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Kinlochbervie is a thriving rural village scattered around the large commercial harbour which is a hub for Europe's fishing industry. Further small communities lie to the north: Oldshoremore, Oldshore Beg, Polin, Blairmore, Balchrick, Droman, Sheigra, and to the south: Badcall, Rhuvoult, Achriesgill, Rhiconich.
Although scattered in distance, these local communities are strongly connected by their people and the stunningly remote landscape which surrounds and inspires them.
Our Heritage Map will help you discover sites to visit in and around Kinlochbervie and is available to download as an app so you can take your pocket-ready guide with you along the way.
As you look to plan your trip to the Scottish Highlands, or if you are already here, we would encourage you to be a responsible visitor and respect our locals, landscape, history and wildlife for the benefit of all.
The scenery and landscape of Kinlochbervie and its surrounding areas is a highlight for visitors with many returning year after year having fallen in love with this remote area. Stunning beaches, rugged coastline and soaring mountains all combine to make this one of the most beautiful places you will ever see.
Kinlochbervie Harbour is one of the village’s main features, being situated on Loch Bervie which is a small offshoot of the larger Loch Inchard. The large harbour is a commercial fishing hub with catches being landed and prepared for transport throughout Europe. You can watch the fishermen at work as they offload their boats and you can visit the port auction market to see all the action.
On the other side of Kinlochbervie is Loch Clash which also has a harbour, this one being older and smaller than the commercial one. It is now the site of a popular campervan stopover with full facilities provided and a view that would be hard to beat.
The waters around Kinlochbervie are ideal for diving with cool, clear waters, abundant sea life and plants, and even a Historic Maritime Protected Area close to the village which is the site of a shipwreck. Local providers run dive trips and have the best knowledge on where and when to go.
The Kinlochbervie Marina has limited spaces available for visiting yachts and is the last safe harbour on the west coast before rounding the headland at Cape Wrath and heading for the north coast of Scotland, the Orkney Isles or the Shetland Isles.
Kinlochbervie is fortunate to have an abundance of local wildlife and its remote unpeopled location makes it a perfect place to both enjoy watching and photographing these wild inhabitants. You could also take a local wildlife tour on sea or on land to make the most of the experience.
Depending on the time of year you could see:
Sea – Seals, dolphins, whales, porpoises, orca/killer whales, basking sharks
Air – Golden eagle, buzzard, guillemot, puffin, eider, fulmar
Land – Otter, foxes, badgers, red deer, sheep, Highland Cows
Given its location, Kinlochbervie is also an ideal base for sea and loch angling adventures. The sea lochs surrounding the village can be fished by local charter boat and the freshwater lochs nearby are accessible by permit.
There are a whole range of excellent walking options in and around Kinlochbervie. Whether you are looking for a coastal stroll, a beach saunter or a mountain adventure there will be something to suit all ages and abilities. Walk Highlands is a very helpful site when planning walks in the Highlands and OS Maps online will show you the local area.
Kinlochbervie is situated within the North West Highlands Geopark which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of only three geoparks in the UK. The geology of the whole area is ancient and unique with landscapes that aren’t so much picturesque as they are staggeringly indescribable.
Oldshoremore beach is just a short distance from Kinlochbervie with a wide sweep of pristine sand and crystal clear waters. There is a small carpark with public toilets next to the beach making it an excellent choice whether you are looking to walk, cycle or drive.
Polin beach lies further up the coastline and, although smaller than Oldshoremore, is no less stunning. We would recommend walking or cycling to this beach to avoid overcrowding the very small car parks at Oldshore Beg or Droman Pier. The Oldshore Beg car park has a well-known signpost, the “Here There and Everywhere” sign.
Droman Pier is a picturesque little pier just north of Polin beach with stunning views of the surrounding area and out to the North Atlantic. Visit at sunset for an unforgettable experience and enjoy the peace and tranquility.
Sheigra beach is another stunning beach, this time past Blairmore and north of Droman Pier. As well as being a remote and beautiful beach there is a nearby campsite for wild camping, perfect for those who do not need access to facilities. Please read up on the Scottish Outdoor Access Code before you choose to wild camp so you are aware of what is involved.
Sandwood Bay is undoubtedly one of the most famous beaches in Scotland and well worth the 13 km trek to visit. Parking and public toilets are available at Blairmore and be sure to prepare for a long day out as weather conditions in the Scottish Highlands can change rapidly and you never know when you might need a raincoat.
Am Buachaille is the sea-stack at the southern end of Sandwood Bay. Its name in Gaelic translates to “The Shepherd” and as well as standing guard over the bay it is a popular destination for experienced climbers looking to challenge themselves with difficult routes.
Sandwood Loch lies in the dunes just behind the beach and is a lovely spot to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings. As a freshwater loch it also supports a different variety of habitat to the salt water beach.
The Cape Wrath headland lies just beyond Sandwood Bay in all its wild and remote glory. There is a trail which takes you from Kinlochbervie, either by the coastal route or inland, to the Cape Wrath Lighthouse and this should only be attempted on a guided walk or by those who are comfortable navigating with a map and compass.
Rhiconich is a beautifully scenic area just south of Kinlochbervie with walks and wildlife on your doorstep. Enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, kayaking and hill walking.
The mountains of Foinaven, Arkle and Ben Stack are only a short distance from Kinlochbervie and well worth the climb for the stunning views of the west coast of Sutherland. Visit the Walk Highlands site for detailed route descriptions of walks in the area.
Handa Island lies further to the south of Kinlochbervie and is an excellent day trip involving a small foot ferry crossing to an island internationally renowned for its bird populations. Past the old abandoned village, the impressive sea cliffs and stacks with whirling calling birds is an unforgettable experience.
Visit our events page to explore events in and around Kinlochbervie.
North of Kinlochbervie are the areas of Cape Wrath and Durness
South of Kinlochbervie are the areas of Scourie and Kylesku
The village of Kinlochbervie is the most northerly port on the west coast of Scotland and a hub of industry in the area. Popular with visitors and locals alike the small village is characterised by its close-knit community and its variety of unique village businesses.
There is no strict village centre to Kinlochbervie as it stretches out between Loch Bervie and Loch Clash. There is a main road which contains some of the key village businesses and stores, and there is also the Harbour area which contains the large warehouses, public toilets and campervan stop. Parking can be found around the village and Kinlochbervie is best explored on foot.
Kinlochbervie has several options for eating out in the local area and it is best to book these in advance wherever possible. In Kinlochbervie there is the local Kinlochbervie Hotel; which offers dining, and a café called Worth a Look by the harbour area; which offers meals in and takeaway. Nearby there is the Old School Rooms & Restaurant at Inshegra and the Rhiconich Hotel at Rhiconich.
View our Restaurants and Bars listings for more ideas.
Kinlochbervie and the surrounding areas have a wide range of accommodation options available suitable for all adventure types and budgets. Choose from hotels, B&Bs, self-catering, campsite, caravan stays, campervan stopover, glamping and more.
Search our Accommodation listings for ideas.
There’s a lovely range of unique and individual local shops in Kinlochbervie. The local convenience stores will provide everything you need for a short term stay or stopover. There’s a fish market where you can pick up seafood caught that very morning and The Highland Charcuterie & Smokehouse offers even more local produce options.
Check out our Local Shopping listings for some ideas of what you will find in the area.
Kinlochbervie has a wide variety of local infrastructure and amenities. Some of these are:
Kinlochbervie Marina - Telehandler, laundrette & showers
Police Station – at Rhiconich
Oldshoremore - Car park + Public toilets
Blairmore - Car park + Public toilets
Kinlochbervie is situated on the B801 single track road just off of the main A838 single carriageway. When travelling on single track roads in Scotland it is important to plan your journey in advance according to your vehicle size and driving ability.
Please follow the Police Scotland advice for rural driving.
The Far North Bus provides public transport for remote locations in north west Sutherland, including Kinlochbervie. Please note that some of their services are seasonal and you should visit their website for current timetables of their services and locations.
> Route 804 – Kinlochbervie to Lochinver
> Route 805 – Kinlochbervie to Inverness
> Route 806 – Kinlochbervie to Lairg
Kinlochbervie can be reached from the north by travelling down from Durness, the south by travelling up from Lochinver, or east by travelling across from Lairg. Roads from each of these regions can be busy in summer and precarious in winter. Please plan your journey carefully and remember that in rural areas it is best to have a small emergency pack in your vehicle in case of breakdowns.
Journey time from Inverness to Kinlochbervie, via Lairg, is approximately 2 ½ - 3 hours.
Journey time from Inverness to Kinlochbervie, via Ullapool, is approximately 3 – 3 ½ hours.
Journey time from Thurso to Kinlochbervie is approximately 3 – 3 ½ hours.
There are no public ferries to Kinlochbervie but privately chartered boats may be able to arrive and stay at the marina. Kinlochbervie is a large working harbour so care should be taken on approach.
The nearest public airport to Kinlochbervie is Inverness Airport. Vehicle rental and public transport options are available from Inverness.
Kinlochbervie is a great location to explore on foot or by bike. Travelling around the area at a slower pace will allow you to enjoy all the glorious scenery and wildlife on offer. There is parking available in the village and at the nearby beaches so it is possible to leave your vehicle to take it all in.
Public transport is limited around the north west of Sutherland but there are local taxis available to take you to nearby sites. These should always be booked in advance.
WalkHighlands is an excellent site listing walks around Kinlochbervie for you to explore.
Huli will create unique cycle routes tailored to you for Kinlochbervie.