Wow, what an utterly pawesome time we all had travelling around in our motorhome this summer! We set off bright and breezy with me as the designated driver, Pupstar working the pedals and Gizmo barking out the directions when he wasn’t knocking back the beer! With our buckets, spades and swimming trunks all packed we were determined to find totally amazing beaches…and we certainly did!
So in no particular order, here is our pick of some of the best beaches in Scotland (No Restrictions! Dog friendly all year round).
Luskentyre – Isle of Harris
We were really excited to visit this beach as we had been reading the ‘Lewis Trilogy’ by Peter May. Turquoise water, white sands……just Pawfect! There are some wild camping spots or you can stay at the campsite at Horgabost. To get to Luskentyre you catch the ferry from Uig, Isle of Skye, to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris, then take the A859 south for a few miles. The ferry is dog friendly – it even has its own special pet lounge area!
Isle of Berneray
Shhhhh! Do you want to know a secret? To find this beach turn right out of the ferry terminal at Berneray, not left like everyone else and a few miles along a single track road will bring you to this fantastic beach! You can wild camp overlooking the sea and probably have it to yourself! If the sun is out you will think you’re in the Caribbean!
Back on the mainland of Scotland we travelled up the west coast in our doggy mobile. I like to think I am a pretty good driver but we did have a few close shaves on the road. This was mainly due to Pupstar not always concentrating and pressing the accelerator instead of the break pedal! Eeeek!
About 9 miles out of Gairloch you will find this totally pawesome beach at Redpoint along a single track road. Parking can be a bit tricky for motorhomes as the car park is very small. I managed with some turbo steering to find a spot. From the car park you have to walk through a field (there are sheep about so stay on the lead) and then through the dunes. As you can see the sand really is red.
We had this beach all to ourselves for the day and loved it so much we decided to stay overnight. It’s £5.00 (honesty box) and there are no facilities except a bin.
Secret Beach ????
OMD! This beach was just totally amazing! White sand and crystal clear turquoise water. Small, quiet campsite on the beach with no facilities apart from water and Elsen point. We could have stayed permanently! If you want to know where it is you will have to email me and ask very nicely…maybe even bribe me! Heheheh Woofs
Driving right into the north western corner of Scotland you come across Durness on the A838. There is a campsite with all the facilities but it is possible to wild camp in nearby Balnakeil. The beaches are absolutely stunning and no doggy in their right mind would turn down the chance to go cavorting along the sand.
This is another of our favourite places. We wild camped in the car park with the sea a few metres away. Findhorn has several places to eat and a small shop in the village. The village gets visitors from all over the world to come on spiritual courses at the Findhorn Foundation. The Foundation has an Eco village which you can do a tour of and a really well stocked shop with lots of vegan/veggie food.
All the beaches in Scotland are really pawesome and we never came across any dog restriction signs on our travels. Do remember though that these beaches are home to lots of wildlife and birds! Please take care and don’t go mental jumping around in the sand dunes and disturbing nesting birds. Sometimes seals can be seen on the beach – dogs and seals are not friends, and never should be. Please stay away from them and if it is all too exciting for you ask your human to pop you on the lead. You might see sheep and cows grazing along the beaches (there are not many fences) so just be aware and don’t go rounding them up. Also finally, let’s keep these beaches pristine and dog friendly forever; don’t leave anything behind except your paw print and if you do see some litter ask your human to pick it up and dispose of it sensibly.
These are just some of the beaches that we enjoyed visiting. If you’ve been to Scotland and have a favourite beach why not bark about it in the comments box below.
Woofs Frodo Cavalier – Editor xx