Luskentyre Beach Reviews
One Of The World's Best Beaches Jul 29, 2012
Why write a review for a beach ? , it's just some sand beside the sea. Well, probably, one of the remotest parts of Scotland isn't where you would expect to come across such a wonder :) .
Luskentyre is rated by experts as one of the top beaches in the world, Travel Magazine http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/news/4303831/Isle-beach-is-among-best-on-the-planet.html
and highly rated by Time Out http://www.timeout.com/travel/features/280/10-great-british-beaches and many more before that, as I remember being a lot younger when I first heard it, and sceptically disbelieving.
Problem, for me, was I always knew of it, and had been going there from before I even remember :O and only after years of travelling, and never coming across anywhere else like it, did I come to appreciate it as FACT :D
8 miles south of Tarbert, the main village on the Isle Of Harris, you reach the road to Luskentyre. Here, when the tide is out, you can see a whole bay full of nothing but golden sand, and a few puddles :D
Best to go right to the end of the road through the crofts of Luskentyre, to the road end where there is a car park, for the cemetry and also a public toilet, just in case ;).
Short walk through the dunes to the beach and you are met with a beautiful sight. To the right the mountains drop right down to the sea. To your left the sands stretch out as far as you can see, and in front of you the sea, with the island of Taransay just off the beach and the hills of North Harris across the water. Did once go camping there, with some mates that were up from Glasgow, and after a few beers of an evening ''borrowed'' a boat, taking our drinks with us, and rowed over to Taransay :O
It really is quite stunning and being so remote there are very few people ever to be seen, you'd be lucky even in summer to find more than a handful of people here. There is absolutely nothing built along the beach nor shops or cafes, and definately to far for the hawkers trying to sell fake sunglasses and dodgy DVD's .
Nothing but nature, and it's something you don't tire of looking at, as with Scotland a prime example of the ' four seasons in one day' type of weather, the light changes all the time and the colours vary to make what you've just looked at seem completely different. You can be sitting in the sunshine on the beach at Luskentyre and watch the rain fall over the hills on the other side of Harris.
If you go into swim, and I haven't for years as I'm a woose now :D, the waters are crystal clear. Did have to do it when my kids were smaller, and you can see lots of fish,crabs, jellyfish and starfish. Makes the rockpools around the foot of the hills at the end of the beach worth a look as well.
Has a fairly big variation with the tide, and at times can be quite narrow and other times really wide, and when at low tide you can walk all the way back round to the main road.
Even in winter it is still a fascinating place. Have been there in January,freezing, with a gale blowing in straight off the Atlantic and the waves crashing onto the beach. Something really nice about watch the dark green/grey waves fighting to get over the sand while leaning into the wind just to stand up straight 8).
Somehwere everyone should see if they get the chance.
Part of the The Road To The Isles - Harris July 2012 travel blog
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