Sinclair’s Bay, Caithness
Once famous as the best spot in all Scotland for fresh, tasty lobsters and crabs, Sinclair’s Bay is still much loved for its Caribbean-white sands. On a fair-weather day – which, to be honest, isn’t that common on a coast that looks out fondly to Scandinavia for inspiration – it can be one of the prettiest beaches in the British Isles; when the storms roll in it is a scene from the closing stages of Macbeth. The village of John O’ Groats is just a few miles further up the coast.
Getting there Take the A9, then the A99 if coming from Inverness; follow signs for Wick Golf Course.