ASHAIG (Gaelic: Crossing)
The full Gaelic name is ‘Aiseag Mhaolruibhe’ and means the Ferry of either Saint Maol Ruba or Saint Maree. There are the Chapel ruins with an ‘al fresco’ pulpit and nearby, the districts old burial ground by a sandy shore. A well and a large, unusually shaped, boulder are both said to have remarkable healing powers.
One of my favourite places, near to where we live at Croft 4 is Ashaig Beach. From Croft 4, head back towards the Skye bridge, just after the Breakish Horse ( Our neighbours big plastic horse, usually wearing shades ) you cannot miss it… After the horse take the first left.
Follow the single track road as it winds along lower Breakish, nearly all the way to the end. Turn left at the sharp bend and you will see an old graveyard by the shore.
Just below the graveyard is Ashaig beach, which at low tide, is endless soft white sand and little rock pools. It is the perfect place to stroll and collect your thoughts, while the sounds of local birds and the odd Seal will keep you company.
You may see a neighbour walking their dog, or even kids riding their horses on the hard flat sand.
Before you head home, watch the highland cows grazing by the shore line and or at times I have seen deer at early evening nervously eating the fresh green shoots by the Graveyard.
Large and majestic Celtic head stones are framed by the Red Cullins and sea, reminding you that many generations have been here before.