Coruisk to Elgol

Looking back to the Cuillin from the Elgol path. Taken on one of the most memorable days in a fortnight of many, April 2011. Our first Skye trip. Having just finished The Wild Places we took @robgmacfarlane advice and ventured to Loch Coruisk. The Elgol boat dropped us at the mouth of the Scavaig. A short walk upriver and the long finger of water comes into view flanked by walls of black gabbro rising 900 metres to the ridge. This is one of the most spectacular loch-side walks in the country.

Low tide allowed us to scramble under the notorious ‘bad step’ and continue back to Elgol via the bay at Camasunary. The tiny white dot on the right is the bothy, Camasunarie House. This beautifully isolated beach was littered with a huge volume of ocean plastic. Facing due south, the Gulf stream and surrounding coastline combine, funnelling it to shore. We’d seen beach waste before but not on this scale. The contrast against this environment was arresting.

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