What we're doing
We maintain the four-mile path to Sandwood Bay, which is under constant erosion from the weather and the footfall of visitors. Sections are easily washed away due to the soft soils.
Most of Sandwood is under crofting tenure, and it’s the crofters who manage much of the landscape today. We work closely with the local community to ensure this special place is protected and enhanced. As well as pathwork, we monitor the spectacular wildlife in the area, and carry out deer management and beach cleaning with volunteers.
Wildlife at Sandwood
Sandwood is home to the rare Great Yellow bumblebee, as well as hundreds of nesting seabirds. The sea cliffs around Sandwood attract fulmars, guillemots, razorbills and shags. Seasonal visitors include great northern divers, golden plovers and redwings.
One of the best examples of machair on the mainland of Scotland lies between Sheigra and Oldshoremore. It contains more than 200 different species of plant, including eight orchids. The peatlands of Sandwood are among the most important wildlife habitats in north-west Scotland.
Sandwood lies on the coast of Scotland, 11 miles from Cape Wrath, the most north-westerly point in mainland Britain.
You can reach the bay by walking the four miles from the car park at Blairmore, crossing exposed moorland. Parts are uneven and often wet so be prepared and dress appropriately. Remember that Sandwood is an active crofting estate.
- Please be sure to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code if you are visiting.
- Sandwood is a popular destination. If you find the car park full, please have a plan B in mind.