Almost everyone we have staying at the Lodge wants to visit Sandaig and once they've been there it usually becomes a "must do" on future Glenelg holidays, so here are the directions (correct as of April 2021).
From the Lodge (just past the Glenelg War Memorial) itís around a 3.5 mile drive, walk or cycle along the Arnisdale road to Upper Sandaig cottage. The forestry track startsat the gate on the right, just a few hundred yards before you reach the cottage and lochan and itís another 1.5 mile walk or cycle (MTB) from there to the Sandaig shore with some up and downs involved.
There are 2 routes, one which involves a good forestry track and another which is part track and part path. It's shorter but steeper and has a few wetter sections which may require decent footwear.
Route 1 - All forest track
1) From the road follow the main track turning left at the first "T" junction
2) Where the track next splits bear left to remain on the easy track
3) At the next cross road (track) turn right (you will have view of the islands now)
4) At the next split, bear right again and follow the track down to the gate.
Standing at the gate a cottage is to your left. This was used by the late Raef Payne, an English master at Eton and friend of Gavin Maxwell who lived here each summer. Directly to the right is the small waterfall though there isnít much of a path to it when the bracken is full grown during the summer. Forward and to the right is Gavin Maxwellís memorial, Edal the Otters memorial and the rope bridge (itís just 2 bits of rope but it does keep your feet dry!). You have to either cross the rope bridge or burn at some point if you wish to go over to the small island coral beach but itís a gem and itís worth it! (Accessible for a couple of hours either side of low tide), The quick way back also starts just over the rope bridge where you turn right and cross the style leading you back to the main track half way up the hill.
Route 2 Ė Track and steep path
1) From the road follow the main track turning left at the first T junction
2) Where the track next splits bear right and after approximately 100yards you will see a post on the left side of the track.
3) Take the small path that leads left from the main track and continue through the woodland
4) At the bottom of the path you go over the style at the burn and keep walking until you reach the shore where you can walk over to the island beach. Alternatively, you can cross the rope bridge/burn to visit the memorials etc.
Due to cliffs further along, there is NO way back to Glenelg via the shoreline.
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