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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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 Sandwood Bay

UK, North Scotland

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Datum: WGS84 [ Help ]
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Latitude: 58° 32.558' N
Longitude: 5° 3.444' W

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 Access

Drive about as far NW in Scotland as you can go, then dump the car and walk the last 3 or 4 miles over the coastal hills to this beach.
Suggest you take a good map, as there is no one around to ask directions! There is a track that goes the first mile or two over the
hills, but access is not guaranteed (gates), and not passable when wet. The walk is a challenge - especially if packing in all your camping gear
and surf boards! Nearest village is Kinlochbervie, where there is a shop and down by the jetty, a fishermans' club, where you can get hot food and
a drink, and they post up weather forecast maps.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive about as far NW in Scotland as you can go, then dump the car and walk the last 3 or 4 miles over the coastal hills to this beach.<br />Suggest you take a good map, as there is no one around to ask directions! There is a track that goes the first mile or two over the<br />hills, but access is not guaranteed (gates), and not passable when wet. The walk is a challenge - especially if packing in all your camping gear<br />and surf boards! Nearest village is Kinlochbervie, where there is a shop and down by the jetty, a fishermans' club, where you can get hot food and<br />a drink, and they post up weather forecast maps.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive about as far NW in Scotland as you can go, then dump the car and walk the last 3 or 4 miles over the coastal hills to this beach.&lt;br &#47;&gt;Suggest you take a good map, as there is no one around to ask directions! There is a track that goes the first mile or two over the&lt;br &#47;&gt;hills, but access is not guaranteed (gates), and not passable when wet. The walk is a challenge - especially if packing in all your camping gear&lt;br &#47;&gt;and surf boards! Nearest village is Kinlochbervie, where there is a shop and down by the jetty, a fishermans' club, where you can get hot food and&lt;br &#47;&gt;a drink, and they post up weather forecast maps.

English (Translate this text in English): Drive about as far NW in Scotland as you can go, then dump the car and walk the last 3 or 4 miles over the coastal hills to this beach.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;Suggest you take a good map, as there is no one around to ask directions! There is a track that goes the first mile or two over the&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;hills, but access is not guaranteed (gates), and not passable when wet. The walk is a challenge - especially if packing in all your camping gear&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;and surf boards! Nearest village is Kinlochbervie, where there is a shop and down by the jetty, a fishermans' club, where you can get hot food and&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;a drink, and they post up weather forecast maps.

DistanceWeek-end trip

WalkLong walk (>30 mn)

Easy to find?Hard to find

Public access?Public access

Special accessDon't know

 Surf Spot Characteristics

Surf Spot Quality

Wave qualityNormal

ExperienceAll surfers

FrequencyDon't know

Wave

TypeBeach-break

DirectionRight and left

BottomSandy

PowerFast, Fun

Normal lengthShort (&lt; 50m)

Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)

Tide, Swell and Wind

Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, West

Good wind directionSouth, SouthEast, East, NorthEast

Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to

Best tide positionLow and mid tide

Best tide movementRising and falling tides

More details

Week crowdEmpty

Week-end crowdEmpty

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Dangers

- Rips / undertow

 Additional Information

This is about as remote as you can get on the UK mainland. I've visited twice for a total of 7 days, and never seen another surfer. Never seen another person
in the water. It's a long sandy beach, with a couple of central rock outcrops which break up the swell lines and make for interesting waves, and also offer a
bit of shelter on paddle outs in some conditions. Hard to call the waves, (not being a regular!)but a combination of sand bars, the rock outcrops, and also
a hint of a point break at the southern end on the rising tide all means there is stacks to work with. Exposed beach, it will pick up any
swell going (usually a couple of feet more than Oldshoremore - which you can see just off the road on the way there) it also gets hideously blown out.

English (Translate this text in English): This is about as remote as you can get on the UK mainland. I've visited twice for a total of 7 days, and never seen another surfer. Never seen another person<br />in the water. It's a long sandy beach, with a couple of central rock outcrops which break up the swell lines and make for interesting waves, and also offer a<br />bit of shelter on paddle outs in some conditions. Hard to call the waves, (not being a regular!)but a combination of sand bars, the rock outcrops, and also<br />a hint of a point break at the southern end on the rising tide all means there is stacks to work with. Exposed beach, it will pick up any<br />swell going (usually a couple of feet more than Oldshoremore - which you can see just off the road on the way there) it also gets hideously blown out.

English (Translate this text in English): This is about as remote as you can get on the UK mainland. I've visited twice for a total of 7 days, and never seen another surfer. Never seen another person&lt;br &#47;&gt;in the water. It's a long sandy beach, with a couple of central rock outcrops which break up the swell lines and make for interesting waves, and also offer a&lt;br &#47;&gt;bit of shelter on paddle outs in some conditions. Hard to call the waves, (not being a regular!)but a combination of sand bars, the rock outcrops, and also&lt;br &#47;&gt;a hint of a point break at the southern end on the rising tide all means there is stacks to work with. Exposed beach, it will pick up any&lt;br &#47;&gt;swell going (usually a couple of feet more than Oldshoremore - which you can see just off the road on the way there) it also gets hideously blown out.

English (Translate this text in English): This is about as remote as you can get on the UK mainland. I've visited twice for a total of 7 days, and never seen another surfer. Never seen another person&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;in the water. It's a long sandy beach, with a couple of central rock outcrops which break up the swell lines and make for interesting waves, and also offer a&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;bit of shelter on paddle outs in some conditions. Hard to call the waves, (not being a regular!)but a combination of sand bars, the rock outcrops, and also&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;a hint of a point break at the southern end on the rising tide all means there is stacks to work with. Exposed beach, it will pick up any&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;swell going (usually a couple of feet more than Oldshoremore - which you can see just off the road on the way there) it also gets hideously blown out.

Atmosphere

Beautiful beach, blocked at either end by 500 foot cliffs. A large fresh water lake, in the
centre of the valley, backed up behind the sand dunes. You'll see the occassional walker here, but thats
about it. Water is crystal clear, and cold. You will need a full suit. It is the kind of spot you probably
dreamed up as a kid on some kind of fantasy island. Only this is for real.

English (Translate this text in English): Beautiful beach, blocked at either end by 500 foot cliffs. A large fresh water lake, in the<br />centre of the valley, backed up behind the sand dunes. You'll see the occassional walker here, but thats<br />about it. Water is crystal clear, and cold. You will need a full suit. It is the kind of spot you probably<br />dreamed up as a kid on some kind of fantasy island. Only this is for real.

English (Translate this text in English): Beautiful beach, blocked at either end by 500 foot cliffs. A large fresh water lake, in the&lt;br &#47;&gt;centre of the valley, backed up behind the sand dunes. You'll see the occassional walker here, but thats&lt;br &#47;&gt;about it. Water is crystal clear, and cold. You will need a full suit. It is the kind of spot you probably&lt;br &#47;&gt;dreamed up as a kid on some kind of fantasy island. Only this is for real.

English (Translate this text in English): Beautiful beach, blocked at either end by 500 foot cliffs. A large fresh water lake, in the&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;centre of the valley, backed up behind the sand dunes. You'll see the occassional walker here, but thats&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;about it. Water is crystal clear, and cold. You will need a full suit. It is the kind of spot you probably&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;dreamed up as a kid on some kind of fantasy island. Only this is for real.

General

It is very remote so bring in all you need for your trip. And please take out all your rubbish.
There is no firewood around so bring in fuel if you want to cook anything or boil water etc.
When the weather is kind to you this will be a surf spot you will look back on for everever. When it is
foul you will curse the bastard who ever suggested the trip.

You takes your choice!

English (Translate this text in English): It is very remote so bring in all you need for your trip. And please take out all your rubbish.<br />There is no firewood around so bring in fuel if you want to cook anything or boil water etc.<br />When the weather is kind to you this will be a surf spot you will look back on for everever. When it is<br />foul you will curse the bastard who ever suggested the trip.<br /><br />You takes your choice!

English (Translate this text in English): It is very remote so bring in all you need for your trip. And please take out all your rubbish.&lt;br &#47;&gt;There is no firewood around so bring in fuel if you want to cook anything or boil water etc.&lt;br &#47;&gt;When the weather is kind to you this will be a surf spot you will look back on for everever. When it is&lt;br &#47;&gt;foul you will curse the bastard who ever suggested the trip.&lt;br &#47;&gt;&lt;br &#47;&gt;You takes your choice!

English (Translate this text in English): It is very remote so bring in all you need for your trip. And please take out all your rubbish.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;There is no firewood around so bring in fuel if you want to cook anything or boil water etc.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;When the weather is kind to you this will be a surf spot you will look back on for everever. When it is&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;foul you will curse the bastard who ever suggested the trip.&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;&amp;lt;br &amp;#47;&amp;gt;You takes your choice!

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By Anonymous , 13-09-2009

shottykid - My third trip to The Bay was not a dissapointment. Greeted by high tide barrels and a stunning sunset. The midges were hell though....as were the blisters!!

By Anonymous , 01-03-2009

A breathtaking place - I have been going there for the last fifteen years or so, driving from London just for the beauty and emptiness of the place, putting up a tent here or there, to hear the roar of the waves when I fall asleep and when I wake up, no ghosts though. I walked also to Cape Wrath and to Kearvaig Bay. Midges are a bitch so if you want to avoid them, don't go there in July and August, adding a week or two on both sides as a precaution. It rains the least in May, and in June you have white nights, when the dusk changes into dawn. Anyone who would like to camp there has, however, to take all fuel in a backpack as there's no driftwood whatsoever.

By Anonymous , 28-06-2007

Ghost - When you ask the locals about the ghost-rather than "bigging it up" they absolutely deny there is one. Scary!!!!!!!

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