Embo's clean sands are edged by a belt of dunes which offer some shelter. The beach forms part of the beautiful Dornoch Firth and is located next to the famous Grannies Heilan Hame.  There is a camp site close by and free car parking close to the beach.


Embo is a small village on the eastern coast of the highlands, in the historic county of Sutherland. The name Embo was first recorded in 1400, early settlers were from clans of Ross, Fraser and Cumming. Evidence found in the late 1900s showed that there have been settlements there since the Bronze Age.

This village was created in the 19th century when the highland clearances were running through Sutherland. Displaced crofters arrived here and made this their new home. Like many villages along the eastern coast, Embo was a fishing village which, at one point, generated money and visitors to the area.

Embo used to have its own currency – the Cuddie – which exchanged at two Cuddies to the pound. In 1988 Embo declared itself independent to the UK for a day. To commemorate this, the local distillery in Brora issued a label on 50 bottles of Clynelish Malt whisky saying “the Spirit of Free Embo” 

Natural Space

Embo is situated on the Dornoch Firth. Like many other coastal villages on the east coast, it has some magnificent scenery. Tourists come to enjoy the quaint village, caravan parks and stunning beaches in the area. Embo is shadowed by Ben Bhraggie and has views of Dunrobin Castle too. Further north is Loch Fleet’s nature reserve, where you can spot seals among other plentiful wildlife. 


Embo beach is a long stretch of golden sand on the north-east coast of Scotland. Embo is 46 miles (74km) north of Inverness, along the A9 towards Thurso. Alternatively, it is less than 10miles from the train station at Golspie. To the south of the beach, you can take an easy walk along to Dornoch to the world-famous golf course

Getting There

Embo is off the A9 via Dornoch. Follow the signs for Embo (three miles).

Water quality information

This beach is not a designated bathing water site. Bathing water quality is not monitored at this site.

Contact details

Highland Council

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