Sannick Bay

Forming part of an incredible stretch of coastline to the east of John O’ Groats, Sannick Bay is a beautiful secluded beach with views over to Stroma and Orkney. Keep an eye out for passing orca in the summer, and seal pups in the winter!

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  • 0.15km


  • Limited parking spaces available at the gate to the beach, or park at John O' Groats and enjoy the lovely coastal walk east.


  • Fitness Level 2: Easy

Additional Information

The Bay of Sannick is a secluded beach on Caithness' north coast. This beach is full of geological wonders: looking to the east you will see sedimentary Caithness stone, whereas to the west there is sandstone. The island of Stroma is visible looking north over the Pentland Firth.

Whilst walking around the coast from John O’ Groats, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the remains of a Viking midden at Roberts Haven beach. Sannick is close to the area mentioned in the Orkneyinga Saga as being the residence of Swein Asliefson, the Caithness Viking pirate.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

There is a secret carving located at the far west of the beach, and can only be seen at low tide. Can you find it?

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