Breakish Beach - FURTHER INFORMATION
Breakish Beach - Skye visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Breakish Beach' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Highland.
Panorama overlooking Breakish Beach on the South East coast of the Island of Skye in Scotland. Accessible from the Lower Breakish road, five minutes drive from Kyleakin and the Skye Bridge along the A87 through Upper Breakish towards Broadford. The A87 is the only road from the entry port of Kyleakin Harbour to the former market town of Broadford, onwards to Portree, the capital and main business and residential town on the island.
The broad sandy beach faces across Broadford Bay, into the Inner Sound of Raasay and out along the Atlantic coastline of the North West Scottish mainland to Gairloch, Ullapool, and Applecross. Famous as a viewpoint for the Cuillin ridge and small isles often set against spectacular sunsets, this panorama shows Glamaig mountain on Skye at the far left horizon peeking out through the heavy clouds, looking out over the small islands including the hilly Scalpay, the long flat Paabay and Eilean Mór, with Crowlin island in the far distance and the dormant volcano Dun Caan on Raasay island just visible. The headland to the far right of the horizon is the rugged coast at Applecross in Wester Ross.
This panoramic photograph was taken just outside Ashaig cemetery which is on a low hill overlooking Breakish Beach. From here the end of Ashaig airstrip is also visible, but although this is an active airport for small or light aircraft, mostly private jets, small chartered aircraft and the occasional larger military aircraft (usually the Hercules), this is not visible on many of the maps of Skye. However, this airstrip is visible on the satellite image on the Google map of Skye if you zoom in far enough.
Since 2005, Ashaig airstrip and Breakish beach has been the venue for the Isle Of Skye Music Festival held annually in late May, drawing top named bands and tens of thousands of festival goers, music lovers and visitors to one of the quietest areas of Skye, much to the amusement of locals who claim the energetic styles of dancing may be less to do with cutting edge popular music and more to do with midges!
Travel and Getting There:
Four miles north of Kyleakin on the A87, turn right towards the sea on the single track road marked for "Lower Breakish". This is at the southern end of this short detour (which rejoins the A87 after two miles). There is an dirt track road down to the cemetery and beyond to the beach, both with parking areas.