Dunnet Beach

One of Caithness' largest beaches, Dunnet Bay frequented by walkers, surfers, joggers, horse-riders and beachcombers.

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  • The beach is over 2km long end-to-end.


  • Car parks are located at several points along the bay: on the western side at Castlehill, in the middle of the bay, and beside the Seadrift Centre on the Dunnet side.


  • Fitness Level 1: Very Easy
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible

Additional Information

A beautiful, sweeping, sandy expanse, with high-sided dunes to explore, Dunnet Bay is one of the most popular outdoor settings in Caithness. The size of this beach means that even on a 'busy' day it feels empty!

The waves in particular are a draw, with Dunnet noted as an excellent bay for beginner surfers to try out carving up the currents.

Dunnet also attracts kite surfers, and the long, wide sandy flats mean that Dunnet is an excellent spot for kite-racers, too.

With Dunnet Forest, Dunnet Bay Distillery, Dunnet Head, Seadrift Centre, and Mary Ann's Museum all nearby, the Dunnet area makes for a dynamic day out.

All someone needs to do now is make a t-shirt which says, 'Been there, Dunnet!'.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Norse structures have been recorded within the dunes of Dunnet Bay. From time-to-time, shifting sands or inclement reveal more remains from this extensive settlement.

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