Fresgoe and Sandside Harbour | Caithness

Fresgoe and Sandside Harbour near Dounreay in Caithness, in the north of Scotland

Fresgoe, sometime called Fresgoe harbour, looks over Sandside Bay and Dounreay and is beside Sandside Harbour that was built around 1835 for around £3000 by the engineer James Bremner. Is an fascinating old fishing and trading harbour with an unusual stone construction. Sandside beach is close by, a lovely sandy beach bounding on the Reay Golf Course. Today the harbour is used for small leisure boats and a few local boats that are used for lobster and crab fishing. Fresgo harbour is near the village of Reay with its pretty cottages and golf course.

Sandside Harbour and Fresgoe with the Sandside beach in the distance

Sandside Harbour

Kittiwake WK 407  at Sandside Harbour

The boat Kittiwake WK 407 out of the water for painting.

Sandside harbour has outstanding views over towards Dounreay

Sandside harbour has a very narrow entrance and outstanding views over towards Dounreay.

Lobster creels near one of the harbour houses

Lobster creels near one of the harbour houses.

Old fishing hut

Old fishing hut beside Sandside Harbour on the grassy drying green.

Fresgoe Harbour house at Sandside Harbour

Fresgoe Harbour house.

Sandside Harbour

Old manual winch

Sandside Harbour with old manual winch that was used for pulling boats out of the harbour.

Sandside harbour with view of Dounreay

Sandside harbour with view of Dounreay.

Sandside harbour

Road entrance to Sandside harbour is closed to vehicles, car parking is provided a short distance away.


Dounreay can be seen clearly from the harbour.

Sandside Harbour Location Map

Sandside Beach location map

Sandside map location.