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19 April 2023

The south-facing coast of Assynt is like a beauty parade of spectacular beaches.  Whilst Achmelvich and Clachtoll receive most of the visitors and plaudits, you only need to follow the coast road a few more miles to enjoy the smaller and quieter beaches of Stoer and Balchladich. It’s easy to see why geologists flock to this area because even a ‘rock novice’ like me can see there’s something special going on here. In every one of these Precambrian rocks there lies a story. Stoer Bay is a wide, open sandy beach with huge rock formations on either side and with a border of boulders deposited along the back.  I parked up at Stoer church, entered a grassy field via a gate and wandered down to the stunning beach, where a handily placed bench provides a perfect view over the bay,