Lochaber Coastline

Lochaber boasts miles of coastline with unspoiled sandy beaches and breath-taking views

Sanna Bay

The coastline of Lochaber is truly remarkable. Not only is it extremely scenic and largely unspoilt, but it also has a fascinating tale to tell of three key events in Scotland’s geological history – mountain building, fire and ice! You can appreciate this astonishing story while at the same time relaxing and enjoying some fine sandy beaches.

Explore some of the best beaches in Lochaber Geopark:

  • on the mainland at Sanna Bay on Ardnamurchan, at Camusdarach and Morar.
  • on the islands at Bay of Laig and Camas Sgiotaig on the Isle of Eigg, as well as on north Rum.

Canoe MoidartExplore the Coast

Sandy beaches, towering sea cliffs and crystal clear lochs, the only question is how best to explore such an amazing coast. Below are few of the better options….


What better way to see the ocean or play about in a pristine loch, than to get in a boat and go for an adventure. For those looking for a professional canoe or kayak guide, check out our activities page.

Boat trips

Lochaber’s coast is intricately cut by numerous sea lochs, making travel by boat essential for many of the area’s inhabitants. The small isles are also accessible by ferry so there’s a great selection of cruises to choose from. Some of the cruises are well known for their regular whale and dolphin spotting, so a good chance to spot some wildlife. Our arrival page contains useful ferry links.


Lochaber Geopark’s coast has an abundance of wildlife, many of which can be viewed from the shore or by boat. Our wildlife page has further information.

Find out more

If you want to learn about the formation of the coast and all the fascinating geology behind it, then check out our coastal geology page.

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