Cul na Croise is a beach noted for its wilderness quality and remoteness. It lies to the north east of Camas an Lighe and forms part of the Singing Sand coastline. This stunning beach with accompanying dune system, abuts coastal heath and semi natural birch and oak woodland. The beach lies with National Scenic Area of Morar, Moidart and Ardnamurchan and affords some excellent views of Small Isles (Eigg and Rum).
The dune ecosystem is also of high conservation importance and is a great place for botanising and wildlife watching (on both the sea and shore).
The site is also of archaeological and historical interest. Various artefacts have been discovered in the bay, including Mesolithic and Bronze age flintwork, microliths, arrowheads, small pointed blades, scrapers and beads, as well as clinch nails and rivets from a Viking ship burial at the site. Later artefacts include 13th century spears, daggers, a bronze brooch and a Edward I silver penny, a coin of Charles II and musket balls. Some of these artefacts have been deposited in the West Highland Museum in Fort William.
Two major battles, one involving the Vikings, and the other in 1297 between the forces of Edward I and the islanders (led by Roderick of Bute and Lachlan of Garmoran) are thought to have occurred along this stretch of coast between Gortenfern and Sgeir a Chaolais. Cul na Croise was also the location of the Channel 4 survival reality show, Eden, which featured the trials and tribulations of 23 participants as they attempted to build a self sufficient community, cutoff from the outside world.
The remote location of Cul na Croise makes it quite a challenge to access on foot but is a very popular beach with kayakers.
Please respect the fragile nature of the dunes and avoid any unnecessary disturbance to this important dune ecosystem
Cul na Croise can be accessed from the popular walk to The Singing Sands at Gortenfern. It is best visited at low tide, from whence it is possible to skirt the coastline from Camuls na Lighe to access Cul an Croise. Alterantively, head over land on following small undefined paths across the headland, following the plantation fence line. Please note that this route is very boggy and uneven and should only be attempted with a map and suitable footwear. Cul na Croise is also popular with kayakers, and several local guides run trips which visit the beach.