Beaches

The western coastlines of the Uists and Benbecula are made up of an almost continuous stretch of golden-white sand, with beautiful machair and dunes that are rich with wild flowers and animals.
The following are just a few of the beaches you may wish to visit.

Berneray East & West Beaches

Berneray West Beach stretches right around the west coast of Berneray and is about 3 miles long. A photograph of the golden sands was once used to advertise a beach resort in Thailand. The location of this beach gives uninterrupted views across the sound of Harris to the mountains. The east beach offers fantastic opportunities for outdoor activities and is part of a circular walk around the island which takes in some of the important historical sites.

Clachan Sands

Clachan Sands is situated on North Uist and the clear blue waters and shallow sandy bay make it perfect for swimming and snorkelling. The beach stretches as far as the eye can see in both directions from the car park, to the inlet at Trumisgarry in the south and around the corner with a backdrop of the Hills of Harris to the north.

To get there, follow signs to Berneray and you will come to a sign pointing to Beach access and Clachan Sands Cemetery. Follow the track to the end where there is a small car park with picnic benches.

Hosta Beach

Hosta beach is located on the west coast of North Uist and is a great place for surfing or just watching the waves roll in after a storm. The beach access is signed from the road and through a gate down a track. There is an area for parking on the dunes followed by a short walk over to the beach.

Balranald Beach

Balranald beach is on the western side of North Uist and is part of the RSPB nature Reserve. The sheltered sandy bay here contains the perfect ingredients for many species of wildlife including phaleropes and corncrakes. You can walk around the reserve and during the summer months, guided walks are available regularly. More information and what to look for can be found in the visitor centre next to the car park.

Cula Bay Beach

Cula Bay Beach is situated on the west coast of Benbecula and can be accessed from Nunton or Aird. There is a parking area and wheelchair access. Well known for its wading birds, keep an eye out for oystercatchers, snipe and even the illusive corncrake.

Stilligarry Beach

Stilligarry beach is part of the 30 mile stretch of sand that makes up the western coast of South Uist. Great for walking, Stilligarry is backed by rich machair which is home to many varieties of wild flowers and animals.

Daliburgh Beach

This beach on South Uist is another beautiful stretch of uninterrupted white sand with the machair running behind it. There is a golf course nestled in the machair which, on a sunny day provides beautiful views over the coast and out to sea. There is a track leading to a small parking area with picnic benches.

The Cladh Hallan Roundhouses are also situated here. Archaeologists have excavated the site and estimate that the roundhouse remains found here date back to around 500BC.

Charlies Beach

Charlies Beach on Eriskay is named after Bonnie Prince Charlie who landed here in 1745 after sailing from France. This beautiful beach is another jewel in the Hebrides, with its stunning views across the Sound of Barra and out to the Atlantic. Perfect for a gentle stroll or just sit and watch the ferry coming across from Barra.

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