Balnakeil Bay
Balnakeil Bay
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kindredpup
Pennsylvania262 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
We knew several places we wanted to see in Scotland which included the Northcoast Geo 500. Mark Allan, our Scotland Travel Expert was not only an expert driver through this diverse and often steep terrain, he was a fantastic guide.

Balnakeil was not on our list of must see places but we were very pleased Mark took us there as it's definitely not a place to be missed. We couldn't believe it when he said we would see a beautifully colored turquoise sea (similar to Caribbean waters) but it was there, complete with sandy beach. The celtic monastery was another wonderful surprise. We probably could have spent more time here if it weren't such a cold and blustery day. Still, it's a spectacular spot and definitely worth the drive --- just make sure you're wearing some warm gear.
Written 26 April 2020
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Simon W
West Haddon, UK114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Followed up on a local recommendation, past the church walk along the beach ( which itself looks stunning' follow the road into the sand dunes. Then WOW what a view. White sands and turquoise waters. What a gem in the highlands. Unspoilt natural beauty. Well worth the 20min walk. For 2 hours not another person in sight.
Written 15 August 2020
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Bibcay
Gateshead, UK4,308 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
This beach is beautiful even when it's raining. It is very clean and its great to swim in. This beach is just perfect.
Written 24 August 2022
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BOFA BOY
Bridge of Allan, UK1,383 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Absolutely gorgeous setting and beautiful view points around the headland. Unfortunately the weather was not particularly good, but we enjoyed a long walk.
Written 3 October 2020
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rachelaudrey26
Edinburgh, UK148 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
It’s a lovely beach but there are better beaches nearby such as Ceannabeinne!
The car park is reasonably sized and there are impressive sand dunes but you cannot walk on them as they are protected.
Written 16 August 2020
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KingstonKatharine
Kingston upon Thames, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Couples
This would indeed be the perfect beach if it was located in the Caribbean! A wide sweep of golden sand, backed by dunes. Walk across it from the car park then up the track to see the puffins.
Written 27 May 2013
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Ian S
Ullapool, Scotland, United Kingdom40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A great sandy beach with lovely blue-green sea and imposing rocky cliffs. Very photogenic and a great day out! You can walk all the way along the length of the beach and up a track at the end to a lighthouse which has good sea views and vistas back along the sand. If you find it too cold/windy the craft village isn't far away with hot drinks and interesting shops! Well worth a visit!
Written 3 April 2013
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Steve J
Maidstone, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Take the short walk from Durness Golf course around the bay on the beach ( mind the cows on the sand! I am not kidding). Once on the other side take another short walk ( 1.5 miles ) upto Faraid Head. You will get some of the best coastal views in the British Isles. Even if you don't walk to Farid, the beach is a hidden gem.
Written 27 August 2012
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Hannah Y
Dundee, UK37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a beautiful location. Much more peaceful beach compared with the surrounding ones. Perfect for a picnic. There is also an old church dating back to 1009 which is quite interesting to have a look at.
Written 14 July 2012
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Ian W
Usk, UK844 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What more do you want me to add? Enough talking! Go there at once.
Written 15 May 2012
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