Well seeing as the weather has been playing ball recently(well at least some of the time) I thought it would be quite a nice idea to talk about our top three recommended beaches in the Scottish Highlands. Each place has a wonderful charm of its own bringing differing qualities dependant on what you’re looking for. All are within a 30 minute drive from Tangle Tower, and there is plenty of wonderful scenery on the way, so happy adventures and don’t forget your beach towel and sunscreen!
1: Nairn Beach, proof that Scotland does have beautiful sandy award winning beaches. This is a great beach in the traditional sense. Situated in the centre of Nairn it is backed by low sand dunes, a promenade and attractive well maintained links. It is home to Nairn Cricket Club. Close by you will find a paddling pool, playground, swimming pool tea-room and cafe. There are also public toilets and parking nearby.
2: Chanory Point, a wonderful pebble beach and a hotspot for viewing dolphins. Chanory Point lies at the end of Chanory Ness, a spit of land extending into the Moray Firth between Fortrose and Rosemarkie on the Black Isle. There is an active lighthouse operated by the Northern Lighthouse Board situated at the tip.
The beach extends for a lovely long walk, sea-glass, shells and attractive pebbles are easy to discover along this stretch of coast. Dolphins, seals and plenty of birdlife frequent the area (be sure to check the tides for ideal spotting times). The car-park has been recently re-modelled but parking is limited and maybe difficult on good weather days. Access is via a single track that takes you through a local golf course. Well signposted with a scenic journey from Inverness.
3: Rosemarkie Beach, just on a little from Charnory Point. This wonderfully wild sandy family beach has an enclosed play area for the smaller children, plenty of seating in the form of benches for those who like to picnic and is an ideal beach for dogs. When the tide is out there is a superb long walk around the cliff edges and is a rock pool enthusiasts dream! Nearby you will find a woodland walk, a cafe, public toilets and a lovely bistro.