A hidden gem on the north coast, Coral Beach is a stunning white beach that is said to be the most beautiful beach on the Isle of Skye. Here is a complete guide.
How To Get To Coral Beach
Located near the small coastal settlement of Claigan, Coral Beach is just over 4 miles from the village of Dunvegan.
From Portree, the capital of the Isle of Skye, it’s approximately 26 miles.
Drive north on the A87 until you reach the A850 turn off to your left. Follow this road all the way to the village of Dunvegan.
From here you take a single track road for 4 miles, heading north to Claigan. You will find a free car park for Coral beach at the end of the track.
The walk from the car park to Coral beach is just over a mile, along a farm track, and takes about 25 minutes.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
Coral Beach Entrance Fee
It is free to visit Coral Beach.
Coral Beach Opening Times
Coral Beach is open all day, every day.
Best Time To Visit Coral Beach
To make the most of this beach a nice warm day would be the best time to visit.
The car park is quite small, so get there early in peak season to get a space.
There are no facilities here, so take everything you need.
This is a dog friendly beach. However, you do pass livestock on the walk to the beach, so dogs need to be on leads.
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What To Expect At Coral Beach In The Isle Of Skye
This beautiful soft, white beach is actually made up of the crushed, white skeletons of a seaweed called Red Coralline.
Hence the Coral in the name Coral Beach actually comes from the name of the seaweed not true coral.
On a sunny day, the white of the beach against the crystal clear blue of the sea, gives the beach a definite tropical vibe. However, the sea is very chilly and a wet suit might be required if wanting to enjoy the water.
Also on the beach you will find some interesting rock pools that adults and children alike can have fun exploring. You may well discover lots of different marine creatures including sea anemones, shrimps, crabs and more.
If looking for more activities, there’s a small hill on the right hand side of the beach known as the Ghrobain.
This viewpoint only takes a few minutes to climb and, as well as giving amazing views from its flat top, is a great place for a picnic.
One of the best things to do in The Isle Of Skye come sunset.
On a clear day, the views from Coral Beach stretch out across Loch Dunvegan towards the Outer Hebrides offering some great photo opportunities. You may even spot some seals playing in the loch.
In addition, at low tide, you can walk out roughly 150m across a causeway, and explore the small island of Lampay. (Although it’s advised to check the tide times to make sure that you don’t get stranded here!)
This stunning beach is definitely worth visiting for a great family day out and is also said to be an amazing spot for sunsets.
Where To Stay In The Isle Of Skye
Featuring mountain views, Monkstadt 1745 Luxury Lodge in Portree features accommodation, a garden, a shared lounge, a restaurant and a bar. Both WiFi and private parking are accessible at the lodge free of charge.
Monkstadt 1745 Luxury Lodge offers a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with free toiletries, a hairdryer and shower.
An à la carte, Full English/Irish or vegan breakfast is available each morning at the property.
If you would like to discover the area, hiking and cycling are possible in the surroundings.
Situated on the shores of Loch Alsh, Balmacara Hotel is just 5 minutes’ drive from Kyle of Lochalsh, the main crossing point to the Isle of Skye. Live music is available in the on-site pub. Free private parking is also available.
An en suite bathroom, TV and tea/coffee making facilities are available in each Balmacara room, and most come with scenic views across Loch Alsh towards the Isle of Skye. Some of the contemporary themed rooms come with with Victorian antiques on display.
Guests can savour views of the Loch as they enjoy their meals. Specialities include local seafood and game. Plus a full English breakfast is available in the 1930’s style coffee lounge.
Facing the seafront in Kyleakin, Skye Backpackers features barbecue facilities. Among the various facilities are a garden and a shared lounge. Both free WiFi and private parking are available at the hostel.
Rooms are complete with a shared bathroom, while some rooms at Skye Backpackers also provide guests with a seating area.
The 8 and 10 bed mixed dormitory rooms are in large static caravans in the back garden, with 24-hour access to all facilities within the main house, as well as an outdoor wash block and hot drinks station.
Cycling, fishing and hiking are among the activities that guests of the accommodation can find nearby.
For more places to stay in The Isle Of Skye, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.