Scotland's a big place and I've only collected sand from a few places on the mainland. But it was beaches on the west coast and the outer hebrides that made me think it was worth taking a tiny bit home - mainly because the beaches were so beautiful, but also because the sand seemed so white.
This was the beach that the oil company wanted to buy in the 1983 film 'Local Hero' (though the telephone box that the moped goes past is 100 miles away on the east coast). It faces Rhum and Eigg.
Sandwood Bay almost has a mythology about it as the best beach in Britain. It's either four miles along a rough track from the south, or ten miles over very rough ground from Cape Wrath.
Sorry - I've never been there, so no photo
(sand kindly donated by my friends Jane and William)
If you're a golfer this beach has symbolic value as it backs on to the Justified and Ancient - oh no - that's the KLF and Tammy Wynette track from 1991 - err; I mean the famous golf course
© Gordon Stokes, 1980-2019