The islands of the Outer Hebrides, off the North of Scotland, offer plenty of choice in terms of wild and well off the beaten track beaches. Our favorite is Luskentyre, on Harris Isle, a sweeping stretch of white sand washed by azure-green waters that can get very cold as well. The beach curves around to the west, punctuated by the vast dunes on the north side, and the North Harris mountains add a dramatic backdrop to the scene.
HOW TO GET THERE: Flights operate to and from Stornoway airport (Lewis) from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Aberdeen, Benbecula and Barra. Otherwise Caledonian MacBrayne operate all ferry routes on and off the island.
WHAT TO KNOW: This beach is a true destination for kite surfers.
WHERE TO STAY: Scarista House is a Georgian Manse set amidst heather-covered mountains, 20 minutes from Luskentyre Beach. Pairc an t-Srat Guest house is another option on Harris Isle, with doubles starting at 50£.