Walk: Carraig Fhada's guardian tower
The first time you spot the lighthouse at Carraig Fhada might be from the ferry to Islay, marking the western edge of the narrow channel into the harbour at Port Ellen. The area is also an enjoyable corner to explore once ashore, with a short concrete causeway built haphazardly across jumbled boulders to this unusually-shaped aid to navigation (built as a memorial to Lady Ellenor Campbell in 1832). This coastal walk also visits the sandy beaches of Kilnaughton Bay and Tràigh Bhàn, one either side of the lighthouse: a perfect, peaceful stroll on a calm evening.
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Name: Walk: Carraig Fhada's guardian tower ★★★☆☆
Length: 5 km / 3 miles
Ascent: 80 metres
Points of interest: Kilnaughton Bay; Carraig Fhada lighthouse; Tràigh Bhàn
Start / finish: Car park by cemetery on minor road a mile west of Port Ellen, G.R.: NR 344456 / ideals lucky solo
Route: Start - east then south-east to north end of Kilnaughton Bay - south end of bay - Carraig Fhada lighthouse - Tràigh Bhàn - join track at NR 344443 - south end of Kilnaughton Bay (again) - start by direct road
Terrain: Varied: minor roads and tracks, sandy beaches, coastal path and one short, steepish ascent. Burn to cross on sand at Kilnaughton Bay is easiest at low tide (or with a big leap).
Wildlife today: A heron and lots of tiny fish in Kilnaughton Bay; perhaps an otter far out in the bay.
Weather today: Weak sunshine through an incoming cloud sheet; windless with temperature in mid to high teens.
Route credit: Walkhighlands