…as recommended by Snow Dog Beau!
1. Gairloch Beach, Wester Ross
One of Snow Dog Beau’s regular haunts, this big stretch of white sandy beach is ideal for our four-legged friends. There is a nice path that runs between the golf course and the sand dunes that makes for easy walking or you can venture onto the beach for lots of swimming, digging and ball-fetching fun! In the summer time the water looks almost tropical although we wouldn’t necessarily recommend the water temperatures for humans! At the end of the beach you can carry on round via the path to the left to Gairloch Pier or you can climb the small hill to the right for great views of the beach below…one of Snow Dog Beau’s favourite #selfie spots!
2. Loch Morlich, Aviemore & the Cairngorms
As far as loch beaches go this one is pretty awesome…sand, water, trees, rivers, mountains and sometimes even snow and ice and regardless of the weather this is always one very atmospheric spot! Snow Dog Beau is also a big fan of the Loch Morlich ducks who are always up for a game of chase despite the fact that they always get away! In the summer time this can be a very popular spot with watersports on offer and a cafe serving up cold drinks and ice cream (another one of Snow Dog Beau’s loves) so keeping dogs under tight control when the beach is busy is always recommended. The tracks running above the beach can make for good walks too away from the crowds.
3. Mellon Udrigle Beach, Wester Ross
Another one of Snow Dog Beau’s regular haunts, the crystal clear waters of Mellon Udrigle make for great paddling and swimming throughout the year. Come rain or shine Mellon Udrigle is just as spectacular with breathtaking views across to Assynt, Coigach and the Summer Isles. The beach itself is white sand and is almost split in two with a rocky inlet creating a ‘hidden’ beach covered in shells at the far end. The sand dunes make for lots of doggy exploring but do be careful with dogs who like the smell of bunny rabbits, the dunes are full of them! It is also recommended keep your dogs on a lead on path on/off beach as there are a number of free-roaming sheep in the surrounding area.
4. Dores Beach, Loch Ness
Long stretch of pebble beach, great views, lots of sticks, the opportunity to swim with Nessie and a dog-friendly pub to visit after walk, what’s not to like? So as you can probably guess Snow Dog Beau had no problem selecting this walk for his top 5 list! The beach itself makes for a great walk (and swim) but for those who want to go a bit further there is a great track that carries on around the loch-side from the far end which will eventually take you out at Aldourie Castle. In the summer time Dores Beach can get very busy with tourists and locals enjoying BBQ’s and picnics (doggy heaven) so keeping a close eye on your pooch to avoid any sausage thefts is advisable!
5. Green Loch, Aviemore & the Cairngorms
The Green Loch, nickname for An Lochan Uaine is said (as per the legend) to be green in colour because the pixies used to wash their clothes in the loch but that certainly doesn’t seem to put Snow Dog Beau off splashing around in it! The walk up to this magical loch, located in the Glenmore Forest Park takes around 30 minutes and makes for a good return circuit with some quality dog swimming and photo taking opportunities in between! The path begins just beyond Glenmore Lodge and is well maintained and marked. It winds its way over small streams and through impressive woodland areas before opening out to the Green Loch and viewpoint above.