NM4918 : Carsaig Arch

taken 4 years ago, near to Carsaig Arches [other Features], Argyll And Bute, Great Britain

Carsaig Arch
Carsaig Arch
Although the map (and lots of guidebooks) use the name "Carsaig Arches", in reality this is the one arch, whilst the other is far more of a cave with landward and seaward entrances. Both are formed in Tertiary basalt lava flows. Either can be entered on foot from the land side at low tide, whilst high tide (and a reasonable disregard for the integrity of your hull if there's any swell) is needed for entry by boat from the sea. The tide was fairly well in on our visit, so the arch was easy enough, and one could even have landed on the shingle beach inside. The cave was harder by boat, but easy from the shore side if you didn't mind ankle-deep rotting seaweed...

The arch is by far the more delicate of the two, with a narrow span and a teetering stack on the top which looks as though it might blow over in a bit of a breeze ! This whole section of coast offers splendid rock-hopping from a sea kayak and some pretty rough walking - getting tougher further west. To land and inspect the arches, it's easiest behind the small headland to the left of this photo, where a steep cobble beach allows one to gain the shore and drag boats above the high tide line. However, it would be punishing in any amount of swell, as the gradient would guarantee dumping surf and a hard landing ! Should you become stranded, feral goats would provide an excellent diet if you could find enough driftwood to cook...
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Date Taken
Sunday, 25 May, 2014   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 3 June, 2014
Geographical Context
Coastal  Sport, Leisure  Estuary, Marine  Rocks, Scree, Cliffs 
Category (from Tags)
Sea Arch  Sea Kayaking 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NM 4933 1852 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:17.5603N 6:3.1590W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NM 4936 1850
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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Basalt  Lava Flow 

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