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Isle of Skye-Coral Beach

Beaches are not high up on the list of Skye’s attractions, but Claigan, The Coral Beach on the north east peninsula is one to visit

The beach is famous for its deep blue sea and dazzling white sand which is actually crushed bleached skeletons of Red Coralline seaweed (also known as Maërl).

These collect into underwater beds which provide shelter for marine animals  and  young scallops in particular.

When fragments of it are washed up on the beach they are dried and bleached by the sun forming the white sand.

The beach is accessed via a 2 1/2 mile round trip on the road north from Dunvegan.

Claigan is a 10 minute drive from Dunvegan Castle, combining the walk to Coral Beach and a visit to the castle could make a great day out.

The walk down to the beach is easy going along a farm track and takes about 25 mins to get to the beach.


Wales based photographer. Outdoors, nature, wildlife, travel

2 thoughts on “Isle of Skye-Coral Beach

  • May 9, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Beautiful shots Mark. Love that bird working through the beach for a light breakfast. Any place with a deep blue sea reels me in easily 😉


  • May 24, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    One of my favourite little beaches. In the evening when the visitors have gone, it is a magical place.


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