Dunnet Bay
Two miles of white sands near Dunnet Head, the most northerly point of mainland Britain. A great beach for walking, relaxing, picnicking, paddling, surfing, water sports and wildlife watching.

Explore the white sandy beach at Dunnet Bay

A beautiful expanse of soft, white sands

This white, sandy beach between Dunnet and Castletown is long and wide, spanning over two miles of coastline. It is a great place to visit during your stay with us in Wick, only a half-hour drive away. The sheltered bay is popular for walking, relaxing, picnicking, paddling, surfing and water sports. It’s also a good spot for wildlife watching, as there are many seabirds in the bay, and you can sometimes see seals, or dolphins leaping out of the water.

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Visiting Dunnet

Dunnet Bay is located by the village of Dunnet near Thurso, where you can visit the local gin and vodka distillery and find out more about the area at the Seadrift Visitor Centre. You could also visit Mary-Ann’s Cottage, a traditional Caithness cottage built in 1850, which is now a museum. In addition, visit nearby Dunnet Head, the most northerly point in mainland Britain. Here, you can enjoy spectacular views and explore around the 19th century lighthouse.


We stayed here as part of our NC500 tour. A very nice hotel with rooms obviously quite recently redecorated. A very large bed, and a decent sized bathroom to boot. The food was lovely too and even their Covid one way system wasn’t too much of a problem. They have a couple of car chargers in their off street car park which are free to use, just ask at reception

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Surfer walking along the beach with board
Beach at Dunnet Bay near Thurso

North Coast Watersports

For adventure seekers, Dunnet Bay is a fantastic location for surfing and water sports. North Coast Watersports runs surfing and stand-up paddleboarding lessons at Dunnet Bay. Beginners are welcome and it is a fantastic way to experience this magnificent beach. They also offer equipment hire for experienced surfers and paddle-boarders who may wish to hire a board and a wet suit.

Dunnet Bay Wildlife

A haven for wildlife

One of the highlights of a trip to Dunnet Bay is the abundance of wildlife around. Nature lovers will be in their element, with such a wide variety of seabirds. Look out for puffins, gannets, guillemots, razorbills, fulmars and kittiwakes. Dunnet Head is an RSPB Nature Reserve and sometimes they run guided tours and special activities. You may also spot seals and dolphins in the water.

Caithness beaches and bays

Find out more with our guide to local beaches

Plan your beach walks and activities with our See and Do Guide to Caithness and its glorious beaches. From the gorgeous Keiss Beach near Wick to the secluded spot of Peedie Sands. All within reach of our comfortable hotel and holiday homes.

Rocks and small streams of water cross the beach at Dunnet in Caithness