Walk: Tidal traverse to Skye's Oronsay

Skye | Oronsay | Half day walk | ★★★

[MacLeod's Tables from the causeway's tiny beach]

The raucous chatter of birds, the whistle of the wind, crashing waves on the shingle causeway: Oronsay can be a noisy place. One thing it's reliably free of, however, is high season crowds, unlike the Isle of Skye to which this tidal island is intermittently attached. A tour of the coastline reveals an impressive inventory of precipitous cliffs, hidden caves, rock-cut platforms and rock pools teeming with marine life - all packed into a circumference of less than two miles. Pity the path on the mainland side is such a boggy one.

[Oronsay's dramatic western cliffs]

📌 Walk: Tidal traverse to Skye's Oronsay ★★★
Start / finish at car park at minor road end, Ullinish, Skye, G.R.: NG 323374 ///husky.juicy.grandest

▶ 5 km / 3 mi | ▲ 160 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Features: Oronsay coastline; △ Oronsay summit (74 m)
Terrain: Boggy path to the causeway; faint, intermittent paths on Oronsay with pathless sections. The causeway to Oronsay is submerged at high tide. Aim to cross (in both directions) at half tide or below.

Route & map

Car park - tidal causeway to Oronsay - anticlockwise circuit of Oronsay - causeway - start


Route credit: Walkhighlands

On our visit

Wildlife: Shags and chicks in cliff nests on Oronsay; ravens and jackdaws, seagulls, sheep and lambs. Cock crowing near the start.
Weather: Cloud increasingly breaking to give sunshine, light wind with temperature in high teens.

Chronological photo guide

[Beach on the way to Ullinish Point]

[The path to Oronsay is boggy in parts]

[Causeway to Oronsay]

[Looking back from the causeway]

[View towards MacLeod's Tables from the causeway]

[Rock pool life]

[Rock pool life]

[Rock pool life]

[Rock pool life]

[Rock pool life]

[Causeway from Oronsay]

[Oronsay north coast]

[East end of Oronsay]

[East end of Oronsay]

[Top of Oronsay]

[Looking back from the summit]

[Wiay]

[Minginish beyond the west end of Oronsay]

[Seabirds at the tip of Oronsay]

[West end of Oronsay]

[South coast of Oronsay]

[South coast of Oronsay]

[South coast of Oronsay]

[South coast of Oronsay]

[South coast of Oronsay]

[South coast of Oronsay]

[South coast of Oronsay]

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