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West Highland Retreat

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West Highland Retreat, Lochailort near Fort William.


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Beaches

Findhorn

Findhorn Beach (Unofficial). From the village of Findhorn the beach stretches several miles East around the bay to Burghead. The beach is golden sand with shingle at the top, and dotted along it are the remains of WW2 coastal defences. The Western half is backed by dunes, whilst further East towards Burghead there is Roseisle woods.

Directions

Either follow the B9011 to Findhorn and park in the beach car park (free)Findhorn Car Park
, or take the B9089 and turn off at the signpost for Roseisle car park (free). From Findhorn walk East until you come to the end of the dunes. From Roseisle walk West until you are a good distance away from the entrance to the beach.
 
Findhorn is not an official naturist beach, but on hot summer days it's not uncommon to see people skinny dipping in the sea or sunbathing amongst the extensive sand dunes. I put this down to the multinational presence at the nearby Findhorn Foundation, lots of German, Dutch, and Scandinavian visitors use the beach.
 
Use common sense, keep to the part of the beach between the end of the dunes and the beach entrance further East at Roseisle. People do walk their dogs or run along the beach, fortunately you can see them coming a long way off.
 
Also be aware that the Moray Coastal Trail runs along the top of the beach for a few hundred metres, and is popular with walkers. The dunes however do offer seclusion, and it's quite easy to find a sheltered spot to sunbathe nude.
 
The couple of times I've unexpectedly encountered textiles there has been no issue, they either smile and wave, or one individual kindly suggested that if one wanted to go naked then further along the beach towards Roseisle would be quieter (as I suggested above).
 
Please remember however that this is an unofficial naturist beach, and for the benefit of other naturists who may wish to use the beach please be respectful of other people, only go naked further along the beach, and cover up if you see any textiles approaching you.
 
Thanks to Jim

Cleat's shore, Lagg, Arran

Ferries: from Ardrossan there is a modern roll-on roll-off ferry to Brodick five times a day. The journey takes about 50 minutes. There is also a small vehicle ferry from Cloanaig in Argyll to Lochranza, in the north of the island. Buses meet every ferry. To the beach: drive or take a bus round the southern coast of the island. The route runs through beautiful countryside and along the coast road, with magnificent views across to the mainland and Holy Island and down to Lamlash and Whiting Bay. The bus will stop, about 45 minutes from Brodick, at a group of buildings, a shop and the Lagg Inn, with its palm trees, good food and friendly welcome. From here, proceed along the road to the west until you reach a sign pointing left which says 'Cart Track / Cleat's Shore ½ mile'. Take this track, closing all gates behind you. When the shore is in sight, continue along the track, not across the field, right to the beach.

Map

Ordnance Survey Map reference

NR944 209

Parking

Cars can be parked at the end of the track, close to the buildings near the shore.

Facilities

There are no toilet facilities or shelter, but weighed against this is the great beauty of the scenery and its unspoiled solitude.

Warning

None known, but check the locally for tide details and any currents affecting the beach.

Tourist Information

The Tourist Information Office, The Pier, Brodick, Isle of Arran, KA27 8AU.

Courtesy of British Naturism

Tyninghame, East Lothian

Several years since we've been to Tyninghame but from memory.

Directions

From Edinburgh, follow the A1 passed Haddington onto the single carriageway heading for Dunbar. About 5 miles outside of Dunbar turn left onto A198. Drive through Tyninghame and then take the sharp right on to Limetree Walk along which you should find a spot to park. Once parked along Limetree Walk, walk east to the end of the road which becomes a wooded path. Follow path and fork left. Continue on until reaching the beach. Naturists tend to use the far (north) end of the beach (Peffer Sands) but on busy days can come down closer to the southern end (Ravenshaugh Sands).
Thanks to JK

Ross Sands, Northumberland

Ross Sands in Northumberland is 1.5hrs from Edinburgh but well worth it, gorgeous deserted beach 4 miles long and predominantly nudist, though maybe 20 people at most.

Directions

A1 south, after turn-off to Holy Island (8 miles over the border approx) continue to 4th turn-off (2 miles further on) to left marked Elwick, cross main railway line, continue through Elwick and at bend in road with a phone box is tee junction to Ross on left, it's a dead end. You have to park on kerb outside village and walk through farm to beach, about half an hours walk. Once in dunes head left to North, nudist areas usually start after 10mins further. There are miles and miles of dunes here and if you continue to the spit of land called Guile Point you won't see another soul all day. It's fab.
Thanks to BigJock

Kinshaldy, Tentsmuir Forest, Fife

Located south of Tentsmuir Forest.

Directions

From Edinburgh: Drive across the Forth Road bridge, and continue up the M90. Take Junction 8 off the M90, which takes you along the A92 to St.Andrews. Continue along this road, which takes you through Cupar. Follow the signs for St. Andrews. Eventually you will come to a roundabout for St. Andrews (to the right) and Leuchars (to the left). Take the Leuchars road. Entering Leuchars, you will see a turn off to the right for RAF Leuchars... Don't take this! Follow the road straight ahead. Upon entering Leuchars, there is a small roundabout, with a sign for Kinshaldy Beach pointing to the right. Simply follow the signs! The Tentsmuir forest car park is 4 miles or so from here.

Facilities

There is a one pound entry fee to the Tentsmuir forest car park; this pays for the maintenance of the (textile) facilities (Toilets, etc). Once you have parked the car, you should see a warning sign about strong currents, with a green forestry commission sign close to it. Anyway, follow the path-leading on to the (textile) beach...Basically, from here you want to turn right, and head south down the beach... You should pass a blue and yellow cylinder with a number 4 on it... This means you are getting near the (unofficial, so no signpost) naturist section. To your right, you should see some sand dunes. I wouldn't recommend setting up camp deep in these, as it is difficult to see if any textiles are approaching... The further south you go, the less there are, although they may still approach... Behind the dunes there is a wild life conservation site, so don't go into it! (There are small signs saying so). Further to the south is the River Eden estuary, across which, if you are a strong swimmer (or have a boat handy), you will reach St. Andrews beach, which is NOT naturist (as far as I know. I stand to be corrected). There are no facilities on the beach.
Thanks to Brian emhot



Address:
Kinshaldy Beach
Tentsmuir
Leuchars

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