Balnakeil Beach
Balnakeil Beach
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Snickets
154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We were driving this road to take a look at the craft village when we saw the signs. I had read about it but had forgotten in the NC500 fog of choices. It was blustery and damp, but a glorious, blowy walk on a beautiful, sandy bay was just what we needed to get over the hot chocolate we'd had from Cocoa Mountain! Not much parking there, but a pretty church - must be stunning on a sunny day.
Written 24 July 2021
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PThomas1985
Stourbridge, UK377 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
I didn't realise you could walk to Balnakeil Beach from Durness, but you can, and it's quite easy going. You can stop off at the craft village (and Cocoa Mountain) on the way. It takes about 30 minutes in total. When you arrive, it is well worth. Stunning, white, sandy beach, and relatively quiet. I wish I had more time to walk the full length of the beach, and explore a little more
Written 11 October 2022
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Princess Cupra
Sheffield, UK40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
to describe how beautiful and amazing this beach is. We stopped off here whilst on the NC500, we had a picnic on the beach, there were hardly anyone about. Who knew such beaches existed in Great Britain. You cannot pass here without paying a visit to the beach.
Written 27 June 2021
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EmmaKayRob
St. Andrews, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Cannot recommend this place more. Just go here. We went to lots of beaches along NC500 and this was the most stunning. Stayed for the late sunset when we arrived in Durness and went back again first thing in the morning.

Even on hottest week of summer it felt secluded and peaceful - we had only a handful of other travellers / residents walking dogs to share it with (and no one else when we made it for our early morning run and swim).

Walking distance of a couple of b&bs in town and lots of places to wild camp (though some v windy), but if camping stay away from the main road and passing places for the residents.

Will need midge repellent but that’s same as whole area and to be expected.
Written 9 August 2020
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Bandit-One
Lucerne, Switzerland10,041 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We've visited Durness a few years ago. But didn't really have time to look around. This time we brought a bit more time with.

Parked our car at the very pretty remains of the Balnakeil Church and then headed to the beach.

It was a windy, grey and rainy day. Sometimes the sun broke through though. Made a very nice, magical and eerie atmosphere. Despite the weather there were some visitors. A good number of the with dogs. So our Bulldog had fun meeting furry friends on this dog-friendly beach.

It is a beautiful beach. By the colour you feel like transported right into the caribbean. It's just a wee bit colder here.

A wide, very clean and fine sand beach. Backed by lovely dunes. Great for a walk. Nice to let your dog run free.

We followed the long beach to the northern end and planned on walking to the Faraid Head. There's a nice trail heading there. A pretty easy walk. But we only managed halfway.

The wind was incredibly strong that day. The sand blew in our faces and in our dogs. It was quite painful and didn't make sense to keep going that day. So we decided to head back... the rain did hit us a few minutes later back on the beach.

Nonetheless a wonderful place to visit. And maybe next time we'll get to the Faraid Head.
Written 17 December 2022
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A for effort
Scotland, UK33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Nice place to let the dog have a run about. The good thing about this beach is that it is protected for science reasons. Behind the sand dunes are a really nice walk and as long as you keep to the path (don't destroy the dunes!) you will have a great time!
Written 12 July 2021
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@TheHarrisons_VanLife
Accrington, UK408 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We visited Balnakeil beach after visiting nearby Smoo Cave. We managed to park in our campervan. It was lovely and calming. We found some Chert which my son loved as we’d just learnt about this rock at the Smoo Cave tour. If you strike it against another Chert it sparks and has a strong smell. Fascinating and Balnakeil beach is one of the few places in Scotland to find it. The little church was interesting to read about and walk around. A very picturesque spot.
Written 6 September 2022
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Michael C
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Probably one of the NC500's tour highlights.
Take the walk from Balnakeil beach to the far end of Faraid Head, stunning.
The walk itself amongst the white sandy dunes gives way to open green fields that overlook the bay. You could be anywhere in the world. The seas were crystal clear and well worth seeking out.
Written 23 April 2022
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KevinP1314
Monifieth, UK2,778 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
Slightly off route from the NC500 yet Balnakeil has so much to offer beyond this stunning beach in a bay type setting. The nearby historical yet sadly ruined church is worth a few minutes of your time. As is the nearby craft village which was sadly closed during our journey through Sutherland.
Written 25 November 2020
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Claire M
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Beautiful beach with white sand and blue sea. Had a lovely walk along its length from the car park. Great rocks and small caves at the far end. Definitely one to see!
Written 26 August 2020
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