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An Accessible walk around Staffin Bay, Isle of Skye

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Staffin Bay
© Andy North
Staffin Bay
© Andy North
Staffin Bay
© Andy North

Walk Details
North East of the Isle of Skye, Staffin Bay has a quiet and relatively undiscovered beach. There is a walk, which is the coastal road around the bay. It is usually quiet with traffic, though a few cars do use the road to get down to the beach and slipway for fishing boats, so please take care as there are no pavements.

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Refreshments and accessible toilets are available in the Columba 1400 Leadership Centre. The Columbia is open for breakfast, morning coffee, lunch and evening meals. It is all wheelchair accessible and is a lovely place to relax. There is a carpark there too. From the centre there is a walk over the cliffs to the bay, but this is not wheel friendly.

Our route to the beach is along the main road, which eventually meets up with the coastal road.

The views from the coastal road are stunning. When we were there in the summer we saw seals and a whale in the bay. There is a slipway down to the beach and if you have a sturdy 4×4 all terrain wheelchair, you can get down to the beach and see the fossilized dinosaur footprints. They were left by a family of dinosaurs that walked across the sand here some 165 million years ago and are visible at low tide.

Staffin is home to a couple of beaches. There are some good spots on the main bay if you are prepared to seek them out, but there is easier access to a small area of sand just before the end of the road to Staffin Community Slipway.

For people who enjoy fishing, there is a small harbour wall, which is accessible and a popular spot for fishermen. Mackerel is in abundance there. There is space down by the slipway to park a car.

Debs verdict
Staffin is a great place to escape the crowds of visitors who tend to centre around Portree. The beach is fairly accessible and the coastal road is ideal for any type of wheelchair. Don’t forget to visit the Columba 1400 as the food is delicious.

trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Kyle of Lochalsh, Inverness

Read the Countryside Code before venturing out
Make sure to take a map and compass, and know how to use them before going into our National Parks #BeAdventureSmart

Tips for New Walkers: click here to download (PDF).

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".

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