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Slaggan Beach

The sandy bay and deserted village at Slaggan is the starting point for the crags of;

Directions & Approach

The road to Slaggan

Slaggan is about two and a half miles west of Achgarve, along a gated public road in a poor state of repair (last patched in 1996). Cars with low clearance are best left at the parking spot near to the start of the track. While most other cars will be able to make the journey, it is almost as quick to bike or stroll. Docile highland cattle are often found grazing by the road, although calving now takes place elsewhere after a couple of goring and tossing events.

UPDATE 2011: Maintenance has been performed on the track, after damage done during the Joint Warrior 102 exercises. The road can be closed at short notice during the week for cattle operations.


As well as the dramatic gable ends, there are a number of remains of houses, plus dykes and rigs. Slaggan suffered from young folk leaving to find work, until eventually there was only one family, Mackenzies, working crofts at both Slaggan and Achgarve.

The last remains of Slaggan village

The gables ends belong to a house they built in 1936 which burnt down in 1942/3, an incident which is often blamed on navy personnel sheltering while out wandering. After the fire, crofting continued but Slaggan became uninhabited. The croft which contains most of the land around Slaggan (1119 acres for £250,000) is for sale with outline planning permission for a dwelling and shed, so Slaggan may not remain deserted for long.

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