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Latitude: 58° 34.102' N
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drive about 20 miles west of thurso untill u get 2 strathy then there is a turn off just as u get into strathy u will know if ur on the right road if u cross a catle grid then get onto a newly tarred road. Parking at the graveyard.
DistanceTake a car
WalkShort walk (5-15 mn)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthLong (150 to 300 m)
Good swell directionNorth, NorthWest, NorthEast
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, SouthWest, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionLow and mid tide
Best tide movement
- Rips / undertow
surf on the far right of the beach as there is a nice left hander. The western corner is wind protected (w/nw) and sandbanks are in good shape due to rivermouth.
u will very rarely come across another surfer. its sheltered from w/nw winds so go 2 strathy if everywhere else is blown out. Watch out for seals.
By Ryan , 03-10-2004
Strathy - Surfed at Strathy September 2004, beautiful spot and empty! SW Gale kept surf small but it was still fun and quite punchy. 5/3 Suit and boots were enough to keep warm.
By Jules , 15-09-2004
Strathy - Me and my brother just started surfing about a year ago, and we've lived up from Strathy beach all our lives. We're only making proper use of it now after about 15 years! But it's a great break for beginners, the bay is really wide so that even though there are rips now and again you never really get into great danger of drifting away, and they just set up a life-ring stand thingy on the shore, in case you're unconvinced! Sometimes we go down and find that there are a couple of other surfers out catching bigger stuff, so I think it would appeal to more advanced surfers when the surf is big. We also surf at Melvich a couple of miles towards Thurso, and it seems that when the surf is good at Strathy, it isn't always so great at Melvich, and vice versa. It's a smaller bay but maybe better on bigger days. I'd advise thick wetsuits all year round if you're surfing at Strathy or anywhere in Scotland, never mind the North Coast!
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