Camasunary Bay
Camasunary Bay
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  • Stuff Edinburgh
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom146 contributions
    Stunning walk to the bay from the track starting just outside Kilmarie
    This is a long walk (9.2km's return) but it's not very steep and should be doable for just about everyone. The only challenge may be the sections of the trail with large loose rocks that require a little more concentration on foot placement. There's a car park for about ten cars just outside the small village of Kilmarie that will tip you off to the start of the trail and, at a regular pace, it will be around an hour before you get your first sight of Camasunary Bay. The day we visited it was very windy and a bit cloudy, but there were also incredible bursts of sunshine that lit up the whole bay. The views were phenominal, as not only is the bay gorgeous, but there's also the Cuillin mountains surrounding it too, with the Munro Bla Bheinn coming into view just before you get your first glimpse of the bay. The beach itself when you reach it is a bit bleak and littered with all that has washed up from the sea, but it still has a raw and rough beauty to it. There's a bothy on the shoreline too, so you could potentially stay the night too.
    Written July 27, 2020
  • 996Chrissy
    Lincoln, United Kingdom355 contributions
    Best experience on Skye
    The most amazing walk and beach away from the tourist traps of the big sights. This was my absolute favourite day of our whole trip. It seems off the beaten track so was very quiet. It is a difficulk hike though so you would need a level of fitness as good walking boots.
    Written September 2, 2020
  • Scotlandmac
    Glasgow, United Kingdom12,360 contributions
    Wild,lonely and beautiful
    The short walk (about an hour) to Camasunary is rated one of Skye's Top 10.I hadn't done it for a few years and had almost forgotten how magnificent the vistas are in half decent weather.As we reached the highest point of the easy track, the cloud began to lift and my jaw literally dropped at the sheer grandeur of the scene before us.The Black Cuillin rearing out of the wild ocean,the emerald sward of the bay itself and little Sgurr na Stri looking like something out of a Jurassic Park landscape.Even if you only make it to this superb high point (on a good, if at times wet and stoney, track) , what a place for a picnic. If you drop down to the bay itself, the greyish beach is nothing special - there are far better ones on Skye - but it's the whole situation and the vistas.We were wild camping for my birthday and setting up,with the sun making an appearance,it felt like the best place in the world to be. Beautiful, lonely and wild.Just the sound of the surf , the sad crying of curlew and piping oystercatchers. There is also a bothy for use by anyone, three or so rooms with a line for drying clothes and making a fire.Not really my cup of tea and a bit grubby.I prefer the tent but it's an option. Fresh water for cooking is available from the little river that runs to the beach at the far end. Hinds were grazing along its bank early the next morning. The walk up Sgurr na Stri isn't difficult if you have walking experience and gives possibly one of the best views of the Cuillin range.But you'll need an OS map and be decently clad.We watched a sea eagle take off from its summit on our last visit. There is also a nice loop from the bay heading north along one of many small tracks into lonely Loch na Creitheach. Wild country yet so accessible. The walk to this wild part of Skye starts from the car park beyond Kilmarie/Kirkibost on the Elgol road. Nothing special about it at first until you climb slowly up to the high point when all is revealed.Save it for decent weather though.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 14, 2014
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Anne D
Split, Croatia9 contributions
Mar 2016 • Couples
Just a few mounth ago I had a amazing walk to this beuatiful buy! I saw two houses, one for backpackers, kinda trash and one that looked like a normal house, but it looked empty aswell? I was wondering if it was for sale?! I would love to know from who it is?!

I hope somebody can help me out, thank you in advance!

Greetings!
Written May 2, 2016
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runtrails
Bozeman, MT137 contributions
Oct 2019
If you hike out to the Camasunary Bay, be prepared for the Bad Step. It truly is exceptionally difficult for anybody who has not done a little rock climbing using cracks. Make sure you read the detailed instructions because it is almost impossible if you don't follow them. The round trip hike, even before the Step is probably 5-6 hours, but it is worthwhile even if you don't do the Step (the last quarter mile). It is maybe the wildest, unused part of Scotland. Be prepared for a lot of wet trails. At one point you cross a small river where even at low tide it is tough to keep your feet dry. No matter what else I have said, getting to the end is such a reward, and such a sense of accomplishment, it is well worth the time.
Written October 11, 2019
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Sonia M
Beijing, China249 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
We were recommended to walk from Elgol to Camasunary Bay and got tips of where exactly the hike started from a local. Even though warned by the local, we were surprised by how narrow the trail got with serious steep cliffs on one side and it was slick with mud. Not for the faint of heart, but an absolutely lovely hike with great views of the Cuillins.
Written August 16, 2018
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Bruce L
Calgary, Canada58 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Not too much vertical (although more than advertised) decent trail, pay off of spectacular views of the Black Cuillens and big beach at Camasunary Bay
Written June 10, 2018
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anthbike
Edinburgh, UK537 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
The Elgol to Coruisk walks is one of the best in the country, and to my mind best done in exactly that direction, with an ever-changing view of the Cuillin in sight most of the time. Camasunary is but one point of note along the route, and on any other walk, in any other bit f the country, it would be a stand out. But (and this is just my personal view as it obviously differs from other reviewers here, and I'll try to explain my reasoning so you can see if you would be of the same or different view) here goes as to why I'm not really over-awed with it:

1. If you're walking from Elgol the clifftop route is dramatic, and beautiful, all the way. Camasunary Bay, a wide and flat crescent feels like a lull in comparison. If you've walked the track from Kilmarie then the view may be different of course...

2. Once you're well into the Bay there's not much of a view of the Cuillin, just the edge.

3. The detritus that washes up (see one of the pictures, where people have obviously been clearing up) is something the Bay can't be held responsible for, but does distract somewhat from the natural wonder of the hills behind it.

4. As it is a connecting point between the walk from Elgol, and from Kilmarie, together with having one operating Bothy, and two other buildings to park a tent behind for shelter (one the old, now condemned, bothy, the other a building for the Scottish Mountaineering Club - I think) it tends to be the busiest part of the route. Okay, so it's not absolutely crawling with people, but as folk use it as a destination in itself I like to pass through, whichever direction I'm going, and stop at another spot where the mountains and thoughts can be your own.

Now all of that said there's some interesting wildlife, with Cuckoos calling above at the right time of year, and Ringed Plover plying the sands. I nabbed some Sandpiper shots by the river crossing as well.

Overall I'd say it's a nice Bay to peruse, and a nice enough location en route to or from Coruisk, but I personally wouldn't be going out of my way to make it a destination in its own right.
Written June 8, 2017
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Tyke1961
North Wales366 contributions
May 2017 • Solo
Camasunary had an atmosphere I can't describe. I knew I was somewhere apart from the ordinary as I stood on the shore though, and it's a feeling I'll keep forever. Skye is imbued with such sentiments, but Camasunary has a particularly intense version of the phenomenon.
Written May 18, 2017
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alancass2018
Birmingham, UK53 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
The drive down to Elgol is great. This is a decent walk and not difficult. It takes about 2 to 3 hours and I did not meet anyone along the way. The path is mainly by the cliff ledge and gives great views of the coast and mountains. The bay is beautiful and relaxing.
Written July 7, 2018
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Arishine
451 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
Elgol is a small town and far away from the main road in Isle of Skye I only recommend going If you have time to spare or you are not in a hurry!The road to Elgol is a nice drive.Elgol is just a small town with less than 20 houses , it has a lovely beach and boat tours, on our way to there we found some wild Highland cows about 10 of them eating infront of an amazing view of the ocean,we also got to see 2 big deer with antlers just free roaming close to the road wich was quite unexpecting,And we did enjoy the beach with the nice view of the Cuillin mountains.
Written September 5, 2017
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Les_Landau
Canberra, Australia1,078 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
It is a lovely 6km or so walk, but a lot of it is on a track that has water running on it, and a couple of boggy places too. But there are sheep to see and amazing mountains. If you don't have quite enough energy or time, just walk till you get a view of the beach and a small loch.

Not too many people on the walk.
Written June 25, 2017
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Sarah B
Guildford, UK750 contributions
Jun 2017 • Friends
A little disconcerting to find the shop and the coffee house closed due to a power cut for the whole day, we had noticed the guys up the poles earlier on our way down and should have put who and two together, but we set off from Elgol and were blessed the beautiful weather and clear skies to enable us to drink in the surroundings, the diversity of the paths and the tranquility surrounding us. From Camasunary we took the track inland over the hills back to the road at Kilmarie, not a soul around.
Written June 8, 2017
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