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Magical Machir Bay

Magical Machir Bay

Postby denfinella » Sat Sep 10, 2016 8:36 pm

Route description: Machir Bay, Kilchoman

Date walked: 13/07/2016

Time taken: 1 hours

Distance: 3 km

Ascent: 10m

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After a morning visiting Finlaggan and Islay's two northernmost distilleries, weather and tides seemed favourable for an exploration of some of the west coast. First up, Machir Bay:

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Following the walkhighlands circuit, we took the track south from the car park amidst brilliantly lush machair and sand dunes:






Soon the views opened out to a large grassy plain grazed by sheep, and a small loch in the middle. The track faded away to nothing in places but it's the sort of place where that doesn't really matter...






As the cliffs of Cnoc nam Muc - chlach loomed near ahead, the track came close to the southern end of Machir Bay, and a stile helped us across the fence onto the sand. The bay had been mostly hidden behind dunes until now - what a stunning beach!






Looking back to the cliffs:



Did I mention how busy it was? A sunny afternoon in mid-July and all that...


All that was left was to soak up the sun a bit, explore the rockpools, and wander back along the beach to the car. What a chore...

Islay & Jura 2016
<< Tuesday: Paps of Jura
>> Wednesday afternoon: Sanaigmore Bay
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Re: Magical Machir Bay

Postby goth_angel » Sun Sep 11, 2016 9:41 pm

There a couple weeks ago. Paddled in the sea - can see why they say not to swim - serious undertow obvious even a foot or so in :shock:
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Re: Magical Machir Bay

Postby John Doh » Sun Sep 11, 2016 10:18 pm

I did the same route, but on the back of a pony from Kilchoman :crazy: aye, the rest of the party were 10 year old girls so I must have looked a bit ridicoulous / weird :lol: but Machir Bay is definitely one of the finer beaches in all of the Hebrides 8)
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