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Gairloch - Big Sand Beach

Gairloch, Highland

Sheltered sand and shingle beach with magnificient views of Longa Island and mountains of Skye and Torridon. The beach is accessed through extensive sand dunes which again offer shelter from the wind.

Beach Type



Caravan park adjacent to the beach



Nature and Wildlife

Plenty to explore including footpaths around the Flowerdale estate and Flowerdale falls.

Water Quality

Not Tested




No dog restrictions.

Awards and Recommendations

Green Coast Award

Tourist Information

GAIRLOCH TIC Achtercairn. Gairloch Ross-shire. IV22 2DN Tel: +44 (0) 1445 712130


Nearest town: Gairloch
County: Highland
Latitude/Longitude: 57.7376, -5.76804
Postcode: IV21 2DL
(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.


From Gairloch take the B8021 for 3 miles. Entry is via the Sands Holiday Centre on the left.

Public Transport

Gairloch - Dundonnell - Inverness bus service is run by Rapsons - Westerbus


Free parking

Nearby Car Parks

Low Road, Gairloch (Unknown stay).
About 2.8 miles away
Creag an Fhithich, Gairloch (Unknown stay).
About 2.9 miles away
Community Centre, Gairloch (Unknown stay).
About 2.9 miles away
Druim Achadh Na Sgeilpe, Gairloch (Unknown stay).
About 3 miles away
Badachro, Gairloch (Unknown stay).
About 3.1 miles away
Charleston Bay - West, Gairloch (Unknown stay).
About 3.7 miles away
Charleston Bay - East, Gairloch (Unknown stay).
About 3.7 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Gairloch