Elgol to Camasunary in the Cuillin

A very nice hike along the water and mountains in the Cuillin.

Technical sheet
No. 4098934
A Highland walk posted on 29/05/16 by LB_Neil. Update : 28/03/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h25[?]
Distance Distance : 9.21mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1404ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1417ft
Highest point Highest point : 623ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 10ft
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Highland
Starting point Starting point : N 57.145237° / W 6.107153°
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Fabulous landscapes Pebbled beach View from the cliffs


(D/A) Reach Elgol and park near the harbour where there is a car park. From the car park walk road B8083.

(1) Take the left path following the sign that reads "Camas Fhionnairigh, Sligeachan / Camasunary 3.1m, Sligachan 10.7m”.

(2) Take the small path between two fences with the sign that reads "Ceum gu Coir Uisge / Footpath to Coruisk”.

(3) Walk along the path that follows the coast at an altitude of around 60 metres The water is on your left.
Head down to a rocky beach and then back up to an altitude of around 60 metres.
After about 2 km, arrive at Camasunary where some shelters are located.

(4) Take a well-marked path up on the right heading north-east, then off to the right towards the south.

(5) Reach an altitude of around 190 metres and then start to go downhill gently.

(6) Cross a small stream with a ford.

(7) Meet up with the B8083 road and take it to the right. Follow this road to Elgol where we return to the car park and starting point (D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 43ft
1 : mi 0.43 - alt. 289ft - Start of the route
2 : mi 1.35 - alt. 89ft - Cliffs
3 : mi 2.07 - alt. 10ft - Stony beach.
4 : mi 3.61 - alt. 75ft - Climb up a path on the right
5 : mi 4.46 - alt. 604ft - Small pass
6 : mi 5.19 - alt. 177ft - Crossing the stream
7 : mi 5.84 - alt. 131ft - Road B8083
D/A : mi 9.21 - alt. 43ft

Useful Information

The sea view is breathtaking during first part of the course. But beware, roughly between (2) and (3) it overlooks some impressive cliffs. Avoid if you are prone to vertigo.

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During the walk or to do/see around

Bring water as there is nowhere to get any on the route.

Opinions and comments


Global average : 3.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 3/5
Routemap quality : 4/5
Walk interest : 4/5

on Mon 28 Jun 2021 18:47:51 CEST

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 28/06/21
Description quality : Average
Easiness to follow the route : Good
Walk interest : Good

This is a very good scenic walk to Camasunary Bay, the backdrop of the Cuillin is amazing. The path is obvious but is worth noting that the after it drops onto the rocky beach at point 3 the access at the far side is via a zig-zag up onto a path that runs very close to the edge of the cliff. You are often in trees at this point but if you have children with you, please take care. There is also one point on the section between 3 and 4 where the path ascends on the right using some stone steps (straight on will lead you over the edge of the cliff).

The walk back along the road from the parking at pt 7 spoils the walk a little, here are two alternatives.

A) walk along the road as described, as you pass houses at the the top of the hill above Elgol look out for a signposted path on the left, this will take you across a field to a wooden pylon and then down to cross a stream via bridge. The path leads to the minor road from Elgol to Glasnakillie, turn right and walk along the road and past the village shop back to Elgol.

B) This is longer but worth the interest. From the parking at pt 7 turn left and walk along the road for a short way to a junction on the right. Take the right hand minor road down past Kilmarie which is a fine house and once the home to Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull. The road leads down to the shoreline and the burial ground is worth exploring. Follow the road with Loch Slapin on your left to houses and pick up a track then path then track again along the clifftops to Glasnakillie. If you time this right you can arrive at Glasnkillie a hour before low tide and then descend to explore the Spa Cave (you will need a headtorch). Return to Elgol via the minor road from Glasnakillie. (Note the Spa Cave is only accessible 1 hour either side of low tide, unless you want to wade.)

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