The coral beach

It’s one of the most popular short walks on Skye – to a beach of white coral-like material (not true coral but calcified algae, it would appear – does it matter?), eye-catching on any day and brilliant in sunshine. We joined the throng for the mile or so to the coral (it’s the second white beach – there’s a very small imitation part-way which could fool the uninformed), admiring once again the floral variety beside the path and on the rocks. As well as being peak orchid season, there are also great clumps of thrift catching the breeze. It’s very pleasant despite the crowds (there must have been a dozen or more…), and beyond the beach, a path threads the shore to the end of the promontory, a much quieter place from which to gaze on the view to Isay and the outer isles.

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