Sannick Beach | Caithness

Visit John O' Groats in the Scottish Highlands for Holidays in Scotland

Sannick beach is found between John O'Groats and the Lighthouse at Duncansby Head. There is a grassy car park area off the single track road where you can park your car although car should be taken when driving into the field as it is a bit undulating at the entrance (so drive slowly and watch your exhaust). There is a short walk down through the sand dunes to the sandy beach at Sannick Bay. There is also a walk along the top of the sand dunes which is ideal for seeing a wide range of sea birds as well as seals. From this area you can also look over to see the Pentland Skerries, especially from the Duncansby Head Lighthouse.

Sannick - Bay of Sannick and the sandy beach

Sannick Beach

Sannick looking towards Orkney

Photographs of Seals at Sannick Bay

It was fairly unusual to find seals on the beach at Sannick as usually I find a few swimming and hunting for fish in the bay. On this occasion there were up to 100 seals with many of them resting (sunbathing) on the beach while others were enjoying playing in the surf. It was very enjoyable seeing so many seals so close and the digital camera's built in zoom lens allowed me to photograph the animals without upsetting them by getting too close.


Seals on the beach is fairly unusual

Seals - Picture of seals

To see more picture of the seals visit the seals wildlife page

Sannick Location Map

Location map for John O' Groats