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Elgol to Camasunary Bay Walking Track

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Elgol to Camasunary Bay along the heart stopping mountain track, with the black teeth of the Cuillin Hills hanging behind the perfect fingernail of Camasunary's beach - an Isle of Skye treat, but not for the vertiginously-inclined.

Background by editor: This is a nine mile walk along the coast of Skye over varied terrain. It starts in the Elgol car park then follows a track bound for Garsbheinn then changes direction towards Loch Coruisk along sloped green grazing land, skirting the deep blue of Loch Scavaig and past views of the cliffs of Soay Island and the Cuillin Hills. The going gets steeper as it passes beneath Ben Cleat then under a dramatic overhang about 30 feet above the crashing sea below. The track then becomes easier as it crosses a grassy field down towards Camasunary Bay where you pass along the beach under the great crag of Bla Bheinn to another dramatic view of Loch Scavig. You can either go back the same way or if you can’t face the overhang again, along the nearby road.

Written by  Chris Somerville.

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One photographer, on his website, describes this as the most magical walk he's ever experienced.

I did this walk in 1987 on my only visit to Skye. I didn't even know it was a recognised walk, but I'm glad I chose it.

It was towards the end of September, and typical Skye autumn weather. A few times I had to sit down and lean back into the hillside for relief from the wind. I'm not sure about Chris Somerville's use of "heart stopping" or "vertiginous". However, at one point the path forked. I followed the lower path until it ended above a cliff, so perhaps Chris is justified in using these terms. Somewhere around here I saw a shepherd and his dog way up Ben Cleat. Made me realise how easy my office job was!

I could see only the foothills of the Cuillin, due to cloud, but it was still magical. Over Soay or Rhum (not sure which) there was a huge triangular cloud which looked like a tornado.

Then of course there's the walk beyond Camasunary - the "Bad Step" to Loch Coruisk - never done it, never will now, but one can dream.

Even if you're not a walker of any sort, just go to Elgol itself for what must be one of the best views in Britain.

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