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Which beaches for your four-legged friends ?

Welcome to the rugged beauty of the North Coast 500 (NC500), where the breathtaking Scottish Highlands meet the shimmering coastline. If you're planning a camper van Advanture with your four-legged companion, you're in for a treat!


In this guide, we've handpicked the top 10 dog-friendly beaches along the NC500, each offering unique features and unforgettable experiences for you and your furry friend.


1. Dornoch Beach:

Location: Dornoch, Sutherland

Camper Van Site Nearby: Dornoch Camping and Caravanning Club Site


Dornoch Beach boasts expansive golden sands and crystal-clear waters, making it an ideal spot for a leisurely stroll or a game of fetch with your pup.


The town of Dornoch is also home to pet-friendly establishments, ensuring a warm welcome for your furry friend.


2. Golspie Beach:

Location: Golspie, Sutherland

Camper Van Site Nearby: Camping at Golspie


With its picturesque backdrop of Ben Bhraggie, Golspie Beach offers a tranquil setting for a day by the sea. Your dog will relish the wide-open spaces and the chance to explore the dunes and shoreline.


3. Berriedale Beach:

Location: Berriedale, Caithness

Camper Van Site Nearby: Inver Caravan Park


Nestled in the charming village of Berriedale, this hidden gem provides a peaceful escape for you and your pup. The picturesque coastal cliffs offer a stunning backdrop, perfect for capturing memories with your furry friend.


4. Dunnet Bay:

Location: Dunnet, Caithness

Camper Van Site Nearby: Dunnet Bay Caravan Club Site


Dunnet Bay is a true paradise for dogs who love the water. The long stretch of sandy beach and shallow waters make it an excellent spot for a refreshing swim. Your pup will thank you for the endless opportunities to play in the surf!


5. Sandside Bay:

Location: Reay, Caithness

Camper Van Site Nearby: Halladale Inn and Campsite


This secluded beach offers tranquility and stunning views of the Pentland Firth. With its rugged coastline, Sandside Bay provides ample space for your furry friend to explore and take in the fresh sea air.


6. Melvich Beach:

Location: Melvich, Sutherland

Camper Van Site Nearby: Halladale Inn and Campsite


Melvich Beach is a paradise for dogs who love to run free. The vast expanse of golden sands and rolling dunes provide the perfect playground for your pup. Don't forget to capture the moment against the stunning backdrop of the North Atlantic Ocean.


7. Achmelvich Beach:

Location: Lochinver, Sutherland

Camper Van Site Nearby: Clachtoll Beach Campsite


With its turquoise waters and golden sands, Achmelvich Beach is a true jewel of the NC500. Your furry friend will relish the chance to splash in the shallows and explore the rocky coves along this breathtaking coastline.


8. Achnahaird Beach:

Location: Achiltibuie, Ross-shire

Camper Van Site Nearby: Port a Bhaigh


Surrounded by rugged cliffs and lush greenery, Achnahaird Beach offers a unique blend of wilderness and beauty. Your dog will revel in the freedom to roam along the expansive shoreline.


9. Red Point Beach:

Location: Gairloch, Ross-shire

Camper Van Site Nearby: Sands Caravan and Camping Park


Red Point Beach, with its dramatic cliffs and panoramic views of the Torridon Mountains, offers a stunning backdrop for a day by the sea. Your furry friend will love exploring the rock pools and sandy stretches.


10. Applecross Sands:

Location: Applecross, Ross-shire

Camper Van Site Nearby: Applecross Campsite


Nestled in the picturesque village of Applecross, this beach offers unrivaled views of the Inner Sound and the Isle of Skye. Your pup will relish the opportunity to frolic in the waves and explore the rocky shores.



This list is not exhaustive but illustrates that the NC500 boasts an array of dog-friendly beaches, each with its own unique charm.


From sandy stretches to rugged coastlines, these beaches offer unforgettable experiences for you and your furry friend.


So, pack up your camper van, grab your pup, and embark on an adventure along the stunning North Coast 500!




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