Red Point Beaches Circular

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A very scenic walk in Wester Ross, a few miles from Gairloch. When clear there are great views to Applecross, Rona and Skye and to Harris in the Outer Hebrides.

There are two beaches, North and South. The route first cuts across the Red Point peninsula to the South Beach before following a coastal cliff path back to the North one. Both beaches are of golden sand. The northern one is nearer the car park so is more popular; it has a Rural Seaside Award for this year (2009); but I do think the other beach is the more attractive and there is an abandoned fishing station to see there (and a tombolo... a tombolo? Read on). Both are spotlessly clean. Paths vary from a farm road to a narrow track round the headland.

It's an ideal family walk, combined with a few hours on the beach and seabird watching. Boots are best (there are some boggy bits where the path between Waymarks 7 and 9 crosses peat). Dogs are welcome. There is no public transport and no access to refreshments.

Scotland - Highlands and Islands - Highland - Wester Ross


Birds, Good for Kids, Great Views, Sea

An excellent walk although the weather was first class which helps. The directions all still apply however the coastal path between WP8 and WP9 is quite boggy even after a week of dry weather. The signs asking dogs to be kept on a lead still apply as there was cattle between Redpoint Farm and WP2 and sheep on the headland. The walk from WP11 up through the dunes is a bit of an uphill plod so keep some energy in reserve!

8/2/2012 - carol Janes

Mostly level walk until you get to the sand dunes...fantastic views out towards Skye and the fabulous Cuillin mountains. Peach coloured sand on the N beach.

8/2/2012 - carol Janes

We kept our dog on an extending lead for most of the walk, until we got to the beach, to respect the potential presence of ground nesting birds near the path. There were some notices on the gate at the car park advising that dogs should be on a lead due to livestock and farm dogs but we saw neither near the path today. The South path goes through the farm.