Type: Beach Walk
Terrain: Grass, Sand
Distance/Time: 1 Mile, 1-2 hours
Wildlife: Seals/Otters/Feral Goats
Where: View area on map
Buy Map: Islay South Explorer Map
Directions: From Port Ellen drive up the Oa and go left after the graveyard at Kilnaughton. Find a parking place near the graveyard.
Start: From the graveyard follow the track along the shore of Kilnaughton Bay. Keep an eye out for wildlife, an occasional otter or seal can be seen in the bay as well as Eider Ducks and other birds. Keep following the track towards the lighthouse. Just before Carraig Fhada go right on a wee track up the hill which is signposted as "Singing Sands". Follow the track right behind the houses and go right at the top to get access to the beach.
A nice diversion is a visit to the beautiful and rather unique lighthouse which was commissioned in 1832 by Walter Frederick Campbell in memory of Lady Ellenor Campbell. Mind your steps when you walk over the wee bridge to reach the lighthouse and again watch out for otters behind the lighthouse.
The Singing Sands get their name from the fact that if you move the soles of your shoes over the sand it will start to sing. This is a beautiful secluded beach and an ideal place for a picknick and to watch the ferries coming into Port Ellen Harbour. This walk is excellent for children.
Read more - Walk report and pictures on Islay Blog
Carraig Fhada Lighthouse