Paul 🙂

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29 08 2012
fedupofuserids

Some great beaches and equally some great photos. I’ve been to Durness a few times so its a nice reminder 🙂 Personally I thought Sandwood was a great beach but it’s famous for its remoteness and solitude which with good parking and good track it fails on both counts. I take it you are still restricted 😦 any sign of an improvement ?

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29 08 2012
mountaincoward

I’m back at work but still have a potted-up foot. Not sure how it’s doing but I’m due my next x-rays on 10 September so I should know more then.

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31 08 2012
fedupofuserids

Good luck

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31 08 2012
mountaincoward

Thanks Simon. It’s actually feeling quite a bit better but that’s not really anything to go by I don’t think, especially seeing as it wasn’t all that noticeably painful in the first place…

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28 08 2012
bob

I,ve never been that impressed with Sandwood bay either.Apart from the Iconic sea stack it suffers from being so well publicised these days.There are far more dramatic beaches all along the north west coast that are still empty.You,ve captured some nice ones here.Camped at Sango bay once in winter.So cold the sea froze into sheets of ice on the beach and the sand dunes were buried under snow.

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29 08 2012
mountaincoward

What year was that? The sea froze in the Hebrides in the winter of 1977 when I was still living there! 😮

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28 08 2012
Bill Chance

Beautiful shots – what a great place for a long walk.

Thanks for sharing.

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29 08 2012
mountaincoward

It’s a great place for a paddle too 🙂

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