The northern and western coastlines of North Uist and Berneray are made up of an almost continuous stretch of golden-white sand,
backed by machair and dunes bursting with wild flowers and animals. Whether you are interested in surfing, snorkelling or
just relaxing and taking in the tranquil seaside atmosphere, you will find the perfect place to do it.
The following are a few examples of some great beaches you may wish to visit during your stay.
Traigh Hornais can be reached by a short walk down the track from the cottage and through the dunes. This impressive expanse of sand stretches out towards the inlet at Trumaisgearraidh in one direction, and the headland in the other direction. Over the headland you will reach Traigh Lingleigh. The crystal clear waters and shallow sandy bay make it suitable for swimming and snorkelling. There is also a small car park with picnic benches to enjoy outdoor eating (signed Beach access and Clachan Sands Cemetery from the road). This beach offers great views of the mountains of Harris in the distance.
Traigh Ear Beach
Traigh Ear beach at Sollas is another popular visit. The machair running along the back of the beach is ideal for walking and provides a home for many species of wildlife including the corncrake and other birds. During the summer, the machair is bright with flowers including rare varieties of orchids.
Berneray Sands stretches right around the west coast of Berneray and is about 3 miles of uninterrupted golden sand. Enjoy the beautiful view across to the Harris Mountains, whilst walking along this unspoiled beach. Once mistaken in a photograph for an exotic Thai beach resort, Berneray’s beautiful shore offers a great day out. Traigh Beasdaire east beach offers fantastic conditions for outdoor activities and incorporates a walk which takes in some of the important historical sites on the island.
Balranald beach is found on the western side of the Isle of North Uist. It is part of the RSPB nature Reserve and the sheltered sandy beach here contains marshes and sand dunes making it a home for a variety of wild species of plants and animals. More information and what to look for can be found in the visitor centre next to the car park. Being a wildlife reserve you may see some rare creatures such as corncrakes, otters and butterflies.
Baleshare beach is found on the machair based island of Baleshare off the coast of North Uist. Baleshare is connected to the mainland of Uist via a short causeway. The beach is reached by walking through the dunes which lead to the sandy shore. The views from here looking northwards take in the coast of North Uist and looking southwards, Baleshare beach blends seamlessly into the beach bordering Benbecula airport. The coastline here contains ancient archaeological remains and ruins.