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The road along the coast from Dunvegan to Claigan
The road along the coast from Dunvegan to Claigan

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Route No 268 - Monday 13 October 2008
Claigan along the coast to
the coral sands and back - 4 km
Isle of Skye, Scotland . . .

Ordnance Survey route map on the Landranger series map base

Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer 407 Skye - Dunvegan


My wife and I are having a week in a holiday cottage in Portree on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. The big Skye mountains are way beyond my abilities now, but we are finding some short walks with magnificent scenery for very little effort, so I'm adding some notes of our little strolls to my walking diary. The weather for the whole week was very mixed with intense dark squally showers and periods of sunshine and bright blue sky. This mix gave us some wonderful lighting effects with rainbows, bright sunshine on the autumn vegetation with a black cloud backdrop and sunlight streaming through the clouds to light up patches of the sea. It was a very enjoyable week.

Dunevan Castle barely visible against the autmn trees
Dunevan Castle barely visible against the autumn trees

There is a car park there at map ref. NG232537 where we left the car to do a very pretty little walk along the coast.

Today we drove from Portree to Dunvegan and out past Dunvegan castle to the tiny hamlet of Claigan.

The track from the car park at Claigan down to the coast
The track from the car park at Claigan down to the coast

Looking back along the track to the hills above Claigan
Looking back along the track to the hills above Claigan

The track from Claigan along the coast
The track from Claigan along the coast

They would drop onto the shore to pick up a morsel of some kind before facing into the wind for an easy take off.

There is a good track from the car park down to the coast. There were hooded crows there riding on the wind.

A hooded crow on the shore
A hooded crow on the shore

Heading along the coast from Claigan
Heading along the coast from Claigan
Our first sight of the "coral sands" in the distance
Our first sight of the "coral sands" in the distance

The "coral Sands" near Claigan
The "coral Sands" near Claigan

This bay has a fine white sandy beach made of tiny fragments of crushed shells and coral, a very beautiful place.

The path follows the coast for about 1.5 km to a little bay opposite a small island at map ref. 223551.

The "coral Sands" near Claigan
The "coral Sands" near Claigan

Looking north from Cnoc Mor a' Ghrobain
Looking north from Cnoc Mor a' Ghrobain - the little flat topped hill at the northern end of the coral sands
Looking east from Cnoc Mor a' Ghrobain
Looking east from Cnoc Mor a' Ghrobain
The Coral Beach from Cnoc Mor a' Ghrobain
The Coral Beach from Cnoc Mor a' Ghrobain

Heading back from the coral sands to the car park at Claigan
Heading back from the coral sands to the car park at Claigan

We stayed there for some time just to take in the amazing scenery before retracing our steps back along the coast to the car park. The whole walk was not quite 4 km but this memorable little stroll took us around two hours of walking and stops non the less.

Just to the northern end of the bay is a small flat topped hill called "Cnoc Mor a' Ghrobain" which I climbed for a lovely panoramic view all round, a gorgeous mixture of sea and islands and distant hills with patches of bright sunlight, clear blue sky and light clouds moving across the sky.

Heading back from the coral sands to the car park at Claigan
Heading back from the coral sands to the car park at Claigan