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The Highlands are blessed with some spectacular beaches, often sandy and usually deserted, but if you don’t know where they are, it’s all too easy to drive right past.

Distance from Mey House: 86 Miles
Google maps link: http://goo.gl/maps/BEmPu

Unlike its spectacular neighbour (Sandwood), Balnakiel beach is just a few metres from the car park and it is ideal for either a short stroll or a yomp (the beach is over a mile long). It’s also a great place for a picnic and if you have kids, you can let them run around without fear of them coming into any danger as you can see for miles. If you don’t have kids and would rather stay as far away from them as possible then don’t fret as there is more than enough beach to share amongst everyone! If you fancy just that extra bit of seclusion, find a spot amongst the rocky inlets of the headland, kick back and relax.

The whole area is nestled amongst sand dunes, framed by mountains and in mid-summer, is the ideal place to watch the midnight sunset. If you like photography – this is a very special place.

Sal-at-Balnakiel-(D) MOD Picnic-at-Balnakiel-(D) MOD

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: There are no toilets or refreshments available at Balnakiel so make good use of the facilities in Durness before heading to the beach. If you are a golfer, you can play the course which overlooks the bay (it’s mainland Britain’s most northerly course apparently) but bring your own clubs as they don’t have any for hire.

GREAT FOR: Photography, romantic walks and summer picnics.

RECOMMENDATION: Make time to enjoy it properly.

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