Isle of Skye Stories and Tips

Perfect Cove

Sandy cove Photo, Isle of Skye, Scotland

The most popular attractions on the Sleat peninsula of the Isle of Skye are in the ferry-terminal village of Armadale and along the main road from Broadford, what with the Sabhal Mor Ostaig Gaelic college and Clan Donald visitors' centre as well as some popular hotels and restaurants. But it is worth getting off that main, recently constructed road for some magical places off the beaten track.

When in Armadale, take the road further, towards the village of Ardvasar and beyond. Drive along the single-track to the very end of the road, past the hamlet of Aird. Park by the farm gates. From then on, a dirt track leads for two and half miles to the southernmost tip of the island. The walk is easy, most of it on the aforementioned dirt track, with a few up-and-down bits and some splendid views towards the mainland, Mallaig and sands of Morar. Turn off the dirt track after about two and a quarter of a mile onto a slightly steeper and more rocky path -- it's clearly signposted -- and at the end you are rewarded with a picturesque lighthouse and the panorama of the Small Isles, with Rum and Eigg clearly visible.

But before the Point of Sleat, the track branches down towards a real gem: a delightful cove, surrounded by rocky formations. The last time we visited that beach it was completely empty, and I just wanted to stay there forever, such was the seclusion and beauty of the place.

The sand on the little beach is very fine and white, with hardly any shingle, and the water, wonderfully clear, aquamarine and azure with a sparkle -- if not temperature -- which on a sunny day rivals the best of the Mediterranean. There are nooks and crannies between the rocks, above the high-tide water mark, where you could even potentially pitch a tent for a night's camping, and to the sides of the cove, the flattish stones create shallow rock pools and puddles where the water warms up, perfect for looking for sea creatures and paddling with your trousers rolled up even on cooler days.

It's a special spot altogether, and very worth the relatively undemanding walk which shouldn't take more than an hour even if leisurely ambling.

Been to this destination?

Share Your Story or Tip