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Strathy Bay Beach

Melvich, Highland

Beautiful rural sandy bay, sheltered by rocky headland in the heart of Mackay country. Naturally formed with sand dunes, it has outstanding views of the Pentland Firth. There is a free car park.

Beach Type



Limited facilities in the small village of Strathy


A good spot for surfing
SW is offshore but there is some shelter from westerly winds

Nature and Wildlife

Explore this remote beach.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

No restrictions.

Awards and Recommendations

Green Coast Award
Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information


Nearest town: Melvich
County: Highland
Latitude/Longitude: 58.5677, -3.99794
Postcode: KW14 7SB
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)


Strathy Bay is on a minor road sign posted to Strathy East. off the A836 Thurso to Bettyhill Road. three miles west of Melvich.


Free parking

Nearby Car Parks

Strathy Bay, Strathy (Unknown stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Meall Mor, Portskerra (Unknown stay).
About 2.7 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Melvich