Sandside Harbour (Fresgoe)

A picturesque harbour, with great views of Dounreay Nuclear Power Station.

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  • Sandside harbour is closed, so parking available just before the entrance to Sandside Harbour.


  • Fitness Level 1: Very Easy
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Pram Accessible

Additional Information

The harbour itself was built for Major William Innes of Sandside, for both trade and fishing. The bay was likely utilised by Norse settlers, with both place-name and archaeological evidence pointing towards their presence in the area.

There are a number of attractive buildings and features to admire, and the harbour has enigmatic views of Dounreay in the distance.

You can find out more about Fresgoe, as well as other archaeological and historical sites, on Canmore, Scotland’s historic environment record.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The building was built a cost of £3000 in 1830 by the engineer James Bremner, responsible for harbours at Harrow, Ham, Keiss and Wick - and many more!

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