Strathy Bay

This is a beautiful, sheltered and enclosed Bay in the heart of Mackay country. Naturally formed with sand dunes it has outstanding views of the Pentland Firth.  There is a free car park.


Strathy is a scattered crofting community situated on the north coast of Scotland, about twenty miles west of Thurso on the A836. It lies on the route of the “North Coast 500” approximately midway between John O Groats in the east and Durness in the west.

Natural Space

This beach and rural bay consists of numerous caves and rocky stacks and is bounded by cliffs on one side and the River Strathy on the other. It is most spectacular in the months of May and June when cowslips, northern marsh orchids and the spring squills flower in the short turf just behind the beach. There are some outstanding views from the beach out over the Pentland Firth.


Strathy Bay is on a minor road sign posted to Strathy East, off the A836 Thurso to Bettyhill Road, three miles west of Melvich.

Getting There

Strathy Bay is on a minor road, off the A836 between Bettyhill and Melvich (signposted to Strathy East). Keep left if entering village from the east and take the right fork if approaching from the west entrance.

Water quality information

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

Contact details

Sandy Fraser
01408 635 324
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