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Calm afternoon at Carraig Fhada

Calm afternoon at Carraig Fhada


Postby denfinella » Tue Sep 13, 2016 3:12 pm

Route description: Carraig Fhada and the Singing Sands

Date walked: 14/07/2016

Time taken: 1.5 hours

Distance: 5 km

Ascent: 80m

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We had a few hours spare around Port Ellen before dinner - plenty of time to wander along Kilnaughton Bay to Carraig Fhada lighthouse.


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It's a quick walk down to the beach from the parking area behind a cemetery. A veil of cloud had been slowly approaching from the west all day, and the sunshine was mostly gone by now. With no wind and a perfectly calm bay, everything felt very peaceful and muted.

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There's an elaborate bathing hut set into the rocks at the north end of the beach.

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The tide was out which probably helped make the burn easy to cross where it meets the sea.

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View south around the bay:

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At the end of the beach we climbed up onto the narrow coastal road, which leads around to Carraig Fhada and a very attractive lighthouse.

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Port Ellen across the water. Somewhere out in the bay there was something splashing around - could've been an otter (or perhaps a seal), but too far away to tell.

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The lighthouse is reached by a short concrete causeway across rocks. A couple of children were playing on the rocks - one seemed to be sulking and made a show of throwing his bucket and spade into a large rock pool. I gave them a grumpy look and immediately felt very old :shock:

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From the lighthouse an attractive path leads further along the coast to Traigh Bhan. The path led over a small hillock with a surprising number of groups coming the other way. View down to the beach ahead:

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The beach itself was almost deserted though :)

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From the beach, the path up the hill behind could easily be seen. Apart from a few encroaching bracken fronds it was easy to follow although steep, abruptly popping out on a track a little higher up. View back down the hill:

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We turned right and followed the track / road downhill until it rejoined the coast road at the southern end of Kilnaughton Bay. A large yacht was departing Port Ellen:

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Heron waiting for fish:

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Instead of heading back across the beach, we cut back to the car park along the road and past a cemetery. The ruined chapel in the middle is apparently worth visiting (according to walkhighlands), but all the gates seemed to be locked! Never mind... time for a pizza in Port Ellen :lol:

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