About Torrisdale

One of Sutherland's most flexible and reliable spots, this quality rivermouth has a consistent bank by the Strathnaver at the eastern most edge of the bay. On warm Autumn and chilly Winter days, long, quality rights reel along the sandbar, while shorter lefts peel into the rivermouth. A series of peaks can be found along the full length of the dune-backed bay, as well as a more sheltered rivermouth at the western end for when huge swells kick in. Its distance from Thurso makes this a quieter option. Access by paddling across the river.

Source: Torrisdale Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Waves suitable for all when small, but remoteness and rips mean best left to experienced.

Local Vibe

Welcoming

Welcoming Intimidating

Friendly.

Crowd Factor

Mellow

Mellow Heavy

Quiet.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Rivermouth can be excellent, long walls with hollow sections.

Shoulder Burn

Medium

Light Exhausting

Rips by the river and on beach when bigger.

Water Quality

Clean

Clean Dirty

Clean.

Additional Information

Hazards

Rips; usually bigger than it looks, access.

Access

Either via Bettyhill and paddle across river or hike in from Torrisdale end.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, bodyboard

Seabed

Big sandy beach with classic rivermouth set-up.

Best Season

September - February.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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