Gary Beach (or Traigh Ghearadha) is at the end of the B895 on the north-east coast of Lewis. The beach is located in a small bay and is made up of fine silver sand, but the main attraction for photographers is the group of sea stacks located at the south end of the beach. Behind the beach is the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’, a relic of Lord Leverhulme’s plan for a road up the east coast of Lewis all the way to Port of Ness. In the end, work on the road ended in 1921, but the bridge remains, and is crossed by the start of the rough track that still runs to Port of Ness.
There is also a small lochan behind the beach, and when we visited there were numerous birds about – a cormorant, swans and geese on the lochan and oystercatchers on the beach.
Just before Gary Beach is the far larger beach of Traigh Mhor, which offers a much wider expase of sand, but without the attraction of the rock pinnacles of Gary Beach.
Postcode: HS2 0NN
The post-code shown above is for the last houses in Tolsta, about 1 mile south of Gary Beach. Simply continue along the B895, which is a narrow single track road. Past the turning for the car park at Traigh Mor, the road climbs to give a good view over Traigh Mor, before swinging inland to reach the car park at Gary Beach. The road continues a few hundred yards beyond the car park to end at the Bridge To Nowhere.
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