Walk: Flodaigh seals the deal
Benbecula | Flodaigh | Short walk | ★★★
|[Scanning the bay for seals at Caolas Fhlodaigh]|
Flodaigh is an islet situated just off the northeast coast of Benbecula, connected to its larger neighbour by a short road causeway. The labyrinth of tidal channels, islets and mud flats make the perfect habitat for seals, and this short walk provides a reliable opportunity to see them. Lucky visitors will be able to view the pinnipeds at fairly close quarters on the shore of Lingay; on other days, you might need to squint to glimpse them several hundred metres away on the other side of the strait. Binoculars or a powerful camera zoom might come in handy; visit at low tide for the best chance of success.
📌 Walk: Flodaigh seals the deal ★★★
▶ 1 km / <1 mile ▲ 20 metres
Features: Isle of Flodaigh seal colony
Start / finish: Minor road end on Flodaigh, off Benbecula, G.R.: NF 844551 ///walked.respected.twin. Parking is occasionally restricted (see local signage) - further limited space for parking towards the causeway from Benbecula.
Route: Start - eastern viewpoint overlooking Lingay at G.R.: NF 849547 - western viewpoint at G.R.: NF 848546 - start
Terrain: Faint, grassy paths, can be wet underfoot. Small burn to cross, which may be awkward due to mud and seaweed.
Wildlife today: Quite a few seals, though fairly distant; oystercatchers, seagulls.
Weather today: Overcast, a little rain.
📌 Flodaigh seal colony ★★★
Location: Caolas Fhlodaigh, off southeast coast of Flodaigh, G.R.: NF 849544 ///extra.dancer.chapels
Anything else? Easiest access as described by walk route above (15-min walk each way).
|[Signpost indicating where to leave the track]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands
Chronological photo guide
|[A sign indicates where to leave the track]|
|[Approaching the coast (and burn crossing)]|
|[Views across the bay]|