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Albion Sands & Little Castle Bay

Albion Sands

Albion Sands is a small secluded beach on the western side of Gateholm Island. It gets its name from the paddle steamer (Albion) which was beached here on 18th April 1837 after striking Crab Rock in Jack Sound. Parts of the wreck can still be seen at low tide. The beach consists of sand and rocks backed by high, unstable cliffs of mudstones and sandstones. Dogs are allowed at all times.

Access is either from Marloes beach at low tide or otherwise down a salebrous and slightly overgrown path on the promontory.

The nearest parking is the NT (attended) car park for Marloes beach. From here the shortest route is to take the footpath towards the youth hostel and continue past Marloes Mere until the track enters a field. Bear left to meet the coastal path after about 150 yards. Turn right and at the next corner a path leads out towards the promontory and down to the end of Marloes beach. Albion Sands is then a short walk over rocks. Be aware of the state of the tide if visiting this beach, as this is the only way off the beach.

The next two bays west of Albion Sands - Watery Bay and Victoria Bay - are backed by steep rocks and cliffs, and are not easily accessible. The next along is Little Castle Bay - a small cove of shingle and rocks. It can be reached by carefully walking / scrambling down the very steep grassy slope and scree which backs it.

The photos were taken 1 hour before low tide.

Albion Sands - beach level
Albion Sands - beach level
Little Castle Bay
Little Castle Bay
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