Muck Pier to Horse Island during low tide

A day adventure over to Horse Island. Make sure you cross from Lamb Island - the first little one - to Horse Island at low tide.

Technical sheet
No. 2551251
A Highland walk posted on 12/09/19 by lrhodes. Update : 20/09/19
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h30[?]
Distance Distance : 2.91mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 148ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 43ft
Highest point Highest point : 112ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 0ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Highland
Starting point Starting point : N 56.832102° / W 6.22455°
Arrival Arrival : N 56.850502° / W 6.277763°
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(D/A) From the pier, follow the road all the way to Gallanach Lodge and past Gallanach beach on your right. Keep going until the road ends at the farm courtyard, where the road stops. This is also known as The Square.

(1) Follow the path up to your right around the side of the small cliff. You'll go past a house and over a stile.

(2) From there, just follow your nose up to the top where you'll go past an ancient burial ground. There isn't a path as such but if you keep going with the coast on either side, you can't get lost. To your right is Gallanach Bay and on your left is the bay that becomes Shell Beach further in. This is definitely worth going back via if you have the time. To go to Lamb Island, you may have to scramble down some rocks and up the other side but it can be easily. Look out for the animal spine in the little gap between Muck and Lamb Island.

(3) To get to Horse Island, you have to pick your way across seaweed covered rocks. It's doable but quite a bit of an adventure. You'll have to time it right for the low tide - the pier to Gallanach is about 30-40 mins, then another 20 to Lamb Island.

Waypoints :
D : mi 0 - alt. 7ft - Isle of Muck Pier
1 : mi 1.66 - alt. 33ft - Gallanach Farm/The Square
2 : mi 1.84 - alt. 52ft - Ancient burial ground, circle of stones
3 : mi 2.25 - alt. 10ft - Lamb Island
A : mi 2.91 - alt. 112ft - Horse Island

Useful Information

You'll need sturdy footwear and a stick is advisable for helping steadying yourself over the wet rocks and sweeping seaweed out of the way.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

On the journey back, veer off to the left as you come back past the ancient burial ground and go down to shell beach if you have the time. It's just astonishing!

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