Scotland's top walks: Sandwood Bay, Sutherland This amazing beach in the middle of nowhere. It feels untouched by human beings." Despite its remoteness this perfect arc of sand and dunes is popular with day-trippers. "It's right next to Cape Wrath. To think the Vikings, even the Spanish Armada sailed past here.
Spot a mermaid. Mystery hangs over Sandwood Bay, the most remote beach in Britain, like sea mist. Inaccessible save for a four mile hike over a bog from a deserted car park, this is where, in the 19th Century, the last mermaid sighting in Britain was recorded. If you fail to commune with any merfolk, check out the stunning sea stacks off the Sutherland coast.
A walk in along a bleak moorland track is amply rewarded when the fabulous views of Sandwood Bay come into view, perhaps the most beautiful beach in Britain. Spend time exploring the mile of golden sand and dunes, with rocky cliffs and a giant sea stack to complete the scene. Despite its popularity, Sandwood Bay never seems busy as the beach is big enough to absorb the visitors.