Walk: Carraig Fhada's guardian tower

Islay | Port Ellen | Short walk | ★★★

[Carraig Fhada]

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.

[Approaching Tràigh Bhàn]

📌 Walk: Carraig Fhada's guardian tower ★★★
Start / finish at car park by cemetery on minor road 1 mi west of Port Ellen, Islay, G.R.: NR 344456 ///ideals.lucky.solo

▶ 5 km / 3 mi | ▲ 80 m | ⌚ Short | Easy
Features: Kilnaughton Bay; Carraig Fhada lighthouse; Tràigh Bhàn
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).

Route & map

Start - east then southeast to north end of Kilnaughton Bay - south end of bay - Carraig Fhada lighthouse - Tràigh Bhàn - join track at G.R.: NR 344443 - south end of Kilnaughton Bay (again) - start by direct road


Route credit: Walkhighlands

On our visit

Wildlife: A heron and lots of tiny fish in Kilnaughton Bay; perhaps an otter far out in the bay.
Weather: Weak sunshine through an incoming cloud sheet; windless with temperature in mid to high teens.

[Kilnaughton Bay]

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