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Lovely strip of Sand on Kyle of Tongue that is well protected from the sea by the surrounding capes. Just off A836 and safe to swim. Very quiet!


Lovely views towards Rabbit Islands and local surfers when the waves are running. Otherwise a very quiet, very sandy beach with gently shelving sands and swimmable waters. The wreck of SS Onega lies just off the beach but is largely invisible now.

You can walk from A836. There are no facilities at the beach so bring everything you need.

Travel Directions to Coldbackie Beach

Off the A836, there is a layby you can stop at or park in village and walk down. Nearest shops are Tongue where there is a offie (off-license) and bar. 

Nearby Castles

  • Tongue House / House of Tongue

    Built in 1678, it is the Scottish home of the Countess of Sutherland. Formerly the seat of the Clan Mackay, the house sits on the site of the clan's previous home. It is said to have been burned by Cromwell's army in 1656, while pursuing the Chief of Mackay. It was rebuilt by the Mackays several years later. But in 1829, Tongue House and the majority of the Mackay Estate had to be sold to pay off debts owing to the Sutherland family.

  • Caisteal Bharraich Castle Varrich

    Dramatic ruin visible from Tongue in the Far North. You can walk across and back for a drink in a local bar. The castle is located on a prominent rise overlooking the Kyle of Tongue,

Nearby Visitor Attractions

Nearby Ancient Monuments

  • Dun Dornaigil

    Impressive, well preserved broch that stands almost 7 metres tall with distinctivetiangular lintel about the entrance. On small road south of village of Alltnacaillich

  • Rosal Township

    Once substantial township entirely cleared in the Highland Clearances. Eery and tragic evidence of how this event transformed this land and landscape.

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Modification Date Wednesday, 20 January 2016