Ashaig locale

Explore Ashaig

Archaeology & Beach-combing

Bask in an early morning stroll across the golden sands of Ashaig Beach, passing Pulpit Rock, and returning by Ashaig River. On a very low tide, equipped with a pair of wellies, you can even walk across to the Ardnish Peninsula, which is nationally recognized for it’s fossil deposits, providing a unique and interesting distraction for both children and parents. See further information on our Geology page.

Ashaig Beach

Ashaig Beach

Ardnish Peninsula below the house, and Glamaig

Coral beach, accessible at low tide - by wellies!

Coral beach, accessible at low tide – by wellies!

Lots to discover at Low Tide - don't forget your wellies!

Lots to discover at Low Tide – don’t forget your wellies!

A Sacred Site

Several sites on the adjacent croftland are worthy of exploration, notably the tranquil setting of the old burial ground, which depicts Ashaig’s ancient religious associations. St Maelrubha (c.642-722), the apostle to Skye, is reputed to have sailed across from Applecross on a large flat stone, and settled on the large isle of Pabbay (directly opposite Ashaig House). One can still see the small, sacred spring where he tore a small tree from the ground, and the nearby crag which served as his pulpit (Creag an leabhair, “the rock of the book”). A neolithic axe has also been found near the spring.

History of St Maelrubha

History of St Maelrubha

 

Old burial ground & Ashaig Beach