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Achmelvich to Altanabradhan

The path starts at the Highland Council beach car park below the Achmelvich Youth Hostel. Stop briefly at the Ranger hut to get some more information on some of the wildlife you may see on the way. Go through the croft gate and follow the track north. After 400m a signpost will indicate a well defined path leading off to the left.

The path will take you past the Cathair Dubh chalets, but if you continue the path will eventually dip downwards towards a small burn that was the site for the old meal mill. If you follow the burn you will discover the beautiful little sandy beach at Port Altan na Bradhan. Achmelvich rests on a very ancient landscape. The Lewisian Gneiss (pronounced “nice”) is one of the oldest rocks in Europe and is thought to be three billion years old. It is a metamorphic rock which means it has been squashed, buckled and transformed by massive pressure and huge temperatures deep under the earth’s surface. It is an exceptionally hard rock, which doesn’t disintegrate very easily and therefore doesn’t easily produce soil.

Above Achmelvich Beach
Achmelvich to Altanabradhan
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