Coral Beach

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Discover -

Skye doesn’t have many beaches, but this is a gilded trea­sure, a rib­bon of white sand kissed by turquoise sea and shoul­dered by an im­pres­sive hump of heather and rock. Coral Beach* is found at the end of the sin­gle-track road run­ning north out of Dun­ve­gan and past its much-vis­ited cas­tle. From the small car park and through the kiss­ing gate a clear, easy-go­ing path runs par­al­lel to Loch Dun­ve­gan, a ta­per­ing sea loch well-pop­u­lated with com­mon and grey seal and a rich­ness of seabirds. The path rises to a promon­tory, re­veal­ing the bounty of Coral Beach ahead. A short walk across a field and you’re on the sand, waves gen­tly lap­ping at your feet. Climb­ing to the top of the hump is worth the short ef­fort, as it brings into play the small isles of Mingay and Is­lay, Loch Sch­ni­zort and the Water­nish head­land, in a sym­phony of blues, greens and rus­set. Al­to­gether, it’s a van­tage point as jaw-drop­ping and multi-faceted as any to be had on Skye.

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