Best Beaches on the NC500: Ceannabeinne Beach
I’ve been to a fair few beaches in Scotland now and am getting rather spoilt..but I can safely say it just keeps giving and each year we find new favourites.
In the Far North-West, near Durness, following the North Coast 500 trail we found Ceannabeinne Beach.
Driving round the headland, we gazed over the edge of the road and what a dreamy view awaited us. The thing that struck me about this particular beach were the bands of colour. In the stormy but bright, overcast light, creamy-coloured sand seemed to merge with ribbons of gold at the tide line and the sea blended seamlessly from translucent shallows to deep blue. I can only say that it didn’t seem real, and I spent a long while sat up on the bank just taking it all in before I eventually felt the need to actually get down on the beach.
Strolling across the sand, I felt like I’d stepped back into a prehistoric time. This beach had a real sense of history.
The gneiss rocks were coloured a rich flaming orange and scarred with black stripes. This ‘banding’ occurred billions of years ago when the rocks buckled under pressure and intrusions of pegmatite mixed in -the rocks crystals were formed at extremely high temperatures over 25km deep underground.
Ceannabeinne beach felt so calm and serene, yet the rocks here tell a different story of its formation..one of extreme heat and geological upheaval.. a landscape thrust up from deep within the earth.