A stunning beach in the Outer Hebrides has been named among the best in the world.
Riof or Reef Beach – Traigh na Berie – at Uig on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis was the only place in Scotland to make Travel’s 50 best beaches.
Reef was listed by Travel among a list that include better known beaches in Brazil, Australia, Greece, the Caribbean, India, South Africa, Italy, Thailand, Cambodia, the USA, Mexico, Spain and Hawaii.
Of Reef, Travel said it was best because ”cut adrift near the western tip of the Outer Hebrides Traigh na Beirigh (Reef Beach) is dizzyingly remote – you’re 65km (40 miles) from Stornoway, so it’s probably just you, the 2km (1.2 miles)-long, bone-white beach, and the occasional curious seal bobbing in the turquoise bay.
“Bring your binoculars – you might see orcas, dolphins and whales.
“The Callanish Standing Stones are the fabulously haunting Neolithic bonus, only an 11km (6.8 mile) swim (OK, 30-minute drive) away.”
Last week Luskentyre beach on neighbouring Harris beat competition from holiday destinations such as Sardinia and Brittany to figure in a list of Europe’s best beaches.