Walk: Faraid Head - Scotland or Sahara?

[View back across Balnakeil Bay from the north end]

Paths radiate off in different directions from the 17th century ruins of Balnakeil Church. While west takes you to the beautiful Kyle of Durness, the route north across Balnakeil Bay takes you to another world. The rocky prominence of Faraid Head is almost entirely covered with huge sand dunes, drifting across roads and dwarfing walkers and the odd military vehicle passing below them. The northern tip is part of an MOD firing range (Cape Wrath the target), so gunfire may add another unusual dimension to exploration of the headland. It evidently doesn't bother the puffins and other seabirds nesting here during late spring and early summer. If the sand is dry and the wind is up, expect to find grains of sand in unexpected places for the rest of your holiday.

[Sea stacks at Faraid Head]

Name: Walk: Faraid Head - Scotland or Sahara? ★☆☆
Length: 7 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 110 metres
Points of interest: Balnakeil Bay; Faraid Head
Start / finish: Car park at minor road end, Balnakeil Church, G.R.: NC 391687 / songbird guides width

Route: Car park - Balnakeil Bay - Faraid Head military base via main access track - Geodh' a' Lochaidh via east coast - start via outward track
Terrain: Beaches, faint paths and tracks, often covered by drifting sand.
Wildlife today: Seabirds and hundreds of migrating geese overhead.
Weather today: Sunny after overnight rain, but very windy with temperatures in single figures.

[The west side of Faraid Head has a long stretch of beautiful beaches]


Route credit: Walkhighlands

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