Kinlochbervie – or “KLB” for short – is a busy fishing port surrounded by dramatic scenery.
As well as being a safe natural harbour for vessels heading to and from the fishing grounds off the north and west coasts, Kinlochbervie is a popular choice for visiting yachts and other pleasure craft. A new pontoon development was completed in 2009.
There are a number of holiday homes and bed-and-breakfast businesses in the area, as well as hotel accommodation.
The beautiful Sandwood Bay is to the north of Kinlochbervie, while other natural attractions nearby include Oldshoremore and Rhiconich.
Sandwood Bay is reputed to be the most remote beach on mainland Britain – but those willing to set off on the four-mile hike across the moorland are rewarded by the sight of one of the most beautiful expanses of shoreline in the whole of the Highlands.
The mile-long stretch of sand, guarded by the tall sea-stack of Am Buachaille, lies about five miles south of Cape Wrath on Sutherland’s remote north-west coast. The bay is part of the Sandwood Estate, owned and managed by the wild land conservation charity the John Muir Trust.
The walk to Sandwood begins at Blairmore, north-west of Kinlochbervie on the single-track B801, where there is a parking area. The route goes past the freshwater Sandwood Loch, tucked behind the dunes.
Various legends and mysteries are associated with Sandwood. A local farmer claimed to have encountered a mermaid there in 1900, while the ghost of a sailor from a shipwrecked Spanish Armada galleon was said to appear on stormy nights, knocking on the windows of an old cottage above the bay.