Vallay Strand

(Tràigh Bhalaigh)

A substantial area of sand occupying a shallow bay behind the island of Vallay on the north coast of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides, Vallay Strand (Gael: Tràigh Bhalaigh) extends to approximately 3 sq. miles (8 sq. km) to the northwest of Malaclate. The sand is exposed at low tide, at which time there is a route (or ford) which provides vehicular access to Vallay, or more usually on foot. Care has to be taken as the tide floods quickly across this flat but firm area of sand. The narrow channel of Vallay Sound cuts through the western side of the bay. Vallay Strand is popular with bird-watchers and contains several small islands, including Eilean Dubh Mor, Moronish, Saltam, Stangram and Torogay.

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