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19 April 2023

The coastal village of Lochinver provides a gateway to a host of beautiful sandy beaches popular with holidaymakers and NC500 tourers. The pin-up beach in the area, quite rightly, is at Achmelvich Bay. ¬†This is many people’s favourite Scottish beach and it’s easy to see why. A three mile single track road leads to what is essentially a mini-village with a campsite, caravan park and youth hostel. In summer, this place is heaving with families, walkers and water sports enthusiasts, but on this beautiful sunny day in April there were only a handful of people sitting along the back of the bay. A visiting sailing boat was moored along the shore, conjuring up a real Caribbean vibe against the cloudless sky. Further¬†along the headland lies a second deserted white beach, equally spectacular. Theres’s no doubt Achmelvich deserves its top billing and I’m so glad I managed to catch it on such a beautiful day without the crowds.