Islay Walk: Sanaigmore Bay

Walk Information Sanaigmore Bay
Type: Beach Walk
Terrain: Beach and Grass
Distance/Time: 1 - 2 Miles, 1-3 hours
Grade: Easy
Wildlife: Seals/Sea Birds
Where: View area on map

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Walk Description
Directions: From Bridgend follow the main road towards Bruichladdich. A mile before Bruichladdich is a sign to Kilchoman, go right here and follow the single track road for one mile, then go right and follow the road until you get to the red phone box near Carnduncan, go right to Sanaigmore and follow the road for another mile. You can park right from the Exmouth memorial. This memorial commemorates the 241 Irish emigrants who lost their lives on the 28th April 1847, when the brig 'The Exmouth of Newcastle' was wrecked on the N/W coast of Islay.

Start: Follow the farm track heading east. Right beyond the buildings is a wall. Go left and walk down to the beach keeping the wall on your left. Closer to the beach is a gate which you can cross. From here on the beach is usually all to yourself and the sometimes abundant wildlife. If you head right up the dunes at the end of the beach you can follow the coastline to the east for another mile or so. There is a very nice cove almost surrounded by medium sized cobblestones and further along the coast is a very nice beach, all there for you to discover. This is an excellent walk for children as well.

Upon return make sure to visit the Outback Art Gallery. They usually have a great collection of Islay related art and they serve good coffee and home bakings on Saturdays and Sundays.

View along the coast East from Sanaigmore

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