British Beaches

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Dunnet Bay - Murkle Bay/Dunnet Beach

Thurso, Highland

A wide sandy bay near the eastern tip of Scotlands Far North coast

Beach Type



Picnic site
Further facilities can be found in nearby Thurso



Nature and Wildlife

The mrked Flagstone trail leaves from nearby Castlehill.

Water Quality




Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

JOHN O'GROATS TIC County Road. John O'Groats Caithness. KW1 4YR Tel: +44 (0) 1955 611373


Nearest town: Thurso
County: Highland
Latitude/Longitude: 58.618, -3.34987
Postcode: KW14 8XD
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around , Highland at Explore Britain.


Head north on the A9 to Thurso then turn east on the A836 towards john O Groats. The road passes Dunnet bay.

Nearest Railway Stations

Thurso (Approx. 7 miles away)
Georgemas Junction (Approx. 8 miles away)
Scotscalder (Approx. 12 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Parking available by the beach.

Nearby Car Parks

Dunnet Bay, Castletown (Unknown stay).
About 0.6 miles away
Dunnet Bay South, Castletown (Unknown stay).
About 1.2 miles away
Traill Street, Castletown (Unknown stay).
About 2.3 miles away
Dunnet Head Lighthouse South, Thurso (Unknown stay).
About 3.7 miles away
Dunnet Head Lighthouse North, Thurso (Unknown stay).
About 3.7 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Thurso