Exotic East Coast Beaches - Dornoch
When camping for the first time in 2017 I suddenly remembered we had never written about our last trip in 2016 ... and it was such a fabulous experience that I must set that right!
We had really pushed the boundaries of the camping season by venturing out for the last overnight camp in October. A food festival in Dornoch combined with the fact that a 'virtual' friend - also an Austrian in Scotland was staying not far from there at the same time meant we HAD to do an overnight stay and the forecast was for sunny weather so there was nothing stopping us.
Our arrival at the Caravan and Campsite in Dornoch was met with some quizzical looks - which only made sense a while later when we realised we were the only tent on the whole site. There weren't even more than a small handful of touring caravans or campers. Clearly not enough intrepid campers around.
We quickly set up the tent and decided before having our evening meal we had to explore the beach. Many west coasters have asked us WHY we would need to go east - after all west was best especially with regard to beaches. But that is really short-sighted & a bit ignorant as some of the beaches along the North-East coast are stunning.
It had been my first time to Dornoch and so we set off hats and gloves and padded jackets! And we weren't disappointed - the scenery was stunning! The tide was just going out and we were greeted by one of the most amazing beaches I had ever seen. It was massive and didn't seem to end in either direction.
We headed left first and decided we would go right the next morning. There was plenty to see on the beach and to pick up - shells that are not so common on our West coast beaches - a crab shell - sea urchins. And we practiced dog ballet with Geo and found a lovely rocky area at the far end with some rock-pools to explore much to Corwin's delight. We even got to see a small plane coming in to land (bonus - the campsite and beach are next to Dornoch's airfield). Strolling back we were rewarded with a stunning sunset.
After a nice meal in the tent we awoke to FROST. That was a first even for us hardy Highland campers! But it just means we now have no more excuses with regard to proper winter camping. So what best than another fast paced beach exploration - this time heading the other way. And again the vast expanse of sand and sea were amazing. A paradise for the dog to run free and us to just enjoy the views.
West may be best but don't disregard the East!
About the Author
About Me & Mine
Monika (an Austrian in Scotland), Stewart (a true Highlander) and Corwin (7), plus 2 dogs and 5 cats. We live on a woodland croft in the parish of Assynt, in the far North West Highlands of Scotland.
Favourite place in the world:
Home - we are lucky to have mountains and beaches on our doorstep and Scotland generally; but we also love the mountains in my native Austria and have a soft spot for California, where we spent our honeymoon.
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Explovering (our personal term for exploring and discovering) mountains, lochs and beaches, camping, foraging, star gazing, Geocaching, developing our already wonderful woodlands into a magic place to share with family, friends and neighbours and fishing.