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Skye is famous for many things, but great beaches are not high on the list. However, there are a few small gems on Skye and the Coral Beach at Claigan is one of them. Its combination of accessibility and white sand make it a very attractive option on a warm sunny day. It's also a great place to watch the sunset and the seals playing in the evening light.
Despite its name, and all these tales of the Gulf Stream, the beach is not made of coral at all. It is actually composed of pieces of dessicated and sun-bleached algae. If you look carefully it is still possible to find some fairly big bits.
To get to it, drive to Claigan, passing Dunvegan castle. From the parking at Claigan a footpath leads to the beach.
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