North coast of Scotland

Introduction

Times of high water

Kinlochbervie: High water is 15 minutes after high water at Ullapool

Loch Inchard: High water is 20 minutes after high water at Ullapool No perceptible streams in the loch.

Durness: High water is 3 hours and 30 minutes before high water at Wick

Loch Eriboll: High water is 3 hours and 10 minutes before high water at Wick

Skerray: High water is 3 hours before high water at Wick

Port a' Chinn, Armadale: High water is 2 hours and 45 minutes before high water at Wick

Portskerra: High water is 2 hours and 50 minutes before high water at Wick

Thurso: High water is 2 hours and 40 minutes before high water at Wick

Tidal streams

Eilean an Roin Beag: Tide flows strongly off Eilean an Roin Beag and between Eilean an Roin Mor and the mainland. The tide flows north and south. The flow reaches a speed of 3 knots at springs.

North of Kinlochbervie: The north north-east going stream begins at 1 hours and 10 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The south south-west going stream begins at 5 hours and 5 minutes after high water at Ullapool.

South of Cape Wrath: The north north-east going stream begins at 1 hours and 20 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The south south-west going stream begins at 4 hours and 55 minutes after high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 1.5 knots at springs.

Cape Wrath: The tide flows east north-east and west south-west. The flow reaches a speed of 5 knots at springs.

Eddies at Cape Wrath. : An eddy here flows north-west. Expect eddies close to the cliffs on both sides, on the east this can form a continuous flow going west.

Cape Wrath to Stack Clo Kearvaig: The east south-east going stream begins at 3 hours and 50 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The west north-west going stream begins at 2 hours and 35 minutes after high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 3 knots at springs. Expect 3kt close to the cliff at Stack Clo Kearvaig.

Stack Clo Kearvaig eastwards: The east going stream begins at 2 hours and 20 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The west going stream begins at 3 hours and 50 minutes after high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 3 knots at springs.

Faraid Head: The east going stream begins at 2 hours and 20 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The west going stream begins at 3 hours and 50 minutes after high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 3 knots at springs.

West of Sango Bay. : Negligible streams inshore

Whiten Head: The east going stream begins at 2 hours and 20 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The west going stream begins at 3 hours and 50 minutes after high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 3 knots at springs.

Kyle of Tongue and around Rabbit Islands: The north north-east going stream begins at 1 hours and 10 minutes after high water at Ullapool. The south south-west going stream begins at 5 hours and 5 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs.

Between Rabbit Islands and Eilean nan Ron: The south south-east going stream begins at 2 hours and 20 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The north north-west going stream begins at 1 hours and 10 minutes after high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs.

Main stream outside Eilean Nan Ron and islands: The east going stream begins at 2 hours and 20 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The west going stream begins at 3 hours and 50 minutes after high water at Ullapool.

Caol Raineach: The east going stream begins at 2 hours and 20 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The west going stream begins at 3 hours and 50 minutes after high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 2 knots at springs.

Farr Point: The east going stream begins at 2 hours and 20 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The west going stream begins at 3 hours and 50 minutes after high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 2 knots at springs.

Ardmore Point: The tide flows east and west. The flow reaches a speed of 2 knots at springs.

Strathy Point: The east going stream begins at 2 hours and 20 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The west going stream begins at 3 hours and 50 minutes after high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 3 knots at springs.

East side of Strathy Point: An eddy here flows north. Can be continuous north flow.

Between Portskerra and Sandside Bay: No tidal streams of note

Sandside Head: The east going stream begins at 1 hours and 40 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The west going stream begins at 4 hours and 20 minutes after high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs.

2 miles off Dounreay: The east north-east going stream begins at 1 hours and 30 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The west south-west going stream begins at 4 hours and 30 minutes after high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 0.6 knots at springs.

Brims Ness: Reef, producing waves and boomers.

Holborn Head: The east going stream begins at 1 hours and 40 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The west going stream begins at 4 hours and 20 minutes after high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 2 knots at springs.

Around Dubh Sgeirean*: The north-east going stream begins at 1 hours and 20 minutes before high water at Ullapool. The south-west going stream begins at 4 hours and 55 minutes after high water at Ullapool. The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs.

Notes

Sandwood Bay : Good place to camp.

Kearvaig bay: Always some surf on the beach.

Kearvaig bay: Bothy. Always surf on the beach.

Cape Wrath Range: Range control 0800 317071 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/scotland-firing-times

Freisgill bothy: Last good point to stretch legs.

Access/Egress

Kinlochbervie: (NC 219 565) g Head of loch, not pier.

Kinlochbervie Harbour: (NC 221 562) g

Droman Pier: (NC 186 592) g

Balnakeil Bay: (NC 391 689) g

Sango Sands: (NC 411 677) g Rough car parking area by stream to west of main tourist car parking area.

Ceannabienne beach: (NC 443 655) g Long carry, not recommended.

Ard Neackie: (NC 449 596) g

East Strathan: (NC 573 648) g

Talmine Beach: (NC 587 627) g

Talmine Pier: (NC 588 631) g

Rabbit Islands: (NC 606 632) g

Eilean nan Ron: (NC 641 651) g Tiny natural harbour on right as enter bay, at LW enter through small natural arch.

Skerray Pier: (NC 660 639) g

Bettyhill Pier: (NC 700 620) g Usually surf but rip should provide a route out. If surf very bad, rest of coast may not be much fun.

Port a Chinn: (NC 783 652) g Steep and hard climb to road. Limited parking. Trolley recommended.

Strathy Bay: (NC 835 659) g Long walk.

Portskerra: (NC 878 664) g Limited parking.

Fresgoe Harbour, Sandside Bay: (NC 958 660) g Limited parking.

Thurso: (ND 122 688) g Slip on west side of river mouth. If waves in bay, river should provide route in.

Suggested trips

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