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Sublime Sanaigmore - medley of beaches

Sublime Sanaigmore - medley of beaches


Postby denfinella » Sun Sep 11, 2016 8:45 pm

Route description: Sanaigmore Bay, Rhinns of Islay

Date walked: 13/07/2016

Time taken: 2 hours

Distance: 4 km

Ascent: 30m

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From Machir Bay it was only a short drive to Sanaigmore, through fields full of curlews and a few chicks. Heading out from the memorial, a newish horse-riding centre just east of the farm made it necessary to detour slightly before getting back onto the walkhighlands route. There were quite a few cows around too, but it was easy to give them a wide berth. We reached the shoreline at a pleasant shingle beach, a complete contrast to Machir Bay's broad sands.

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The twisted bedrock around here is spectacular, also creating lots of small rock pools.

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Following the shoreline religiously takes a little time around here due to all the loose shingle and little inlets, but it's an area worth exploring thoroughly.

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Around the corner lay Sanaigmore Bay: this is by far the most popular of the three beaches visited on this circuit. Still, not exactly busy...

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Not on a par with Machir Bay for beauty, but the best was yet to come. The next section of coastline was pretty rough, with lots of short, steep ups and downs, with a few boggy sections which needed diverted around / jumping over. Eventually, a sudden view of Port Ghille Greamhair opened up below.

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Rock bands and traces of a path might have provided a sketchy scramble directly down, but we didn't try it. Instead, we used the easier path a little further one which gave access to the back of the bay. A wonderfully intimate cove, secluded and deserted - although a smouldering fire below the far cliffs suggested that other visitors weren't long gone.

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We also spotted these strange things down towards the low water mark. Some strange type of jellyfish?

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We spent a good 45 minutes or so at the beach before remembering that we had a table for dinner booked. The return to the car park was almost a repeat of the section from Sanaigmore. Turned out that keeping a little further back from the coastline here was less scenic but much easier going. Watched over by lots of sheep...

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Another beautiful corner of Islay.

Islay & Jura 2016
<< Wednesday lunchtime: Machir Bay, Islay
>> Thursday lunchtime: Soldier's Rock, Islay
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