A favourite there-and-back or loop trail at the southern most tip of the Sleat Peninsula. About 4 miles to the sandy beach Camasdarrach and back or about 5 miles following a path from the beach around the rocky coast to the old harbour and returning on the main trail.
From Broadford take the A851 to Armadale about 15 miles. Just past the Community Store and petrol station take the right turn to Ardvasar/Aird. Go through Ardvasar and on through Aird, all the way to the end of the road, beside the Art Gallery Skye Watercolours.
Park here in a rather pot-holy carpark and the trail starts through the big gate. There are always sheep and cattle grazing along the trail so dogs must be kept on a lead and there are gates along the way to keep closed.
There’s a lot of rise and fall along the way, giving beautiful views across to Rum, Eigg and the mainland with the mountains on Morar.
The cows are often on the trail at points along the way…
At the bottom of a hill you’ll find a small wooden bridge alongside the trail. Take the bridge and follow the signs to the beach…
Go up a short scrambly section here and then follow the fence line above the houses, along a rocky and boggy path. It drops down and you’ll pass a gate and find another sign!
Just past the sign you’ll see a fork in the trail. One path leads up to the right – this is the loop section of walk that will take you past the lighthouse and around the headland to the old harbour.
Carry straight down to the beach to find the amazing white sands and turquoise waters of Camasdarrach.
The beach is beautiful. The rock formations are smooth and flat in places, ideal seating and lying down in the sun! Plenty of protection from breeze or sun further up the beach. This would be my pick for a Microadventure, an evening walk along the trail to the beach, find the right spot for a bivvy or basha, set up a small fire and have something to eat in the fading light. Maybe a dip in the sea!
And in the morning, a beach clean – if you take a black bin liner down with you, you can fill it with lightweight plastics and carry it out yourself.
If you decide to walk around the headland, you will return to the trail via the old harbour. The census of 1861 recorded 39 inhabitants in this township, living in 6 houses. One or two of the original houses remain while the shells of others are still evident. The current permanent community appears to be around 4-5 households, with children too, which is lovely to see.
Follow the same good trail back to the carpark, enjoying the views along the way. Mountains over on the mainland with the lovely Morar beaches at Arisaig.
The ferry to the Small Isles on it’s way back to Mallaig.
Rubbish bins in the carpark.
Great coffee in Ardvasar at Cafe 1925.
They have a nice website too.
Or if they are closed, you could try An Crubh if you are heading back towards Broadford.