Peedie Sands
Discover one of Scotland's hidden beaches, around a half-hour drive then a twenty-minute walk from Mackays Hotel in Wick.
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One of Scotland's secret beaches

Peedie Sands near Dunnet Head

Peedie Sands is a small, remote, secluded beach in the far north of Scotland. Just beyond Dunnet Bay and close to Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on mainland Britain. Few people are aware of this beach, and there is a bit of a clamber over rocks to get to it. But once there, you may find you have the place to yourself. Well, apart from the local wildlife that is! On a sunny day, when the tide is out, you might feel like you’re on a desert island.

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How to find it

You can get to Peedie Sands from Dwarwick Pier near Dunnet village. It is best to visit when the tide is out. Follow the signs to the pier, where there is car parking available. From here you can follow the coastal path on foot to the beach. The walk takes about 20 minutes. Stay away from the cliff’s edge at all times. To access the sands, you need to climb over some boulders, so please take care.


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Puffins on cliffs at Dunnet Head in Scotland
Kittiwake seabird perched on a cliff

Scottish wildlife

The Dunnet coastline is home to a wide variety of seabirds and wildlife. From puffins, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and other seabirds, to dolphins, whales and porpoises. Bring your binoculars for a closer look!

Nearby attraction

Mary Ann's Cottage

When returning to the car park at Dwarwick Pier, you could make a visit to the nearby Mary Ann’s Cottage. This traditional crofter’s cottage, built in 1850, was the home of Mary Ann Calder, the third generation to live there. After she moved out aged 93, the cottage opened to the public as a museum. This is a very interesting insight into traditional life in Caithness. Open from May to September each year.

Views over Peedie Sands

Enjoy Caithness beaches and bays

Plan your beach adventures

Find more beaches and bays in Caithness with our See and Do Guide to Wick and the surrounding area. From this secret beach to the wide expanse of Dunnet Bay. Plan your beach adventures in the far north of Scotland with Mackays Hotel.

Blue skies over Dunnet Bay beach in Caithness